Hog roast tops week with autumn colors peeking out

Signs of autumn are everywhere. The trees here in southern Michigan are absolutely beautiful as the leaves start changing color.

It’s 5:45 a.m. and son Benjamin is leaving for work. My husband, Joe, left around 3:40 a.m. for his job at the RV factory. Son Joseph is getting Bessie the cow in for her morning milking. Benjamin feeds the horses and Joseph takes care of the cow and calves.

It is raining this morning after some gorgeous autumn days. The temperature is staying in the mid-50s. It looks like laundry will be put off until tomorrow.

Daughter Verena plans to bake monster cookies today. We will take some to church on Sunday at our neighbor’s house. The rest will be for lunches and snacks around here.

Saturday, we took four horse and buggies from here and trekked the 6 1/2 miles to Loretta’s friend Dustin’s place. They live to the west and the roads get more rolling, making it a little harder for the horses to pull the buggies up and down the hills. The brakes on the buggies help a lot.

Joe and I took Ginger, our 12-year-old horse. Joseph, Lovina and Kevin took our pony, Stormy. Benjamin and Verena took our 4-year-old horse, Mighty, and son-in-law Mose and daughter Susan took our 3-year-old horse, Rex. All the horses did a good job with the rolling country roads.

Dustin came to get Loretta. Timothy, Elizabeth and Abigail had the farthest with 13 1/2 miles from their house to Dustin’s.

The hog roast was in honor of Dustin and his dad’s October birthdays. The hog began roasting in the early morning hours. The meat was very delicious and seasoned just right. Lots of other food was served along with the pork. It was a nice, sunny and warm day to sit outside and watch the food being prepared.

We headed for home toward evening and spent the evening over at Mose and Susan’s, in the pole building. Nobody was hungry for supper, so we enjoyed popcorn and apples. We played the game Aggravation, which is always exciting.

Lovina and Kevin wanted to spend the night at Mose and Susan’s even though it’s just 50 feet from our house. They have a spare bed and a fold out couch, so the children found a place to sleep. Lovina and Kevin say Susan makes the best hot chocolate in the mornings. Lovina said it’s so cozy over at Mose and Susan’s.

Yesterday, daughter Elizabeth and baby Abigail came here for the day. And, of course, the dogs Crystal and Izzy had to come along. Abigail is used to the dogs when they bark.

We all had fun holding Abigail. She is 5 1/2 weeks old and starting to coo and make such cute facial expressions. After a day at Grandma’s house, she is probably glad to rest and get away from all the attention.

Sister Susan is planning a big surprise happy 50th birthday party for sister Verena this Saturday at the community building. Her birthday was Aug. 22. More on that next week.

A happy birthday goes out to son-in-law Timothy. His birthday was Oct. 18.

Try this recipe that a reader from Peru, Ind., shared with me. God’s blessings!

German Sausage Chowder

1/2 pound smoked sausage, chopped

2 cups chopped potatoes

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 carrots, chopped

4 celery ribs, chopped

2 cups water

4 cups shredded cabbage

salt and pepper to taste

3 cups milk (divided)

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

parsley (optional)

Combine first five ingredients with water and cook until nearly tender. Add cabbage and cook until tender. Stir in 2 1/2 cups milk. Blend 1/2 cup milk with flour. Stir into soup. Cook and stir until thickened. Stir in cheese. Enjoy!

Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. She, her husband, Joe, and their family live in southeastern Michigan. Contact Eicher at P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org.