Lovina says: 2017 is coming to a close
We have entered the 11th month of the year already. 2017 is going fast, but then, every year does. It really seems like the older you get, the faster it goes.
We will be having a change around here with daughter Susan and son-in-law Mose being homeowners and moving in the near future. Saturday, we will go help them with whatever needs to be done.
Yesterday, daughter Elizabeth and granddaughter Abigail came here for the day. We canned chicken broth for Susan and me. I will give some to Elizabeth since she doesn’t have any right now. It takes time to debone the meat and pressure-cook the broth.
Son-in-law Timothy came here from work to drive the buggy home with Elizabeth and Abigail. He started a new job at an RV factory, so his hours have changed. It always takes some getting used to a different job but it sounds like he likes it.
Abigail was her usual cute self, just winning all the hearts around here. When Grandpa (my husband, Joe) comes home from work, she will go run so he comes after her. She takes him to the jar where he keeps suckers and reaches for one. How quickly they catch on to where candy is. She will lick the sucker for a while and then when she’s distracted, we can sneak it away from her.
When we go out to the buggy to get her when they come, she always has such a sweet smile for us. She was showing me her new pink mittens. I am surprised she leaves them on her little hands.
Now this grandma has to quit talking about her grandchild. I imagine all you grandparents know how precious it is to have grandchildren.
We were all excited for daughter Loretta, 17, last night. She shot her first deer with her compound bow. Son-in-law Mose and Dustin (Loretta’s special friend) helped track it down. Dustin dressed it and has it hanging ready to be cut up.
Loretta never thought she would get the chance to go hunting or even be able to shoot the bow, let alone hit the deer. We are happy for her. I told her she has done something I never could do.
We laughed when Mose told us about the time our daughter Susan almost shot a deer. When he asked her why she didn’t, she said, “Well he was looking at me and I couldn’t pull the trigger.”
When Loretta was a little girl she would go hunting with Joe sometimes. She couldn’t hunt but the children liked to go sit with him in the woods. One time Joe saw a doe and it would have been a good shot, but Loretta yelled to the deer so it could get away. She had been reading about Bambi and couldn’t bear to see a deer get shot. So now we are surprised she could shoot one of her own.
Last Friday was a cold and rainy day for the wedding of Melvin and Lisa in Rochester, Ind. They had plenty of room for everyone to be inside, which helped. Sisters Verena and Susan, sister Emma, Jacob, and sons Benjamin and Steven, Joe and I, and sons Joseph and Kevin traveled the two-hour drive to Rochester to the wedding. We were served a delicious meal consisting of barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, noodles, corn, broccoli, cauliflower salad, sliced cheese, bread buns, butter, jelly, pumpkin, apple and peanut butter pies, fresh fruit mixture, tapioca pudding, cake, etc. We had a nice time visiting with friends and family. Sister Liz and Levi were also there, so five of us sisters were there.
The girls are washing laundry and it’s another rainy day so it looks like it will be hung on the lines in the basement.
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
15 ounce can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Avoid using paper liners as they make it difficult to remove cupcakes. You can use foil liners, just spray the insides first.
Mix the pumpkin, sugars, eggs, vanilla and milk. Add the flour, spice, salt, baking powder and soda to the mixture. Fill each muffin with 1/3 cup of the mixture. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool for 20 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon before serving. Serves 12.
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.