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Wednesday’s Wanderer: Michelle Dawn from Destination Amish

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
You may ask yourself, who thought this? Well, the Grinch of course! With Christmas being just around the corner, if you are like me *sigh*, then you’re running around trying to squeeze in last minute things. Take the time to consider these wise words and don’t let that last minute shopping steal your Christmas away. Spend time with your family and friends….drive around to see lights, plan a couple of family gatherings, or watch Christmas movies (How the Grinch Stole Christmas). The important thing is just being together. I am going to slow down (soon) and enjoy the rest of the holiday season. I think the Grinch is on to something….

I love baking cookies for gifts but this year I ordered from a local bakery because A.) I have been baking but I have also been eating so there isn’t much to give away (chuckle) and B.) the Amish really know how to bake a mean cookie. Yum! I have always been about giving treats away during the holiday season and I think homemade presents are the best thing since sliced bread. This weekend I think I am going to whip up some goodies but I haven’t decided what to make quite yet. Maybe some buckeyes. Yes, that should do the trick. They are easy, delicious, and always hit the spot.

What are some of your favorite things to make during Christmas? Would you like to win a book that is full of easy recipes? Of course you do! Leave a comment to enter to win an e-book copy of Plain & Simple Traditions: Amish & Mennonite Holidays by Sarah Price. Merry Christmas from Destination Amish!


*Giveaway starts today Wednesday, December 10th and ends on Wednesday, December 17th. Winner will be announced on Thursday.* 

Plain & Simple Traditions: Amish & Mennonite Holidays will be available on December 15th.


33 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Wanderer: Michelle Dawn from Destination Amish

  1. I like to make Little Stocking and fill them up with homemade candy. and dollar store items. and make cookies.

  2. I make whatever I have a taste for at that moment. I have a friend that makes probably 8 different kinds of cookies, fudge, fruitcake cookies, etc and she always gives me a plate so I don’t really need to make anything. How lucky am I?

  3. I love to bake lots and lots of different types of cookies and then give them away as gifts to our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family. That is on my agenda for next weekend, and I’m looking forward to it.

  4. Driving around looking at lights & displays is our favorite Christmas Eve tradition 🙂
    I would love to win a new cookbook. We like fudge !

  5. When I was teaching, I made a stocking for each kiddo and filled it with goodies (most of them were very low social-economic homes). They each wrote a letter to Santa so I knew what kinds of things to get each child. Now that I’ve retired, I like to cook, so I make dips and cookies and side dishes (my mom always makes the turkey and stuffing, and potatoes. I would love a new cookbook — especially this one. Blessings to you and have a good day! 🙂

  6. Love Amish country. My late husbands father was a cheese maker there.We live near Canton and go to Holmes county often.Love visiting and seeing the Amish farms.Love the laundry on the lines on washday especially the Quilts!!

  7. I like to bake lots of cookies & make fudge to give out to family & friends. I would be thrilled to add this book to my collection of books by Sarah. Thank you.

  8. I raised five wonderful children and my husband is a pastor. We would put the children to bed, get wine and cheese, and then open our gifts from each other. This was our time to celebrate the birth of our Savior with just the two of us. It still is special after 48 years.

    May you have a blessed Christmas.

  9. After singing/playing at three services Christmas Eve, I still enjoy getting up Christmas morning and making glazed ham, my award-winning potato casserole, corn casserole and other favorites for dinner, when my son and his family come from out of town. I’m not much of a baker, usually leave that to my sister!

  10. I would love to win this e-book. i have given applesauce and apple butter every year for a long time, this year we built a room on so my Mom could live with us and no canning got done, might have to make a trip to Stuart Draft, VA and buy some Amish apple-butter.

  11. My favorite things to make for Christmas were Jello cookies using lime jello and a tree disc of the cookie press and placing a sugar silver ball on the top of the tree and a sprinkle of lime jello one the cookie before baking. Mini pumpkin bread loaves are another. Home made chocolate fudge is my all time favorite. The one thing my grandchildren ask for for any family dinner, holiday and birthday, is my jello with cream cheese, cool whip and canned or frozen fruit made in the blender. Their favorite is made with lime jello and canned pears. It’s always a big hit.

  12. My mom and I make opera fudge and cookies every year for Christmas presents. Would love to win new book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. I love to bake….and so my Holiday baking will start this weekend. We then give away cookie/candy trays to our friends. Oh, and I collect Amish cookbooks, and will have to put this on my list if I am not lucky enough to win!!

  14. Hello Michelle & Sarah, I love that you posted the grinch’s quote. One of my fellow teachers has it posted on her classroom wall surrounded by upside down candy canes with the Baby Jesus in the hook turned manager…
    I am spoiled as my husband is the baker and always bakes to give during the holidays ( 45 DOZEN so far this year). I have given him Wanda Brunstetter’s Amish Dessert Cookbook and would love to be selected to win Sarah’s to add to his Amish cookbook Library. So please pick me!!!

  15. I often go to a midnight service as our 4 children are grown-up.Some years I go to a 3:00 service which is held outdoors on the lake we live on. I especially love seeing the live manger scenes. Merry Christmasand to all and to all a good night!

  16. I always liked going to Christmas Eve service, but these past years, I have to work till 8 or 9 o’clock and miss the service. I would love to win this book. I love reading about the Amish.

  17. Sugar cookies, pumpkin and pecan pies. Hot chocolate. I love baking cakes, puts, and cookies. And your house always smells so good. God Bless. Linda Faulkner

  18. I would be so truly blessed to win this giveaway! Your books are simply wonderful! God Bless You and Your Family! Have a wonderful, blessed holiday season!

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