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Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook | Wanda Brunstetter

 

 

Today I’m promoting the Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The must-have cookbook of the season is Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook—a brand new collection of holiday recipes and insights into Christmas celebrations direct from Amish homes.

You’ll also enjoy the addition of scriptures and common Amish sayings.

Surrounded by a beautiful lay-flat binding, this cookbook is the perfect holiday gift for yourself and friends.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

The Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook is exactly what I have been wanting for Christmas… and I wanted to share it with you now — so you have more than enough time to pick out your favorite recipes to make this month!

The cookbook is broken down into groups: snacks and bites, breads and rolls, gifts from the kitchen, salads, main dishes and sides, sweets and desserts.

It has a brief history of the Amish and Mennonites, then goes on to describe an Amish Christmas, the most important holiday celebrated by the Amish church groups that do celebrations – a few very strict Old Order groups do not celebrate Christmas.

Wanda writes about the typical Amish school Christmas programs, and family traditions, including music and decorations.

But the most important tradition among the Amish is the day after Christmas, referred to as Second Christmas. This is the day for families to be with friends and extended family, and gifts are often exchanged.

Another tradition is Old Christmas… but I won’t say anything else about it… you can read about it in Wanda’s cookbook.

 

And if you’re looking for a great Christmas gift for friends… pick up a copy of Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook, a sweet addition to any cook’s library — just in time for Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook | Wanda Brunstetter

 

Today I’m reviewing the Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook — by Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The must-have cookbook of the season is Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook—a brand new collection of holiday recipes and insights into Christmas celebrations direct from Amish homes.

You’ll also enjoy the addition of scriptures and common Amish sayings.

Surrounded by a beautiful lay-flat binding, this cookbook is the perfect holiday gift for yourself and friends.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

The Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook is exactly what I have been wanting for Christmas… and I wanted to share it with you now — so you have more than enough time to pick out your favorite recipes to make this month!

The cookbook is broken down into groups: snacks and bites, breads and rolls, gifts from the kitchen, salads, main dishes and sides, sweets and desserts.

It has a brief history of the Amish and Mennonites, then goes on to describe an Amish Christmas, the most important holiday celebrated by the Amish church groups that do celebrations – a few very strict Old Order groups do not celebrate Christmas.

Wanda writes about the typical Amish school Christmas programs, and family traditions, including music and decorations.

But the most important tradition among the Amish is the day after Christmas, referred to as Second Christmas. This is the day for families to be with friends and extended family, and gifts are often exchanged.

Another tradition is Old Christmas… but I won’t say anything else about it… you can read about it in Wanda’s cookbook.

 

And if you’re looking for a great Christmas gift for friends… pick up a copy of Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook, a sweet addition to any cook’s library — just in time for Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Christmas at Donna’s BookShelf | featuring Naomi Miller

 

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Today I am beginning a new month . . . a month of celebrating one of my favorite holidays — Christmas!

I’ll be sharing a review of a favorite Christmas story each and every day of the month. I’m starting with my review of The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall.

 

And . . . I’ll be featuring Naomi Miller, author of the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series, who will be giving away a copy of Christmas Cookie Mystery  each Saturday in December (with an extra treat included on the 31st for a GRAND PRIZE!

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Don’t miss this opportunity to win a book by Naomi Miller!Tweet this!

 

For a chance to win a book, do the following:

 

1) follow Naomi on Facebook HERE

2) follow Naomi on Twitter HERE

3) follow Naomi on Instagram HERE

 

** Be sure to leave a comment, stating that you have completed these tasks!

Now go enter!

And tell all your friends about this contest!

 

Naomi Miller is being featured this month on Donna’s BookShelf!Tweet this!

Blessings!

 

Feature © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Visit my giveaway rules page for a complete explanation of the terms and conditions of this giveaway.

 

The Plain Choice | Sherry Gore

 

Today I am reviewing The Plain Choice
by Sherry Gore.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Raised in a broken family and emotionally overlooked, Sherry Gore grew up without a solid foundation, a prisoner of her own poor choices, and at times without hope. A series of terrible mistakes left her feeling wrecked and alone and a sudden tragedy threw Sherry into an emotional tailspin too powerful to escape.

Sherry hangs by a thread, unable to see how she can go on living, until it happens: on a morning of no particular significance, she walks into a church and BAM the truth of Jesus forgiving love shatters her world and cleaves her life in two: She goes to bed stunned; she wakes up a Christian.

Unwilling to return to the darkness of her former life, Sherry attacks her faith head on. Soon the life Sherry Gore remakes for herself and her children as she seeks to follow the teachings of the Bible features head coverings, simple dress, and a focus on Jesus Christ. Only then does she realize, in a fit of excitement, that there are others like her. They are called Amish and Mennonite, and she realizes she has found her people.

The plain choice that Sherry makes is not easy and life still brings unexpected pain and heartache – but it changes everything for her, as she becomes one of the few people on earth to have successfully joined the Amish from the outside.

She has found her place. And her story proves that one can return from the darkest depths to the purest light with the power of God.”

 

Don’t miss THE PLAIN CHOICE by Sherry Gore… Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

“A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life”

I have to admit, I am a bit disappointed that the book cover implies that Sherry Gore is living an Amish life — if there are Amish who are allowed to use laptops, own and drive vehicles, and pose for pictures, I have never met or seen them. I don’t believe Sherry became one of the few people on earth to have successfully joined the Amish from the outside. While I respect what Sherry and her family have done, the book cover doesn’t convey the same message that Sherry tries to share — that she is part of a progressive Amish-Mennonite community.

This is very different from an Amish community. But perhaps those responsible for publishing the book — and creating the cover — don’t understand the difference.

Those of us who have Amish friends knew all along that Sherry most likely didn’t belong to an Amish community. The Amish generally turn their backs to cameras or do not allow their pictures to be taken, and their clothing is made from solid colors — usually somber tones. The small print speaks more of Mennonite clothing. My friends are part of a very strict Amish community and I’ve only ever seen them wear brown or black clothing.

Back to Sherry’s story…

I love reading Amish fiction, so naturally, I thought I’d enjoy reading The Plain Choice. As a matter of fact, I did enjoy reading Sherry’s memoir about how she adopted a plain lifestyle for herself and her family. My family cannot afford to move to an Amish-Mennonite or Mennonite settlement at this time, but we have willingly adapted to a plainer lifestyle.

What I think we should all try to take from this is that Sherry has begun a much better life for herself and her children. Their lives have become much more plain and they are happy.

Sherry is sharing her journey of faith; a journey many of us have chosen. Everyone goes through hard times growing up, some harder than others. Marriage to the wrong person can be a nightmare. I believe marriage is forever, but I won’t fault someone for leaving an abusive situation — which is where Sherry found herself.

None of us ever stop making mistakes. All we can do is continue on our path, doing our best to make better decisions as we move forward. Sherry has moved to a community where she is happy and is sharing the gospel with others. God bless you, Sherry!

 

And God bless my wonderful readers!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook | Wanda E. Brunstetter

Today I’m reviewing the Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook by the wonderful Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

The must-have cookbook of the season is Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook—a brand new collection of holiday recipes and insights into Christmas celebrations direct from Amish homes.

You’ll also enjoy the addition of scriptures and common Amish sayings.

Surrounded by a beautiful lay-flat binding, this cookbook is the perfect holiday gift for yourself and friends

MY THOUGHTS:

The Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook is exactly what I have been wanting for Christmas… the fact that I received it from Wanda Brunstetter made it one of the biggest surprises I’ve ever received!

I couldn’t wait to try it…

The cookbook is broken down into groups: snacks and bites, breads and rolls, gifts from the kitchen, salads, main dishes and sides, sweets and desserts.

It has a brief history of the Amish and Mennonites, then goes on to describe an Amish Christmas, the most important holiday celebrated by the Amish church groups that do celebrations – a few very strict Old Order groups do not celebrate Christmas.

Wanda writes about the typical Amish school Christmas programs, and family traditions, including music and decorations.

But the most important tradition among the Amish is the day after Christmas, referred to as Second Christmas. This is the day for families to be with friends and extended family, and gifts are often exchanged.

Another tradition is Old Christmas… but I won’t say anything else about it… you can read about it in Wanda’s cookbook.

Now on to the recipes…

I’m not going to list the recipes, but I can assure you they look mouth-watering… I can almost taste them!

OK, I’ll name just a few of my favorites:
1. Kalochis
2. Peanut butter fudge
3. Holiday Spritz
4. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
5. Chili Pie Casserole (shown below)

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Here are before and after pictures from when I made the Chili Pie Casserole – my family loved it… it didn’t last long!

All in all one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve ever received.

Merry Christmas, Wanda!

And if you’re looking for a great Christmas gift for friends… pick up a copy of Wanda’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook, a sweet addition to any cook’s library — just in time for Christmas!

You can find more about WANDA on her website… HERE

Merry Christmas and God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2014

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