My Amish Home: Finishing small chores before New York wedding

My Amish Home: Finishing small chores before New York wedding

"My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice, even mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. Let not thine heart envy sinners; but be thou in the fear of the Lord all day long. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh; for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags." Proverbs 23:15-17, 20-21

This Tuesday afternoon is quite windy and cloudy. We did have a misty rain in the forenoon. Nothing measurable. It barely moistened the concrete.

This will be another short letter. We, Lord willing, leave shortly after midnight, heading for New York for the wedding of our granddaughter, Mary Lorene Miller. Of course, by the time this gets out, hopefully, we'll be back home. Ahh, yes, home, sweet home!

Excitement is running pretty high, mostly among the younger set.

I asked granddaughter Sherilyn, 11, if she is excited. "Oh no, I'm perfectly calm," she said, while dancing and jiggling all over the place.

I still have myriad small odd jobs to do. I should mop the floor. I may just sweep and wave the mop at it. I did wash the carpets and I do like to put clean carpets on a clean floor, but that may not happen this time.

Since I have regained the right to drive and go back to my cleaning jobs, I have to go clean this evening, and this epistle must be done so I can leave it at the library.

We just got back from the hills of Sugarcreek, Ohio, on Sunday night. Sugarcreek has awesome scenery, it really does, but I was glad to get back to the flatlands. And so was my tummy! I just don't think I could live there. I guess my tummy and I are too old. It's a nice place to visit, but I'd sure hate to live there.

We were gone from Wednesday night to Sunday night. We had a very pleasant time. The wedding was really nice. We counted it a special privilege to be there and share the day with the families of the wedding couple.

One Friday, afternoon we went with husband Erwin's sister Martha Mast; her husband, Andy; and their daughters, Christina and Miriam, to Faith View Books. We so enjoyed it! And that bookstore — oh my! One can spend so much time browsing and also spend so much money! Actually, most of the books I bought were for the grandchildren.

Whew! While writing, a rain shower blew in. I had carpets on the line! I dashed out and brought those in. They weren't quite dry. I was glad the rest of the laundry was in. But by now, it has stopped. We did get 0.01 inches. Every little bit helps.

I still have to water my house plants and pack our suitcase, make sure everything is in order.

Maybe if I clean up the kitchen and wash the dishes, we could eat supper at Yoder's so I wouldn't have to fix anything when we get home. Then there wouldn't be any other dishes to wash. Sure wish Arthur had a DQ!

I've got to run. I'll be glad to put all this traveling behind us and get back to some semblance of a normal routine.

In closing, there's a new "pasta" diet — just walk "pasta" bakery without stopping, walk "pasta" candy store without stopping, walk "pasta" ice cream store without stopping.

This recipe is well worth the effort. Just try it! (It's not on the "pasta" diet!)


For crust:

1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

For cheesecake:

2 eight-ounce packages cream cheese

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

For apple layer:

8 cups apples, peeled and sliced or chopped

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

For crumbs:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

To make crust, mix butter, brown sugar flour and salt and put in 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.

To make cheesecake layer, mix and cream cheese, eggs and sugar, then spread over cooled crust.

To make apple layer, mix apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and put in colander for 15 minutes. Spread over cheesecake layer.

For crumb layer, mix flour, oatmeal, salt and butter until crumbly, then spread over apple layer.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

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