My Amish Home | Still working to tame beast of a mower

My Amish Home | Still working to tame beast of a mower

"For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." Mark 13:34-37

Again we have an awesomely beautiful, summery day. We had a few short, refreshing showers over the weekend. It seemed to refresh everything, but to us humans, it would seem like we need more than a few short showers.

You know, back a few weeks ago, I was probably whining about the cold, dismal, dreary, rainy days. I didn't mean to whine, really, but I remember thinking one of these days we'll be wishing for rain, so ...

I'm wondering if I'll mow yard again before we get a good rain. The grass really does look kind of dry and brownish.

I did have another escapade with our beast of a mower. I tell you, I think it has a mind of its own! I was mowing alongside of the hay field and had sloped way down to mow around the stand pipe. I guess when I wanted to speed up, I hit the speed bar a little too hard and we went whipping into the hay field, my feet flying straight out! Not! But yes, I headed into the hay field. I did have the presence of mind to hurry and put it in neutral before I got very far.

So now on this really nice day, I am stuck behind my desk. But in all reality, my main outside work is done for now — mowing, trimming, the garden is cleaned and tilled, I didn't have any flowers to plant. I'm waiting until I can get some landscaping blocks or bricks to make another flower bed.

I learned something interesting about roses. At least five of mine didn't survive the winter. I could dig out a couple of them; the others, I just cut down as close to the ground as I could. I noticed one had a new shoot. So I called Alma Fern at Prairieland gardens. She told me if it sprouts out of the roots, because it is a grafted hybrid rose, it will not have pretty blooms.

And yes, my beautiful pink rose of last year has tiny red buds. A few opened and they are not nice. They barely resemble a rose. So, that one goes if I get another one soon to replace it. And maybe I'll invest in rose cones for the winter.

On my recipe I submitted two weeks ago, I left out the sour cream. It was the Sour Cream Chocolate Delight. It gets mixed in with the cream cheese.

I made that recipe with the intentions of taking it to Sunday school for our carry-in dinner. But we ended up not going as hubby was sick.

That pudding has a story to tell. I forgot to get more Oreos. Hubby ate most of what I had. And no, that is not why he was sick.

Anyway, I wondered what I could do. I didn't want to make it crustless and I didn't have graham crackers. So I made a crust of flour, butter and pecans.

When I wanted to cook my pudding, I didn't have enough milk. Only 1 cup, but I had some half and half. So I used some of that. Then discovered no cornstarch. OK, I'll use Perma-Flo. My pudding had a funny texture, but tasted OK.

Now for the center, I whipped up the stuff really smooth, dumped in the Cool Whip, read my recipe again. Oh no! The Cool Whip goes on top! Oh well, I had more in the freezer. I thawed that, put it on top, sprinkled the crushed Oreos that I had left, on top. And you know what? If that stuff had been any better, you couldn't stand it!

I just heard from our good friend Mona Hunter. She said Ken is a little perkier and he is eating a few more things than just Ensure. She did say blending fresh strawberries in the Ensure really makes it a lot better.

The doctor is giving him Lasix to help get rid of the excess fluid. He sits out on their deck a lot. I'm glad he can do that.

In closing, accept what is, let go what was, have faith in what will be.

Fresh strawberries are on the menu. So how about this pie?


5 squares (1 ounce each) white baking chocolate, divided

2 tablespoons milk

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1 cup whipping cream, whipped

1 9-inch graham cracker crust

2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

In microwave or double boiler, melt 4 squares white chocolate with milk. Cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth. Beat in orange peel and melted chocolate. Fold in whipped cream.

Spread into crust. Arrange strawberries on top. Melt remaining chocolate and drizzle over berries. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Store in refrigerator.

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