It’s Tuesday evening and I’m sitting here writing by the table. I can hear the wind blowing outside. The temperature is 40 degrees, but the wind chill makes it feel colder than that. We are so ready for warmer temperatures, and April being here in a few days makes us yearn for warmer days. The forecast sounds like snow will be coming yet this week. It is good that God controls the weather, and we must accept what we are given. I enjoy the four seasons of the year here in Southern Michigan.
My husband Joe and sons have been building raised garden beds for our one garden. They are also taking orders to sell any size, so that keeps them busy on some nights.
Today I was gone most of the day at appointments, so I didn’t get anything done here at home.
Last week I sewed several dresses and shirts. Some were for a friend, so I am glad I filled that order. I have several more shirts cut out to sew, hopefully this week yet. Daughter Susan had a shirt cut out for Mose before he died. She gave it to me to sew, and it fits son Benjamin so she gave it to him. As I sewed Mose’s shirt it made me think of how much we still miss him. Gone but never forgotten. Life goes on, and although we miss him dearly, we know he isn’t coming back. God makes no mistakes, so we trust He has a plan. Susan does so well raising her children and keeping everything going at her house.
On Sunday we were just going to be home for the day, except Joseph and Lovina had plans to go with their special friends to church. I invited our family, sister Emma and her family, and sister Verena to come for the noon meal (dinner, as we call it). Daughter Elizabeth, Tim, and family couldn’t come, as his parents and sister and family were going there for the day. Emma’s daughters and families couldn’t make it either, as they were attending church at a co-worker’s place.
Those coming were sister Verena, sister Emma and sons Jacob, Benjamin, and Steven, Benjamin’s special friend Crystal and her son Isaiah, daughter Loretta and Dustin, daughter Susan and children Jennifer and Ryan, and daughter Verena.
Our menu was mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, buttered beets, meatloaf, cheese, hot peppers, chocolate, vanilla, and pecan pies, Minister’s Delight (see below), cookies, and ice cream.
The afternoon was spent visiting and playing games. The game Cover Your Assets was the main game being played.
Before everyone left for home, I heated up some of the leftovers and set out snacks to eat.
Sister Verena went home with daughters Susan and Verena and spent a couple days there.
Joe misses Jacob not being here to visit with. It’s not easy for sister Emma to go home without her beloved husband. Remember to visit and stay in contact with these lonely widows if you are family. So often they are forgotten after time goes on. They didn’t choose to be alone and would be so happy if their life was back to normal. Again we must put it in God’s hands, because He maketh no mistakes!
I’ll share the recipe for Minister’s Delight, which sister Verena made for Sunday’s dinner. God bless!
1 pint homemade or 21-ounce can cherry or apple pie filling
1 package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Place pie filling in a 9 x 13-inch cake pan. Combine cake mix and butter (mixture will be crumbly) and sprinkle over filling. Top with walnuts if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 20–30 minutes.
Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Her newest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available wherever books are sold. Because Lovina is Old Order Amish, she does not have email or a telephone in her home. Lovina does not respond to comments on this website, if you would like to contact her directly, click here.
5 thoughts on “Sewing Projects and Minister’s Delight”
Alway enjoy you posts! Thinking Spring!🌷
Ministers delight is same recipe as what we here in Maryland call dump cake.
In the amish community, is there a period of time before a widow or widower can marry again?
I am anxious for Fridays to come…I love reading this column. So homey…it is so wonderful to have Christian views, like mine, expressed and shared!
Every time I read this, I feel as though I am right there with Lovina..in her loving kitchen…thank you, dear friend, for sharing with us!! I am from a very conservative background (Church of the Brethren) so can relate to many of the things written. What faith this family has…so many tragedies..but yet they never take their eyes off our loving God! I earnestly pray for the family….as Lovina always stresses…..”God has a reason for every thing!!”We just have to hang on and be patient for His answers!!
I can’t wait for Saturday mornings when I can read your column. I feel like I know your family from reading about them. How blessed you are to have family close to you. I enjoy hearing about your meals and things you do. I can’t imagine losing so many of your family members. Your right though God has a reason for everything. He is in control. I think of Susan often and know her life is so different than she thought it would be. May the Lord bless all of you.
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