Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Farming On Faith's Published Recipe~

I am celebrating~one of Farming On Faith's very own recipes will be published in the new Mary Engelbreit Fall 2010-2011 Cookbook. I just thought I would share it with you my friends~I serve it with sliced apples.

Crockpot Hot Caramel Dip

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup brown sugar

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix together all ingredients and put in crockpot on low. Cook for about 3 hours! Enjoy~

Jumping For Joy~ Amish Study

Jumping for joy is good exercise.
Amish Proverb

Nehemiah 8:10 (King James Version)

10Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

I am jumping for joy this morning. The birds are singing, the frogs (1001 of them) are croaking a tune, the trees are budding, the chickens are running all over the yard. All is wonderful at Farming On Faith this morning~well except the 35 mile an hour wind. But I refuse to let that smolder my joy.

Jumping for joy is great exercise so the Amish say. A recent study in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise researched a southern Ohio Canadian Amish settlement. Ninety-eight Amish adults in this community agreed to wear pedometers and log their physical activity for seven days. It was no huge surprise but it confirmed that they had very high levels of activity just living their non-industrious life style.

The huge surprise came when Researchers found that an Old Order Amish adult was six times more active than an average English (non-Amish American). Six times! Amish men mostly work as farmers. One farmer reported 51,000 steps in one day-walking behind a team of horses while he plowed his field. The average Amish man took 18,425 steps per day. The average Amish woman took 14,196 steps in tending her garden, cooking, and childcare.

Another unexpected finding was only 4% of Amish are obese~despite they eat a high calorie and high in carb diet. Yum~ have you ever tried Amish cooking? It is my favorite in all the world! The typical Amish diet is based in Swiss- German style food~like dumplings, potatoes, fried chicken, and desserts out of this world~not to mention homemade breads and rolls. They also have very little heart disease among their people. Okay~I am convinced I really do want to be Amish.

The Amish believe in hard work and good living. In this study it shows that in the last 150 years with all our modern technology our activity level has dropped drastically and in turn we have a modern epidemic of obesity in America. Ouch!

An even more recent study found that the Amish in Lancaster Amish (Done by Archives of Internal Medicine) that three to four hours of moderate physical activity- walking briskly, gardening, running after children-overrode a genetic predisposition to obesity. Just getting up and moving~tending to life.

Sometimes it seems~our world does fancy expensive studies to tell us obvious things.

One of the things I observe in my Amish neighbors is what little stress simple living produces.

The family garden is an important and cooperative enterprise to the Amish. Most families preserve up to 800 quarts of fruit and vegetables each year. Stocking the pantry sounds like jumping for joy to me. I am off to tend my garden.

You have a wonderful day!



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