By Lovina Eicher
April 30, 2014
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 usaully have two tables set and people turn 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 r 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 I. 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.
We are enjoying dandelion greens fixed with a homemade sour cream and hard boiled eggs. It is always a treat to Joe and I but not many of our children came for them.
Sunday afternoon we were surprised to get a visit from Uncle Menno Coblentz from Arizona and Uncle Andrew Yoder from Geneva ,Indiana. It was so nice to see them again. It brought back memories of the Coblentz reunion we had every year and all the fun we had together. Now it’s been quite a few years, I’m thinking 10 years, that we couldn’t attend the reunion. It will be held in July again this year and I am hoping we will all get to attend. My Dad and his three sisters :Aunt Frances, Aunt Catherine and Aunt Betty have all passed on and also Uncle Melvins’ wife, Aunt Esther, Uncle Joe (Frances) and Uncle Emanauel (Catherine). It will make a big difference to not have all of them there but they would want us to carry on.
Recently Mose (Susan’s friend) brought his brother Freeman, 15, and his little 3 year old nephew, Loren, l to spend a day here. Benjamin and Freeman enjoy their time together fishing, playing ball, etc. They always enjoy spending time together. Loren wanted so bad to come to Susan’s house. She spoils him and has lots of fun taking care of him.
Son Kevin, 8, was excited to have someone younger than himself in the house. Lovina, Kevin, and Loren colored eggs for Easter and also had fun hiding some and taking turns finding them. They took Loren on pony rides and he seemed to really enjoy his time here.
Today Verena and I are going to do a huge laundry. I’m hoping for a nice day as we have lots of bedding, winter coats, etc to wash.
Gods’ blessings to all. Our family doesn’t like overripe bananas. Here is a good way to use them!
3 large bananas
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1 /2 cups flour
3 /4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 /2 teaspoon salt
1 /3 cup melted butter or margarine
Mash bananas, add sugar and slightly beaten egg. Add melted butter and stir. Add dry ingredients, mix well, and pour into greased muffin tins. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.
Amish cook Lovina Eicher is Old Order Amish. She hand-writes her weekly column by lantern light from her Michigan home. Readers with culinary or cultural questions can write to: The Amish Cook, P.O. Box 2144, Middletown, OH 45042. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.