RSSAmish Cook - Lovina Eicher
Lovina Eicher offers a column about the Amish lifestyle, her daily schedule, her family and favorite recipes.
It is a quiet morning at 5:30 a.m. Our two oldest daughters, Elizabeth, 20, and Susan, 18, just left for the factory a few minutes ago. All is quiet with the six other children still asleep.
My husband, Joe, left for work before 4 a.m. and is probably hard at work already. They start working by 5 a.m. at the RV factory where he has worked for the last 9 1/2 years.
My dad was always an early riser and loved the early morning hours. He never liked going to bed late. There is so much beauty and peace in the morning hours.
My name is Lovina Eicher. I have been married for 21 years to my loving husband, Joe. We feel blessed to be parents to eight sweet, wonderful children: Elizabeth, 20; Susan, 18; Verena, 16; Benjamin, 15; Loretta, 14; Joseph, 12; Lovina, 10; and Kevin, 8. We are members of the Old Order Amish church in Michigan. I hope you will continue to enjoy my writings under my new column name: Lovina's Amish Kitchen. I thank each of you for your continued support, and may God bless each of you!
For this week’s column, I will do a diary of a day in our life.
3:20 a.m. Our alarm rings, letting us know it is time to start another day here at the Eichers. I pack lunch for my husband, Joe, and fill his water jug with ice and water.
It is Thursday already and time to get this column out in today’s mail. It hardly seems like two weeks have passed since I penned the last column. I was happy that daughter Verena offered to write last week in my place. She loves to write so she didn’t have a problem about not getting the length of the column written. It helped out so much that I didn’t have to take time out of our busy summer schedule to write. Sometimes I can write a column in just a matter of minutes. Then there are times when so much work awaits me that I find it difficult to concentrate on writing.
Like now it is 5:30 a.m. Daughters Elizabeth and Susan just left for work. My husband Joe left already before 4 a.m.
The rest are still in bed so all is nice and quiet except for the noisy birds outside the window trying to let the world know daylight is almost here. I like to hear the birds though and I could sleep through all their chatter if I was tired enough. Just knowing the day will be another busy one takes the sleep from me. Coffee would sound good but if I have to make it just for myself I skip it a lot. On weekend mornings I always make a pot of coffee for Joe and me.
Hello! This is Lovina’s daughter, Verena. Mom has been extra busy lately, so I wanted to help her out by writing the column for her this week.
Washing dishes, sweeping and mopping floors, and watering flowers has filled my day. With having sisters Loretta, 13, and Lovina, 10, home from school, they can help out a lot around the house already. I like to send Lovina after my things when I feel a little lazy. Smile!!
I enjoy helping mom keep her gardens and flowers watered. She depends on me to keep the flowers watered, so I try my best to keep them looking nice. They are hanging on our porch which makes it look beautiful from the view on the road. I want to help mom do some weeding in the garden if we get time tomorrow. We want to also wash laundry tomorrow, if it doesn’t rain.
It is Tuesday evening. I’m sitting out here on the front porch and it is very quiet, almost too quiet.
My sisters Verena and Susan wanted our 5 school-age children to come off the bus there and spend the night. They will go back on the bus in the morning. Sister Emma’s three boys also went. They have 8 children there from ages 6 to 14 so I’m sure their evening is quite noisier than usual.
Meanwhile, daughters Susan and Verena went for a walk while daughter Elizabeth is out here on the porch also writing. My husband Joe is resting on his recliner after a hard day's work at the factory. Elizabeth and Susan don’t have to go to work at the factory this week except for Friday. Verena and I were glad for their help here at home today.
Soups are always a good meal option for dinner. Following are a few favorites from The Amish Cook column over the years.
1 pound hamburger
Another rainy day! It has been rainy all week. We were able to get all the clothes dried on Monday even though there was a shower after the clothes were on the lines. We need to do laundry again and sure am hoping for a nice day on Friday or Saturday.
Tonight the men from our church district will gather here to practice singing songs from the "Ausbund," our German church songbook. It is a good way to get the younger men to learn how to lead all the songs. I need to make something today for a snack to serve to them after the singing.
We are enjoying asparagus, rhubarb, mushrooms, and winter onions, all of those early garden goodies. The dandelions are over with for another year. Once the flowers come out the greens become bitter and not so good to eat.
It is a beautiful May morning with the sun shining and the temperature already in the 60s, a perfect day for gardening!
We had a nice but cool day on Sunday to host church services. It was council meeting so church left out around 2:30 p.m. Services began at 9 a.m. Around 11:15 a.m. we had everything ready to begin serving lunch. We had table settings for 34 people at a time. After one table emptied, dishes were washed and set again for the next group. It took over two hours to serve everyone.
Our church district has well over 100 children under age 16, so it takes time for everyone to eat. Our menu for lunch was chicken noodle soup, homemade wheat and white bread, bologna, cheese spread, peanut butter spread, dill pickles, sweet pickles, red beets, hot peppers, blackberry jam, butter, 4 different kinds of cookies, coffee, and tea.
3:15 a.m. Time to start the day! I pack my husband Joe’s lunch while he gets ready for work. I pack a container of leftover breakfast casserole for him to eat at his 8:30 a.m. break. He isn’t hungry for breakfast this early in the morning. Then for his lunch I pack some fried chicken, cherry pie, and peaches.
4 a.m. Joe’s driver comes to pick him up. I go back to bed until the girls get up to leave for work.
5 a.m. The girls are waiting on their ride to work. They have their lunches packed.
We are still in the process of getting everything cleaned for our upcoming church services that we will host on May 4, Lord willing. Council meeting was set for that day, so lunch will be served during the service. We usually have two tables set and people take turns coming to eat over the noon hour.
We made 30 pounds of noodles from our own eggs. Chicken noodle soup will be on the menu that day. Our plans also include to have the youth singing in the evening and serve supper to them all, plus some of the families from our church. It will be a long day but I am happy to take our turn.
On Monday afternoon sister Emma’s daughters Elizabeth, 17, and Emma, 16, assisted us with some cleaning. Yesterday, sisters Verena and Susan came to help. All their help is appreciated with both my oldest daughters working at the factory and our five youngest in school. A lot of the work rests with daughter Verena and me. We have a big house to clean so it all takes time. It is such a relief, though, to be getting all those corners cleaned. A lot of people are planting early garden things and I am hoping to find time to do that yet.
Follow The Times
The Promise Dance Academy has long instructed young dancers in…
De Young Interiors
Sample scrumptious choices from our all-you-can-eat buffet w…
With over 30 years of experience, Joe at Associated Sewer and Plumbing Service is the plumber you need to call! (219) 931-3141
We have 30 years of experience, along with excellent training,…
Get Your New Roof Installed Before the Snow Flies. Call K's Construction & Roofing Today 219-405-5146. No Downpayment Required.
Call K's Construction for you roofing, siding and remodeling needs.
Do you like Purdue University Northwest as the new name for the unified campuses?