My Amish Home: Yearning for 'feel good' food and weather

My Amish Home: Yearning for 'feel good' food and weather

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: We pray you, in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us,who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Yes! The sun is shining. We almost have a heat wave! It is 16 degrees. Early this morning, it was 2 degrees, which was some better than yesterday's 8 degrees below.

It was Tuesday, and yes, hubby went to therapy, so I stayed home. I was quite a bit under the weather. It felt so good not having to leave.

I got an early start to do my laundry, but after that was done, I crashed on the couch. I didn't even have fumes left to operate on.

I thought surely, surely there is something that would make me feel better — something that I could eat that would give me some fuel. I took a mental inventory of "feel good" foods.

Finally I came up with something. Cornstarch custard! Yes! So I got up and cooked some; I also cooked a hot dog.

Well, I ate the dog and about a half cup of custard. And no, it did not make me feel better. My tummy really complained.

I did go back to the doctor. She put me on a different antibiotic. Also, she told me to drink ginger tea. It helps digestion. Now that stuff has an interesting taste!

Anyway, today I do feel better, but my tummy is still whiny. It seems to be really picky about what I send down there. So I'll try and baby it along, but I really did want taco soup for supper.

I believe my brother, Marx Plank, sis Ferne Hershberger and sis LaDonna and Dennis Schrock and boys are coming out to our mom's for supper. On their menu is liver and onions. Now that's something I can do without! I can eat it only slightly better than oyster soup. And most certainly not with a whiny stomach!

This is now Wednesday afternoon as I finish writing. And it is really nice.

The temperature soared way up to 24 degrees. Of course, we have what seems to be the ever-present wind.

I know this sounds crazy, but I almost have spring fever! If you're outside, out of the wind, the sun has a definite warmth. It feels so good. I am so ready to be outside without all the cumbersome clothing. But then, I am thankful that I have warm clothing to wear when it's necessary.

This past Sunday was also quite mild. Matter of fact, the temperature was up to 47 degrees. We were ever so thankful the Lord granted us such a mild day. Church services were held at daughter Rachel and Lloyd Yoders.

It is just so much easier if the weather is nice. It was also nice for the horses that couldn't be tied in the barn.

Of course, it thawed some and really created some mud. The path between our places was really squishy. And, yes, mud was tracked in. But you know what? I didn't even care. The children came over to our house in the afternoon. The house was a mess, but it was easily cleaned up Monday.

The really sad part of church was the fact that I could not eat peanut butter and cheese bread. It just wouldn't go down.

When I asked daughter Rachel what she was going to do now that church has moved on to the neighbors, she figured she'd start out with doing a lot of nothing for a while. But we all know with six children, that will not last too long.

And before I close, I want to wish a very special man a happy birthday! Sixty-three years ago, a little boy was born and named Erwin.

In closing, one of life's facts is income tax, in this land of milk and honey; I try all the while to pay with a smile, but they make me give money.

The recipe of the week is Pizza Hot Dish. Try it, you'll like it!

PIZZA HOT DISH

1 pound ground turkey or beef

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped

2 cups pizza or pasta sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced

3 cups whole-wheat pasta of choice, cooked

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown meat in a large skillet; add onions and green peppers and saute for 5 minutes. Add sauce, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, pepper and mushrooms.

Place the cooked pasta in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch dish. Pour meat sauce over and sprinkle with both cheeses on top. Cover with foil. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until completely heated through.

Serves 6 to 8.

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