Norma asks…

How do you make fruit fried pies?

Fried pies are made first by rolling out a circle of pie dough. The filling is then spooned into the middle of the circle. The dough is then folded in half over the filling and the edges are sealed. The pie is then deep fried. Once the pie cools, a light icing is applied to the outside. That is really all there is to a fried pie. Because these are so popular, they are often used for fundraisers. So a group of women get together and spend a few hours making pies and having a fun visit.

Harry asks…

Are the Amish permitted to adopt children from outside of their communities? If so, do they have to be raised as Amish? And could they adopt a bi-racial child? Are there any black Amish?

Amish are allowed to adopt children from outside their communities. If the children are adopted, and not foster children, then they would definitely be raised Amish. Like any adopting parent, they would raise that child as their own. Yes, Amish couples could adopt a bi-racial child. My friend’s sister-in-law is of Hispanic origin and was adopted by an Amish couple as a baby. She was raised Amish and is an Amish woman today. There is one African-American Amish that I know of; she is also adopted. There may be many others that I don’t know of.

Jessica asks…

I am English but am attending an Amish wedding and would like to write a few words in my card to congratulate the bride and groom. Can you help me say something endearing to them? I think the world of this couple.

Saying that you pray for God’s blessings on their marriage, and that He may be the center of their lives; this would be very meaningful.

Jean asks…

What is your treatment for hair loss or thinning hair?

I am sorry that I cannot help you out. I have not heard of a specifically “Amish” remedy for hair loss. There are many products on today’s market that claim to treat hair loss. Whether they work or not, I do not know.