We are officially in the summer months now. We have had a few cool nights, with the temperature in the 50s by morning. It sure makes for good sleeping after some hot evenings with temperature in the 80s. Actually, this morning we had to close most of our windows. The thermometer showed 54 degrees. That's not really normal June temperatures.
Yesterday we canned 45 quarts of rhubarb juice from 30 pounds of rhubarb. Our friend, Barb, and my sisters, Verena and Susan, gave us the rhubarb. I have rhubarb plants, but never enough to make a year's supply of rhubarb juice. I think the children have already emptied two gallons of it. Rhubarb juice is a good thirst-quencher on hot days.
Joseph, 12, and Kevin, 9, were tilling and weeding the garden, so they wanted rhubarb juice when they took a break. Joseph is a good gardener and seems to take an interest in caring for the garden. Verena, 17, keeps my flowers watered, and they are looking very healthy. If it is left to me to water them, they usually die of thirst. I can make things grow in the garden, but flowers don't seem to do well for me. I love flowers, so I am glad someone has taken over the duty to care for them.
My husband, Joe, brought in our first hot peppers from the garden tonight. Our tomato plants are loaded with tomatoes, and everything else looks like it is doing great.
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We are all done with work for the evening. I'm sitting out here on the porch writing this. It's a very cool and peaceful evening. Oh, the many blessings God gives us. We have so much to be thankful for, and so often we take it for granted.
I feel like we accomplished a lot today. The girls are cleaning their closets and getting ready to start some major cleaning in the upstairs bedrooms. Elizabeth is gradually packing the things she won't need for now. She will move them over to Timothy's house for after their wedding. It gives me a sad feeling, but I don't want to take the joy away from her. I remember the exciting time of preparing for my wedding to Joe. With God's help, I will get used to my firstborn leaving home to start her life with her husband. I'm sure a lot of parents have dealt with this feeling.
A reader shared this recipe for green tomato bread with me. She said her family likes this bread better than zucchini bread.
She grates her green tomatoes in the fall and puts them in the freezer to make this in the winter months.
Green Tomato Bread
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 cups grated green tomatoes
Mix sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla together. Add flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Mix well, and then add nuts and tomatoes. Pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until done.
Lovina Eicher, an Old Order Amish writer, is 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.