CAPTION: Feast your eyes on this gorgeous watermelon harvested from the Eicher's garden! Lovina is reporting nice, large sweet watermelons from the ones Joe planted in the garden. No better summer snack than a perfect watermelon!
THE AMISH COOK
BY LOVINA EICHER
This is the last week the children will be home all day. School doors open Tuesday, September 3. Where have all these summer months gone? Verena, 15, finished her 8th grade year last term so she will be home now to help me. Susan, 17, would like to get a full time job but I would like to teach her how to put together a dress, shirt, pants, etc. It makes it so much easier for me when they can cut out and sew their own clothes and help with the boys shirts and pants. It takes time and patience to teach them but feels rewarding once you see they can sew together their own dresses. Elizabeth, 19, finished a pants for Timothy last night. She sewed herself a new dress and Timothy a shirt and pants that they plan to wear on Labor Day to the family gathering at brother Amos’s.
I sewed me a new dress suit and Joe a new shirt. I cut out Verena and Loretta each a new dress but still need to sew one. It makes it easy as they have the same pattern. I need to make Verena’s shorter than Loretta’s though at age 13, Loreetta is a few inches taller than Verena.
My goal was to get new shirts sewed for the boys and a dress for Lovina by Labor Day weekend, but doesn’t look like I’ll make it. Maybe for the Graber reunion in October. It seems if you make a deadline for getting something done, it goes faster.
I think it would have been possible to get everyone a new outfit sewed if it wasn’t that it’s also the middle of canning season. We had two bushels of peaches to work away on Tuesday and kept the best ones back for fresh eating. It’s good to have healthy snacks on hand for the children. I am glad most of our children like fresh peaches. I told the children once they add sugar to them they aren’t healthy anymore.
Our plans, Lord willing, are to start out for Hicksville, Ohio on Sunday morning. We will attend the baptismal church services for Joe’s cousin Stephen. From there we will head towards the Berne, Indiana area and stay out there until Monday. On Monday we will attend the family gathering at brother Amos and Nancy’s house. Hopefully we won’t be home too late as the children will have school the next day.
Monday is also son Kevin’s 8th birthday. He is excited about his upcoming birthday. How can our youngest be turning eight and be going into second grade already? Time does not stand still. How nice it would be to still get excited about birthdays! We shouldn’t complain, though, if we have good health.
My thoughts and prayers are with my friend Barb as she battles that dreadful disease, cancer. May God heal her and bless her with good health in the future. Barb’s visits are always a highlight as she brings M& Ms so that is when we get Monster Cookies.
This is a different recipe to try. Until next time God Bless!
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1 /2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons oregano
- 3 1 /4 cup flour
- 1 1 /2 teaspoon yeast
- 2 /3 cup chopped pepperoni
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- In a bowl combine first five ingredients. Add yeast and flour. Then add pepperoni. Let rise for 30 minutes. Put onto a 10 X 15 cookie sheet and let rise 30 more minutes. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Put cheese on bread and bake till cheese is melted.
It is interesting to hear that even in what we consider an uncomplicated life that the rush of time is also felt. I totally love hearing about their childrens' progress. I hope we re going to get an update on that watermelon. Did they just slice and eat or make some special recipes aka smoothies. ??I am also wondering if there is some sort of organizational system in their home. do certain members have certain tasks and certain days that tasks are done. Like Monday laundry, Tuesday iron ETC. With a family of this size there must be something that keeps this household humming and the lack of all the appliances that are supposed to be making my life easier but just seem to challenge the storage space.
I can't get over all the children are getting older! But I look at my own grandchildren and feel the same way. In our house with love peaches sliced with sugar and cream! No, not healthy but one of the best treats I know!!