Christmas vacation lasted longer due to the weather
By Lovina Eicher Contributing Columnist
It is the middle of January and we are getting more snow. We have had our share of winter weather this month. My husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth didn’t go back to the factories until Jan. 9 because of all the snow we got. They had a longer holiday break than they expected. The school’s doors also stayed closed for three more days after their Christmas vacation. The house seemed really quiet on Jan. 9 when everyone finally left for the day again.
We enjoyed being “snowed in” for a few days. But with temperatures below zero it was too cold to go out to enjoy it. We have completed two puzzles that are 1,000 piece puzzles over these winter storms. It seems every puzzle goes together faster than the one before, now that the children can help put it together instead of mess it up as they would do when they were toddlers. I remember sometimes a puzzle would get messed up two to three times and then maybe a piece was missing before it was completed. Now we can leave it unattended with no little ones in the house.
Daughter Susan will have her 18th birthday next week on Jan. 24. Our second daughter has reached adulthood. Time does not stand still for anyone. Susan was born at home with Joe’s Aunt Sylvia being my midwife. We had quite a time finding a ride for her to go home the eight miles. Snow drifts were piled as high as our trailer home windows. We lived in a trailer home at my parents at that time. How thankful we felt that Susan was born without any major problems during a winter storm like that. Susan is now a lively energetic young lady and loves to spend time with horses and ponies. Writing stories is also a hobby for her.
Jan. 9 also brought back sad memories of a year ago when brother Amos was in an accident that took the lives of two of my first cousins. I am sure their lonely wives and families have had a long year of missing their loved ones. In a matter of seconds our lives could be changed. Only God knows what lies ahead of each of us. Let us always let “Him” guide us and accept the changes life brings.
Right now it is snowing so hard that visibility isn’t good. I hope and pray everyone will get home safely from work and school.
I need to get busy. Seemed like I didn’t have time to sit down to write a column but once again I waited until the last day to get this in the mail. We have been making ice cream with our hand cranked ice cream freezer. I will share my recipe.
Editor’s Note: The USDA advises against consumption of anything containing uncooked eggs. Readers accept responsibility of any health risks associated with the recipe.
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
3 1/2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 box vanilla instant pudding
3 cups milk
3 cans Milnot or cream
Beat eggs and beat in rest of ingredients. Pour into a 6 quart freezer can and freeze in an ice cream maker.
Since there have been plenty of cold winter days it is also a perfect time for a hearty, simmer soup.
1 pound hamburger
1 onion, chopped
2 cups potatoes, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 pint corn
1 pint peas
1 quart tomato juice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Brown hamburger and onion in a skillet. Put hamburger and onion into a large pot and add potatoes, carrots, corn, peas, tomato juice, and salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are soft. Recipe note: Sometimes I use a pint of beef chunks instead of hamburger. I also leave the onion whole and cook it with the rest of the vegetables.
1 cup water
2 heaping teaspoons of instant coffee
4 teaspoons of white sugar
3 cups milk
Crackers or toasted bread
Heat water until boiling and set off. Add coffee and sugar and mix. Put on stove again and add milk. Take off when hot and crumble toasted bread or crackers into it. Or it can be enjoyed without either.
ONE KETTLE SOUP
1 quart canned, cooked beef
1 quart homemade noodles
4 medium potatoes, diced and peeled
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium onion, chopped
Fill 6 quart kettle with 3 quarts of water and bring to a hard boil. Add potatoes, noodles and onion together in the kettle on top of the stove and return to a hard boil (about 8 minutes). Then add cooked beef and hard boil for 12 more minutes. Do not overcook or too much liquid will be lost. Beef soup base can be used in place of the beef. If using soup base, no salt should be added until serving, as soup bases are already high in sodium. Add two more quarts of water. Change heat from high to low and cook for about 15 minutes.
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