My Amish Home: Short summer simply peachy for everyone
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." — Revelation 4:11
Did we have a short summer or what? The weather is gorgeous, but it is rather chilly. Matter of fact, a 52-degree morning is just plain cold. We did have a few days of hot weather that was, I have to admit, sort of uncomfortable.
But you know what is so good about hot, humid days, other than helping the tomatoes to ripen and the corn to mature? If you put in an honest day's labor, toiling and sweating, getting grubby and yes, well, stinky, you can go take a cool, refreshing shower and rinse all that humid, gritty stuff down the drain. Ahh! How good that feels! A new lease on life! That's what's good about hot, humid days.
I was mowing the yard, and yes, it was quite warm, but hey, I love it! As I was mowing along the side of the cornfield, I could smell the corn. When the ears and tassels are developing, it gives off a wonderful aroma that is so, well, summery.
When we lived by Sullivan — this was the pre-stroke era (the good old days) before we had our own phone — we'd use the neighbors' phone.
So evenings after we quit (notice I said quit, not when the work was done), we'd hop on our bikes and go to the neighbors to check messages.
How I loved that time! You could smell the corn, hear the crickets and katydids. I like to hear the crickets outside but NOT in the house!
One night after we had gone to bed, we heard this weird sort of rustling noise in the living room. We got our flashlights and went to check.
We were being invaded by crickets! How gross! We started swatting them left and right. And we sprayed the place. Enough of that!
But actually, this Wednesday morning was almost too cold. Well, it was too cold.
I had to wear a sweatshirt. But early, way early, I believe I might have been the only one up in the whole neighborhood, it was really nice outside. So peaceful and quiet.
I was thinking I really should bring my coffee out and sit on the glider to drink it and just absorb the quiet. But duty called: I must get on with the day. Maybe Sunday morning.
It seems summer is going so fast. Pretty soon school will be starting. The girls are working on getting some school clothes made.
I guess maybe then some ponies will get a break. Our grandchildren have been doing a lot of riding and driving.
I saw the cutest thing the other day. I came past daughter Jane and Milton's place. They have a very small mini pony. And there were two miniature women hitching up this wee pony. Sherilyn, 7, and Andrea, 4, were getting ready to drive the pony. It looked so cute to see these little girls hitching up this pony all by themselves.
Some time ago, son-in-law Lloyd bought some pygmy goats at the Arthur sale barn. Last week, Rachel had a real surprise. She went out to the goats for some reason. Apparently, she startled them, because one fell over. Plop! Stiff as a board. It's part fainting goat. What a nice surprise.
Chloe, Lloyd's dachshund with an attitude the size of Texas, met her match. In a cat, no less!
On Sunday evening, Lloyd's family visited neighbors Marlin and LuElla. They took the pony wagon. Of course, Chloe had to go along. They were sitting out in the yard around the fire.
The Marlins have a cat with kittens. This mama is very protective of her babies and Chloe loves to terrorize kittens. But not these. Oh, no! Mama cat will not tolerate that! She took off after Chloe, tooth and nail! Chloe howls and yips and takes off. She cowered under Rachel's chair, shivering in fright.
In closing, love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband walked across it in his barn boots.
Fresh peaches are on the menu. Maybe you'd like to try this recipe.
Peach Cream pie
For the crust:
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold, sliced butter
For the filling:
4 cups fresh, sliced peaches
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the topping:
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup cold, sliced butter
Combine the ingredients for the crust and press the mixture into a buttered, round baking dish.
Combine peaches with sugar; mix remaining filling ingredients, then mix with peaches.
Pour on top of crust and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
Put topping on and bake 15 minutes longer.
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