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Monday, April 29, 2013

Guest Post by Author Amy Lillard and Katie's Choice Giveaway...

Hi everyone! This week I am pleased to welcome back my Seymour Agency sister, Amy Lillard, for a delightful guest post. 

Amy writes Amish Romance. Her second novel, Katie's Choice is set to release on May 1st. Take it away, Amy!!

Uniquely Amish by Amy Lillard
Writing Amish fiction requires a great deal of research. Somehow when I get to visit the Amish, I tend to get tongue-tied and forget every question that I want or need to ask. For those who know me well, quit laughing. I guess I get a little star struck. It’s the strangest thing. I once had a wonderful conversation with a famous comedian, but I can’t talk to the Amish woman at the bakery.
Needless to say, I spend a lot of time online researching the Amish on various sites. After all, I don’t have to speak to websites. In all my adventures online and even in person, I have collected a bit of information about Pennsylvania Dutch. If you’ve ever had the chance to listen to someone speak the language of the Amish, it has a fun and rhythmic tone that will make you smile. As with some of the expressions they use.

Here are a few of my favorites:
achey belly --stomach ache
Fernhoodle to confuse, perplex or puzzle-- "He speaks fernhoodled English.”
Hurrieder means to do something faster or to more quickly
wunst --one time, once
“You’re all strubly.” means you are disheveled, disordered, or unkempt.

            The Amish have also been known to say:
“Spread me all over with butter a piece of bread.”
“Eat yourself full.”
“Drink your mouth empty.”
“It’s gonna make down wet." means it’s going to rain.

            And the food! We all know about shoo-fly and snitz pie. But did you know dippy eggs are eggs cooked over-easy? Scrapple is pork and beef scraps mixed with corn meal and seasoning often times served with breakfast. And my personal favorite: Wedding nothings which are fried pastries sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar and reserved for weddings. But I want to know, if they are ‘nothing’ does that mean they are calorie free?
Yeah…I didn’t think so, but it was worth a try. So what’s your favorite ‘uniquely Amish’ phrase or food?

The Giveaway ~
Amy is giving away a Reader's Survival Pack which includes a copy of Katie's Choice, bag, chocolate, mug, bookmark, etc. 

Follow this Rafflecopter link so you can enter :

Now here's a little bit more about Amy...

I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

Though I was born in Mississippi, I moved to Oklahoma (Boomer!) when I was in high school and met my soul mate and best friend not long after.  Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son--a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course! We have two funny cats and a very lazy beagle.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) Until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my love for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture.  I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels--not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

also love to hear from readers, so feel free to drop me a line: amylillard@hotmail.com or come visit me on the web: www.amywritesromance.com

Thanks for coming by, Amy! I really enjoyed your post. 

My favorite Amish food doesn't have a fancy unique name. It's just a baked apple crisp. It's a real Amish recipe that I got out of the newspaper many years ago. It came with an article written by an Amish woman. The apple crisp is so good, almost better than apple pie, and so easy to make in one pan. And it's definitely not calorie free! I make it a lot in the fall, on cool Saturday afternoons.

Between you, me and the gatepost,



Lynda R Young said...

Fernhoodle!! That's an awesome word!

Sandra Orchard said...

Wish I could write hurrieder :) Congrats on your second novel, Amy!

Amy Lillard said...

Thanks, Sandra! And yes, Lynda, I think we should all try to use Fernhoodle at least once a day! LOL

Amy Lillard said...

I LOVE Apple Crisp, Loree, but apple pie to me is meh. The publishing house is printing me recipe cards to share with readers and I chose Apple Crisp. I'll be sure to send you one so we can compare recipes. Tasty yep, low caloric, no way! LOL

Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said...

Loved the article and enjoyed the PA Dutch words/expressions. Nice to "meet" authors and learn a little about them.Look forward to reading your work.

Judy said...

Loved the article Amy. I don't think I really know any phrases that are unique but I do love how at the end of a sentence some Amish will say, ain't so?

One of my favorite Amish recipes is, Amish Pork Chops.

Thanks Loree for featuring Amy!

Judy B

Loree Huebner said...

Thanks for stopping in everyone! Fun comments.

Fernhoodle is my word of the day...lol!

sugardr0p said...

Great post! I love Amish fiction and am always pleased to find new authors to enjoy.

I believe the term is actually "ferhoodle" - no n. It's been my favorite word since childhood... My grandparents spoke PA Dutch and it was one of the first words that I picked up. :) As for Amish food, I'm a big fan of the desserts: whoopie pies, shoo-fly pie, friendship bread, etc. Yum!

Unknown said...

Congrats on your second book Katie's Choice! Saving Gideon was a hit so I am positive that Katie's Choice will be also!
Keep up the wonderful writing!
God Bless,
Cheryl Baranski

vickie said...

Love the sound of all their words - I would have never know what It's going to make me down wet meant!

grocerymoney15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Wendy Newcomb said...

Cute article, I also find the Amish 'language' quite interesting sometimes, lol. Thank you for the chance to win this book.


shirley Blanchard said...

i love reading about the meaning of the Amish words, i have read so many i can about speak the language lol. i also would love to be a winner in this give away, my favorit foods are shoofly pie and whoopie pies, yep im a sweet eater

Cindi A said...

Love the Amish words.
The Amish in my area use ferhooded instead of fernhoodle

MsRubyKat said...

Interesting article. Love reading anything Amish. My favorite Amish food is Chicken with Slippery noodles and Shoofly pie.
Karen G.

loretta said...

Sometimes I use the expression "ferhoodled" just because I think it's cute. I also like the "grossdawdi" house.

Melanie N. Brasher said...

Fun names for food! Great to meet you, Amy!

Jeanette Levellie said...

What fun! Thanks for being so generous, Amy, and for having Amy, Loree.

We live in Amish coutry near Arthur, IL, and attend an Amish dinner every Christmas. Our favorite dish is their mashed potatoes, made with real butter and cream. Oh. My. Goodness.

Blessings on your writing,

strgth4yu said...

Wilkomen!!! Is another word..I proably misspelled it (sorry), but the way they say "Welcome" :) I have this Amish cookbook..best french toast recipe, ever!!! Yummy :D

Elizabeth Dent said...

Congrats Amy on your new release coming out Katie's Choice May 1 . I love all the Amish words . I can sometimes guess what they are rather than spell them. Haha.
Great review.

Rhonda's Doings said...

Thanks for interesting post. RHONDA

Pamela Hargraves said...

This sounds like a great book, loved the interview.

Loree Huebner said...

Welcome new followers and visitors!

Don't forget to use the Rafflecopter link to enter in Amy's giveaway!

Thanks for popping in! Love reading your comments.

Jennifer said...

I heard "It wonders me" a lot instead of "I wonder." But ferhoodled is still at the top of my list.

Patricia Bradley said...

Love this article. I don't know any Amish phrases, but enjoyed reading yours. I love their breads!

Library Lady said...

I would love to win the giveaway. Thanks for giving me the chance to do so.
Janet E.

maudemaxine@gmail.co, said...

Hello Amy. Congratulations on your book, Katie's Choice. I have seen the ferhoodled a lot in the Amish books I have read. I think it is a fun word, and have heard some similar with some of my elders in the family. And, I think I need some of that butter me all over a piece of bread. LOL I love butter and bread, and have heard their friendship bread is really good. I would love to win your gift package. Thanks Loree for having Amy visit.
Thanks, Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Karen Lange said...

Thanks so much for the intro to Amy, Loree! My maternal grandparents lived not far from Lancaster County in PA, so many dishes I grew up eating had a PA Dutch flavor. I do remember being told my hair looked "strubly" on occasion. :)