9 responses to Plain and Happy Living: Amish Recipes and Remedies
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    Julie Bair
    Comment on Plain and Happy Living: Amish Recipes and Remedies (October 27th, 2011 at 07:04)

    What an interesting book! My Dad grew up Amish and to this day cannot stand onions, especially raw onions. Grandma would make onion “syrup” for them when they would get sick. I always wondered how she made it, and maybe you’ve just answered my question! :)

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    Comment on Plain and Happy Living: Amish Recipes and Remedies (October 27th, 2011 at 07:18)

    My advice – from experience – is the cider vinegar works for many kinds of itching, but don’t use it if there has been an allergic reaction. The vinegar can release more histamines, and make it worse.

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    tj
    Comment on Plain and Happy Living: Amish Recipes and Remedies (October 27th, 2011 at 07:56)

    I checked Amazon and $20 is kind of pricey for a paperback book, but thanks for the review. It does sound interesting.

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    Marilyn from New York
    Comment on Plain and Happy Living: Amish Recipes and Remedies (October 27th, 2011 at 08:06)

    I use to subsitute teach at a school. One day I was leaving the lady maintenance group were cleaning the windows of the school and I asked them what they used to clean those windows so clear. It was vinegar. They used recipe similar to the one above and that really cleaned the windows. Knowing I smoke they told me to use it on my car windows-it would clear all that smoke off the windows. My Mom was born in the hills of Kentucky-she was not Amish, but used many herbs, poultices, salves, etc. I never paid attention to what she did-but I wish I knew as I am now allergic to many modern medicines. When I was a child it was expensive to go to the doctors. Most people couldn’t afford it. Also, there weren’t as many doctors around when I was a child as there are today.
    Marilyn

    Plain and Happy Living: Amish Recipes and Remedies

    • Marilyn I’ve heard vinegar is a good odor absorber for smoking. I don’t smoke but I’ve tried it to thwart my neighbors who do (I’m in an apartment building, and the fumes come in my window from below, ack).

      It doesn’t quite do the trick, though maybe I just need to dump huge quantities while they are lighting up! That may convey the message, at least :)

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    Roberta
    Comment on Plain and Happy Living: Amish Recipes and Remedies (October 27th, 2011 at 16:21)

    If you don’t want to drop $20 at Amazon for a new copy there are used copies for $3 or $4 plus $4 postage at
    http://www.bookfinder.com so you can feel thrifty and help someone to recycle at the same time.

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    Naomi
    Comment on Plain and Happy Living: Amish Recipes and Remedies (October 27th, 2011 at 18:52)

    I would love to get a copy. With the present economy so bad, and poised to get worse, I have been wondering what life was like, specifically for the Amish, during the Great Depression.

    As my family has felt the pinch of the current recession, we have turned to home made cleaners such as vinegar, alcohol, baking soda, etc.

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    Linda
    Comment on Rivvel Soup or Rivel Soup (September 14th, 2013 at 16:51)

    Rivvel Soup or Rivel Soup

    I like your Poor Man’s Rivvel Soup recipe, without the pepper, but adding a dash of celery salt, and about a half teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base. Thanks for the chicken broth idea. I used to use only milk to make Rivvel Soup, but I like the added chicken base flavor.

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