July 31, 2014

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The Amish Cook 6-4-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

It seems like I hardly have time to sit down and write this column, but it needs to be done before deadline.

We had light rain which we were so thankful for, it sure has made my garden perk up. I think we will be having radishes to use soon.

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The Amish Cook 5-28-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

This is Tuesday evening around 10 p.m. It’s late and I should join the rest of the family and go to bed. It seems our days are extra filled with all the extra cleaning we are doing plus gardening.

Tonight we were out in the garden planting until 8:30 p.m. We planted 92 tomato plants. I am glad we waited to plant as we had 29 degrees yesterday morning.

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The Amish Cook 5-21-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Our garden is beginning to fill up more and more. So far we have potatoes, onions, peas, lettuce, radishes, red beets, carrots and dill planted. Hope to get time to plant corn, green beans, and zucchini this week yet. I’ll wait until next week to put out any tomato and pepper plants. The seeds we planted last year, though, are up already.

My husband Joe planted potatoes in a different way this year. He laid them on top of the soil and covered them thickly with straw. From what we have heard from people that do this, the potatoes do very well. The straw when watered down will keep a lot of moisture in dry weather. It also helps keep the weeds down.

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The Amish Cook 5-14-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

It's 7 a.m. and the children just left for school. My husband, Joe, has been at work several hours already and daughter Elizabeth left for her job at 5:15 a.m.

Joe tilled part of the garden last night. Daughter Susan, 17, and I, want to get some garden planted today. Spring is such a lovely time of the year but there's a lot of work involved. Susan mowed our grass on Saturday for the first time this year. Last year we were mowing in March already due to the early spring we had.

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The Amish Cook 5-7-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

We are having cold, rainy weather again. Monday was nice and sunny so we could get the laundry all dried. We are out of coal so hopefully it won’t get too cold yet. It looks like it will be a late spring. So different from the early spring we had last year.  The rivers are overflowing.  There are even a few snow flurries mixed in with the light rain and the temperature is at 35 degrees.

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The Amish Cook 4-30-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

The children went back to school after a week here at home for Spring break. My husband Joe went back to work on Tuesday. The house seems empty during the day. Daughter Susan is working four days this week but is home today. I am glad for her help. She is going to bake chocolate chip and monster cookies as our cookie jar has been empty too long. Our friend Barb from Bristol, Indiana came for a visit recently and brought two big bags of M&Ms. The children asked if we could make monster cookies with some of the M&Ms.

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The Amish Cook 4-23-13 Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

• 5 a.m. The alarm goes off. I get up because daughter Elizabeth will leave for her job at the factory soon. She has been working a lot of 10 hour days at the factory.

• 5:15 a.m. Elizabeth’s ride is here and she leaves. The children are on Spring Break and my husband Joe is off work this week. Everyone has been taking advantage of their break and sleeping later than usual. I stay up and read and enjoy the peace and quiet. There are not many quiet moments around here this week once everyone is awake.

• 6:30 a.m.  Joe gets up and I make a pot of coffee for us. Joe goes down to the basement to add coal to the stove. I get sausage out of the freezer to make gravy for breakfast.  Daughter Lovina, 8, wants to mix up two batches of mystery biscuits so I help her.

• 8 a.m. Breakfast is ready consisting of biscuits, sausage gravy,  fried eggs, cheese, orange juice and milk.

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The Amish Cook 4-16-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

This is a very nice and sunny Thursday with the mercury going over the 50 degree mark on our thermometer.  Susan and I did laundry including some curtains.   Susan hung a lot of the clothes outside taking advantage of this spring-like day.  Earlier this week we had snow flurries.  My husband Joe was off work until April 9. He is also taking advantage of the weather and is hauling manure out of the barn.  Next week the children will be home all week for spring break. Tomorrow is Good Friday so they will be home as well.  I am un-thawing a 12-pound turkey for tomorrow’s dinner. We will have a nice, restful family day.  Daughter Elizabeth will go with Timothy to his parents house for dinner. Mose will be here for dinner and then Susan will go with him to his sister’s house for supper.

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The Amish Cook 4-2-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Rhubarb finds its way into so many baked goods. It just adds a nice, tart taste to everything. Mom baked with her homegrown rhubarb often, and she never had trouble growing rhubarb. If you want to start your own rhubarb patch, plant the rhubarb one year and then use it the second year. I have always done this and always had good luck. You don’t use the rhubarb for a year so that you can give the plants time to develop strong roots.

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The Amish Cook 3-12-13 Print E-mail

By Lovina Eicher

• 4:50 a.m. - My husband Joe didn’t have to work today, so we were able to sleep later than usual. I get up as  daughter Elizabeth is awake and packing her lunch for work.

• 5:15 a.m. - Elizabeth leaves for work,  Joe gets up to check on the coal-stove while I fix us a pot of coffee.

• 6 a.m. - I wake up the rest of the children. They want coffee soup for breakfast while they get dressed for school. Seems this hour always goes fast. Usually someone can’t find their shoe or someone else has forgotten to do their homework so that it is rush, rush to get ready for  the bus.  Joe is outside cutting a quarter off  the 1740 pounds of beef we dressed Friday night.

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