Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 29, 2013

Labor Day doesn't stop work

BY LOVINA EICHER Special to the Record-Eagle
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — The garden still is producing lots of vegetables. Today we made 18 quarts of spaghetti sauce and another 11 quarts of tomato juice. While the girls cut up all the vegetables I sewed a dress and shirt. Still need to put button holes and buttons on the shirt.

Nights still seem empty with Verena and Loretta not home from 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. They still are staying those hours with 93-year-old Vivian.

The new fence is up and the horses and ponies are having a blast eating all the grass. This makes less chores for the boys since they don’t have to feed hay to the horses mornings and evenings. It is also a lot cheaper since the price of hay still is quite high.

The fence and gates were up by 3 p.m. so everyone went home to get cleaned up. My husband Joe and Mose (Susan’s boyfriend) grilled 50 pounds of chicken and also grilled wings to make Buffalo hot wings.

Also on the menu for supper were mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, corn, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, sliced tomatoes, bread, Swiss roll bars, cherry pie, peach cobbler, oatmeal cookies, popcorn and ice cream. All the dessert was brought in except the ice cream.

Little Prancer is getting fat from all the green grass. Daughter Susan is taking him for exercise by running down the road with him. She has also taught him a few tricks. He listens very well to her. Minnie, his mother, has gone back to her owner. Prancer didn’t seem to mind much and follows his dad, Tiger, around everywhere in the field. Not having Minnie here to drive and ride has brought a few tears from 9-year-old Lovina. She gets so attached to these ponies. She wants to try and ride Tiger but he still is a little rowdy for her. He isn’t a stallion any more so he should be settling down soon.

We received a letter from brother Amos and Nancy last week. They want to have all my siblings and families for our annual get-together. Amos plans to have a hog roast for us all on Labor Day. School doors will open the next day. The family has grown since last year with more babies being added and more special friends.

Then in October my cousin, Dave, is having a reunion at his house for my mother’s side of the family. This will be a huge gathering by now.

We will have several cousins missing since the last time we were all together. Also two more of mother’s siblings have passed since. There are currently four of mom’s eight siblings still living.

This is now Friday morning and this column still is not out in the mail. Susan is filling the wash machine and rinse tubs with water and gathering laundry. I need to go help her. Verena and Loretta are washing dishes. Lovina is helping Susan. Joe is still on a four-day work week so he is home today. There is plenty to do outside for him and the boys. Elizabeth is working at the RV factory. God’s blessings.

Try this recipe with vegetables out of your gardens:

Fresh corn salsa

4 tomatoes, chopped

1 c. cooked fresh corn kernels

1/4 c. finely chopped red onions

1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro

1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

1/4 c. zesty Italian dressing

Combine all ingredients except dressing in a large bowl. Add dressing and mix lightly.

Lovina Eicher is Old Order Amish. She handwrites this column from her home in southern Michigan. Anyone with cultural or cooking questions can send them to Lovina Eicher, The Amish Cook, P.O. Box 2144, Middletown, Ohio, 45042.