You know how I say that when I get on a kick I run it into the ground? When I become interested in something I want to read about it, talk about it, discover and find out everything there is to know about that thing. I become obsessed. And then when I get a new interest, I drop my old one like it's hot and delve into the recent obsessions. I'm real wishy-washy like that.
Well, I have been extremely interested in the Amish as of late. I have watched several documentaries over the past couple years on the Amish and I find them simply fascinating. My brother introduced me to a new show on the National Geographic channel because he knows of my infatuation with the Amish. The show is called Amish: Out of Order, and it is fantastic.
Any other viewers out there? Don't you just love Mose?
I grew up not far from "Amish Country". I never thought much about them or gave them another thought, but now that I'm recently interested in their way of life, I have become a stalker. My Mom and I went on an Amish Expedition the other day and scoped out their colony - their houses, their buggies, their bakeries, their land and tractors - oh, it was amazing. We went on a couple hour journey through the Land of the Amish and when we found ourselves back on the main highways and out of the serene fields and dirt roads, we both longed for their simplicity.
Though I don't agree with some of their beliefs spiritually (for the most part they are spot on with me, but there are a couple huge differences), and their convictions against education, war, and advancements in the world, I find their lifestyle wonderful. And I find myself thinking "this is how we were intended to live". Hard working. Family oriented. Zero "worldly" distractions (phones, tv, etc.). Solid morals. Strong community. They live off the land - completely self sufficient with total reliance on God.
I think we have a lot to learn from them.
But anyway, I became obsessed, bought a couple books and I stalk them as often as I can. I feel like I could give a professional lecture on the Amish, I have learned so much!
There is a store called "The Amish Cheese House" that we have been going to for years in a town near the one where I grew up. They have the best lunch meat, cheese, fudge, handmade goodies you can find. It is absolutely delightful. Levi, from a very early age, has had a strange infatuation with the Amish Cheese House. My Mom jokes that he would rather go there than Disney Land. You should see him light up when we say we're going there. It's the strangest thing!
I took some pictures last time we were there, so I could give you guys a visual of this amazing shop.
There are samples of cheese everywhere, and so Levi has a hey-day.
Rows and rows of goodies. Levi's favorites are the Sesame Sticks.
I especially love the handmade pastas they sell. Delicious!
They also have all kinds of baked goods and things for you to make at home - like pie fillings. Yum yum!
Lots of seasonings and stocks.
Their fudge is to die for! And I don't really even like fudge!
I have a great aunt from Colorado that has this fudge shipped to her a couple times a year. It's THAT good.
And you just can't beat homemade peanut butter. It pairs perfectly with their homemade jams and jellies.
Oh, and their pickles? Best in the world.
Next door to this place is a little bakery that sells baked goods and bread. I can't even tell you how amazing the bread is. It's unlike any bread you've ever had. It's delicious.
The people working there are all decked out in their Amish-wear, but I recently learned that most of the employees are Mennonite. Don't ask me what their differences are because there are TOO MANY to list! I read a whole book on "the differences of the Amish and Mennonite".
I told ya. Obsessed.
So, now that I have scratched the surface of what there is to know about the Amish, it's time for me to adopt a new obsession. Let's hope there's a cheese house involved with the next one.
I guess I could start watching Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and become obsessed with the gypsies?