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Posted on Tue. May. 06, 2014 - 08:45 am EDT

AMISH COOK A COLUMN BY LOVINA EICHER

Husband, boys plant potatoes in garden

Cleaning for church services is underway.

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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 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 me 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 needs to be raked in some areas. It looks like dandelion greens are popping through. I hope to go look for some today. The children want to color eggs for Easter, so dandelion salad will be a good way to use up some of those colored eggs.

The school planned a half-day school for tomorrow (Good Friday). The Amish children won’t go as Good Friday is an Amish holiday in this community. The half-day is to make up one of the missed days due to the bad weather this winter. Our five school-age children went back to school Monday after a week home for spring break.

Daughter Susan’s hands seem to be healing gradually. She was moved to another job, which she greatly appreciated. She is feeling better every day, and hopefully it will all be healed soon.

The farmers down the road are planting their fields. It looks like they might be planting potatoes.

Timothy’s (Elizabeth’s friend) third mare delivered a foal Sunday night. He now has four foals at his place as Susan’s pony Roxie and her foal are there, too. We want to go see the four foals sometime. They’re always so frisky and full of life.

We are in the process of getting a permit accepted to build a ramp to the house. Loretta will be so glad for it. I would like to thank all you readers for the support you have given. It is appreciated very much.

Joe would also like to get some sidewalks made to the house before church services are held here. It will help a lot to keep dirt from getting dragged in.

My rhubarb and horseradish are peeping through. The tulips are looking hearty, too. I’m watching to see when the asparagus pops also. I love spring!

After a long winter it will be even more special. God has created a wonderful world. How often do we take all our needs for granted? Do we appreciate our blessings enough? I read a saying recently that said “what if God only gave you tomorrow for what you prayed for today?” How true to life. People tend to get so busy they truly miss the purpose we were put on this earth to begin with.

I hope everyone had a very blessed Easter!

Try this recipe!

Butterscotch zucchini brownies

3 eggs

2/3 cup oil

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups zucchini (shredded)

Topping:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup butterscotch chips

Beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Add flour, soda, salt and baking powder. Stir in zucchini. Pour on greased 15-by-10-inch cookie sheet.

Topping instructions: Mix together and spread on top of batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


Lovina Eicher is Old Order Amish. Send questions to Amish Cook, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801, or visit www.oasisnews features.com.


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