July 25, 2014

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The Amish Cook 2-26-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

The school will have Friday and Monday off for a mid-winter break. Today is Valentine’s Day so the elementary classes are having their party.  Last night Joseph 10, Lovina, 8, and Kevin, 7 signed all their cards to their classmates.  This is Joseph’s last year in elementary school so this is his last Valentine’s party.

We headed out for the two-hour trip to Berne, Indiana on Saturday at around 7:15 a.m. We had set our hired van driver to be here around 6:30 a.m.  He got out of his van and somehow left his keys locked inside. His son brought a spare pair and we were on our way 45 minutes later.  Nine out of the 12 siblings were at Joe’s sister's house for the late family Christmas gathering.  There was more than enough food for the 10:30 a.m. carry-in brunch. Snacks were served later on in the day.  After we left the gathering on Saturday we drove in to the place we used to live before we moved to Michigan almost nine years ago.

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The Amish Cook 2-19-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

My husband Joe has been home the last three days, not having any work. Makes it a little harder on payday but we shouldn’t complain.  God always provides a way if we keep our trust in him. Meanwhile Joe has been kept busy here at home. Yesterday our two oldest girls, Elizabeth and Susan, were working and the six youngest were in school. Joe helped me do the laundry and then we made noodles the rest of the day. It is a good feeling to see a table full of noodles drying.

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The Amish Cook 2-12-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

The darkness of the early morning is leaving and daylight is appearing. We are being greeted by a world of white. It has been snowing all night and several inches are covering the ground.  Snowflakes are still coming down very thick. I love to watch it snow. So many snowflakes and our wonderful God created each one. We are also having wind along with the snow. After a rainy week in January we are happy to see snow again. The children are looking forward to some more sledding. Warm weather and rain we had this week probably ruined the lake for ice fishing. My husband Joe and sons Benjamin and Joseph along with Timothy and Susan’s friend Mose spent last Saturday ice fishing.

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The Amish Cook 2-5-13 Print E-mail

By: Susan Eicher, 17

Hi, I am Susan, I decided to write for mom this week. My 17th birthday is tomorrow January 24 so my treat to mom is to write the column for her. I made monster cookies yesterday. I wanted to have some to treat everyone for my birthday. I am here at my baby-sitting job. I brought some cookies for them too. The children really like the cookies. I think monster cookies are a treat for the children especially since they have M & Ms in them.

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The Amish Cook 1-29-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

We attended both funerals of my cousins over the weekend.  So nice to see cousins, uncles, aunts, and friends that we don’t often see, but sad for the reason we had to gather. Chris’s funeral was on Saturday at 9 a.m.  Danny’s funeral was at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Both funerals were largely attended. Our sympathy goes to both families.  Such a tragedy and we question “why?”   But let us trust that God makes no mistakes and that it is all for a reason. Someday we will all understand. It does seem to draw everyone closer at times like these thinking what and if it would have been us.  God has not promised us another day so let us all be prepared. Brother Amos was not able to attend Chris’s funeral due to still being very sore. He felt better Sunday morning and attended Danny’s funeral.  All of the co-workers will have a hard time dealing with their emotions through their accident.

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The Amish Cook 1-22-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

3:10 a.m. -   The alarm goes off to start another day here in the Eicher household. It has taken some getting used to, having a scheduled time to get up this week now that everyone is back to school and work. I packed husband Joe’s lunch, which was leftover macaroni and cheese from last night’s supper, an orange, cookies, applesauce, and homemade party mix.  Joe waits to eat something until breakfast break time so I make sure I send plenty along to eat.  I also fill his jug with ice cubes and water.

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Amish Cook 1-15-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

A whole brand new year lies ahead.  What does it have in store for us all?  Only God knows so let us put our trust in Him. I hope everyone had a great, safe holiday. We had a very nice holiday after the flu bug finally left our house.

Christmas Day was  spent here at home. Elizabeth’s friend Timothy and Susan’s friend Mose joined us for the day. It was a memorable day playing games and just being together as a family. Our thoughts and prayers went out to the ones missing family members this holiday season.They are missed even more during the special holiday time.

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Amish Cook 1-8-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

I hope everyone had a blessed and healthy Christmas Day.  I’ve been struck with the same flu that has been going around this household.  Hopefully I’ll be on the mend soon.  With Joe off this week and the kids home from school, the house has been full.  We’ve had snow and cold the past few days, perfect weather for some soups or stews.  Thought I’d share recipes for a couple of our favorites this week!

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Amish Cook 1-1-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Wednesday evening and supper is over. Everyone went their own way, some reading, some writing, and some still down with the flu.  Yes, the flu bug hit us.  So far it has only been son Benjamin and my husband, Joe.  Their symptoms were a high temperature, cough, aches, and chill. I called the doctor and he said their is not much they can do.  So I am playing nurse and trying to keep their temperatures down and trying to keep them comfortable.  I hope it stays away from the rest of us.  Joe is caught up at work so he is off work until after New Year’s Day.  It was a good thing that he did not have to leave as he woke up with a temperature of 102. I hope he will be better to enjoy his birthday which is Saturday the 22nd. This will make him 44 years old already.

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Amish Cook 12-25 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Nice and sunny but cold day.  After a few cloudy days we welcome the sun even more. When our batteries on our solar-powered freezer start blinking low we are even more happy to see the sun.  It seems like one sunny day always recharges it for awhile. We are still glad we invested in the solar-powered freezer. Since having it installed we haven't had to pay a cent to keep it going.  With the propane prices high it is good to not be buying for the freezer yet. Our refrigerator, stove, lights,  and water heater run off of propane. Also our water is powered by a propane motor. Last week we had a problem with the motor not kicking in when the water supply in the house was low. Susan and I wanted to do the laundry and there wasn’t any water. We decided to see if we could start it manually and it worked until the next time.

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