Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 7, 2013

Amish Cook: Winter travel can be scary

By Lovina Eicher
Special to the Record-Eagle

---- — The darkness of the early morning is leaving and daylight is appearing. We are being greeted by a world of white.

It has been snowing all night and several inches are covering the ground. Snowflakes are still coming down very thick. I love to watch it snow. So many snowflakes and our wonderful God created each one. We are also having wind along with the snow.

After a rainy week in January, we are happy to see snow again. The children are looking forward to some more sledding.

The warm weather and rain we had this week probably ruined the lake for ice fishing. My husband Joe and sons Benjamin and Joseph along with Timothy and Susan's friend Mose spent last Saturday ice fishing. They had two ice fishing shacks with a propane heater in each one, so they stayed quite warm. They didn't have too much luck with getting fish, but they still enjoyed the day.

Tomorrow several of our children have doctor's appointments at the children's hospital two hours away. I hope and pray that we will get back there safely. Our friend Irene usually takes us and she is a safe driver, but accidents can still happen.

I think a lot more about accidents since the tragedy that took the life of two of my cousins two weeks ago. Joe will take off work to go with us, which I am glad for. Days like that can be more stressful than being at home working.

We always like to start out three hours ahead of our appointment time so that we get there on time. You never know when you get delayed in the traffic. Because of the weather, we will be leaving at 6:30 a.m., so it will take most of the day.

Last week Joe and I attended a funeral for the wife of Joe's cousin Willis. She had a battle with cancer. Such a dreadful disease. Our sympathy and prayers go to the family. Their house will seem empty without a mother in it.

In less than three weeks, three of our cousins all around the same age were taken from this earth. Our hearts ache for all of the families left to mourn. The only comfort we can have is knowing that God makes no mistakes. God had all of this happen for a reason.

Yesterday I was finally able to do our laundry for this week. It had amounted to quite a bit. Monday I couldn't start the motor on the washing machine. The children were home from school all day due to icey roads.

Verena went along with Susan to her babysitting job. She enjoys the little children. Benjamin was helping me fill the machine with water and gathering all the dirty laundry. But nothing we did would make that motor start.

When Joe came home, he tried different things and couldn't get it to start. We took the motor to get looked at, but it is 17 years old so we don't know if it is fixable.

We bought another motor and Joe hooked it to the washing machine. It was such a relief to finally get all that dirty laundry washed. Susan was working, so I ended up doing the job myself. I didn't hear Benjamin complain that he didn't get to help since he was at school yesterday. That motor worked really well so I got a lot of washings done with it.

This a great recipe to try — an easy, hearty meal on a cold winter's day!

Upside Down Pizza

1 lb. hamburger or sausage

Small onion, diced

1 medium green pepper

1 pint pizza sauce

2 c. cheese

1 c. flour

2 eggs

1 c. milk

1 t. vegetable oil

½ t. salt

Brown meat with green pepper and onion. Add pizza sauce. Put in a 9-by-13-inch pan. Sprinkle cheese on top. Mix flour, eggs, milk, oil and salt. Pour over and bake, uncovered, at 425° for 25 to 30 minutes until browned.

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.