The Amish Cook: Heavenly Oatmeal Bars and a fun family reunion!

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                          CAPTION: Gloria Yoder's maiden name is Raber, a common name among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio THE AMISH COOK BY GLORIA YODER On Sunday evening Daniel, Julia, and I, along with some other relatives, visited my grandparents.  We laughed and cheered as we watched the children try out their “train."  With their imagination at its best, they constructed a train.  It consisted of two 3-wheeled bicycles as the engineers, with a nephew sitting in one of the carriers, followed by a little wagon with Julia and two other cousins.  Next came a bike cart carrying a child, then after that were three small 2-wheeled carts, each escorting someone.  Each train car was tied to the one in front of it, making a unique yet hilarious caravan.  The first attempts to get started were a bit jerky and definitely a challenge for the "engineers" who did their very best in pulling the heavy load.  After several attempts it went more smoothly. Recently we had the Read More…

The Amish Cook: An Amish Love Story and Wedding Salisbury Steak

THE AMISH COOK By Gloria Yoder Another week has swiftly passed. Friday evening was a highlight for me. Everyone in church was invited to participate in an informal singing at the school house.  Throughout the evening several men shared some inspirational thoughts.  Something that stood out for me was what a brother said about having hectic lifestyles and schedules. He challenged us to examine our lives to see whether we have a Jesus schedule or if we weren’t too busy to take time for what really counts in life. Afterwards we had some scrumptious snacks. Each of us  brought a finger food so we had an excellent variety to choose from. To those of you who may have not read my last letter, my husband Daniel grew up in Danville, Ohio and most of my growing up years were spent here in Flat Rock, Illinois.  People keep asking us how we met, being from different states and Amish at that. I’ll first give you a brief outline on what dating is like in our community and how it is done. Before starting any boy-girl relationships youth are expected to be at least 18 years old and a Read More…

The Amish Cook: Recipe For “Stuff” and A Look Back

THE AMISH COOK BY GLORIA YODER Last weekend we had the opportunity to host my husband Daniel’s parents and siblings from Danville, Ohio.  We always enjoy spending time together but this was an extra treat since we had not seen them for quite some time. While they were here Daniel’s brother John, who also lives in this community, discovered they have corn that is ready to be harvested. So we rolled up our sleeves and worked together.  Many hands certainly made the work light.  Before long the task was completed with over 40 quarts of corn in the freezer. Our 2 ½ year-old daughter Julia loved all the action.  Playing with her little cousins is always a highlight for her.  All too soon it was time for everyone to go back home again. Thankfully, we are blessed with good memories that are tucked away in safe keeping. And speaking of memories, perhaps it would be interesting for you to join me in looking back over the past years to take a peek at Daniel’s and my life during our growing up years? On August 28, 1988, Lydia Yoder beamed down at her newborn son.  What a Read More…

The Amish Cook: Homemade Chocolate Coffee Smoothies

THE AMISH COOK BY GLORIA YODER The summer weather we’re having is about as close to perfect as possible.  Last night we had a nice rain that cut the humidity and cooled everything and everyone off once more. My 16-year-old sister, Mary Grace, who lives next door is here helping me for the day. We are doing cleaning in preparation for Daniel’s family from Danville, Ohio who plan to come for a visit this weekend.  We’re excited to see them again.  We also did some cooking today.  With mashed potatoes being one of Daniel’s favorite hot dishes, we made  a huge batch.  Then divided it into small containers to be frozen.  It’s very handy to thaw and heat at a moment’s notice. Our 2 ½ year-old daughter Julia is in her glory.  Mary Grace helped her bake caramel apple cupcakes and now they’re working on her favorite part which is, of course, putting sprinkles on top of the frosting. On Monday morning after doing the laundry I checked the sweet corn and found it to be golden yellow, ready for harvest. Obviously the coon had discovered the same thing the night before but it Read More…

The Amish Cook: Peanut Butter Crumb Pie

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The Amish Cook CAPTION: Fresh veggies from Gloria's garden sit on her kitchen table. By Gloria Yoder INTRODUCING  A NEW AMISH COOK Hi. I’m Gloria Yoder, age 24.  I’m an ordinary Amish housewife and mother and, yes, I love it.  My husband Daniel and I have been blessed with over 4 years of marriage.  We were thrilled when God added a baby girl to our hearts and lives 2 1 /2 years ago.  We named her Julia Rose.  She is our little sunshine. We also anticipate the arrival of another bundle in November. Julia is all excited about being a big sister. We live in a quiet country area and enjoy spending time outdoors, especially going on picnics and camping trips. A week ago we had the opportunity to go with my family to the Embarras River for a camp-out. We had a wonderful time together.  My favorite part of camping is sitting around the fire after dark singing or swapping stories.  A campfire is never complete without having some good s’mores.  I love roasting marshmallows to a golden brown. Then placing on a graham cracker square, spread with an ample amount of peanut butter and Read More…

The Amish Cook: Summer Recipe Series, Part I

THE AMISH COOK SUMMER RECIPE SERIES These are some requested recipes from readers as part of our “summer recipe series.”  The Amish Cook will return in its regular format later in the month.  Enjoy! An Amish Cook reader in Highland, Indiana requested a recipe for blueberry muffins with a splash of lemon.  Try this recipe which comes from an Amish settlement in Maine where blueberries are plentiful during the summer! BUTTERMILK BLUEBERRY LEMON MUFFINS Makes 24 muffins 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 /2 teaspoon salt 1 cup softened butter 1 1/ 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 1 /2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup buttermilk 2 cups blueberries GLAZE 1 1 /2 cups powdered sugar 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon lemon zest Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Lightly greased muffin tins or line tins with cupcake papers. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until thoroughly blended. Beat in the Read More…

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