The Amish Kitchen

December — the final month of 2021.

The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone. We are mostly caught up with the leftover food from it. I made a stew with the turkey carcass from the turkey son-in-law Dustin made for us in his deep fryer. Everyone loved the stew, and it really is great way to get the most out of your turkey. I will share my recipe with this column.

Yesterday, I spent the day at sister Emma’s house as she hosted a Pampered Chef party so she could earn some free kitchen items. Emma served lunch to all the ladies and children that came.

Daughters Elizabeth, Susan and Verena and my grandchildren were there, too. I got to spend the day with them as well. Granddaughter Abigail came there off the bus after school with Emma’s youngest son, Steven. Steven is in eighth grade, so this will be his last year of school.

It is really quiet around here with everyone at work. My husband, Joe, at the metal shop; son Benjamin, 22, at the RV factory; son Joseph, 19, on his construction job; daughter Lovina, 17, at her job at McDonald’s; and son Kevin, 16, helping out this week at a butchering shop. It’s still hard for me to get used to the emptiness, but that is a part of life.

On Saturday, Joe and I plan to do some Christmas shopping. We will have our family Christmas on Dec. 18 (a year ago, son-in-law Mose’s funeral was on the 18th). We are having it a little earlier than usual as daughter Elizabeth, Tim and family will travel by charter bus to Florida during Christmas. Tim’s parents and some of his family will be with them, and they well attend Tim’s nephew’s wedding in Florida. They also will travel to Kentucky with some of Tim’s family for a Christmas gathering at his sister’s house on Dec. 11. Elizabeth has been extra busy preparing for these upcoming trips.

Our family exchanged names for a gift exchange when we get together.

Daughter Verena spent Sunday evening here, while daughter Susan and children went to Mose’s sister’s house to spend the evening with his family.

I attended the Thanksgiving feast at Abigail’s school last week. It’s so different to go for a granddaughter than when I went for my children. It brought back memories of all the years our eight children attended that school. Abigail was excited to have her grandma, mother, siblings, aunts, cousins and Uncle Kevin come to eat with her. Nephew Steven also ate with us.

We had a nice day together on Thanksgiving Day at sister Emma’s house. They had the table set for all of us. Her sons-in-law prepared a trash can turkey, which is somehow cooked under a trash can with charcoal around it. It was very delicious. Emma also baked a turkey in her oven, so we had plenty of turkey. I had made some food to take along, and lo and behold, I forgot to take the pumpkin roll. I thought I was forgetting something as I was loading up the food on the buggy but didn’t realize it until the dessert was being passed around. I always think we need a pumpkin roll for Thanksgiving, but we did OK without it. Let us thank God every day. We have so many blessings we take for granted. God bless and stay safe and healthy.

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 P.O. 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.