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The signs of spring are starting to show

By Lovina Eicher Contributing Columnist

April 26, 2014

It is turning out to be a nice, sunny day. The temperature is almost 40. We awoke one morning this week with the ground all covered with snow. It stayed cold for a few days with the temperature going down to 22 one night.


My husband Joe and the boys planted 30-40 pounds of potatoes on Saturday. Joe tilled all the gardens but I haven’t had a chance to plant anything. I would like to plant peas, radishes, lettuce, and onions. At least a little of each so we have some ready earlier. That depends on the weather, I guess.


Sister Emma and her daughters came yesterday to assist daughter Verena and I with cleaning for our upcoming church services. Walls and ceilings were washed off, furniture cleaned, windows cleaned, curtains washed, etc. I thought we really accomplished a lot. Last week the girls and I cleaned the master bedroom and bath. Everything seems to be getting done on schedule.


Saturday the children raked most of the yard. It still need to be raked in some areas. It looks like dandelion greens are popping through. I hope to go look for some today. The children want to color eggs for Easter so dandelion salad will be a good way to use up some of those colored eggs.


The school planned a 1/2 day school for tomorrow (Good Friday). The Amish children won’t go as Good Friday is an Amish holiday in this community. The 1/2 day is to make up one of the missed days due to the bad weather this winter. Our five school-age children went back to school Monday after a week home from spring break.


Daughter Susan’s hands seem to be healing gradually. She was moved to another job which she greatly appreciated. She is feeling better every day and hopefully it will all be healed soon.


The farmers down the road are planting their fields. It looks like they might be planting potatoes. Timothy’s (Elizabeth’s friend) third mare delivered a foal on Sunday night. He now has four foals at his place as Susan’s pony Roxie and her foal are there too. We want to go see the four new foals sometime. They’re always so frisky and full of life.


We are in the process of getting a permit accepted to build on a ramp to the house. Loretta will be so glad for it. I would like to thank all you readers for your support you have given. It is appreciated very much.


Joe would also like to get some sidewalks made to the house before church services are held here. It will help a lot to keep dirt from getting dragged in.


My rhubarb and horseradish are pepping through. The tulips are looking hearty too. I’m watching to see when the asparagus pops also. I love spring.


After a long winter it will be even more special. God has created a wonderful world. How often do we take all our needs for granted? Do we appreciate our blessings enough? I read a saying recently that said, “What if God only gave you tomorrow for what you prayed for today.” How true to life, people tend to get so busy they truly miss the purpose we were put on this earth to begin with. I hope everyone had a very blessed Easter.


Try this recipe.


BUTTERSCOTCH

ZUCCHINI BROWNIES

3 eggs


2/3 cup oil


2 cups sugar


2 teaspoons vanilla


1 teaspoon baking soda


1 teaspoon salt


1 teaspoon baking powder


2 1/2 cups flour


2 cups zucchini (shredded)


Topping:


1/2 cup brown sugar


1 cup butterscotch chips


Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Then add flour, soda, salt and baking powder. Then stir in zucchini. Pour into a greased 15 by 10 cookie sheet.


Topping instructions:


Mix together and spread on top of batter. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


Readers with culinary or cultural questions or to share recipes write Lovina at: Lovina Eicher, c/o Oasis Newsfeatures, P.O. Box 157, Middletown, OH 45042. To learn more about Amish culture and the Amish Cook column and to sign up for the twice weekly newsletter, visit www.amishcookonline.com or “The Amish Cook Fan Page” on Facebook.