Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kissin' Don't Last, (Amish) Cookin' Do

When we moved to Central Illinois fourteen years ago, we knew nothing about the many Amish folk who farm and run businesses nearby. Since living less than an hour from the Amish communities of Arthur and Arcola, we’ve experienced seeing their horse-drawn buggies go by, using their finely crafted cabinets, and eating their unequalled cooking!

At Dutch Kitchen Restaurant in Arcola, several Amish sayings decorate the placemats. I thought you’d find them amusing.

v  I came to town today and bought myself poor

v  Grandma Yoder’s shoo-fly pie sure eats good.

v  Please eat your mouth empty before you say.

v  Kissin’ wears out; cookin’ don’t.

v  It’s out the main street a little piece.

v  Don’t eat so quick—you make chust like a little wuutz (pig).

v  Smear me all over with jam a piece of bread.

v  Don’t eat yourself full—there’s more back yet.


Did you notice that out of eight sayings, six center on eating or food?

Have you read any Amish novels or books about the Amish?

Which saying did you like best?