The Amish Kitchen

Spring is just around the corner. Our snow from last week has all melted. We took advantage of it and made ice cream in the hand cranked ice cream freezer. I always love the taste of homemade ice cream.

My husband, Joe, and son Benjamin left for work this morning at 3:40 a.m. Son Joseph’s ride will be here at 5 a.m., but he won’t be able to go. He got up during the night feeling really dizzy. I made him take his temperature, and he has a fever. He started with a bad head cold, which doesn’t help.

Our days are filled mostly with cleaning the house. It feels good to see the rooms clean and refreshed. Yesterday, daughters Elizabeth and Susan and their children spent the day here. Some of my kitchen cabinets were cleaned and organized.

Today, my sisters Verena and Susan plan to come help. It sounds as though the temperature will hit the 50-degree mark, so plans are to clean all the windows in the upstairs bedrooms. There are 10 windows up there. We wash our windows with white vinegar and water and wipe them off with flour sack towels that have not been washed in fabric softener. It sure makes sparkling windows. It really bothers me to see the windows in the main living area dirty. When the sun shines on them you can see they need a good cleaning. It will feel good to be able to open windows when warmer weather arrives. It freshens up the house after a winter of dust from the coal stove. I always enjoy hearing the birds chirping in the morning when the windows are open.

Yesterday, when the girls were here, two of our horses found a post that was loose and managed to squeeze through the fence. Fortunately, someone saw it before more horses got through. We dropped what we were doing and ran to get them before they headed down the road. Susan ran in the barn and grabbed a scoop of grain and lured them to her. Our border collie dog, Buddy, thinks he knows how to round them up, but he makes it worse. He goes in front of them instead of behind them. He probably has had too many bad results from their flying hooves.

After the horses were back in the barnyard, those horses knew where the bad post was and headed back there. The girls and I did our best to tie ropes around it to make it more secure until Joe and sons could come home to repair it. Just for safety we pushed the buggy in front of the fence. It looked funny, but it worked. Last night, the men put in a new post, so today hopefully will not include a horse chase.

We had pancakes, fresh sausage and scrambled eggs for breakfast. The little ones ate by the little picnic table we moved into the house from the front porch. They wanted their food on the little toy plates, so we washed the little plates and small pots and pans and set their table. I really do think they ate better because they could use the tea set and small dishes.

For lunch, we made One Kettle Soup to eat with cheese and crackers. Daughter Lovina made fruit dip and brownies to have with apple slices and ice cream.

Several of the girls took all the little ones outside except baby Allison. It was nice and sunny and the temperature was 45 degrees. They enjoyed watching their uncle Kevin come off the bus. It refreshed them to go outside awhile.

Baby Allison looked so cute in the new cap and coat daughter Elizabeth made for her and wrapped in the baby bunting a kind reader made. It sure keeps her nice and warm on the buggy rides to Grandpa’s and Grandma’s house.

Until next week — God bless.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. 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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