Collected from my Amish cookbooks
I've bought several Amish cookbooks at local Mennonite stores over the years. All of these cookbooks are from the "Pennsylvania Dutch" country of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Like many church cookbooks, they include some pithy bits of advice for living, in addition to the recipes. Here's a "Thursday Thirteen" sample of some of the proverbs.
- There are just as good fish in the sea as ever were caught.
- A barking dog seldom bites.
- Bend the sapling before it's too late.
- A smooth tongue often hides sharp teeth.
- Easy got, soon spent.
- It's a poor hunter who does not always have one barrel loaded.
- Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.
- The laborer is worthy of his hire.
- If you swear while fishing, you won't catch anything.
- Girls with fat cheeks have hearts like flint.
- It is easier to fall than to get up.
- The old bull keeps on bellowing.
- When lost in the woods, look up a tree.
You might enjoy some of the other Thursday Thirteens around the web today.
|WPA tourism poster. depicting an Amish family|