Thank God for bounty
All is quiet here at the Eichers’ this morning except the yapping of daughter Verena’s Yorkie puppies. They are really playful but she is eager to sell them as they are now eating well on their own. These dogs do not shed hair so that is another good thing about them. Son Kevin will not like to see them go but we already have Ricky and Ruby here in the house.
Kevin has returned to school yesterday for the first day since his surgery. A bus with a lift picks him up every morning at 7 a.m. and brings him home after school. This should help make his days go by faster. Daughter Lovina goes on their regular bus and leaves about 15 minutes earlier.
Last night, daughter Elizabeth, her husband, Tim, and their youngsters Abigail and baby Timothy came for supper. We had mashed potatoes, beef and noodles, cheese, bread, butter, grape jelly, canned peaches and cookies. I hadn’t seen them for nine days so I was excited to spend time with the little ones. Baby Timothy is doing well and is 4 1/2 weeks old now.
Daughter Verena spent a few days over at Tim and Elizabeth’s helping out with household duties. Abigail is a busybody, so she keeps Elizabeth on the run.
Verena brought their laundry back with her. Tim washed their laundry last week but I told him we can do it this week. He has been battling a cold so I’m sure he was glad to not do it.
Today, Verena will go with Elizabeth and her children to the children’s doctor appointments. It will make it easier for Elizabeth to have someone help with Abigail and baby Timothy. Daughter Susan needs to go to town, so she will leave Jennifer here with Loretta and I. How fun!
Jennifer had her first birthday on Jan. 15. On Friday evening, we’ll all go to Mose and Susan’s house to see Jennifer eat her cake.
Jennifer is taking a few steps but is still scared to go too far.
Grandchildren are special. Abigail kept asking Elizabeth when she can go to Grandpa and Grandma’s house again. This was the first time Tim’s were here since Kevin’s surgery. Abigail was fascinated by Kevin’s “big Band-Aid.” She sat by her uncle Kevin most of the evening and he entertained her.
My husband, Joe, went back to work on Monday after being off for three weeks. They will only have four-day work weeks as of now. Life now seems a little more back to a routine since the holidays.
Verena also spent a day this week with my niece Emma (the one who just got married) at her new home. It was different for the two cousins spending the day together again. They did Emma’s laundry as they visited and then had lunch together there.
I’m relieved that our meat butchering, canning and freezing is now done for the year. We will not butcher hogs this year as we still have plenty of sausage in the freezer. We are still able to enjoy fresh pon hoss that Jacob and Emma brought over.
Joe and the children packaged more than 200 hamburger patties for the freezer. He has a hamburger patty maker he attaches to our meat grinder, so it went fast.
He said it took them only a half hour. They had an assembly line going with someone putting the paper between the patties and some bagging them, etc. Many hands make light work, as most know. Working together as a family strengthens that family bond, I think.
The canned meat jars were cleaned and carried to the basement and put on the shelves in our canning room. So nice to see the freezer and shelves filling up. We need to thank our Heavenly Father for all the bounties he provides. Are we thankful enough?
I just answered a reader’s letter from Minnesota. Martha is 102 and still baking. May God bless her with good health and happiness. Are any of my readers older than Martha?
Chuck Wagon Hot Dish
1 pound hamburger, fried and drained
6 medium potatoes, diced
2 cups diced, partially cooked carrots
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 large onion, diced
1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
3 cups water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and bake in covered pan at 350 degrees for one hour. Top with a little cheese just before serving.
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,” is available at 800-245-7894 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.