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It is hard to heat the house in this cold weather

By Lovina Eicher Contributing Columnist

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It’s 7:30 a.m. and another cold morning with the temperature in the single digits again. The wind chill has to be way below zero. I stepped out on the porch for a few seconds and the wind bit at my face. We are also getting more snow. What a crisp clean scene we have with a layer of freshly fallen snow on the ground.


My husband Joe left for work at 3:45 a.m. and daughter Elizabeth left at 5:15 a.m. When Elizabeth left Joe’s tracks out of the driveway were covered with new snow.


Our house can be a bit of a challenge to heat when the wind chill is this cold. The propane gas lights really help heat the house and we keep them on a little longer than usual. We ordered a “jacket” for our coal stove in the basement. It will go around the stove and has a door on it so we can control how much heat will stay in the basement. That way we can keep the basement warmer only on laundry days when we use the basement. I think that will help bring more heat up to the main part of the house, especially on cold windy days such as today.


Tomorrow I will go help make sub sandwiches for a benefit to help a young family with hospital bills from this community. The father was diagnosed with a rare cancer and has been getting treatments at the Mayo Clinic if I’m not mistaken. The mother has also had several different surgeries in the past year or two. They have two small children, it is always rewarding to help with those need. May God help them through this trial in life and grant them the courage to face the unknown future. With God all things are possible.


We were told to dress warmly tomorrow with the cold weather. We will be making the subs in an insulated outside building which is heated. With the doors opening and closing all the time it can cool it down pretty quickly.


We have completed our third 1,000 piece puzzle this winter. Evenings are enjoyable working around the puzzle while we each talk about our day. Hearing that cold wind blowing outside makes it seem even more cozy and comfortable inside. Our neighbor lady Irene gave us two 1,000 piece puzzles last year. One is a Darrell Bush puzzle which we want to glue for one of the children to hang in their bedroom. The only problem is more than one of the children want it so we might have to draw names. It is called “Autumn at the Lake,” a very nice scene of a log cabin by the lake with a dock and a boat. The sun is setting in the background. On the back of the box are five more puzzles by Darrell Bush. But this one seemed to catch their attention. Some of the children want to start another one this winter and if stays this cold we just might have to.


I hope everyone will stay healthy through these bitter cold days. I feel envious of the people in Florida right now. Wherever you are may God bless each and every one of you.


WHOLE

WHEAT WAFFLES

3 eggs, separated


2 tablespoons sugar


1/4 cup vegetable oil


1 cup milk


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour


1/2 teaspoon salt


2 teaspoons baking powder


Beat egg yolks, sugar, and oil. Add 1/2 of the milk and stir. Add dry ingredients and remainder of milk. Mix until blended. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into batter. Fry over medium heat in heated waffle iron.


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.

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