It’s a wrap: first church service, salsa, and party
Today will wrap up the month of August.
I am having a Tupperware party here today at 10 a.m., serving lunch to all who attend. I booked a party last year at daughter Susan’s Tupperware shower to help her get more points. The girls and I made two big pizza casseroles last night for lunch today. My sisters and daughter Elizabeth will bring in the desserts. I plan to make coleslaw yet to go with lunch.
Son Joseph is clearing out some of the garden and the cabbage heads are ready to be harvested. Last night we had sweet corn again. Our second patch is ready to use now.
Daughters Verena and Loretta and I attended the bridal Pampered Chef shower of our newlywed neighbor Rebecca. Supper was made for us by the Pampered Chef consultant.
The girls and I made 52 pints of salsa yesterday, so daughters Susan and Lovina finished cleaning up while some of us left for the shower. They also served supper to the men and boys here at home. Spaghetti and meatballs plus sweet corn were on the menu for them.
Saturday, Sept. 2, is our youngest son Kevin’s 12th birthday. Has it actually been that long since our youngest child was born? Time has a way of slipping by us.
Round one for hosting church services is done for us. We had a few families absent but company from other districts helped fill all the benches. We served eight tables of people for lunch. Each table seats 16 to 18 people. Toddlers and babies are fed ahead of time. Some women and girls that help serve also eat before, so that makes less to serve at the table. We probably had around 150 people here for church services.
Sept. 10 will be a baptismal church service here for daughter Verena and another girl, Anita, who is also following instruction for baptism. I’m not sure how many to expect.
There is another church district in the community that is also having baptismal services for five girls on the same day. We couldn’t change it to Saturday as Verena is tablewaiter at her friend Rosanna’s wedding. The wedding is over an hour away from here. I still need to sew Verena’s dress for the wedding and also her baptismal suit.
Our church lunch this last time consisted of homemade wheat and white bread (40 loaves were brought in by the church ladies), ham, cheese, peanut butter spread, dill, and bread and butter pickles. Also had some freezer pickles; pickled red beets; hot peppers; tomatoes (from our garden); rhubarb, coconut, chocolate chip and sugar cookies; plus coffee and mint iced tea (sister Emma made tea concentrate, so that made it easy for me). While dishes were being washed, baggies filled with popcorn were passed out.
I decided to not have anyone back for supper. It was nice to relax after a hard week.
A reader recently asked why we do all the cleaning before church services. I know that church services could still be held if we didn’t clean, but since we like to give the house a thorough cleaning, what better time to clean than when you have a deadline. My mother taught us to keep our house clean and it’s just something that stays with me.
It was harder to keep order in the house when the children were younger.
I hope that this explains to any other readers that were wondering about the cleaning. We can serve God from any house, no matter how clean. What matters most is that we have a “clean” soul. May God grant blessings to every one of you readers.
And now I must not forget to mention that some of our children and I had the pleasure and joy of meeting sweet little Samuel Lee when he was five days old. He was born to niece Elizabeth and Samuel on Aug. 24, weighing six pounds and some ounces. We enjoyed passing him back and forth. Such a sweet little angel. His big sister, LaRose, wasn’t too sure about us. She is 21 1/2 months old and loves her Grandma (my sister Liz).
I must get busy now. Kevin is waiting on the bus to come. Here is a recipe to maybe save to use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving Day.
Cheesy Turkey Chowder
4 tablespoons margarine
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped potatoes
2 cups chopped carrots
4 cups milk
1 quart chicken or turkey
1 tablespoon chicken base
3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
pepper, if desired
2 cups Velveeta cheese
3 1/2 to 4 cups cooked turkey breast, chopped
Cook vegetables separately in margarine. Heat milk and broth; add chicken base. Make a paste of the flour and a little milk, add to heated milk and broth. Cook one minute, or until slightly thickened. Add salt, pepper, cheese, cooked vegetables and cooked turkey to cheese sauce. Heat, but do not boil. Serves 12-16.
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. She is the co-author of three cookbooks; her latest is “The Essential Amish Kitchen.” Contact Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org.