THE AMISH COOK
BY LOVINA EICHER
It feels so much better to have cooler weather this morning. Last week temperatures were over 100 on some days. We had a nice week at the cabin by the lake. Children kept cool swimming in the lake. We had a great time, but I was glad to be back home again and I think everyone else was also. Joe took his boat along so they also did a lot of fishing. They caught a couple of meals worth of bass and bluegill. Benjamin had to stay out of the lake most of the time because he had stitches in his foot. Before we left for the lake, he was putting the water sprinkler in the garden and somehow one of the stakes that he pushed into the ground, he pushed between his toes.
It was a deep wound so I took him to the doctor and had it cleaned and stitched. They gave him a Tentanus shot and 10 days of antibiotics. The next day he had a high temperature and we took him back. He had an infection so they gave him a strong antibiotic shot. I had to take him back the next day so they gave him another shot which seemed to help. Benjamin is always active and it was very difficult for him to keep it elevated the first few days.
We put in our hay before we left last week and only had 74 bales in the field. This was a lot less than we usually get from the second cutting of a 4 acre field. The dry weather has kept the hay from growing. The field has hardly had much rain since the first cutting. My corn isn’t doing the best either with the heat and dry weather we have had. It is not very tall and it is tasseling already.
Susan, 16, and Verena, 14, have started detasseling. I am not sure how Verena will be able to hold out but she wanted to be able to try it. I am glad for the cooler weather for the de-tasseling. Loretta had her 12th birthday on July 1 while we were at the cabin. She wanted cupcakes instead of a cake. We invited Jacob, Emma, and family to join us at the lake for a cook-out on Loretta’s birthday. Joe barbecued chicken and hot wings and I made a pizza casserole in the crockpot. We also had cupcakes and ice cream in honor of Loretta’s birthday. I never used a crock-pot before but I really liked it. While we were there I made a roast, wet burrito casserole, pizza casserole,breakfast casserole, and bean dip in it on different days. It was nice to put something in there and be done with the cooking part. Everyone loved the bean dip. Joe took care of the grilling and one night we made baked potatoes on the grill. They tasted good with butter and some of the children wanted ranch dressing on theirs.
Loretta thought her muscles felt a lot more relaxed being in the lake water last week. At first she needed help coming out of the water but by the end of the week she could come out by herself.
Since we were at the cabin we didn’t make it to the wedding in Berne of Joe’s cousin LuAnn an Joe. We wish them God’s blessings as they start their lives together. LuAnn is Jacob’s youngest sister so Emma had a lot of sewing to do for the wedding. Last week we received a wedding invitation from nephew Albert Jr and Louanna. Their wedding will be August 16. I would like to go get material to sew for the wedding. I also have to help cook and wear a hunter green color. I will share the bean dip recipe with you for the ones who have Crock-Pots.
2 pounds Valveeta
2 pounds hamburger
1 quart salsa
1 package taco seasoning
1 /2 cup chopped onions
2 16 ounces cans of refried beans
In a frying pan over medium heat brown hamburger with onion and drain. Mix everything together and put into the crockpot on low. Heat thoroughly.
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