My Amish Home: With passing years, wisdom comes (right?)

"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Hebrews 10:35-37

We have turned the calendar page to June. The sixth month of a 12-month period. That's halfway, right? Time flies when you are having fun. Are we having fun yet??

June started out cool and rainy, but this Wednesday afternoon as I write this is real summery. I love it! Our first cutting of hay is down. I hope the rain holds off until it's in the barn. A lot of farmers have hay down right now.

I like to think as the years go by, I actually gained in wisdom. After last week and today, I'm not sure.

I had some errands to do, so I asked sis Barb Gingerich to take me, as I was kind of pressed for time. She agreed, then since it was my birthday, she took me out to lunch. We went to Yoder's Kitchen. After the forenoon I had, I was surprised I didn't drop my plate or something. There, I talked with niece Beth Slabaugh.

By the way, maybe we should have a moment of quiet in respect of Woody, the fish. He didn't make it. Shannon, Beth's husband, was most distraught. He was given a decent burial โ€” Woody, not Shannon โ€” in their backyard.

Anyway, as I went about my errands, I went to Beachy's Bulk Foods. They put my groceries in a box. As I picked them up, I unceremoniously dumped them on the floor. Fortunately, nothing was breakable. And at Country Salvage, I tried to short-change them. But on the whole, the day wasn't too bad. It helped when niece Emily brought me a pot of beautiful flowers. Thanks, Emily!

Another episode in the day of an air-headed blonde! Last week I really needed to work in the garden. I was NOT in the mood. It was way over-the-top windy. But you gotta do what you gotta do! I didn't have my own tiller, so I borrowed son-in-law Lloyd's tiller. Rachel told me the tines were dull and the belt was loose.

So with this thought in my one-track mind, I headed for the garden. The tilling did not go well at all as the ground was hard and "cloddy." It didn't till out the weeds, just bent them over. I slogged on, my mood getting blacker.

Later, I decided to till my mom's garden. Nothing changed, so I thought maybe if I set it to till deeper it would work better. To no avail. I was finally like, "I don't think these reels are even going around." So I lifted the back end and checked things out. No, they weren't. I put the end down. That's when God pointed to the picture, tines forward. What a revelation!

All afternoon I was taking that tiller across the ground, the reels dragging! I put those reels in gear and had a "reely" (pardon the pun!) great time tilling!

In closing: Another place that seems to arrive almost before you get started is that bridge you were going to cross when you got to it.

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE STREUSEL MUFFINS

Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1/4 cup canola oil

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups strawberries, cut into small pieces

Cream cheese filling

4 ounces cream cheese

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons beaten egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon streusel topping

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. If you don't use cupcake liners, make sure you grease the pan so they come out easily.

In a mixing bowl for the muffin batter, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, beat the milk, oil, egg and sugar. Stir the dry ingredients into the milk mixture gently, but do not overmix. The batter should be slightly lumpy.

For the cheesecake mixture, beat the ingredients in a bowl until smooth. For the topping, mix together the flour, sugar and cinnamon. With a fork, blend in the butter until it looks like coarse sand.

Scoop a tablespoon of the muffin batter into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Sprinkle a few pieces of strawberries and then about tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle some of the streusel topping on the cream cheese filling, followed by another layer of the muffin batter. Add a few pieces of the strawberries on top and lastly sprinkle with the cinnamon streusel. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

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