We had a lot of fog this morning. The schools had a two-hour delay because of the fog. This made for some happy children.
It has been a lot warmer this week with the temperature almost reaching 50 degrees on Monday. It sure gives a person spring fever. I am hoping it will be nice and warm for Alvin and Susanna's wedding tomorrow.
I went to help prepare for the wedding on Monday at the bride's home. Daughters Elizabeth and Susan didn't have to work so they helped Verena with the laundry. They hung some of it outside and it dried really well. I was glad the laundry was done when I came home.
Other women were at the bride's home too, helping prepare for the wedding. Women made pie crusts and crushed corn flakes to mix with ranch seasoning to coat the chicken for the wedding meals. We smashed and prepared two five-gallon buckets of crushed corn flakes. Then I helped make angel food cakes. All the ladies brought in something for lunch which makes it so much easier on the bride's mother. I took macaroni salad. There was so much leftover I sent it with one of the ladies to the visitation for a man from our community. He passed away on Saturday evening and has lots of relatives in this community.
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Yesterday, I spent part of the day sewing on my dress for the wedding. The cooks have to wear a plum-colored dress. Mose and Susan are witnesses and Susan has to wear a purple dress with a white cape and apron. Timothy and Elizabeth are table waiters and Elizabeth will wear a different shade of purple for her dress, cape and apron. The boys have to wear black pants and vests with white shirts. My job at the wedding will be to help prepare the chicken. It will all be baked for both meals.
The sun is shining brightly now and the fog has faded. I still need to finish sewing my cape for tomorrow, so that's next on my list. Our snow is disappearing fast and the ground is getting really soft. We need some sidewalks from the ramp to the driveway. Hopefully the sun will help dry out the ground. The melting snow needs somewhere to go.
The children have been helping make butter from our cow Bessie's cream that we get from her milk. I am hoping to get a butter churn or an easier way to make butter than shaking it in a jar. It is nice to not have to buy butter and milk now. Our children like the taste of homemade butter so we will be making lots more. Everyone takes turns shaking the jars and we soon have a lump of butter formed.
We also have our own chickens so we have eggs and can make noodles from those.
This week I will share the recipe of the angel food cakes we made for the wedding tomorrow. After helping to make so many, I memorized the recipe.
Angel Food Cake (White)
Beat until foamy:
2 cups egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
Beat in until stiff peaks form:
1 cup of white sugar, sifted
Sift together and fold in gradually:
1 cup pastry or cake flour
1 cup powdered sugar
Pour into angel food cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until cake feels springy.
Lovina Eicher, an Old Order Amish writer, cook, is 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 (include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org.