July 29, 2014

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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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Amish Cook 09-11 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Laundry is hanging on the lines drying really quickly with the sun and breeze blowing.  It took longer than usual to do the washing as the motor on the washing machine kept shutting down. I will have to have my husband Joe look at it when he comes home from work.  We usually wash clothes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays but had to wait until today because we were out of gas.  It is not fun filling up the gas jugs in town when the gas is over four dollars a gallon.  It would be lots cheaper to do laundry the way we did when we were growing up.  It was a lot harder work, though, and I remember how tiresome it was to push the handle on the washing machine back and forth.

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Amish Cook 09-04 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

It is a nice, sunny Thursday forenoon. So far nights have been cool which make for some nice sleeping weather. It has been getting chilly enough at night that most of our windows were closed and it was still comfortable in the house. Our thermometer showed 49 degrees Sunday morning. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had an early frost. With the drought we’ve had I can’t imagine that our canning jars will be filled like other years. I canned some more dill pickles and made three more gallons of freezer pickles. Since we hold church services at our house twice next spring I want to make sure we have plenty. We made some fresh pickles for sister Emma’s church services. I think my cucumbers have produced the most out of my garden. I have tomatoes but not like other years.  I have canned 32 quarts of tomato juice so far and one batch of salsa.  Today I have enough tomatoes to make more salsa. I canned 15-pints of Serrano peppers. Emma gave me the peppers because I was unable to get the Serrano plants this year. We do have banana and jalapeno peppers but I prefer Serrano for canning.

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Amish Cook 08-28 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

It is 5:15 a.m. and our 18-year-old daughter, Elizabeth just left for her job at the factory.  My husband Joe left over an hour ago for his job.  Elizabeth started at the factory a couple of weeks ago. She works five days a week. Her cleaning job didn’t have enough days of work each week for her. At the factory they make camping trailers. I miss Elizabeth’s good help here at home, but Susan and Verena are done detasseling corn now so they can help.

School doors will open in a few weeks. The six youngest will all be in school then. This will be Verena’s last year, Kevin will be in the first grade, Lovina in second, Joseph in fourth, Loretta in sixth and Benjamin in seventh. Time is going by too fast!

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Amish Cook 08-21 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

I decided to write for Mom this week. It has been awhile since I wrote the column.  I just came home from de-tasseling corn not too long ago.  The corn was extra wet this morning since we got all that rain.  I don’t really mind de-tasseling corn unless it is really tall.  August 11 will be our de-tasseling picnic because we will be done.

Tonight I will help sister Susan take our miniature pony that she is training for a ride.  She takes it down the road past tractors and big trucks so it gets used to traffic and all noises.  Tiny Tim is her newest pony that she is training. He is doing pretty good but he still likes taking us in the ditch once in awhile.  I think it is neat to see how different all the pony behaviors are.  Tiny Tim has to be trained  so it takes a lot of working with him.

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Amish Cook 08-14 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

The laundry looks dry on the wash line and is ready to come in and be folded.  Daughters Susan and Verena just came home from detasseling. They are always ready for a shower and getting cleaned up when they come home. I told them to go take a nap after they get cleaned up since they are home earlier today. The rest of the children are all taking a break and doing whatever they want because they worked hard this morning.  Before noon they dug up all of our red potatoes in the garden.  The boys picked my tomatoes and cucumbers.  They brought in 17.5 gallons using five gallon buckets full of cucumbers.  I will probably have enough pickles to last quite awhile after working all of those up.  And  I now think I have enough tomatoes to make a batch of homemade thick and chunky salsa.  It takes 14 pounds to make a batch of it.  It will be good to have our own again.

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Amish Cook 08-07 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

It is July 30 and 2012 is halfway over already.  A happy fifth birthday to nephew Steven, Jacob and Emma’s son. I find it hard to believe he will be starting school this fall. Time seems to go faster every year.  It looks like a nice day to do laundry.  Last week we had rain every day Monday through Friday.  The rain gave our lawn a boost, so the boys will finish mowing the grass today.  It has been quite a few weeks since they had to mow it last.  Our third cutting of hay is cut and we hope to get it in tonight.  My husband Joe thinks we won’t have enough of our own due to the dry summer.  Hay is very expensive to buy this year because of the drought.

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Amish Cook 07-31 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

We had a steady rain earlier this morning.  It amounted to almost two-tenths of an inch. Every little bit helps the grass, crops and gardens. Our grass and hay fields are looking a lot greener now. The gardens are looking better and the rain put off needing to water the garden today.  The rainwater seems to boost the garden a lot more than when we water with a sprinkler. The first thing Joseph said when he woke up and heard it raining was, “Oh I am glad we don’t have to water the garden!”

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Amish Cook 07-24 Print E-mail

By: Lovina Eicher

Daughters Susan and Verena worked six long days last week de-tasseling corn.  By Saturday night they were tired girls. Verena’s brace rubbed her foot open in two places. I wanted her to stay home today, but she wanted to go detasseling again. (Editor’s Note: De-tasseling corn is a method of cross-pollinating various varieties of corn by removing the tassels) Benjamin is now a teenager since the 14th and  Joe and I had our 19th anniversary yesterday, July 15. Time has gone too fast. Daughter Loretta sat down one day last week to write the column. She said she wanted to do something to help me out. I am glad she did because it was good for her to put her thoughts into writing. She has a journal that she writes in, which is a good way for her to vent through this difficult trial which she is facing at this young age in her life.  Here is what she wrote:

I hope you are all doing great.  I had a wonderful day today.  For breakfast, we had grilled cheese sandwiches and cereal.  I love grilled cheese. Sister Lovina dries the dishes for me while I wash them.  Then I swept and mopped the floors. With all of us home from school the floors get tracked up fast. Mom, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Joseph, and Kevin are all out weeding in the garden. They like to go out early in the morning when it is still not so hot. Elizabeth might start her new job this week.  She will work for a lady who will train her to do professional cleaning.

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