RSSAmish Cook - Lovina Eicher
Lovina Eicher offers a column about the Amish lifestyle, her daily schedule, her family and favorite recipes.
It is Friday and everyone is home today. Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. My sister Emma, her husband Jacob, and children, sisters Verena and Susan and daughter Elizabeth’s friend Timothy all joined us for Thanksgiving dinner.
I put the turkeys in about 6 a.m. and they were ready by a little after 11 a.m. and we sat down for the meal at noon. We added an eight-foot table to our 10-foot kitchen table and put out 19 place settings. It would have 21 if daughter Susan and her friend Mose had been there. But Susan went with her friend Mose to Charlotte to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
I prepared an 18-pound turkey and a 21-pound turkey but had a lot leftover. On the menu besides turkey was mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing ( which I had stuffed in both turkeys), mixed vegetables, corn, overnight salad, express salad, dill pickles, hot peppers, sliced cheese, homemade bread, butter, strawberry jam, cheese ball, and crackers, veggies and dip, pumpkin roll,, angel food cake, homemade Reese's bars, ice cream, pumpkin, pecan, and peanut butter pies. My sisters brought some of the food too so there was more than plenty. That means the next few meals should be easy.
We had a few days of sunshine this week. The girls took advantage of it and raked up the rest of the leaves in our yard. We still have some here and there but most of them are picked up. What a relief before the weather gets much cooler.
Daughter Elizabeth is off all week from the factory and the school-age children will only have a three-day school week. I bought two turkeys for our Thanksgiving dinner. Both are around 20 pounds. I have only one oven so hopefully I can figure out a way to cook both at the same time.
It seems like after Thanksgiving Day is over Christmas seems really close already. Every year just seems to go faster than the one before. Every year we are all another year older. Our third oldest child, Verena, will be 16 in a few weeks. I cannot believe she is that old already. Next year daughter Elizabeth will leave her teenage years. Daughter Susan will turn 18 in January. Son Benjamin is in his last year of school and daughter Loretta has only one more after this one.
It is 3:40 a.m. and my husband Joe is waiting on his ride to the factory. Daughter Elizabeth doesn’t have to work today. Her factory let the workers have off since shotgun season opens for the deer hunters today. Elizabeth will go hunting with Timothy, and Susan will accompany Mose. Joe will hunt tomorrow. He and the boys were target practicing last night.
It’s so hard to believe we are into the middle of November already. A lot of our leaves are still not picked up. They did burn a lot but there’s still so many left to rake. It seems when we get time to rake then it’s too windy. We have had a light dusting of snow and some flurries but not enough to please the boys. Kevin, 8, was so sure he would need his snow pants and boots by the time he came home from school. Our four calves are really growing. They have been behaving and staying inside their fenced in area. We aren’t too excited about having anymore calf chases.
This is now after 7 a.m. and five of the children left for school. Elizabeth left around 5 a.m. to go hunting with Timothy. Meanwhile, I need to go to town this morning as I’m running short on a lot of things. We would like to go to two different viewings tonight if possible. Our sympathy goes to the Amos Eicher family of Shipshewana, Ind. Amos and Dad are first cousins and he passed on Wednesday. Sympathy also goes to Dan and Irene as they mourn the loss of Irene’s father. Losing a parent is never easy but God helps us through the hard times if we put our trust in “Him.”
Editor’s Note: This is our annual Amish Thanksgiving recipe round-up. Lots of email requests for past recipes come in this time of year and these are the most requested Amish Cook Thanksgiving recipes over the past few weeks. Enjoy them on your table and Lovina will return will her regular format column next week.`
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
It’s Wednesday evening and it has really warmed up. I am finally having my garage sale on Friday and Saturday. Every time I wanted to have it all summer something else more important came up.
Daughter Susan wrote the column for me today while I went to a quilting. I was surprised and relieved that I didn’t have to squeeze that in yet.
I would also like to mention I had a visit from cousin Fern and her daughter Tricia recently. Was nice visiting with them.
We awoke to a world full of snow flurries. The flakes were big and flaky but none of it stuck to the ground. It was enough to get the children excited about winter weather, especially sledding.
My husband Joe started our coal stove which helps keep the house cozy on these cold mornings. A few mornings we’ve had temperatures in the upper 20s. Leaves are emptying off the trees fast. What colorful scenes painted by our Master Artist! The sun hasn’t been out too much this week. It seems the solar freezer is still keeping charged enough though.
This colder weather has made the deer move around more. Timothy and Mose (the girls’ special friends) have both been lucky and each has shot a deer with their compound bows this month. Benjamin, 14, and Joseph, 11, take turns going with Joe when he goes crossbow hunting for deer.
Today (Oct. 18) is Elizabeth’s friend Timothy’s birthday. Happy birthday wishes go out to him. We were going to take supper to Timothy’s house tonight but told him it’s easier if he would come here instead.
Daughter Elizabeth didn’t have to work today so we are going to try to make an ice cream cake for Timothy. We have never tried it before so hopefully it will turn out okay. Also on our menu will be either fried or barbecued chicken. I'm not sure what else we will have yet.
Bow season has been in for a while now. This is the first year my husband Joe has tried bow hunting. He hasn’t had time to go too often yet but hopes to go tomorrow.
This second week of October turned out to be nice and sunny although mornings are cool. It was a perfect week to catch up on outside work.
One evening my husband Joe and the boys cleared out one of our gardens and tilled it. Joe planned a ground cover crop this year to help replenish the soil. We weren’t used to doing this when we lived in Indiana but with the soil being so sandy around here it will help. This year we are trying a winter radish, although not edible, that will help prevent weeds and also replenishes the minerals needed in the soil. Several families in our church district have tried them and had good results.
The girls are also raking leaves every chance they get. They are accumulating on the ground faster than they can keep up with our many trees. There are signs of autumn everywhere, including farmers who are starting to harvest their crops.
Since this is pumpkin season, the column is devoted to two reader favorite recipes involving this tasty autumn garden goodie. More about the happenings in the Eicher household next week!
2 cups sugar
Sunday morning turned out to be nice and sunny although a bit on the chilly side. Friends and family attended our church services at Jacob and Emma’s house, in honor of baptismal services being held for Mose, Susan and Elizabeth.
Jacob had two bench wagons there so he would have plenty of benches to set up. It was a good thing he had prepared. The big tool shed was filled with people by the time services started at 9 a.m. People attended from South Holland, Ill., Hicksville, Ohio, from several towns in Indiana including Grabill, Shipshewana, Middlebury, Berne, LaGrange, and Nappanee, and Hersey and Charlotte Mich.. There were also people from surrounding church districts in this area. Taking a rough estimate I would think about 350 were in attendance.
The three young souls were taken into the confession of faith by Bishop Sam Bontrager from Nappanee. Sam would be a great uncle to Mose. 19 ministers were in attendance as well. We appreciate all the support and encouragement that was given by being there for these three young people taking such a wonderful step in life. May God continue to be their guide in everything they do. And how blessed we are to have a savior such as Jesus Christ who died on the cross for all our sins.
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