The children went back to school after a week here at home for Spring break. My husband Joe went back to work on Tuesday. The house seems empty during the day. Daughter Susan is working 4 days this week but is home today.
I am glad for her help. She is going to bake chocolate chip and monster cookies as our cookie jar has been empty too long. Our friend Barb from Bristol, Ind. came for a visit recently and brought 2 big bags of M & Ms. The children asked if we could make monster cookies with some of the M & Ms.
A lot was accomplished last week while everyone was home. Joe managed to get the 100 pounds of summer sausage smoked. It turned out very good and everyone seems to like it. We were relieved that it turned out okay. This is a rainy and cold week. I am so glad last week was nicer and warmer when everyone was home. Those warm sunny days made it nice to hang the laundry outside to dry. It could be brought in folded and put away all on the same day.
The highlight of our week is the miniature pony Minnie giving birth to a foal on April 9. It is so cute and small. Our Border Collie dog buggy is quite a bit bigger than the little filly. Daughter Lovina, 8, was with Minnie and the pony cart earlier that evening. Susan went to check on her after supper and she came running in all excited to tell us Minnie had her foal. Needless to say the whole family ended up in the barn to meet this foal that we so anxiously waited for.
The children have run back and forth many times already to keep an eye on this precious foal. So far we haven’t figured out what his name will be. Too many different suggestions so we might have to draw names. The filly has a colorful coat of fur and resembles its father which is our pony Tiger.
Our family along with Timothy and Mose attended baptismal services in Hersey, Mich. for our nephew Joseph. This was the first time we were to Hersey to see where Joe’s sister Christine and family live. It’s an almost 3 hour drive from here. We spent the afternoon at Jake and Christine’s house visiting and enjoying popcorn. We appreciated all the hospitality from the church members. Son Kevin and Jake and Christine’s son Matthew are like 2 peas in a pod. To think that they don’t often see each other they enjoy playing together so much.
They are both 7 years old old. Kevin said Matthew is my cousin but he is also my friend. He’s already looking forward to the next time they will see each other but being so far apart doesn’t make it easy. Jakes sent us home a taste of their maple syrup and venison sausage they make. Mose has also brought us several jars of the maple syrup his family makes. The pancake syrup doesn’t get used now as everyone likes the maple syrup. The rhubarbs should be up before too long so give this cake a try.
1 1 /2 cups white sugar
2 cups flour
1 / 2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 /2 cup shortening
1 cup sour milk
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups diced rhubarb
1 /4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
DIRECTIONS: Cream 1 1 /2 cups sugar and shortening. Add 1 egg. Beat and alternate sour milk with flour, soda, and salt. Add vanilla and beat. Fold in rhubarb and pour into a greased and floured pan. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on batter. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.