THE AMISH COOK
In the first of the year, we all shared their excitement as they announced another one on its way. Now the months and days were on a countdown. Finally, last week, we received the call that a healthy baby boy filled their arms and hearts with joy and gratitude.
With them having moved to Tennessee a year ago, we knew that a trip had to be planned to get to see the baby. That’s just what we did; it did not take Daniel long to hire a driver with a van big enough to accommodate our entire family. As you can imagine, I was worried that we’d tire the new mom with our clan, but they assured us that we are welcome and that we could sleep in their basement, which is decked out for guests. It was a deal. Five days later, we were all packed up, making the 300-mile trip to meet the new family member.
It is kinda like Julia said, “Being at Jeriah and Esther’s house feels kinda like being at home.” The evening passed swiftly. The following day was spent relaxing, chatting, and, best of all, holding the baby.
By 4:30 in the afternoon, it was time to begin our journey home. So we packed all our belongings, and we got loaded up and started on our way. Everyone took a nap at one point or another, including mama, while Daddy stayed on duty. We also enjoyed some guessing games with the two oldest children. Best of all was when Austin had picked someone. We knew it was one of the churchmen, but we couldn’t figure out who it was. We were convinced we had covered every one of the men, yet four-year-old Austin kept saying, “No, no, not that one!” Finally, it dawned on me, “Daddy!” I nearly shrieked. We all burst out laughing, how could we all have missed guessing our favorite person in the entire church?
Okay, let’s wind up with a frozen cheesecake (cheescakes are popular in the Yoder home, try this lemony one also). I did not ask Lizzie, the kind-hearted lady, for her frozen cheesecake exact recipe, so I’ll be sharing ours, which is similar. Also, if you don’t like the idea of eating raw eggs, replace it with a can of sweetened condensed milk to keep the right consistency, then omit the white sugar.
- One pkg graham crackers, crushed
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 (8 oz) cream cheese
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 4-6 oz or 1 ½ cup whipped topping
- CRUST: Mix and pat into a 9-inch pan. Put in the freezer while mixing up the filling.
- FILLING: Mix in order given. Spread on top of frozen crust. Return to the freezer.
- When ready to serve, spread a pint of your favorite fruit filling on top.