Amish Cook, Week of November 19, 2012

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THE AMISH COOK

BY LOVINA EICHER

Gun season opens today for the deer hunters, which meant lots of activity in this household.  Daughter  Susan went hunting with her friend Mose, which was the first time she had ever gone hunting.  Even Elizabeth didn’t have to work at the factory which closed because of opening day of deer season.  Her friend Timothy went hunting but she decided to stay home to get caught up on things. Being gone 5 days a week every week she enjoys a day off.  It is nice to have her home today otherwise I would be here alone.  Nice to have someone to visit with while you work.

My husband Joe is working and the six youngest are in school.  Timothy was lucky to get a deer on Saturday and again this morning.  We heard a lot of gun shots this morning so there are probably some more lucky hunters.  Elizabeth and I saw some deer across the road in the field.  They were busy eating in the corn fields and didn’t seem concerned about the surrounding gun shots.  Last Friday daughter Loretta went with me to help with the sub drive.  There wasn’t any school due to the teachers having meetings.  A lot of people showed up to help make the subs.  A total of 9000 subs were made that day.  It had one shift of people until 1 or 2 p.m.  Then the next shift came in to do the rest.  It made it easier on everyone to trade off.  Before we started putting the subs together 9000 sandwich bags each of diced green onions, diced peppers and diced lettuce were filled to go with each sub.  They made two different kinds of subs.  One was a chicken and the other a club.  There were 8 lines of people filling the baggies with around 8 people in each line.  Then there were a lot of people keeping things on the table for each line.  One line at a time stopped to take a break.  They had all kinds of sweet treats there such as whoopee pies, cinnamon rolls, all kinds of cookies and bars and coffee and hot chocolate to drink as a reward for the workers.

Around noon everyone stopped to have lunch.  Most of the lunch was all brought in by the workers.  All kinds of casseroles, salads, fruits, puddings and pies were served.  I brought some subs home for our supper but they were also delivered the next day to all of the Amish homes in the  area.  A donation was taken for the subs and proceeds will go to a family in our church district to help with medical expenses  It was an enjoyable day to help out and visit.  Loretta had to quit a little earlier.  Standing in the same spot too long really wore her out with wearing the braces.  I was even glad to prop my feet up after I came home.  I imagine the ones that held the sub drive at their house were really tired.  Sunday we attended church services at the parents of Susan’s friend Mose.  They live 21 miles from here.  This was the first time we had met Mose’s parents. We appreciated their hospitality.  Mose drives 21 miles back and forth with his horse and buggy almost every weekend to see Susan. It is almost a 2 hour drive depending on the horse.  We then had a pizza, cake, and ice cream supper at Jacob’s house in honor of his 40th birthday. His birthday was November 1

Enjoy this homemade dressing recipe for your Thanksgiving supper.  I hope all readers have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

AMISH DRESSING

2 tablespoons chicken soup base

2 cups hot water

4 large eggs, beaten

1 /4 cup diced carrots

1 /4 cup diced celery

1 /4 cup chopped yellow onion

2 cups hot water or used potato water for better flavor

10 slices of bread, crumbled

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

Dissolve the soup base in the two cups of hot water.  Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour into a greased casserole dish and bake 45 minutes at 350.

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  1. Here’s wishing, Kevin, Lovina, and their families a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving.

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  2. Kevin please wish Lovina and her family and you and your family a very happy and wonderful Thanksgiving. Be thankful for everything that we all have and please pray for peace…….

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