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Amish Friendship Bread Recipes


Got my starter bag yesterday from a neighbor so thought I’d start a collection of yummy recipes to try it on.   These are the stand out recipes.  I’ll try them & record later as we bake them how they rate.

Lemon Blueberry (with drizzle)


Double Chocolate

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip (minus the chips!  yuk!)

Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Rolls (or as Nate would say, Simmer-on Rolls)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (substituting butterscotch chips for the chocolate)

Carrot Cake Bread w/ Cream Cheese Frosting (for my Anders: )

Apple Flax (got some of both that need to be used up)

Monkey Bread


Cherry Cheesecake Bread

Zucchini Chocolate Chip

* Update Ocotber 21 – Everyone loves the blueberry lemon & double chocolate.  Anders likes the cinnamon best & Jack likes the cinnamon with raisins best.  Cherry & pumpkin are good, too, but I like Mom’s banana bread recipe better.   And now we know. : ]

O Byrn Amish Friendship Bread side 1-2

(I LOVE this handwritten direction page!  Reminds me of my grandmothers.  Courtesy of bakingpictures.)

Shopping & Clothing Woes

Spent my morning trying to shop. Now, understand this is a major ordeal for me. I know what I want, just can NEVER find it. I must have unique tastes. No comments from the peanut gallery here, PLEASE! I’ve come close to going here with my attire, but not yet. If they would just use ANYTHING but pastels, I might be persuaded (can’t stomach those pastels!). It would make life easier. And I’ve dreamed of mother-daughter outfits for years.

This is probably way too obscure to be of any interest or use to others, but I have been searching for good, thick t shirts for all members of the family & have yet to find the right ones. When Dad passed away two years ago, I snatched up his t shirt collection & boy am I glad now I did! They are the staple of my wardrobe at this point. They are sturdy, well cut, no pockets, not too long – just right! I like the “layered look” – t shirt with long sleeved big shirt on top.

Speaking of clothes hunting, when I was expecting Nate, shopping for maternity clothes was ridiculously expensive & limited to two stores in Columbus; nothing local. It’s gotten better I have to say, but since I’m still wearing the same sorry shirt for working out from eleven years ago (the only one left & paint splattered at that), I felt it was time to look for new ones. Well, all shirts offered in maternity sections currently are sleeveless, tight somewhere, and/or some funky nylon seventies design! Am I the only one who just wants to get a basic t shirt without pockets, thick, not showing my belly button or looking like a tunic tent, AND in a few feminine colors would be nice. Is that too much to ask?

I tell you, these Pluma t shirts from Dad are awesome all year around, pregnant or not! I love them. Come to find out, they are not replaceable. The Pluma company sold their stuff years ago through Sam’s Club, but have since gone under. After doing some digging, it sounds like this coming February though, Walmart is going to be selling a similar shirt!! I sure hope this source knew what they were talking about. They didn’t say the brand name yet, but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be combing the mens shirts at Walmart starting this February.

Now, does anybody know where to get maternity workout shorts that go at least halfway down the thigh? They don’t seem to sell them anywhere. Closest I can find are “Daisy Duke” short – I ask you what woman wants to work out EVER with shorts riding up the rear?? Honestly, I get so tired of fashion!

I’m also looking for a CUTE (not Amish) flannel nightgown. You know, with a pretty yoke, eyelet edges, a little puff to the sleeve, & a large ruffled hem – full length & nursing capability would be fabulous. I am so close to pulling out my old sewing machine, digging up my twenty year old nightgown pattern & making one myself. But the lazy side of me always wins here. This kind of stuff gets me thinking I should’ve been either Amish or born a hundred years earlier. I guess rich enough to just have my clothes made to order would’ve worked, too.

Don’t even get me started with the difficulties of being a 5’8″ woman looking for pants. Regular is always too short & talls are impossible to find or too long. A clothes horse I never will be.

Conclusion: My clothing tastes can be found somewhere between Vermont Country Store, Cabela’s, and “old but comfy”.