23 responses to PA Amish trip highlights
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    Comment on Your Trip (August 31st, 2012 at 06:19)

    Your Trip

    Good morning Erik,

    If you would have stayed long enough on Sat eve you would have gotten another serving of Mountain Pies, here you would have gotten a square meal 🙂

    Safe trip to IN – OH


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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on Happy Labor day weekend folks..... (August 31st, 2012 at 06:23)

    Happy Labor day weekend folks.....

    Sounds like your stay in my home state Eric was enjoyable along with lasting memories for you, and I look forward to viewing all of the pictures from this trip down the line on Amish America. Everyone have yourselves a very nice Labor day weekend as well! Richard from www.Amishstories.net

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    Comment on Thank you! (August 31st, 2012 at 07:15)

    Thank you!

    Erik, thank you for sharing, I’m tapping this out quick before reading all your comments just to ask if you will attend the Haiti Benefit Auction in Mt. Hope OH tonight or tomorrow? It’s so incredibly wonderful!

    Now I can go back & read the rest!

    Thanks for the Happy Labor Day sentiments Richard, same to you 🙂

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      Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (September 3rd, 2012 at 06:17)

      Hi Valerie, will just be getting to Ohio today so I guess I missed it. I have enjoyed it before, I hope you did too. I might drop by Mt. Hope Tues or Wed though.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (August 31st, 2012 at 07:21)

    How nice to hear of your highlights.

    My thought re: the 9 day old baby is that a nine yr old sister was sick of playing nursemaid and was ecstatic to see an adult woman to pass the infant to so she herself could go do nine yr old things for a while. At least that’s what I would have done at nine years of age.

    I’m very glad to hear of Izbela sharing your love of the Amish and being able to give as well as take all the good natured ribbing.

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    Linda Northern Illinois
    Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (August 31st, 2012 at 08:58)


    We’ll be in Indiana and Ohio soon. Hopefully we will run into each other. Explain that saying to your girlfriend.

    Have safe travels always.

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    Comment on "The Hat" (August 31st, 2012 at 09:00)

    "The Hat"

    Your mention of “the hat” reminded me of a similar incident when I had to go to the courthouse to explain to the Clerk why I could not serve on a jury, after having been called to do so. As I waited to go through the security device at the door of the building, I watched one of the officers tell a couple men ahead of me to remove their ballcaps. When I got up there he looked at me a little oddly, and said “You can keep your hat on”.

    I never realized a piece of woven straw had that much power….

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Welcome, Izabela! (August 31st, 2012 at 11:06)

    Welcome, Izabela!

    Hi, Erik, and Izabela! It’s so good to hear you have a “traveling companion” on your Amish treks this summer, Erik! Izabela, I hope you enjoy your time here,and I’d really be intersted in your “take” on both the “English” and Amish aspects of life in the USA. Being of Polish descent myself, I can “appreciate” a good Polish joke or two, also!

    I must purchase a pie iron—I’ve been considering one for a couple of years. Your comment about using square bread in a round pan leads to a dilemma, though, as to which shape to get (anyone have an opinion/experience with both shapes, and can give an opinion?).

    How long will Izabela be here?

    Enjoy your time in Indiana and Ohio…hope the weather cools down some for your comfort (93 degrees at the end of August is the pits).

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (September 3rd, 2012 at 06:20)

      Thanks Alice Mary. About another month in the states. Getting ready to leave Indiana for Ohio this morning, on the road again 🙂

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    Melissa H
    Comment on Great trip... (August 31st, 2012 at 12:24)

    Great trip...

    Thanks for sharing about your trip Erik! It sounds like you had a great time. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in IN and OH.

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    Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (August 31st, 2012 at 20:29)

    I am surprised you didn’t share any pictures of you and the potential future Mrs. Wesner.
    But maybe you had a T-shirt on that read “I’m with the Amish –> “ and no parties involved wanted you to publish it, least not Izabela.

    I tease (respectfully) of course

    It sounds like you had an amazing time.

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    Comment on Off topic (August 31st, 2012 at 21:33)

    Off topic

    Sorry for the suddenness of the next reply from me, but
    I got a quick question, I know it was addressed sometime ago, but how do those of us who reply upload avatar images, I made one I like and I wanted to use it. Advice?

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      Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (September 3rd, 2012 at 06:22)

      Thanks Shom, it has been much fun and especially seeing Indiana friends the past few days. On the avatar image, go to gravatar.com to get set up.

      It’s quite easy to do if anyone else out there is thinking of switching that grey anonymous comment man for something more vibrant 🙂

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        Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (September 3rd, 2012 at 19:19)

        Thank you, Erik, I didn’t quite abandon the anonymous gray man entirely, just yet, I just spoofed him a little and converted him to the Amish faith.

        Sort of inspired by the hat commentary on this thread of comments.

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          Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (September 4th, 2012 at 06:56)

          I like your hat. Hang on to your hat, Shom!

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            Comment on Thanks Linda (September 4th, 2012 at 15:12)

            Thanks Linda

            Will do, Linda!
            I thought about adding suspenders, but I thought that it would take too much away from the reference to the original gray man. Maybe he’ll buy suspenders eventually, or get hitched and grow a believer’s beard.

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    Comment on Mountain Pies (September 3rd, 2012 at 08:13)

    Mountain Pies

    Wouldn’t that be interesting for your special friend to write a guest blog about her Amish country highlights or impressions! At least if it’s mostly in English.

    At www.facebook.com/pages/Mountain-Pies/62981370846, there is a photo of the nicest looking grilled cheese toasted sandwich. Somehow, more people like the Mountain Pie facebook than Amish America facebook. Hmmm. Mountain pies are also “called campfire pies, hobo pies, jaffles, toasties, Pudgie Pies, and pie shams… but always called delicious. Unless you burn it!”

    Pie irons are pictured and explained at www.pieiron.com/what.htm. They also have recipes and cookbooks. Pie irons can be square or round, cast iron or aluminum. If you use square bread in a round pie maker, the excess is cut off (and wasted?). Refrigerated biscuit dough or flour tortillas can also be used. The hinged, cavity sandwich cooker is similar to the Jaffle Iron of Australia, and the Panini Grill in Italy. In the U.K., the sandwiches are named Toasties.

    Did the term “Mountain Pies” begin somewhere where mountains are?
    Happy memories!

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    Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (September 3rd, 2012 at 18:30)

    Would love to see a picture of Izabella…..would love to know her thoughts on the Amish…..Has she been cooking for you ? She’s polish, I know she know how to cook some good polish food…..love it….

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    Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (September 3rd, 2012 at 18:33)

    Still need that EDIT BUTTON on here Erik….

    I meant to say she knows……not she know………

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    Comment on PA Amish trip highlights (September 3rd, 2012 at 19:23)

    Once we get our picnic pavillion all finished, we must get some mountain pie makers to cook up some goodies. Erik, maybe it will be finished for your next visit to Big Valley! Hope so!!


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    Comment on An Amish Hat Story (September 8th, 2012 at 21:14)

    An Amish Hat Story

    On Saturday the eighth of September I helped a museum I participate with at a big street festival in our community. I was doing what I was asked to do in my period appropriate clothing, which includes a straw hat much like the one in Erik’s picture.

    A young man walked toward me and began to, badly, sing ‘Weird Al’ Yankovick’s “Amish Paradise” because of my choice in headgear. I quickly thought about what I should do, I thought about reciting the “You’re making a big mistake” scene from Harrison Ford’s “Witness”, or quoting “Amish Paradise” back to him with the line “Don’t be vain, don’t be whiny, or my brother I might have to get medieval your hiny”, but instead of playing along with the gag my gut reaction was to say “hello, I’m with this museum and our next event is this which will be on this date. I can give you a flyer.”

    I did think the scene was funny though, and I did hear “Look they’re Amish”, but I was too far away to say “no we’re not.” I did not hear any Jane Austen quips though. My group would take that as complement, but “look they’re Amish” gives us an in to engage and educate.

    True Hat Story.

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