Amish Kitchen: A little bundle of joy makes Lovina a grandmother again

Verena’s Yorkie gave birth to two puppies the same week as a third grandchild arrived for Lovina and Joe.
Verena’s Yorkie gave birth to two puppies the same week as a third grandchild arrived for Lovina and Joe. Provided photo

First, I need to share our exciting news: My husband Joe and I are grandparents for the third time.

We welcomed our first grandson, Timothy Josiah, born to daughter Elizabeth and Timothy, on Dec. 17. He weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches long. He was born at 5:11 a.m. by C-section.

I went to the hospital with Timothy and Elizabeth on the night of Dec. 16. By the next morning, complications had set in, and the doctor decided the baby needed to be born by C-section.

Elizabeth was looking forward to a natural birth this time, but it would have been dangerous for her and the baby.

Timothy Josiah is greeted by his 2-year-old sister, Abigail. She loves the baby but is not so sure she wants to share her daddy and mommy. It is hard for her to understand that she has to share her parents.

She stayed at our house while her parents were at the hospital. She slept with her Aunt Verena both nights. I was at the hospital the first night, but Abigail chose Verena over me when it came to rocking her to sleep.

So we now have three grandchildren: Abigail is 2, Jennifer is 11 months, and our newest addition is barely a week old. He is a sweetie and is very alert.

Daughters Verena and Loretta are spending the night at Elizabeth and Timothy’s house. They made supper for them with fried chicken on the menu. I plan to go help spoil him soon.

On Saturday, my husband Joe had his 50th birthday. We didn’t have special plans, but I would love to do something special for the Big 50. With the holidays so close and the new grandbaby, it seems everyone’s schedule is full enough.

We received a wedding invitation for a nephew’s wedding. Congratulations go to John and Brooke. They planned a March 15 wedding at the bride’s home in Elkmont, Ala. John is Joe’s sister Carol and Pete’s son from Tennessee.

Yorkies don’t get very big and when they are first born you can easily cuddle them in your hand. Provided photo

Daughter Verena’s dogs, Ruby and Ricky, are parents to two cute little puppies. Ruby is a good mother to her little ones. Verena wants to sell the puppies when the time comes.

We recently had our family here in honor of daughter Verena’s 21st birthday. Fried potatoes and grilled chicken were on the menu, along with cake and ice cream.

After supper, everyone sat around the tables. We all had two little cups and a straw, with eight Skittles candies in one of the cups. The object of the game was to see which team (men against women) could suck the candies with a straw and move them from one cup to the next without using their hands.

Do I need to mention the winning team? Yes, of course, the women’s team won.

We heard plenty of remarks from the men saying we are “windier” so we could do the job faster. It was so hard to do it without laughing. I think this was work for some of the men.

I will be quiet now, in case one of them reads this column. The girls suggest we not play this game again due to the men being so bad at it. Ha ha! Anyway: happy birthday, Verena!

Readers have been requesting the recipe for dinner rolls from Emma and Menno’s wedding, so I’ll include that here.

I wish everyone God’s greatest blessings over this holiday season.

Refrigerator dinner rolls

  • 1 cup warm water (105–115 degrees)

  • 2 packages active dry yeast

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • Additional melted butter

Details: Makes two dozen rolls. Combine warm water and yeast in a large bowl. (Do not use quick-rising dry yeast, as it’s designed to raise bread quickly.) Let mixture stand until yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in butter, sugar, eggs and salt. Beat in flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough is too stiff to mix (you may not need as much flour as listed). Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or up to 4 days.

Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan. Turn the chilled dough out on a lightly floured board. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth round ball. Cover and let rise until double in size (about 1 hour).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until rolls are golden brown, about 15–20 minutes. Brush warm rolls with melted butter.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Her newest cookbook, The Essential Amish Cookbook, is available at the publisher, Herald Press, 800-245-7894. Readers can write to Eicher at P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email and your message will be passed on to her to read. She does not personally respond to emails.