My Amish Home | Making the most of three sunny days

My Amish Home | Making the most of three sunny days

"And being found, in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death; even the death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the nine of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that I every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:8-11

The last day of February 2018 and it is a drizzly, drippy, dreary, bleak and soggy afternoon. But it is not windy, cold, snowy, icy and all that wintry stuff. We have much to be thankful for, praise God!

We had three days of sun — oh, how wonderful! My solar tank was filled, but it is on a downward trend again.

That wasn't all that was on a downward trend. On Saturday night, our battery on the solar panel died. It just plain flat-lined. It was good that it wasn't cold, as our heating system operates on a 12-volt battery on the solar panel.

So on Monday morning, early, I called Cadwell Melvin Otto. He came to help us out of our dilemma. It didn't take much to get the charger going. I'm such a dummy when it comes to this battery stuff.

Sometimes I feel like the scripture verse, 2 Timothy 3:7 — ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of truth, concerning this battery stuff.

We did get a bigger panel put in, so maybe we'll have less problems, concerning that, anyway.

This past Friday afternoon and Saturday, I attended a ladies' retreat held at Penn Station in Arthur. It was well attended; a lot of out-of-state women were there. The speakers were Sharon Nisly and Evelyn Miller. They were very interesting and gave me a lot of food for thought.

On the lighter side of the whole deal — the topping on the pie, if you will — was a local lady, elderly and good-hearted, with a wonderful sense of humor: Mrs. Menno Kuhns Esther. She read about getting old and how your body parts decline. It was hilarious! She was the perfect one to read that. I loved it! Somehow I'll have to see if I can get a copy.

Another thing was the meal — or rather, meals — as we had supper Friday evening and dinner Saturday.

The meals were catered by Jeanie Hershberger and her family. The meals were over-the-top delicious. If you need some catering done, call Jeanie. She also serves meals in her home. She is a superb cook!

I wonder if there is a change in the weather coming. The horses out in the lot are running, bucking, kicking, slinging mud. Do they sense a change? I hope it's not cold and story.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were ever so nice. I loved it!

Hubby didn't have to work on Monday, so I just took the bike to go clean. It was such a beautiful morning. Not very cold, lower 30s, not windy. The sun came up and blessed us with its warm rays.

On the way home I realized I wasn't even taking time to enjoy the beauty of the morning, just pedaling for home. So I started singing; "O Lord my God, how great Thou Art." I sang it under my breath so no one would hear me and have me hauled in for disturbing the peace!

Tuesday was equally nice, but a little windier. I could still hang out all my laundry. I thought about washing our bedding, but since it was quite windy, I talked myself out of it.

Instead, I did something I probably really shouldn't have. I mixed up some peanut butter and made cheese spread. Just in case daughter Rachel sends up some bread; she was baking for John and Norma again.

I really wanted to leave out the calories, but they insisted on coming along, claiming that without them, the stuff would almost be tasteless. I'm inclined to agree.

We did go to church Sunday, even though it was our in-between Sunday. Our daughter Jane and Milton Yoder picked us up. Somehow, I think my week just goes better if we go to church on Sunday.

In closing, God cannot be cheated with deftly quoted texts. He looks on the heart.

I made this casserole. It is delicious. If one left out the cheese, it would very well be rheumatoid friendly.

CHICKEN-AND-RICE SUPREME

2 cups cooked, shredded chicken

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 cups water

1 cup uncooked rice

1 teaspoon salt

2 large carrots, diced

1/2 cup peas, optional

1/2 cup chopped green pepper, optional

Shredded cheese

1 cup buttered breadcrumbs

In a skillet, combine chicken, onion, water, salt, rice and carrots. Add peas and green peppers if using. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking pan. Set aside.

Add cheese to skillet and continue simmering until cheese is melted.

Transfer mixture to prepared dish and top with breadcrumbs.

Bake for 20 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown.

(NOTE: Mine was a little dry. Next time, I would either use only 3/4 cup rice or add more water. Also, I used chicken broth and water. Chicken seasoning can be used instead of salt. Both make it too salty.)

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