It seems like I hardly have time to sit down and write this column, but it needs to be done before deadline.
We are having a light rain this morning which we are so thankful for. Yesterday we also had some rain and it sure has made my garden perk up. I think we will be having radishes to use soon.
Daughter Lovina had her friends here for the night on Monday. They had lots of fun. Lovina wanted cupcakes instead of cake. We put nine candles on the cupcakes for her to blow out. We had a thunderstorm in the early morning hours which woke up all the little girls for awhile.
Our hearts go out to all the people that lost loved ones or their homes in the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. I cannot imagine how scary it must be to be in the path of a tornado. May God be their guide throughout this trial.
Sister Emma and her daughter Elizabeth assisted us with our work yesterday. I don’t know what we would do without their help. Neighbor Susan and a few other ladies from church offered to help prepare for church services. It seems I am more behind this time in getting ready.
Daughters Elizabeth and Susan will start following instructions in preparation for baptism when church services are here on June 2. Such a joy it brings to us as parents to see our children want to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Baptism services for the girls will be this fall sometime, Lord willing.
When a girl follows instructions the custom is to wear a black dress and a white cape and apron each church Sunday. Both girls dresses are cut out, but not sewn yet. My goal Is to work on that today. I enjoy sewing more than cleaning so my birthday treat to myself is to sew instead of clean today.
42 years ago on May 22 I was born to very loving parents, Ben and Elizabeth Coblentz. How I appreciate all they taught me.
My 29th birthday was the day before Dad’s funeral. I was 31 years old when mother died and son Joseph was only 8 weeks old at that time. God had other plans. We will cherish the memories of them always.
Jacob, Emma and family are planning to come tonight for supper in honor of my birthday. Also daughter Elizabeth’s friend, Timothy, and daughter Susan’s friend, Mose.
My husband Joe gave me a large laundry spinner for my birthday. I was very happy for it and used it Monday for the first time. The clothes dried a lot faster than usual. It will be especially nice in the winter months when we dry our clothes in the basement.
Zucchini season will soon be here. Try out this recipe:
Skillet ZucchiniStrokeStyle/$ID/Japanese Dots
1 zucchini squash, shredded
1 large onion, shredded
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 t. salt
1/4 c. margarine
1/3 c. milk
3/4 c. cracker crumbs
1/4 t. black pepper
Heat margarine in a large skillet, add onion and zucchini squash. Fry ground beef in a small skillet until browned, drain. Add to zucchini and simmer until soft. Add salt and pepper. Beat eggs. Add milk. Blend and then add cracker crumbs. Add this to squash mixture. Turn with spatula to stir. Squash will shrink when cooked.
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.