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Amish Kitchen: Lovina certainly won’t be bored while recuperating following surgery

The Eicher family’s latest puzzle project is glued and ready to hang, called “Cuttin’ Barley.”
The Eicher family’s latest puzzle project is glued and ready to hang, called “Cuttin’ Barley.” Provided photo

As I write this, it is now eight days since my surgery and I seem to be doing better every day. I had a few days after the surgery that I was running a high temperature so that made everything seem worse. Now I have a bad head cold but it is getting better.

Abigail, 2, and baby Timothy are here this forenoon. Daughter Elizabeth had an eye appointment so she dropped them off on her way to town. We are enjoying having them here.

Abigail is sitting beside me at the kitchen table looking at books. She loves books but now she decided she wants to write my column, too. I gave her a pencil and paper and as she scribbles I wonder what goes through her mind. How precious.

Since having my surgery, I haven’t had a chance to get bored. I get many visits from my children and grandchildren, which keeps me entertained. I wasn’t up to visiting much but just having them here was nice.

Yesterday, daughters Elizabeth and Susan along with their children came to spend the day. The day went too fast. Abigail asked Elizabeth why grandma has an ouchie but didn’t get a baby like she did when she had an ouchie. Such sweet innocence.

Son Joseph, 16, and daughter Loretta, 18, are downstairs washing laundry. Loretta is training Joseph in how to hang up laundry. She told me she’s glad I’m not down there to see how he hangs the clothes up because I would probably laugh.

Daughter Verena just changed baby Timothy’s diaper and he decided he wasn’t done. He can really smile at us now and coos. He is content when he is here without his mother.

Sister Emma and Jacob are grandparents for the first time and are excited to have Jessica Rose join their family. Jessica was born to Menno and Emma on Jan. 30. Joe and I went over to meet her the Sunday before my surgery. She is a sweetie.

The girls are doing a good job fulfilling my duties in the kitchen. They are more than happy if someone shows up at the door with supper ready for us. It is greatly appreciated.

Daughter Lovina, 14, and son Kevin, 13, had a few days off from school again due to ice and snow. Son Benjamin, 19, also had a few days home from the factory due to bad weather. The factory Joe works in kept working so they just needed to allow extra time to get there. I for myself am ready for spring but we cannot control the weather so we need to be content with what we get.

This afternoon I have an appointment at the doctor to have my staples removed. Next week son Kevin will be able to have his cast removed after six weeks of wearing it. He will have an air cast for two weeks but will at least be allowed to put weight on it.

His next surgery is planned for the middle of March and then he will start all over again. I know this has been really hard on his patience but going to school every day helped. Usually after a day at school he is ready for an early night.

We have completed the 1,000-piece puzzle that Kevin received. It is an Amish Country puzzle named “Cuttin’ Barley.” We glued it for Kevin to hang in his bedroom. Now we are working on a 500-piece puzzle called “The Last Day of Summer.”

For myself, I like the 1,000-piece puzzles as they seem more of a challenge.

This week I will share a recipe for hot dog sauce that a reader, Joyce, from Indiana shared with me. Enjoy.

God’s blessings to all.

Hot dog sauce

  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: Brown hamburger in enough water to cover the bottom of pan. Break up meat and as it cooks add remaining ingredients. Simmer for one hour. Serve over hot dogs.

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 from the publisher, Herald Press, 800-245-7894. Readers can write to Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and your message will be passed on to her to read. She does not personally respond to emails.

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