23 responses to 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories
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    Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 11:21)

    Glad to hear you are feeling better, Erik! I’d love to have the recipes for the tonics your “doctors” used if you can get them. Sounds like it was a very interesting trip, I’m sure you’ll tell us more soon. And yes, I’ve always had good results with Amazon Customer Service.

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      Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 15:35)

      Thanks Char! I will keep it in mind to ask next time we speak but I wonder if someone reading this will know how to make this concoction (and what ingredient I am leaving out…)

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        Comment on Super Tonic (March 1st, 2013 at 16:30)

        Super Tonic

        Here’s a recipe for Super Tonic from the book, BE YOUR OWN DOCTOR, by Weaver:

        Use equal parts of freshly chopped or shredded onion, garlic, horseradish, ginger, and cayenne (use less if you do not want it too hot. You can use habanero or jalapeno peppers.)

        Fill quart jar with chopped mixture and cover with raw apple cider vinegar. Let stand for 2-4 weeks. Strain and bottle. Use liberally anywhere you would use an antibiotic. It works very well to ward off any cold or flu symptoms. It works best if you begin to use it at the first sign of illness or sniffles.
        (Or you could google Super Tonic recipe or Plague Tonic.)

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          Comment on Ginger it was! (March 4th, 2013 at 09:30)

          Ginger it was!

          Thanks for filling in the missing ingredient Linda. Next time I’m going to be brave enough to try the undiluted dosage. And if this is strong enough to fight off the plague I am encouraged 🙂

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      Marijane Grassie
      Comment on Please ans. email thanx Eric (March 1st, 2013 at 18:19)

      Please ans. email thanx Eric

      Erik, I have gone to Lancaster pa. For. Years, but find it now to be to touristy. I like buying Amish products from them direct. (At their homes) I have only been in Lancaster area of pa. Do you know any other areas there that aren’t so filled with tourist. Have also gone to Ohio Amish and the ny trail. I realy enjoyed that because it was not a tourist trial thanx mj

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        Comment on Have you looked at this? (March 2nd, 2013 at 13:24)

        Have you looked at this?

        Marijane: I am just the opposite, I have never been to Lancaster County, PA, but have been to New Wilmington. Even some of the Amish community near New Wilmington was a little more “touristy” than other areas; generally that nearer the more major highway(s) was more, that further away & on backroads was less. Makes sense as to why this would be.

        Try this link. I think it will give you some ideas as to where to visit Amish communities in PA:


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          Don Curtis
          Comment on Amish in Texas (March 2nd, 2013 at 14:26)

          Amish in Texas

          Hello OldKat,
          You asked me to find out from Mark where the Amish from Belle Center will be on their disaster relief trip. They left, today, Saturday March 2nd. They will be in the Bastrop, Texas area working on houses destroyed or damaged by tornadoes. They will be staying at Mennonite homes or churches in the area. I’m afraid that I don’t even know where Bastrop, Texas is but that’s where they’ll be. Just about all the youth boys from Mark’s district went. They took their carpenters’ belts and tools with them. I expect if you drive around the area you’ll hear some hammering and pounding going on.

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            Don Curtis
            Comment on Amish in Texas (March 2nd, 2013 at 14:27)

            Amish in Texas

            I forgot to tell you that the Belle Center Amish will in the Bastrop, Texas area for the next week. They come home next Saturday, March 9th.

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            Comment on Thanks Don (March 5th, 2013 at 09:10)

            Thanks Don

            I know EXACTLY where that is, about an hours’ drive west of where I live. I even know where the Mennonite community is, as I was invited to visit their church there one time but never followed up on the invite. I had planned to take the entire week off and it would have been an easy drive to join in; unfortunately things came up at work so here I am. (Insert sad face here) However, if things change up and I can get away I will head over there and lend a hand.

            I had not heard of any recent tornado activity in that area, but they did experience a massive forest fire there during the drought of 2011. Tens of thousands of acres of timber burned and several, several hundred homes, barns & businesses as well. A tornado on top of all of that? My goodness, they probably do need help. Kudos to the Belle Center Amish for coming to their aide.

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    Comment on Maple Syrup (March 1st, 2013 at 11:46)

    Maple Syrup

    Sorry you got sick during your trip.
    I can’t wait to buy a jug of this year’s crop of maple syrup. When I was still living in PA, some of the local farmers said that they shipped their syrup to VT, where it was sold as “genuine VT maple syrup.” As if state boundaries make a difference in nature’s bounty.

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    Comment on Tonic and Muddy Mt. Dew (March 1st, 2013 at 12:19)

    Tonic and Muddy Mt. Dew

    I too would love to have these recipes and I love Amazons customer service.

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    Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 13:08)

    So glad your friends were able to give you some home remedies and that they worked for you! Miserable being sick let alone away from the comfort of your own home.
    I enjoyed the short video clip of the Amish Apprentice Auctioneer. Very humble man.
    I have never seen how they tap maple trees but did know it requires a lot of sap to make one gallon of syrup. In fact, I just bought a small jar a few weeks ago from a Mennonite bulk grocery store. It’s the best!

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    Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 13:28)

    Home remedies are often the best! When my husband was in the Air Force visiting Korea meany years ago, he got deathly ill. The hotel called some sort of local practitioner who gave him a collection of pills and herbs that to this day he has no clue what was in them, except that when he got back to his home base and saw the doctor, they exempted him from drug testing for six months as a result. 🙂

    Oh, and I *adore* Amazon customer service. They just replaced my kindle with less than 2 weeks to go on the warranty. It’s nice to see a big company stand by its word just as well as a small company, isn’t it?

    Seriously, it sounds like you were in excellent hands if you got well that quickly. Your Amish friends certainly took good care of you!

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      Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 15:41)

      I pulled through somehow Laura…Actually they kept throwing blankets on top of me while sitting on the recliner by the stove. So many I couldn’t move and slept right there half the night 🙂

      I would give Amazon an A+ for their customer service. I can also see why it would be beneficial to them to make sure people have a fully-functional Amazon purchasing tool by their side 🙂 If they didn’t treat me well, well then I might be motivated to try a Nook, and then buy all my e-books the next ten years from Barnes & Noble.

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    Alice Majka
    Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 14:00)

    Glad you’re feeling better, Erik! I don’t think I’d be as brave as you with that tonic (if I don’t like the way something smells or tastes, it’s been my “habit” to upchuck it. I doubt if doing that would endear me to anyone…I’d also be afraid they might try something else as a remedy for “upchucking”…and on and on it would go!) The tea, however, sounds interesting & palatable.

    In my area, the conservation district does “sugaring” every year, with the public (and many school groups) taking part. Of course, Illinois isn’t famous for its maple syrup, but it’s possible to tap trees for a small harvest. (Had a maple tree in my yard which ran sap late one winter, then died the following year. Lots of ailing maples in my area. 🙁

    Neat video—is auctioning certain items (horses as opposed to household goods) prevalent? I mean, are there “experts” who only auction livestock, others who auction quilts, etc.? I’m guessing your expertise would be in what you LOVE, as shown in this video. I’m not on the “auction circuit”, so I’m clueless about the “art”. Most auctions around here are for household goods, some farm implements.

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 15:45)

      Alice Mary from my limited auction experience I think they are pretty flexible but assuming individual auctioneers have favorite or specialty areas. You could tell he had a lot of enthusiasm for the horses.

      The tea was definitely easier to put down. Kind of a bready taste, not at all unpleasant.

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      Comment on Amish Auctioneers (March 1st, 2013 at 21:24)

      Amish Auctioneers

      There’s another Amish Auctioneer in the valley, Aaron Kanagy, who holds household auctions just about every Monday night in Belleville. Saturdays might find him auctioning farm machinery and livestock. We’ve gotten him for our cattle auctions (American Lineback cattle) and he seems to be an expert on cattle also. I’ve never heard the auctioneer in the video yet, but would like to see him in action; guess I better watch the newspaper for his listings. Since Amish like their horses about as much as we English like certain brands of cars, I’m betting that’s a reason why he really likes to auction horses. That must be the prime of the prime auction item. Auctions in the valley are a great thing to attend, if not to bid and buy something, but for the wonderful foods they have at the lunch stand!!

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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 15:20)

    So glad you are back Erik. Glad you were healed. I could use those medicine recipes, too.


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    Patty Tolliver
    Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 16:18)

    3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories

    I just saw tea bags with Stinging Nettles at Sprouts food store here in Orange County CA. I wasn’t sure what it was good for but now that I know, I will definitely get some and keep it on hand.

    Glad you are feeling better Erik. Stay well and have a great weekend.

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    Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 17:04)

    Glad you are feeling better, Erik. I thoroughly enjoyed your recap of your trip. Thanks for sharing!

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    Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 1st, 2013 at 21:58)

    I have always been very happy with Amazon’s customer service. I think they are one of the few places anymore that the term customer service, actually means what it says. Glad you’re feeling better.

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    Comment on 3 Pennsylvania Amish trip stories (March 2nd, 2013 at 12:16)

    We’re still collecting and boiling sap in our area, too. I’ve always been told that if you take “too much” sap from a maple, it will die.

    Many people don’t realize that the commercial syrup they buy is, by far, mostly corn syrup. There’s nothing like real maple syrup.

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