My Amish Home: Dealing with the dog days of summer
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14,15
We are on our way out of August and going into September so fast it almost makes me spin. And now we are having summer weather. Hot and muggy. I can take it OK as long as I don't have to get dressed up and go somewhere fancy. (as if!l
But seriously,it really is sweltering.
And as I sit here late Wednesday afternoon,it actually looks like a storm is brewing. I really don't mind storms so much, if it doesn't get so very windy.
We are as of now getting ready to head toward Michigan. My first cousin once removed is getting married, so, Lord willing, we will attend her wedding.
She is actually a granddaughter of my last remaining uncle on the Plank side. I am looking forward to seeing my uncle Andy again. He is in his upper 80s. And basically, he's been my favorite uncle.
There's always so many details to see to even for just an overnight stay. I just know I'll forget something vital.
At least I got the yard all mowed. I did most of it on Monday afternoon. I couldn't finish, I was getting too hot.
Then I discovered our one refrigerator isn't working. Cleaning that thing out WAS NOT on my agenda. Nevertheless, I had to get rid of the spoiled food and there was quite a bit of it. I should have realized it earlier in the week when my milk wasn't really cold.
Actually, one morning I used spoiled milk on my cereal. You would have thought it would have soaked in by then, but no, I just put the milk in the other fridge. And another thing, you would think that would have fixed me on eating cereal, but I just make sure the milk is fresh and cold.
Anyway, on Monday evening I got some butter out of the fridge and it was totally mushy. So yes, our fridge is on the blink. At least the locker top was OK, but I did have a bunch of spoiled food in the bottom part.
I called our refrigerator fixer, David Diener. That poor guy is about to be run ragged. One morning he unloaded 20 messages from his voice-mail box.
We have one of his loaner fridges until he gets ours fixed. It came with its own roach. EEEyew! GROSS! I hope it didn't have any friend along. A roach is so absolutely GROSS! And that barely scratches the surface!
One morning this past week, the 'Littles' that aren't so little anymore, Galen and Lynetta, came to our back door. They wanted Grandma Plank, so they came in our back door, walked through our house, over to the Common Room door where Grandma was quilting. When they left, they went out our front door. Pretty soon I heard a whining bark at the back door.
There was Doc, Lloyd's miniature Dachshund. He wanted in. I told him, "Doc boy, Lynetta went home." He would not take my word for it. He wanted in. So, OK, he came in, made a bee line for the Common Room, sniffed around, looked at me with a question. I told him they went home and tried to get him to go out the front door. But no, he had to go check out the bedroom. Again, I tried to get him to go out the front door.
He was adamant about it. He will NOT go out the front door. They came in the back and he will go out the back.
OK — I let him out the back and up the porch he goes, his bigger-than-him floppy ears flapping, his stubby feet a blur.
Oh yes! The new horse, Diamond, is working out great, so far. I love him!
You know, I accepted Sparky for what he was. We had him and no choice, but now, we can actually get somewhere. Diamond is not the speediest, but still, we can leave for work later and still get there in time.
I feel so blessed! God is so good!
But Sparky, I think he feels a little neglected and cantankerous.
I was using the bagger when I mowed the yard and dumping the grass out to the horses. After the first time I dumped some out there, Sparky straddled the pile. He just stood there and Diamond had to stick his head under Sparky if he wanted to eat it.
In closing — it is not what we are worth, but hat we are in Christ.
Try this recipe for your next coffee break or potluck.
Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 packages (8 ounces each)cream cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup thawed apple juice concentrate
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup thawed apple juice concentrate
In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour, oatmeal, walnuts and cinnamon until well blended. Press into the bottom and 1 inches up the sides of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes or until set.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in milk and apple juice concentrate until smooth. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined (batter will be thin). Pour into the crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen;cool one hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
In a large skillet, cook and stir apples in butter over medium heat until crisp tender, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Arrange over cheesecake.
In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, cinnamon and juice concentrate until smooth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for one minute or until thickened. Immediately brush the topping over the apples. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled. Refrigerate leftovers.