Five Points Posts (January-March) & Your Ideas?

fiveI’ve enjoyed writing these five points lists the last few months, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them.

We’ve done one per week since January. They’ve been some of our most popular posts. If you missed any, here they are from oldest to most recent:

The 5 Friendliest Amish Communities
5 Outdated Technologies Amish Still Use
5 Things You See at an Amish Church Service
5 Unconventional Amish Health Practices
5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit
The 5 Amish Buggy Colors
5 (More) Reasons Why The Amish Fascinate Us
5 Places Where Amish Shop
The 5 Largest Amish Affiliations
5 Common Features in Amish Homes
5 Occasions When Amish Sing

What other topics would make good posts for this series?

Trish in Indiana has already given us one good idea (“Technologies People Are Surprised the Amish DO Use”).

Your ideas are welcome in the comments. Thanks as always for your feedback!

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    1. Al in Ky

      My suggestions:

      Five Amish Communities I’ve Enjoyed Visiting (and the reasons why)

      Five Amish Communities I Would Like to Visit (and the reasons why)

      1. elsie

        Our most favorite community is Holmes County Ohio, where my ancestors came from. We visit there two to three times a year. One year it was five times. About a six hour drive. We camp! And right here in Eaton County and Barry County, my Amish friends. Indiana is the wealthy Amish communities, not my favorite, although I’m there about once a yr. Geauga County Ohio is a nice community also. Probably will not go back to Wisconcin.

    2. Kendall

      Food, of course!

      The 5 most popular Amish dishes! Your top 5 favorite Amish pies? The top 5 things the Amish can (with pretty pictures of an Amish pantry and those beautiful jars lining the shelves-is that too much to ask?!)

      Thanks for your blog, I love it 🙂

      1. Thanks Kendall! Given my appreciation of them, I once thought about a post on pies, though then I got myself caught up in the question of what is an “Amish” pie (we’ve had forms of this question about other things 🙂 ). Shoofly pie, Snitz pie, and Whoopie pies (not a pie in the traditional sense, I suppose) are three that came to mine as closely associated with Amish. I guess I could call say a black raspberry pie an “Amish” pie assuming it’s Amish-made though wonder if I’m missing others more instantly connected with “Amish”.

        1. Esther

          Amish Pies

          I would say that Ground Cherry Pie is an Amish pie. I have not heard of anyone other than Amish or Mennonites making this pie.

          1. Have had the ground cherries, but I don’t think I’ve had the pie. I think it’s a harder one to find in bake shops. But sounds delicious.

            1. Linda

              Ground Cherry Pie

              Ground Cherry Pie is available in season at Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant in Berlin, Ohio. One man who had paid $65 for a Ground Cherry Pie at a benefit auction, declined to buy a reasonably-priced slice of the same at the restaurant.

              Is Mince Pie an Amish recipe? Or Vanilla Crumb Pie?

              Yoder’s Restaurant in Sarasota, Florida, is known for its Peanut Butter Cream Pie.

              Someone else is making a list of 5’s and 10’s, (and checking it twice):

              “10 Mennonite- and Amish-Style Restaurants that Promise to Impress: Part 1.”
              Das Dutchman Essenhaus of Middlebury, Indiana; Anna Mae’s Bakery and Restaurant of Millbank, Ontario; Yoder’s Restaurant of Sarasota, FL; and Shady Maple Smorgasbord of East Earl, Pa.

    3. Christy

      Love to read about:

      I’m all for Al’s suggestions and I would also ask everyone’s favorite top 5 places to stop in while visiting their favorite community.

    4. Trish in Indiana

      And don’t forget the idea of “5 Modern (or nearly-modern) Technologies You Might Be Surprised the Amish DO Use.”

      I’d like to hear more about Amish women’s life. How about “5 Things Many Amish Women Do Every Day (or Week)” or “5 Things Amish Women Do in Their ‘Free’ Time”?

      1. Kendall

        Oh I love the ideas about 5 things that Amish women do, that’s a great idea.

        1. Amish girl - Rebecca

          5 Things Amish women do daily

          Pack the lunchboxes.
          Get the schoolkids ready.
          Cook the meals.
          Keep the house clean.
          and last, but not least – PRAY !

          And-Oh by the way there’s so much more , I found it hard to narrow down to 5. 🙂

          1. elsie

            It is more like: 5 things per hour each and every day, just like the English women. Not a lot of difference. Also depends on the community you live in. Many Amish women work outside the home or have their own busines. etc etc.

      2. Great ideas, I like how “free” is in quotes 🙂

      3. Amish girl - Rebecca

        5 (almost -modern things )

        Electric blender, computerized sewing machine, Hair-dryer(I’ve seen one), electric sweeper, copier. Been there-done that.

    5. Alice Mary

      I especially like Trish’s idea about Amish women’s lives…although I have to wonder how much “free time” they have to spend on anything OTHER than “woman’s work?” 😉

      Christy’s idea is really appealing to me, too!

      Thanks for keeping your blog interesting, Erik, and I appreciate the “5 things” rather than “top 10”. It’s a little easier for me to keep up with shorter lists (maybe in a few years, when I retire, I’ll be requesting “top 20”, when I have more time on my hands!)

      Keep ’em coming, Erik!

      Alice Mary

      1. Why thank you Alice Mary, and nice to hear it is still interesting. It helps that my subject is anything but boring. I plan to (mostly) stay with 5, because it’s a little easier for me too!

    6. Katrina

      List Suggestion

      How about 5 Most Popular Baby Names for Girls and 5 Most Popular Baby Names For Boys?

    7. Loretta Shumpert

      Bob Andy Pie

      Have you heard of Bob Andy Pie? It is from an amish cookbook that I have from Marcia Adams, Cooking From Quilt Country. She had a cooking program on PBS some years ago (all amish cooking and at the end she would show an amish quilt), I watched her each week and saw her make this pie and talk about the origin of the name. She surmised that it was likely named after an amish familys two mules. She said that it is a regional favorite although she does not say which region.

    8. Terry Berger

      My thoughts


      How about:
      Five things the Amish do for fun?
      The top five Amish vacation spots?
      Five things you can do with a woodstove?
      Five most common ways Amish youth push the limits?

      What think ye?

    9. Terry Berger

      A few comments on Pies

      Ground cherry is a Pennsylvania German pie, most likely used by the plain communities as well. In Dutch it’s called Yuhdekaschah boi (Yoodah’kawsha boy). Mince meat is also very common throughout the overall Penn German people and the plain people. I’ve mostly heard of Vanilla crumb pie with the Amish in Lancaster County. Four of my favorite pies are Apple tart, Lemon Strickel, Lemon Funnycake, and Strawberry custard pie. You may or may not find them at Amish tables.


    10. Trish in Indiana

      How about “five things Amish people feel guilty about (but still sometimes do anyway)”? 😉

    11. Carol

      5 things Amish would like to know about the English but are reluctant to ask.

      1. Amish girl - Rebecca

        5 things

        Carol, Can’t think of 5- we know a lot more about the English than most people think we do.If not I ask my English friends.

    12. Amish girl - Rebecca

      5 things Amish do for fun

      Play volleyball or other sports.
      Go birding. Go hunting.
      Play cards or board games.
      Skating and sledding.
      Vacationing 🙂

    13. Amish girl - Rebecca

      5 Top Vacation Spots

      Just my ideas :
      Pinecraft, FL
      NC beaches
      Canadian lakes for fishing
      Western States for sightseeing
      Canadian Rockies

      Plus many more !