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After Mother’s Day, Lovina’s all set for fishing: license, rod, and life jacket!

Hi. This is Lovina’s 18-year-old daughter, Verena.

I hope all you readers are doing great! Part of my Mother’s Day gift to my dear mother is writing the column for her this week. I also gave her a lighted crystal cube that says “I Love You Mom.” Dad and all of us children gave her two potted rose bushes, and a life jacket. Dad got her fishing licenses so she can go out fishing with us. Also a new fishing rod, so she is set to go.

It has been a rainy day! Mom took me to the eye doctor today as I have been having problems with my right eye since Sunday morning. I have an infection in my eye lid and I think the doctor called it blepharitis. My eye lid dried up which caused it to stick to my cornea which was why my vision is blurred. The doctor gave me antibiotic eye drops to put in my eyes for a week. He wants me to put it in both eyes to keep the infection from spreading into the other eye.

Around May 24, my friend Lori’s Yorkie dog will give birth to her puppies. I get first choice out of the puppies. I am hoping one will be a female. I just love little Yorkies. Sister Liz has two and I am so attached to them! They are so sweet and can be a lot of fun!

I want to thank Pamela for the money she sent to help me purchase the Yorkie. That was so kind and thoughtful of you! I will send you a personal thank you yet. May God bless you!

Dad is outside grilling tonight. I love when he grills because he will often yodel while grilling. It just always lifts my mood! If it wasn’t raining, we children would be out there with him.

Last week we went fishing three different days. We caught a total ofLakeNearLovina 182 Bluegill. I enjoy fishing. The first day I went fishing was with sister Susan and her boyfriend Mose. Susan and I were catching so many fish that Mose hardly had time to fish since he had to put the worms on our hooks. If I really had to put those slimy worms on the hook, I could have but I wasn’t going to tell Mose that.

The next night I went fishing with sister Liz and her husband Tim. Susan and Mose went along too. It was enjoyable. Dad and my brothers and Mose’s brother Freeman took another boat out as well.

Boat2016One afternoon and evening we had both our boats and Tim’s boat out on the lake. Uncle Jacob, cousins Emma and Elizabeth, and their friends Menno and Manuel went along that time. Joseph, Lovina, and Cousin Benjamin fished from our friend’s dock since we had enough on the boats.

Saturday was a nice sunny day to weed the flower beds for Mom. One thing Mom does not like doing is weeding her flower beds. I still have more weeding to do around the house. It makes it look so much better.

Reading is one of my most favorite things to do. I just love to read every free moment I have. I like Karen Kingsbury’s books. I am reading the Baxter Family series now. I borrow sister Susan’s books. Karen makes her books so realistic that I have a hard time putting them down.

Our new horse Rex is doing great for us. Brother Benjamin and I use our horse Mighty on weekends to go to the Community Youth Center or to Sunday evening singings. He is such a calm, safe horse. Mom likes taking Mighty to town because he is calm around all the traffic. Uncle Amos trained Mighty and sold him to us.

I like this verse: “Stress makes you believe that everything has to happen right now! Faith reassures you that everything will happen in God’s timing.”

I will share the recipe for my favorite salad with you readers. I love salads.

Love and best wishes to all! God bless!

Taco Salad

1 pound hamburger
1 package taco seasoning
1 medium head lettuce, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1 package taco chips

Dressing:

8 ounces Thousand Island dressing
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 tablespoon taco sauce

Brown hamburger. Add taco seasoning, reserving one tablespoon of seasoning for dressing.

In separate large bowl, place chopped lettuce, and add all ingredients except chips, ending with cheese.

Combine ingredients for dressing. Toss salad with chips and dressing.

 

Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Formerly writing as The Amish Cook, Eicher inherited that column from her mother, Elizabeth Coblentz, who wrote from 1991 to 2002. Readers can contact Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org.

 

 

 

Amish noodle making, morel mushrooms, and fresh fish!

We are having a lot of rainy days this past week. The garden hasn’t dried up enough for us to get in it, so we still haven’t been able to plant more vegetables. I am really eager to get more garden planted and by next week it will be time to put out tomato and green pepper plants, etc. I like to wait until the middle of May to put these plants in the garden in case it gets too cold—frost can hurt the tender leaves and plants.

Joe and the children are all hoping for the rain to quit for tonight. They have plans to go fishing with the boat on a nearby lake. Son-in-law Timothy is planning to bring his boat so some can ride with him. I will stay home and enjoy the peace and quiet. Daughter Elizabeth might stay here with me and we’ll enjoy visiting. I want to make supper early before they go. Fish and French fries will be on the menu. Friday evening my husband Joe, son Joseph, and Timothy took the boat out on the lake. They came back with over fifty fish; mostly bluegills. When I prepare the fish I dip them in a batter and deep fry them. Some like to eat them as a sandwich with bread and mayonnaise.MorelMushrooms

This week we also had fresh mushrooms and I also dip and fry those. At the local consignment auction on Saturday they sold some mushrooms that a local Amish lady found. It was to help benefit nephew Emanul and Mary Kay with their hospital bills. Joe bid for the mushrooms as he loves fresh morel mushrooms (that grow in wooded areas but are hard to find) and he also was able to do a good deed this way. Needless to say, the mushrooms did not last long.

At the auction we bought a three-year-old horse. So far we are really happy with him. He has one thing he doesn’t like and that is water puddles along the road. He doesn’t do more than shy away from the water, but for three years old, I think he is doing really well. We had the whole family choosing names and settled on Rex. Rex is very well behaved and friendly with the other horses out in the pasture.

NoodlesBeforeCuttingDrying2016 NoodlesDrying2_2016Yesterday, sisters Verena and Susan, daughters Elizabeth, Verena and Loretta, and I assisted sister Emma with her work preparing for church at her house. We washed laundry and made six batches of noodles with around twelve and one-half dozen eggs (that’s 150 eggs!). Emma needs the noodles for Sunday lunch. We will have Rule Church and it usually lasts until 2:00 p.m. A lunch will be served and a few dozen people will go to eat at one time so the services continue on. On the menu will be chicken noodle soup. I took my noodle maker (to cut the noodles) along and we also used Emma’s. It made the project go faster. Emma now has five six- and eight-foot tables of noodles drying. After they are dried for a week, they can be stored in air tight containers. I am sure it will take quite a few pounds on Sunday.

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Tomorrow is Ascension Day [May 5] and the Amish in our community honor this day with fasting and praying until lunch time. Jacob and Emma and family, sisters Verena and Susan, Timothy and Elizabeth, and the girl’s friends will all come for lunch. Joe plans to grill venison steaks on the charcoal grill. He likes to use the charcoal grill and leaves the gas grill for me. He says the flavor of the meat is better and I think so too, but I go for what is easier. I will prepare the rest of the meal in the house. Everyone is bringing a dish so it will be simple.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you readers who are mothers! A mother thinks about her children day and night. Even when they are not with her. We love them in a way they will never understand until they become a mother.

I will share the recipe for M&M chocolate chip bars daughter Verena made. If you need a lot of bars these will be good to make and very easy.

God bless!

MandMandChipBars

M&M Chocolate Chip Bars

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon water
5 eggs
2 teaspoons soda
2 teaspoons salt
5 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup M&M’s

Cream together butter and sugars. Add vanilla, water, and eggs. Beat well. Stir together flour, soda, and salt. Add to batter and mix well. Stir in chips and M&M’s. (Variation: just use all chocolate chips.) Put on 1 or 2 large cookie sheets (with edges) and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Formerly writing as The Amish Cook, Eicher inherited that column from her mother, Elizabeth Coblentz, who wrote from 1991 to 2002. Readers can contact Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org.