The sun is shining bringing a little warmth with the chilly weather. Our mercury on the thermometer dipped down all the way to 35 degrees this morning. Brrr! Without heat in the house it felt good to wear a sweater. Even Izzy (Elizabeth's Yorkie) is trying to find a spot to lie where the sun is shining into the house. This is the second day of this cool weather. I'm hoping the rest of the week will be warmer as I would like to put the rest of my garden out.
Today is Elizabeth's last day of work at the factory until June 1. They get Friday and next week off and tomorrow she is taking the day off to go to her friend Linda's wedding. Timothy and Elizabeth will be evening servers at the wedding. Elizabeth has to wear mint green and Timothy a white shirt with black pants and vest.
Next week is nephew John's wedding and Elizabeth and Verena's teal colored dresses have to be cut out and sewn yet. Timothy also needs to wear a teal color shirt for this wedding. Elizabeth will sew all three outfits so I'm so glad she gets some time off.
The wedding of nephew Levi and Barbara is now history. We arrived home around 11 p.m. A little over four hours later my husband, Joe, had to get up to go work at the factory. Needless to say, he was ready for an early bedtime Friday evening.
It was a nice, cool and sunny day for the wedding. Fried chicken was on the menu so the cool weather made it easier on the cooks that had to fry the chicken. My job was to help with the mashed potatoes. They had more than 50 cooks so it didn't seem like I had too much to do that day. Daughter Verena was a table waiter and had to wear light blue. The cooks all wore royal blue.
All eight of us siblings were at the wedding. Brother Amos had a 3-year-old horse at the wedding that he trained and was going to sell. Joe and I decided to buy him because we are in need of another horse. His name is "Mighty" and is a very gentle horse. Nieces Elizabeth and Emma's special friends, Menno and Manuel, brought "Mighty" along up with them to our house on Friday evening. It was greatly appreciated.
Joe and I took Mighty to town on Saturday to get groceries. He's so calm around the traffic and the farm equipment. That means a lot to have a horse who handles traffic well, keeping us safe and sound.
Daughter Lovina had her 11th birthday on May 18. She wanted to make her own cake. She used a heart-shaped pan and I helped her decorate it. We had grilled hamburgers and macaroni and cheese along with the cake and ice cream in honor of her birthday. Joseph, 12, and Lovina made cheddar and sour cream popcorn for Lovina to take to school to treat her classmates. Some of her classmates asked her to bring the popcorn that she makes for a birthday treat.
On Friday evening, Mose (Susan's friend) brought brats and grilled them for our supper. Then on Saturday, Timothy (Elizabeth's friend) deep-fried blue gill fish for our supper. Elizabeth made french fries to go with the fish. I appreciated getting out of the cooking several nights.
Friday, Rhoda (a friend of our daughters), brought lunch for the men working here on our pole building. Her boyfriend Nate works with the crew and she wanted to surprise him. She served ranch potatoes, sloppy Joe sandwiches, pork and beans, ice cream, and cake. I'll share her recipe for ranch potatoes.
6-8 potatoes, peeled and chunked
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
2 tablespoons parsley
1 cup shredded cheese (plus extra for top)
Cook potatoes in salt water just until tender. Drain and set aside. Combine other ingredients; toss gently with potatoes. Place in greased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with additional cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
Lovina Eicher, an Old Order Amish writer, is cook, 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 P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org.