The Amish Kitchen

We have turned another page on our calendar. June is here. Our hay is cut, and now we have the challenge of getting it raked and baled before it rains again.

Yesterday was pretty warm with the temperature reaching the 90s. This morning at 4:30 a.m., the thermometer shows 72 degrees. It feels good to have it cool down at night. After having several days of the temperature not going much higher than 60 degrees and going down to 40 degrees at night, this feels different.

Son Benjamin, 20, left for work at 3:30 a.m., and son Joseph, 17, just left a little before 4:30. Daughters Elizabeth and Susan and their children have plans to come today, so I thought I better write this while everything is quiet. It is so nice when the weather is good for the little children to play outside.

I am hoping we will be able to can more rhubarb juice today. Last week, we made 43 quarts, and I still have so much rhubarb. Daughter Susan will take some rhubarb to make more juice for them.

We also have been enjoying fresh tea from our garden. My patch is a mixture of spearmint and peppermint. A glass of iced tea hits the spot on hot days. I want to make tea concentrate to use later when tea isn’t in season. You can freeze it.

Church services were held at niece Emma and Menno’s house under a tent Sunday. With the temperature going down to 40 degrees overnight, that morning was a little chilly at first. Usually this time of the year it’s OK to have church under a tent. It warmed up to about 70 degrees, so it all worked out. We went back for supper in the evening. Menno and Emma live on the place son-in-law Tim had before he was married. Brings back memories of the times we spent there.

Daughter Loretta, 19, is following instruction class in preparation for baptism this fall. It always makes us as parents so thankful when another one of our children wants to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. It truly brings joy to our hearts, and we thank God for His many blessings.

The weeds already are popping up in the gardens. I haven’t been out there much since my husband, Joe, still is laid off from work. He keeps the weeding and tilling under control. This week he is trimming around all our fence rows. It makes it look so much better.

The bus stopped through picking up son Kevin’s schoolwork this week. Is it possible our eight children have all completed their school years?

On Monday, we couldn’t wash laundry as we ran out of laundry soap, so we decided to wait to do laundry until Tuesday. Joe and I went to town with the buggy to get a few groceries, and we also had to go to the bank. It will be so nice once you can walk into the banks again after this lockdown is lifted next week.

Life has not been the same since March. Churches canceled, weddings postponed, schools closed. May we all turn to God and trust He controls everything. Some day, we will understand all this confusion. Have faith.

All of my book signings also were postponed. I look forward to meeting many of you readers. God’s many blessings as we travel into the unknown future. Take care, and stay safe and healthy.

I will share a recipe for rhubarb bars, which I made to take to niece Emma and Menno’s for Sunday night supper.

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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