April 19, 2014

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The Amish Cook bakes a delicious apple pudding Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

• 4:50 a.m. My alarm goes off. Daughter Elizabeth is up already, packing her lunch. My husband Joe didn’t have work today so we didn’t have to get up earlier.

• 5:10 a.m. Elizabeth’s ride is here and she leaves for the factory.

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The Amish Cook's recipe for delicious pumpkin fudge Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

We feel blessed to have received some much needed rain. It wasn’t that much but it will help. We haven’t had any rain in quite some time, so everything was dry.

Daughters Susan and Verena and I went to sister Emma’s house to assist them in preparing for the upcoming church services they will host at their house. Lord willing daughters Elizabeth and Susan will be baptized that day.  Susan’s special friend Mose will also be baptized with them.  What a blessing to see them want to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

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Homemade carrot pie by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

School doors have opened for a new year. Benjamin is in the eighth grade, Loretta is in the seventh, Joseph in fifth, Lovina is in third, and Kevin is in the second. They all came home on the first day saying school is a lot more fun this year. I’m sure as the days turn to weeks and weeks to months I’ll be hearing a different story.

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Homemade pepperoni bread by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

This is the last week the children will be home all day. School doors open Tuesday, September 3. Where have all these summer months gone? Verena, 15, finished her 8th grade year last term so she will be home now to help me. Susan, 17, would like to get a full time job but I would like to teach her how to put together a dress, shirt, pants, etc. It makes it so much easier for me when they can cut out and sew their own clothes and help with the boys shirts and pants. It takes time and patience to teach them but feels rewarding once you see they can sew together their own dresses. Elizabeth, 19, finished a pair of  pants for Timothy last night. She sewed herself a new dress and Timothy a shirt and pants that they plan to wear on Labor Day to the family gathering at brother Amos’s.

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Fresh corn salsa by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

The garden is still producing lots of vegetables. Today we made 18 quarts of spaghetti sauce and another 11 quarts of tomato juice. While the girls cut up all the vegetables I sewed a dress and shirt. Still need to put button holes and buttons on the shirt.

Nights still seem empty with Verena and Loretta not home from 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. They are still staying those hours with 93-year-old Vivian.

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The Amish Cook shares Easy Peach Custard Dessert Recipe Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

This week my husband Joe and the boys have been busy in the evenings trimming the fence rows. We have the posts, gates, and fence wire here to fence in the hay field. The horses and ponies will be glad to be back on pasture again. We put our pasture field into beans this year. Eventually we will want to put it back into a hayfield.  We were going to put corn in that field but the farmer has seed corn across the road. Field corn has to be a certain distance away from seed corn. The farmer offered to trade us corn for beans.

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Blueberry lemon bread by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

It is Thursday morning. Time is going by fast, but I need to take time to get this column in today’s mail. My plans are to go help sister Emma today. She is having a garage sale this weekend. With both her daughters de-tasseling corn I offered to help her organize everything.

My husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth have both left for the RV factories where they work. Daughter Susan and son Benjamin left around 6 a.m. to go de-tasseling.

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Homemade goulash by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

The seventh month of 2013 is history already. Another year going by way too fast! I want the boys to pull the onions out of our garden today. Don’t know if the saying is true about not letting the August sun hit your onions (for storage). Seems by that time of year they are ready to be pulled and hung up to dry for storage anyway.

We are enjoying sweet corn too now. With corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, red beets,  lettuce, green beans, and peppers in the garden meal planning is much easier.  The grocery bill also comes down a lot at this time of year. One evening we had sweet corn, sliced tomatoes, cucumber salad, and sliced cheese.  Another evening we had red potatoes, green beans, fried zucchini, sliced tomatoes, cucumber salad and sliced cheese.

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Homemade pickle relish by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

• 3:15 a.m. The alarm goes off. Time to start another day. I pack my husband Joe’s lunch. We close the windows that were open during the night. It’s 50 degrees and the house feels cold. After all the hot weather last week this is a quite a difference. It makes for nice sleeping weather.

• 3:45 a.m. Joe leaves for work. I go back to bed.

• 4:50 a.m.  I get up again. Daughter Elizabeth is packing her lunch.

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Chicken Garden Bake recipe by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

It sure feels good to finally sit down and prop up my feet in front of a fan after a shower.  It has been hot and humid this week. We have been trying to shade the windows from the sun. We have a wrap-around porch towards the east and south which provides some shade. It’s when the sun shines from the west that we feel the heat. In the house we pull the shades to block out the sun until the sun goes down. We use battery-powered fans but it seems on hot days like this they just blow the warm air around. Growing up at home we didn’t have any fans. In Dad’s later years he finally bought a small battery-powered square fan to help him get through hay fever season.

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