My Amish Home: Beautiful weather for a full and fun week

My Amish Home: Beautiful weather for a full and fun week

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest livest long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:1-4

This is a very beautiful fall day as I finally force myself to go to my desk. We've had such beautiful weather lately even if it is quite chilly mornings.

This has been a really full week. I started several projects. I'm not good at multitasking so none of them are actually completed. Sometimes I think I have ADD!

Monday was as usual, getting my community news(less)letter written and my usual mail to get ready. Since the Haiti benefit sale is coming up, we always invite the missions the Haiti sale supports. It has been my job to do the invitations for a long time. I enjoy doing it and it seems that is about the only way I can help out anymore.

So anyway, I got those ready for the mail. I actually should have done it earlier, but so it goes. It will be OK.

Tuesday, I had a horseshoeing appointment. That is never on my list of fun things to do, but it needs to be done.

I'm going to have to have a talk with our horseshoer to see if he could put faster shoes on Sparky. It seems he just gets slower and slower. I figure if he gets any slower, we'll be going backwards.

Wednesday was the day I was really looking forward to. I volunteered to go along on the field trip with the afternoon preschool class.

Our granddaughter Andrea goes to preschool. They went to Okaw Valley Orchards. How interesting! The lady who conducted the tour has such an interesting way to present the growth stages of an apple to such little minds. The children were so enthused about it. And they were so good on the whole outing.

Everyone got to pick four apples to take home. Each child got a sippy cup shaped like an apple to take home.

We saw how they sort and pack apples, we were in their "refrigerator" and also saw how they make cider (although it was not cider-making day, unfortunately).

We were treated with an apple doughnut and a cider slushy. Absolutely delicious! And they have the most interesting store! I was so sorry I didn't have the checkbook. (Hubby wasn't!)

I did have enough cash to buy apple doughnuts. I think I'll get one of my sisters to take us back to get some more of those yummy things!

Oh yes, they also had a swarm of bees behind glass. The children were fascinated with those.

But probably best of all for the children was the play area, the straw maze, the treehouse, etc.

I had a lot of stuff to do at home, but I am glad I took the time to go. And I was so thankful for the beautiful day. The weather was nearly perfect.

Now if it just holds out through Friday. Our neighbor girl, Marlys Otto, is getting married. We are invited to the wedding. It will work best if we can walk. And it's so much nicer for everyone involved if the weather is nice.

We had three daughters get married and not one of their days was really nice. Our middle daughter Rachel's wedding day was cold and it rained and rained and rained. Oh yes, did I mention that it rained? And windy? Oh my yes! the tent started to blow down, so the guys battled the wind and rain and took it down.

So I'm always glad for the people who can have a nice wedding day.

I did take time to clean my bedroom windows. There was so much dirt in the windows, between the screen and the sill, I could have (almost) started an herb garden.

Now maybe if the weather stays nice, I can also get the curtains washed.

In closing, sometimes it's difficult to know who's knocking — opportunity or temptation.

Still have tomatoes left in the garden? Try this recipe. Jazz it up with taco-seasoned meat and serve with salsa and sour cream on the side.


4 large tomatoes

Salt for sprinkling, plus 1/2 teaspoon

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon minced onion

1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

Few grains of ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a shallow baking dish.

Cut a slice from the top of each tomato. Scoop out the pulp with a spoon. Sprinkle the insides of the tomatoes with salt. Place the tomato shells in the prepared dish.

Put the breadcrumbs in a small bowl and drizzle the melted butter over them; toss lightly to coat. Lightly mix the egg, onion parsley, the 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper.

Spoon the mixture into the tomatoes and bake until firm, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot.

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