Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Ahhh…the Smell of Amish Sweets at Christmas by Author Tracy Fredrychowski

Debby Giusti here...

Hello Dear Friends, 

Once again I have the honor of welcoming Tracy Fredrychowski to Seekerville. Tracy has lived among the Amish people and tells their stories with an authenticity that makes her characters come alive on the written page. Be sure to download her delightful novella, AN AMISH CHRISTMAS WORTH WAITING FOR, as well as the recipe for her Amish Ginger Crinkles. If you love Amish quilts, stop by Tracy's website for an opportunity to purchase a handcrafted quilt made with love by Old Order Amish ladies in Wisconsin. Tracy has a marketing background and hosts "Buggy Talk" podcasts where she interviews authors of Amish fiction. I'm sure she'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about the Amish way of life, her stories, marketing and how she got started hosting podcasts. Perhaps she'll share how she accomplishes so much and does it all so well. Now, join me in giving her a heartfelt Seekerville welcome!

Thanks, Tracy, for being with us today!

Ahhh…the Smell of Amish Sweets at Christmas

No matter how hard I try, I can't turn down a treat from one of my favorite Amish bakeries in Northwestern Pennsylvania. It's one of those guilty pleasures I allow myself whenever I visit home.

The smells that meet me when I open the door only match the delight of seeing trays of fried pies, glazed donuts, and caramel-frosted cinnamon rolls.

What about Amish country makes my heart take on a beat of its own? My senses come alive when I visit the place I called home for many years. But, when I can't get home, I head to one of my many Amish cookbooks and recreate the smells in my own kitchen.

One of my favorite Amish cookie recipes is these Amish Ginger Crinkles.

As a small child, I remember coming in from a long afternoon of sled riding to one of my mom's warm ginger crinkle cookies. She'd make us a cup of decadent milk tea, and we'd warm our tummies up with their sweet and spicy flavor.

If you love good old-fashion ginger snaps, you'll love these Amish Ginger Crinkle cookies. With a fair amount of ginger and a pinch of cayenne pepper, these are sure to bring a flood of memories back to those long cold winters of your childhood.

You can find the complete recipe here>> https://tracyfredrychowski.com/ginger-crinkles/

Now, I wish you all could hop in my car, so I could take you for a tour around my hometown to enjoy all I hold dear. However, since that is nearly impossible, I've done one thing better.

For the next couple of months, you can experience Amish Country through my eyes in my free Christmas novella. An Amish Christmas Worth Waiting For.

Download a copy here>> https://dl.bookfunnel.com/inna0y0d97

There you will meet Amanda Beiler and her seven sisters, who were orphaned right before the holidays.

Christmas should be a time for joy and renewal, but for Amanda Beiler and Adam Weaver, it only reminds them of all they have lost. Can their shared grief help them realize sometimes the best gifts in life are those worth waiting for?

As a bonus, you'll be introduced to my latest release, An Amish Christmas at the Apple Blossom Inn, which I co-authored with Debra Torres.

Debra and I, avid want-to-be bakers, took our love of baking and weaved it into a Christmas story filled with all the sights, smells, and sounds of Christmas in Amish country.

Don't miss grabbing a free copy of An Amish Gift Worth Waiting For, and enjoy the first chapter of An Amish Christmas at the Apple Blossom Inn.

Suppose you'd like to expand your holiday Christmas reading journey. In that case, I invite you to visit my website for this year's top Amish Christmas Fiction reads. https://tracyfredrychowski.com/amish-christmas-books-2/

Debby again! Pour a cup of coffee, dear friends, and enjoy the Ginger Crinkles Tracy made as we chat with our wonderful guest! Thanks again, Tracy. We're so glad you could be with us today!

_______

Here's a little more about Tracy Fredrychowski...

Country girl, author, homesteader, and anything simple living, Tracy has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life.

Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish culture, and it only fits that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community, and God-centered life.

Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania, she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country. The clip-clop of horse and buggies woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved her family and changed her life forever. 

She is very fortunate to have made friends in these communities and values the information they share with her, and she wants nothing more than to share it as accurately as possible.

Connect with Tracy Fredrychowski, Author, in the following ways:

Website – https://tracyfredrychowski.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tracyfredrychowski/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/tracyfredrychowskiauthor/
Private Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/tracyfredrychowski/
BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tracy-fredrychowski

From Tracy:

Discover your next Amish Christmas book…
I’ve partnered with 15 other Amish fiction authors to bring you a collection of Christmas stories for your reading enjoyment.
Check out your next Christmas read here>> https://tracyfredrychowski.com/amish-christmas-books-2/

36 comments:

  1. Tracy, my mother used to bake something like these. It was part of the fabric of my childhood to come home and smell these. They are so good with milk!
    I've often wished I could write Amish, but I don't have the background and it would sound forced. I leave it to people like you and Debby, who have background AND the heart for it.
    Thanks for sharing with us today.
    Kathy Bailey

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This is one of my favorite cookie recipes. The spice in them warms you a bit and they always bring back wonderful memories of sled riding and building snowmen. Enjoy!

      Delete
    2. KB and Tracy, you have such lovely memories! Thanks for sharing!

      Delete
  2. Good morning, everyone! I'm sipping a cup of coffee and enjoying a cookie! Thanks, Tracy, for being with us today. My question is how do you accomplish so much? Do you have certain days for certain tasks? You must be extremely organized. What's you secret?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do! Monday is always my bookkeeping day, and working on podcast questions. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are my heavy writing days, and Friday is all about marketing. I publish my podcasts, work on stacked and Amazon ads and check my numbers. I do give myself a few weeks between writing projects to relax some. That typically is the time I schedule a lot of podcast interviews.

      Delete
    2. Thanks for sharing your schedule! Amazing!

      Delete
  3. I need to try those cookies! Thank you so much for being here and sharing with us!

    ReplyDelete
  4. They are the perfect cold weather cookie!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's so cold in GA today! I need to bake your cookies. Pouring another cup of coffee to warm up!

      Delete
  5. I am now so hungry for these sweets I may have to run out and find SOMETHING!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tracy has put me in the mood for Christmas!

      Delete
    2. It that time of the year when we can induldge just a little but. Go find somehting sweet to enjoy!

      Delete
  6. I love a good ginger cookie. I have been laid low with sickness the past several days, and a cup of tea and a cookie sounds good about now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Erica! i hope you're' mending. I have dodged it but my grandkids are swapping various viruses...poor babies (Including you)

      Delete
    2. Erica, hate to hear that you've been sick. Get better ASAP! Hugs heading your way.

      Delete
  7. Ooo, I cannot wait to try this recipe. I love ginger cookies with tea.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ginger cookies are so soothing! With tea, they're extra great!

      Delete
  8. I always like to try out a few new recipes for our Christmas family gathering and this one sounds like a perfect addition. And you book sounds great - love the cover!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Enjoy the cookies and Tracy's story, Winnie! Such a generous guest host.

      Delete
    2. Thanks for the comment about the cover...that's where my design background comes out. I love designing my own covers!

      Delete
  9. Ooh sweet Christmas recipes and beautiful books! What a great combo! Time to head to the kitchen to bake something.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Books and goodies are a fantastic combination, right, Pepper?

      Delete
    2. The best day for me is when I can spend it in the kitchen baking something! I was surrpound with so many great bakers when I was a child it is born right in me.

      Delete
  10. are ginger crisps the same as ginger snaps? That's a staple around here. (Not really anymore. My cookie baking days are soooooooooooooooo over)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I buy at the store. Much easier! :) But Tracy's cookies make me want to start baking again.

      Delete
  11. Tracy, welcome! We have an Amish store near us. I love to buy their cinnamon rolls. Yum!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How yummy, Dana! Send some to Georgia. Pretty please!

      Delete
    2. Me too!!!! I have a reciepe from one of my Amish friends that take leftover mash potatoes. They are the best!

      Delete
  12. Hi Tracy! That Ginger Crisp recipe looks so yummy! Thank you for including it. I think I'm going to try my hand at it and take some cookies with us to our Thanksgiving Dinner at my cousins' this year. And, I absolutely loved the graphic for your book. Very eye-catching!! Thanks for joining us!

    Audra, the Anonymous

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. Good luck baking your cookies. If I could offer one trick my Amish friend shared with me about baking cookies, it would be if your recipe calls for butter always put the dough in the fridge to firm back up before baking.

      Delete
  13. Welcome, Tracy. It must be interesting to live near the Amish and hear the buggies driving by. I would love to visit an Amish bakery. I have downloaded the story.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So glad you got Tracy's wonderful novella, Sandy! I'd love to have an Amish bakery nearby. Wouldn't that be delightful!

      Delete
  14. Love cookies and baking. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ve got to try these soon.

    ReplyDelete

If you have trouble leaving a comment, please "clear your internet cache" and try again. You can find this in your browser settings under "clear history."