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Amish Kitchen: Helping hands make light work; words of encouragement lighten spirits

Daughters Elizabeth and Susan and their children came for the day. We cleaned Loretta and Lovina’s bedroom upstairs. We washed off the walls and ceiling, cleaned the furniture, washed the curtains and bedding, cleaned out the closet, and so on.

Then my sisters Verena and Susan came to help us, so we cleaned Verena’s bedroom thoroughly.

Next on our agenda is tackling the boys’ bedrooms. Although the boys’ bedrooms always collect more dirt, I think cleaning the girls’ rooms takes more time. They have more knickknacks than the boys. I also think the girls have more clothes than the boys.

Needless to say, I appreciated all the help from everyone.

I’ve been battling a cold and have been losing my voice. A person doesn’t realize how much they need to talk until it’s hard to do so. Maybe it’s just us, but around here “Mom” is the person everyone asks when they’re looking for something.

My husband Joe was hauling manure out to the fields all day yesterday. Today, he is finding inside jobs to do as it is rainy.

Daughter Lovina, 14, and son Kevin, 13, are on spring break this week from school. I think Lovina thinks we waited to start with the cleaning until she’s home from school. She has been a great help this week. Kevin has 25 more days until he gets his cast removed and gets an air cast.

As I write this, daughters Verena, Loretta and Lovina and son Kevin took a break from the work and went to daughter Elizabeth’s to spend the day. The little girl, Nikiah, that Elizabeth used to babysit is on spring break, so she’s spending the day at Elizabeth’s. I had plans to go but didn’t feel well enough for the trip. I am sure granddaughter Abigail will be excited to see Nikiah again.

The grass is looking greener every day. Hopefully soon I can go outside and collect some dandelion greens for dandelion salad. I always look forward to that each spring. We like to eat the salad over boiled or steamed potatoes with bacon or fresh ham.

Our neighbors had the youth singing on Sunday evening. We were also invited but we didn’t go. It sounded fun, but it was cold and windy and felt good to just stay home and make it an early night.

We were also invited to supper at Dustin’s brother’s house, where his parents hosted church services that day. Maybe if it would have been a nice sunny, warm day we would have gone to one place or the other. It’s hard to get Kevin in the buggy with his needing a wheelchair. Hopefully soon it will be warm enough for him to go with the pony and pony buggy.

Daughters Verena and Loretta attended church services hosted by Dustin’s parents on Sunday.

I want to wish Melodie (one of my former editors) a happy retirement. May God bless her for all the great work she has done. I imagine she will enjoy more time with her family.

I also want to thank everyone for the cards, letters and gifts that were sent to son Kevin and me. It was greatly appreciated. So many words of encouragement. God bless you all for caring.

When life gets busy and I sometimes think I don’t have enough time to write this column, I think of all the readers who have always encouraged me. Thank you for that, and God’s blessings to all.

Barbecue hamburgers

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • A few drops liquid smoke

Instructions: Combine all ingredients and mix well. Form into patties and grill. Serves six.

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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