The Amish Cook: Butterscotch Zucchini Bars

THE AMISH COOK BY LOVINA EICHER It is turning out to be a nice, sunny day.  The temperature is almost 40. We awoke one morning this week with the ground all covered with snow.  It stayed cold for a few days with the temperature going down to 22 one night. My husband Joe and the boys planted 30-40 pounds of potatoes on Saturday.  Joe tilled all the gardens but I haven’t had a chance to plant anything. I would like to plant peas, radishes, lettuce, and onions.  At least a little of each so we have some ready earlier.  That depends on the weather, I guess. Sister Emma and her daughters came yesterday to assist daughter Verena and I with cleaning for our upcoming church services. Walls and ceilings were washed off, furniture cleaned, windows cleaned, curtains washed, etc.  I thought we really accomplished a lot. Last week the girls and I cleaned the master bedroom and bath. Everything seems to be getting done on schedule. Saturday the children raked most of the yard. It still need t o be raked in some areas. It looks like dandelion greens are popping through. I hope to go Read More…

  • Amish Cook: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    THE AMISH COOK BY LOVINA EICHER It’s already Thursday, the deadline for me to get this column out in the mail.  This week our 5 children are home on spring break.  The boys have been cleaning out the barn and hauling manure. The girls have been helping with the spring cleaning and also cleaning up the yard. We’ve had a few nice days this week now.  It gives you the eagerness to want to plant the garden.  Our garden hasn’t dried up enough yet but with these nice sunny days maybe it will soon. I am also hoping to see the dandelion greens pop up. I always look forward to those fixed into a salad with diced hard boiled eggs and a homemade sour cream dressing. We like the dandelion greens over steamed potatoes. I haven’t been out to check if any rhubarb is peeping through yet. A friend of daughter Verena is here today. She came last night and stayed the night .  She used to be in the same school  and grade as Verena but they moved to another school district. They still keep in contact and she has come to visit before. They always enjoy each other’s company. My husband Joe Read More…

  • The Amish Cook: Reese’s Pudding

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    THE AMISH COOK BY LOVINA EICHER April is here, bringing us warmer temperatures.  Monday was nice and warm. We hung all the laundry outside on the lines. By evening all of it was dry.  How nice to be able to wash the clothes and put them away the same day. It is laundry day again today but it doesn’t look like we will be able to hang the clothes outside. It is rainy and very windy. I’m wondering if we could have a thunderstorm yet today. The frost in the ground is leaving more every day so hopefully it will be okay to get some early garden planted a few weeks from now.  Time will tell if the winter weather is over. The excitement last night was that daughter Susan’s pony, Roxie, gave birth to a cute little foal. Susan is still undecided what to name him.  Daughter Elizabeth’s friend, Timothy, had his second horse give birth to a foal this week. He has another horse that should deliver soon. He has some frisky little foals running around on nice days outside. Susan spent Tuesday evening at her friend Mose’s house. Mose’s sister, Marilyn, and some of her children were visiting Read More…

    The Amish Cook: Barbecue Chicken Pizza

    THE AMISH COOK BY LOVINA EICHER The temperature shows 33 degrees on our thermometer.  That is 20 degrees warmer than yesterday morning. We had a snow earlier this week, just enough to cover the ground.  Once the sun came out the snow didn't last too long.  With the beginning of April next week it makes us even more eager to see warmer weather arrive. Read More…

    The Amish Cook: Maple Custard Pie

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    THE AMISH COOK BY LOVINA EICHER It is the first day of spring.  The temperature is staying around the freezing mark this morning.  I am hoping we will see some sun to make it seems more like spring. Yesterday it rained but I didn't mind as much. Some of our church women gathered to have a quilting. The two quilts are being made for the benefit auction for the Community Health Center.   The patterns of the quilts were Lonestar Fan and Beavers Weavers.  I helped on the Beavers Weavers and it was a little confusing until you figured out where to quilt on it. We all packed our lunches so everyone could stay quilting and not have to take time to make lunch. I enjoy quilting so the day went fast.  Daughter Verena did some more cleaning out of drawers and mopped the floors while I was gone all day.  It seems the floors get tracked up faster with the ground thawing and snow melting. Saturday daughter Susan helped her friend Mose cook maple syrup. Mose took over cooking the maple syrup this year that this Dad usually cooks. They have a lot of maple trees.  It was a neat experience for Read More…

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