Gardening, sewing, loss and more is on Lovina’s mind
Saturday, our family assisted daughter Elizabeth and Tim with their work. Church services will be held at their house next, so lots of cleaning is getting done. A big tent will be set up for the services to be held under that day.
My husband, Joe, has most of the gardens filled now. Everything is getting planted late from all the wet weather we are having. Farmers have a hard time getting their crops planted. Hay is cut but hard to dry and get put in with all the rain. Our soil is sandy, so the garden dries off fast.
Friday is the wedding for Dustin’s cousin in this community. Daughter Loretta and Dustin were asked to be table waiters at the wedding. Loretta needs to wear a mint green-colored dress, cape and apron. It still needs to be cut out and sewed. I have only tomorrow to sew it. I hope to start early in the morning.
If I can stay with it, I should get it done in a few hours. It just seemed like I had so much sewing lately that this was pushed to the bottom of the list.
Last week, I sewed daughter Lovina’s dress for her graduation. Her Amish friend in eighth grade wanted Lovina and her to have matching colored dresses for their graduation.
After this, I should be able to do other sewing that was pushed back from the weddings. At niece Elizabeth’s wedding, Lovina and Kevin had to wear the color mint green. Kevin had to wear gray sharkskin color pants. Verena and Loretta wore purple dresses and Benjamin and Joseph wore black vests and pants with white shirts. I had to wear a green apple color.
Daughter Lovina was helping at daughter Elizabeth and Tim’s several days this week. Baby Timothy wasn’t feeling the best and after a doctor visit, it was confirmed he had an ear infection. He is such a sweetie, always so bright-eyed and active.
Foremost on our minds today was receiving the sad news that my cousin Cornelius passed away. He was only 57 but was diagnosed last August with that dreadful disease — cancer. Several months before his diagnosis, he lost his dad, Jake, my uncle.
My sympathy goes out to Cornelius’ wife, Andrea, and children. Also to Aunt Mary (his mother) and extended family. May God help guide them through this time of sorrow. Rest in peace, Cornelius. You will be missed.
Due to the many miles between us, we won’t be able to attend the funeral.
Daughter Elizabeth and children, daughter Susan and Jennifer, daughter Verena, and I attended the school picnic on May 31, the last day of this school term. The little girls enjoyed the playground equipment. They had fun sitting in the grass eating their picnic lunch.
I didn’t feel like I had time to attend the picnic, but with only having one more child in school after this year, I wanted to take time to enjoy it. So often we let our busy life take away the things that matter the most.
Although I haven’t been out fishing on the lake yet this year, the rest of the family is bringing in some nice meals of fresh fish.
Brother-in-law Levi and son Levi Jr. went fishing with my husband and son-in-law Mose the day before niece Elizabeth’s wedding. Joe took our boat and Mose took his boat, and they fished at a nearby lake. They brought home a lot of bluegill. They were only a few away from their allowed limit. They had an enjoyable day.
Son Benjamin went fishing with some friends on Lake Erie one day. They all caught their limit of walleyes. He had a fun time on that big lake.
Zucchini season will soon be here. Try this recipe.
Breakfast Zucchini Casserole
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup peppers, finely chopped
1 dozen eggs
2 cups Bisquick*
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups cooked meat of choice: sausage, diced ham, smokie links, or bacon
6 cups zucchini, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Saute onions and peppers in butter. Beat eggs; add all ingredients to beaten eggs except the cheese. Put into a 9-by-13-inch pan, setting it into a larger pan with water. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour covered with foil. Uncover. Bake another 30 minutes, then top with cheese.
Variation: Use shredded cooked potatoes instead of zucchini.
*Instead of Bisquick mix use 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt.
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.