Congratulations

Congratulations

Please help me congratulate Ally Devine, winner of these two unique, hand-sewn dolls. Many thanks to all who entered. My new book, A Lancaster Family Christmas, releases Sept. 28.  Preorder on Amazon and save on the Kindle...
Lancaster County versus New York

Lancaster County versus New York

People often give me a quizzical look when I tell them my two favorite places to visit are Lancaster County, PA, and New York City. What two locations could be further apart and yet so close together on the map? Fond memories of Lancaster County in autumn. I’m not...
Amish Oldies but Goodies

Amish Oldies but Goodies

As I drove home from visiting my mother-in-law yesterday, I listened to an oldies channel. I didn’t recognize some of the songs but enjoyed humming along with them. What is it that attracts me to old-fashioned items, such as quilts, clocks, antiques, and Amish dolls?...
Unexpected Start to the Summer

Unexpected Start to the Summer

Most of you who read Starting from Scratch can tell I adore plant nurseries. With summer around the corner, I would enjoy spending time gathering plants to be potted for our patio, not contemplating purchasing a new tree.  I’m sitting in the living room admiring the...
Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

“The nursery was magnificent, but nothing prepared me for the charm and eloquence of the café, which stood behind the last greenhouse.” from Starting From Scratch I never grow weary of visiting Lancaster County, PA. Or of writing about it. Or studying...