Last updated: May 30. 2014 4:32PM - 314 Views
By Lovina Eicher Contributing Columnist



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The sun is shining this afternoon. We had a thunderstorm early this morning. The rain kept us out of the garden today. Last night Joe and the children helped get more garden planted. We didn’t get finished yet so hopefully it’ll dry up soon. Our soil is very sandy and dries fast so that helps. We now have planted onions, radishes, lettuce, peas, potatoes, red beets, green beans, cucumbers, corn, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, banana and hot peppers. Need to plant more corn, watermelon, zucchini and more potatoes yet. So far we have potatoes, peas, radishes, onions, lettuce and corn coming up. Everything is late this year.


The boys were mowing our grass for the second time this year. Usually it would have had to be a mowed a lot sooner.


Daughter Lovina had a very happy 10th birthday on Sunday. We attended church during the day. In the evening we went to Jacob and Emma’s house for fried and grilled mushrooms. They had an abundance of mushrooms. Also on the menu was grilled ham, asparagus casserole, sliced tomatoes, cheese, watermelon, chocolate cake and ice cream.


Tomorrow, May 22, I will turn another year older, 43 years. Sounds old and makes you dread to see your age get higher up there.


Jacob, Emma, and family and sisters Verena and Susan and our daughters friends Timothy and Mose will come tomorrow evening in honor of my birthday.


School doors will be closing soon, two more weeks left after this week.


Next week will only be three days of school for our children as of Memorial Day and Ascension Day (Thursday, May 29).


Son Benjamin’s eighth grade graduation will be on June 4. He will be finished with his school years this term. Daughter Loretta will only have one more year of schooling.


Our ramp is now finished and Loretta sure is glad to not have to take steps to get into the house. It will also be nice for the older people when we host church services.


Daughter Elizabeth and Susan are on four day work weeks now for awhile. I enjoy having them home on Fridays. They have some dresses they need to get sewed for parts in upcoming weddings. This will give them more time to get them done. Sunday afternoon we stopped in at Timothy’s house to see all his horses’s baby foals. They look so lively out in the field.


While we were there we also visited with his next door neighbor, Janice. She was out in the yard in a wheelchair. She has had some health complications. It was nice to get to visit with her again.


Try this breakfast dish.


FRENCH TOAST

CASSEROLE

10 cups cubed bread


8 eggs


3 cups milk


4 teaspoons sugar


1 teaspoon vanilla


1 teaspoon maple flavoring


Put bread into a 9 by 13 inch pan. Mix rest of ingredients and pour over bread. Refrigerate overnight. Remove from fridge 30 minutes before baking.


Mix the following and pour over top.


1/2 cup melted butter


1 cup brown sugar


2 tablespoons corn syrup


Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.


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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