My Amish Home: Late spring finds things pretty well grounded
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: For the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner, but my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished." Isaiah 51:6
Today as I write, this is my sis Barb Gingerich's birthday. Happy Birthday, Sis.
Hasn't the weather been great? I love it! It's what I've been waiting for all winter. But we do have rain in the forecast. On this early Thursday morning as I write this, there are stars overhead, but it's cloudy around the edges. It was lightning during the night, but I never found out if it rained.
We worked in our garden Wednesday afternoon. Technically, it was too wet to till — but I did anyway. With rain in the forecast for the next four days, we were a little antsy.
My mom got a lot of her stuff planted. Sis LaDonna Schrock came out and helped her; I really appreciated that.
I was almost through tilling Mom's garden when my tiller conked out. I still had our garden to till, but no way would that thing work. So I just dug holes for my tomato plants, plunked them in there and told them to grow anyway.
Brother Marx checked out the tiller. He thinks the gears that run the reels are shot. Why should they be? We've only had that tiller for 40 years. Thinking of buying a new tiller makes me cringe.
Lest I forget, I want to make mention about my recipe from last week: creamed eggs on toast. I had not tried it before, but I have now. It is good!
But I have a few tips that might enhance the flavor. I think browning the butter before adding the flour would add to it. Also adding cheese, bacon bits and/or ham would be really good.
This past Thursday, Ascension Day, we had a real gully washer. And it washed our plans for the day right down in the gully. We had planned a picnic and hayride. Our children, the Lloyds and the Yoders and families had planned to go. Instead, we just spent the day at our house, having sloppy Joes and ice cream and playing indoor games. It was still enjoyable. Maybe we can do it on Memorial Day
Because of the funeral for Edna Fern Otto being in our church Sunday, church was postponed until the next Sunday, which was this past Sunday. Because it was Mother's Day, no, the men did not do the dishes! Dream on! But we did hear a very inspiring message on being Godly mothers and also honoring our mothers. I had to take inward inventory: How am I doing on both counts?
One of the ministers said we need to obey our mothers as long as we live, not as long as she lives. That was food for thought.
I had a couple of tours this past week. One was a bus load of second-graders.
I was wondering what I would talk about to second graders. No problem. They asked questions, and I was only too happy to answer them.
When I told them the first Amish came to Arthur in 1864, one little boy, bless his heart, asked if I was alive back then! Their perception of time is not yet fully developed. I know I look old, but — !
I had a most delightful day on Saturday. Barb and I were invited to a Ladies Spring Luncheon at the Salisbury Church. That is always so enjoyable, for the most part. The women are so friendly, and the food is delicious!
The best part was the lady (forgive me, her name eludes me at this time) who played the hammered dulcimer. What beautiful music!
I was also asked to give a little talk, which I did. As far as I'm concerned, I would have much rather listened to music.
The last of son-in-law Lloyd's sheep had her lamb. It is a little ewe.
Her name? Ewe Got it!
In closing, a wise saying is something you keep picking up off the floor in front of your fridge.
The recipe for the week is a chocolate lover's delight.
Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie
For the pie crust (makes two):
1-1/3 cups flour (I use pastry flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
For the filling:
1 cup chocolate chips or a little more
2/3 cup milk, divided
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
16 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
For the crust, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and Crisco until crumbly. Add ice water. Roll out and put into two pie pans. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly brown.
For the filling, combine the chocolate chips with half of the milk and melt over low heat.
Combine cream cheese and brown sugar. Stir into chocolate mixture and add remaining milk. Fold in whipped topping. Put into two baked pie crusts. (These can be frozen; very handy for a quick dessert later!)