September 2, 2014

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The Amish Cook bakes fresh homemade dinner rolls Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

Daughter Susan wrote the column for me while I was quilting. I was surprised and relieved that I didn’t have to squeeze that in.

I would also like to mention that I had a visit from cousin Fern and her daughter Tricia recently. Was nice visiting with them.

Dear Readers,

Hi, how are you all doing? This is Susan. Mom is pretty busy this week so I decided to surprise her and write the column for her. She is a great mother!

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Homemade barbecue meatballs by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

We awoke to a world full of snow flurries. The flakes were big and flaky but none of it stuck to the ground. It was enough to get the children excited about winter weather, especially sledding. My husband Joe started our coal stove which helps keep the house cozy on these cold mornings. A few mornings we’ve had temperatures in the upper 20s. Leaves are emptying off the trees fast.  What colorful scenes painted by our Master Artist! The sun hasn’t been out too much this week. It seems the solar freezer is still keeping charged enough though.

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Sour cream pumpkin coffee cake by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

October 18 was Elizabeth’s friend, Timothy’s birthday. Happy birthday wishes go to him! We were going to take supper to Timothy’s house but told him it would be easier if he would come here instead.

Daughter Elizabeth didn’t have to work so we are tried to make an ice cream cake for Timothy. We had never tried it before so hopefully it will turn out okay. Also on our menu was either fried and barbecued chicken. Am not sure what else we will have yet.

Bow season has been in for a while now. This is the first year my husband Joe has tried bow hunting.  He hasn’t had time to go too often yet but hopes to go.

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Broccoli cauliflower soup recipe by The Amish Cook Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

This second week of October turned out to be nice and sunny although mornings are cool. It was a perfect week to catch up on outside work. One evening my husband Joe and the boys cleared out one of our gardens and tilled it. Joe planned a ground cover crop this year to help replenish the soil. We weren’t used to doing this when we lived in Indiana but with the soil being so sandy around here it will help. This year we are trying a winter radish, although not edible, that will help prevent weeds and also replenishes the minerals needed in the soil. Several families in our church district have tried them and had good results.

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The Amish Cook prepares some pumpkin favorites Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

Since this is pumpkin season, the column is devoted to two reader favorite recipes this week involving this tasty autumn garden goodie. More about the happenings in the Eicher household next week!

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The Amish Cook bakes a delicious seasonal pumpkin roll Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

Sunday morning turned out to be nice and sunny although a bit on the chilly side. Friends and family attended our church services at Jacob and Emma’s house, in honor of baptismal services being held for Mose, Susan and Elizabeth. Jacob had two bench wagons there so he would have plenty of benches to set up. It was a good thing he had prepared. The big tool shed was filled with people by the time services started at 9 a.m.

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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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