A Day in the Life of a Young Amish Mom

Rachel: A typical service is about three hours long. Afterward we enjoy fellowship and a light lunch at church. Sometimes we go to visit parents or other family later on. We have a very busy social life in the summer. We have much more time for socializing than my parents did; they lived on a farm and had many chores with the crops and animals.

Liz: Are your families close by?

Rachel: Yes. We do not get together every week, but we stay in touch. I’d say we see them once or twice a month. Junior works with his brothers, so we see them a lot. Also, three of his nephews work with him. I have a sister close by, and we get together during the week with our kids. I am close to my mother and mother-in-law.

Liz: How did you meet your husband?

Rachel: In our Amish youth group.

Liz: I love that he was the one who encouraged you to open your scrapbooking shop. Is your shop open every day? Is that hard with young children?

Rachel: My shop, From the Heart, is open three days a week. It is closed in January, February, and during the summer. I used to be open in the summer and would sell a lot because of tourists in the area, but I am closed in the summers now. My kids come before my shop.

Liz: Rachel, that is so wonderful. You will never regret that decision to spend more time with your kids in the summers. Is it common for a wife in the Amish community to have a business?

Rachel: More so now than back in the 1900s when more Amish lived on farms. Since I started the shop, my garden is about half the size it used to be, and I don’t make all our clothes any more. My business is worth that to me. It’s great to meet new people, and some have been such an inspiration to me . . . such as you, Liz!

Liz: That is lovely. You are an inspiration to me too. Thanks so much, Rachel!

Rachel’s Breakfast Muffins

2 cups flour

¾ cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

½ cup oil

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries*

*Variations: 1 cup chopped apples and 1 cup raisins, or 1 cup chopped pears and 1 cup dried cranberries

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and set aside.

In a small bowl, blend remaining ingredients and pour into the dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened. Fold in blueberries or other fruit.

Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with batter. For a crumb topping, mix 3 tablespoons melted butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 tablespoons flour. Top each muffin with the crumb topping. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 24 muffins.

If you prefer a glaze topping rather than a crumb topping, mix ½ cup powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons cream, and drizzle on muffins after baking.

Rachel’s Country Brunch Casserole

1 loaf crusty Italian bread, cubed

16 ounces shredded cheese

6 eggs

3 cups milk

½ teaspoon onion powder

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 tablespoon mustard

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon salt

Toss bread, cheese, melted butter, and seasonings in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Beat eggs and milk. Pour egg and milk mixture over the bread mixture in the baking dish. Refrigerate overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Top with more cheese and crumbled bacon or cubed ham. Return to oven until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let set 5–10 minutes. Serves 10–12 people.

Liz Lane lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two sons, and their Golden Retriever. Liz enjoys spending time with her family and friends, scrapbooking, reading, and traveling with her family. Liz also loves helping people learn to study God’s Word and grow in Him.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

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