It is Thursday morning and it looks like we will have another hot day. Yesterday’s temperature reached the 90s and the humidity was high. The humidity is high again this morning so we want to get everything done we can outside before it gets too hot.
I have a casserole in the oven for breakfast. Joseph is out milking our cow, Bessie. Lovina went to Elizabeth’s house yesterday morning and now Elizabeth is coming over to help clean and cook for Susan’s upcoming wedding. Lovina is always so excited when she gets to go to Elizabeth’s house.
Tomorrow, my three sisters who live in this area will come help make noodles for the wedding. I want to make more than last time, as we used all we had made for Elizabeth’s wedding. I would rather have more than enough of everything than to run out of something. It takes a lot of planning to make sure you have plenty of food on hand for more 1,000 guests.
Lovina and Kevin picked more than five gallons of green beans this week. They cleaned them and I put them in the freezer. If the green beans keep doing well, that might be the vegetable we have at one of the wedding meals. I fixed some green beans one night this week. I diced onions, potatoes and carrots in with them. Then I added crumbled bacon. Everyone liked the green beans a lot better fixed that way.
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Joseph will be 14 on July 24. That will conclude the July birthdays in this family. Sister Emma turned 43 on July 19. Her husband Jacob is planning a surprise birthday party tomorrow night for her. She will be here helping during the day, so they should be able to sneak around her. We hope she will be surprised.
I should also mention that no matter if Mother isn’t here anymore, she is always remembered on her birthday. On July 18 she would have been 80 years old. She was a great mother to all of us children. We have so many good memories of her.
The porch deck is all stained now. That was a big job. Joe took all the vinyl railings off so we had it easier to stain. Now he’s put the railings back on. Sons Benjamin and Joseph are staining the ramp today. It has rows and rows of wooden railings that need to be stained. It’s all time consuming, but it will help preserve the wood better. I was helping the other evening with it and I had my share of it. I’m glad they will do the rest. I like painting walls a lot more than staining and I don’t even like to paint.
This is now after breakfast. Elizabeth and Lovina are here. Elizabeth is cutting out Kevin’s pants for the wedding. We want to wash laundry. There are so many unfinished jobs for the wedding that I have a hard time deciding where to start. I am starting to get a little nervous as time gets closer and closer. I want to try and stay calm and think everything will fall into place at the end.
Elizabeth always brings her dogs Crystal and Izzy along. This morning we heard meowing in the buggy. She is giving milk to two kittens which were orphaned when the mother cat was killed on the road. They look like they are doing well. The boys were teasing her about bringing two dogs, then two kittens, and wondered what she will bring two of next time. Kevin suggested that it will probably be ducks.
I must get back to work. Take care everyone. God’s blessings to all.
Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Readers can contact Eicher at P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org.
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup flour
1 green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 or 2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
Mix together. Drop like patties in skillet and fry. You can omit the onion and pepper and make them just plain if you like.