The Amish Kitchen

We have entered the month of June. Is it possible 2021 is almost halfway through?

I managed to get my gray dress suit sewed last week, and I still have a shirt I want to sew for my husband, Joe. The wedding is Friday at the home of neighbors Joas and Susan, for their daughter, Carol, and Aden. On Thursday, I’ll go help with food preparation for the wedding. On Friday, I’ll be a cook, but I only can help for the noon meal. At 2:30 p.m., our whole family and sister Verena have a bus taking us all to Kentucky for the weekend. Joe’s sister, Salome, and Morris are hosting a family reunion for Joe’s brothers and sisters and their families. The drive is more than five hours. I want to get that shirt sewed for Joe for the reunion. He needs more shirts, and it seems the only way I get it done is to set a goal to have it finished.

I want to let readers know I will be signing my cookbooks at 7 p.m. June 8 at a library, 101 E. Winslow St., Middlebury, Ind. I’m hoping some of my family can attend with me. It would be great to see and meet some of you there. Later this month, I will be at Light of Grace Books & Gifts in Nappanee. We haven’t confirmed the day and time yet.

Last night, we finished planting the rest of our second garden. Joe brought in our first meal of radishes Monday, and lettuce also is ready to use. The green onions should be good to pull by next week. Our asparagus is slowing down, but there is a lot of rhubarb yet.

Yesterday was sentimental for us. All five of us sisters were together for the day at sister Verena’s house. The absence of dear sister Susan was very real. It still doesn’t seem right to not see her there. Coming out from Indiana with sister Leah and Liz were Liz’s daughters, Suzanne, Elizabeth and her children LaRose, Samuel and Elizabeth Ann; Rosa and her children, Jeremiah and Kayden; and Liz’s daughter-in-law, Arlene, and children Ella and Gloria. Coming from this community were sister Emma and son Steven; Emma’s daughter, Emma, and her children, Jessica and Menno Ray; my daughters: Elizabeth and children Abigail, T.J. and Allison, Susan and children Jennifer and Ryan, Verena and Loretta; son Kevin and me.

LaRose, 5, is the oldest of the children there, so there were 14 children age 5 and younger. There wasn’t a dull moment with all the children.

On the menu for lunch was cheesy ranch potatoes, meatballs, Spanish rice, pasta salad, lettuce salad, deviled eggs, tomatoes, pickles, hot peppers, various desserts, bars and cookies. By the time everyone brought a dish or two, it added up to more food than was needed.

The day was spent visiting and sharing memories. Life brings so many changes, and letting God be in control is a great help. We are so glad we don’t know what the future holds. Let’s take one day at a time.

Hopefully, when we get back from Kentucky, we can get our hay mowed.

Our church also is planning a work night at daughter Susan’s next week. It is so good to have the support of the church, friends and family. Daughter Susan would be so glad if she still could have her dear husband, Mose, to help her with the outside work that can get overwhelming. Again, we want to take life one day at a time and trust in a higher hand. God’s blessings to all.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Her newest cookbook, “Amish Family Recipes,” is available wherever books are sold. 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, and your message will be passed on to her to read. She does not personally respond to emails.