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Amish Cook 12-04 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

I hope everyone had a happy, healthy, and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.  Hard to believe there’s only a month left before 2012 is history.  I thought I’d share a few favorite recipes from our family that you might enjoy during the upcoming Christmas season.  Try these three!

White Christmas cut-out cookies

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Amish Cook 11-20 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Monkey Bread

Ingredients:

Bread dough to make your own biscuits or 4 tubes of refrigerated biscuits
3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Syrup:
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 /2 cup softened butter 
1 1 /2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 /2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Mix cinnamon and sugar together, cut biscuits into quarters, and shake biscuits in mixture. Place 1/2 the pieces in a bundt pan, pour 1/2 the syrup over this. Repeat with remaining biscuits and syrup. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Serve warm.

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Amish Cook 11-13 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

We have entered the 11th month of this year already.  Where did time go so fast?  Every year seems to go faster than the year before.  A happy 40th birthday goes to brother-in-law Jacob. His birthday is today, November 1.  It is a nice and sunny but cold day here in Michigan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the ones in New York and New Jersey who experienced such devastation from last week’s storm.

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Amish Cook 11-06 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Our six youngest children left for school at 7 a.m.  This is the third day now that Loretta  has taken the regular bus. She can make it all day at school without her wheelchair, although when she comes home she is ready to rest.  The handicapped bus has been picking her up since her surgery six weeks ago. Her braces will be ready Tuesday and that is also when her therapy begins.

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Amish Cook 10-30 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Today is October 18, daughter Elizabeth's friend Timothy’s birthday. So birthday greetings go out to him.

For this week’s column I am going to do a daily diary of yesterday:

3:15 a.m.  I get out of bed and pack Joe’s lunch and fill his water jug with ice and water while he gets ready for work.

3:55 a.m.  Joe leaves for work. I go back to bed for about 45 minutes.

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Amish Cook 10-23 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Another chilly morning with the temperature dipping below 40.  So far my garden hasn’t been hit with a killing frost. I am surprised because it has been quite cold on some mornings.  Some places look like they did, though.  Both my gardens are beside buildings so I wonder if they are protected from the cold a little more? The boys did pick a lot of my green tomatoes and my green and hot peppers just in case it frosted.

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Amish Cook 10-16 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Last night Benjamin and Joseph picked over a five gallon bucket of tomatoes. I now have enough to make a batch of homemade pizza sauce today. The tomato plants are still loaded with green tomatoes.  Hot and green peppers are still doing great. I am surprised we didn’t get a killing frost yet but imagine it is not too far off. I can’t believe how many leaves have fallen from the trees this past week. Such beautiful colors of leaves.  Autumn is a pretty season when the leaves start changing to yellow, red, and orange.  These are scenes only our Master Artist could create. The sunsets are also a beauty to see in the evening.

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Amish Cook 10-09 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Another week has flown by making this the last column for September already.  Autumn is here now and it is obvious. Mornings are chillier and leaves are starting to fall. Some of our trees are getting that colorful look. We haven’t had a killing frost yet, but have had temperatures in the upper 30's. Sister Emma’s son Stephen came off the bus around noon.

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Amish Cook 10-02 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

I have 10 loaves of bread rising and daughter Susan is mixing two batches of ranger cookies. The cookies are being made to take along to church services on Sunday. She’ll probably end up mixing another batch so we will have some to keep for ourselves. The boys picked the tomatoes last night and didn’t even get a five gallon bucket full. Looks like they are slowing down fast. If I do get more I would like to make a batch of pizza sauce to put in jars. I still have plenty of green peppers so I could still use those. I went with husband Joe to see a doctor after he came home from work. He has been feeling very sick the last few weeks with wheezing, coughing, sinus congestion.

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Amish Cook 09-25 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

I decided to write this column while my red beets are cooking.  I cook them long enough so that the skin peels off easily.  I want to make pickled red beets to put in cans.  We will serve those for lunch when we have church services next spring. I also have several more buckets of tomatoes ready to put into juice.  With these tomatoes I’ll have well over 100 quarts of juice canned already along with 80 pints of salsa so far.  I’ll keep putting tomatoes into jars until it frosts which I am expecting early this year.

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