My Amish Home | Learning to readjust after another tragedy

My Amish Home | Learning to readjust after another tragedy

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John 14: 1-3, 18

It's a beautiful morning on this Wednesday, but it does feel like it could get quite sweltering. But I will enjoy this early morning coolness, the quiet, the peace, broken by the grain semis.

Apparently Gingerich Farms have started harvesting corn. Can it be that time already? Oh my! Where has the summer gone? Time seems to whirl by so fast, it leaves one almost breathless and dizzy.

And yet, for some select few in the community, at this time, maybe time seems to crawl.

I believe the community may be still reeling from the shock of the tragic accident that occurred last week on the highway in Kansas. A lot of people can kind of know how it feels, and yet the nature of this accident just creates a whole different feeling of loss.

But we know God makes no mistakes and we have Him to lean on. We have a living hope which is wonderful and sustainable. And yet, burying a loved one is always hard, a closed-casket funeral even harder.

My heart cries for the families of Darrin Stutzman, 20, son of Ed and Alma; Matthew Hershberger, 16, son of Dwayne and Treva; and Reggie Miller, 32, son of Al and Carolyn Miller and husband of Carmel, daddy of Ariesa and Liam. May they all find comfort in the Lord.

And so the world keeps on turning and life goes on. I know a little what it feels like; only a little smidgen. Nevertheless, about 14 years ago, it felt like our world had stopped — or at least went sort of haywire — and no one understood! One just has to adjust, readjust and readjust again. And again.

So yeah, life goes on, and we are back to driving our horse again. Not regular, but some. He did have an inflamed hip for some odd reason.

We did go look at a pony. It was nice, well broke, but just a tad smaller than we liked, and it also had a little too much "spit" for this cowardly old granny. Plus it had never been driven in Arthur. That scared me!

Although, had we actually gotten it, Lloyd or Galen would have helped us out with that situation. But since Diamond showed signs of much improvement, we decided we don't want the pony. It's a good thing. Someone else wanted it and gave $2,000 for it. Way above our budget.

And that's fine. Now I don't have to get used to a new horse. Diamond does have some quirkiness, maybe because he's getting old. Anyway, we'll get by for now. But I'd still like to have a quad cycle! With a heater for the winter!

Our HCK Company picnic had been scheduled for Labor Day evening but because of the visitation, it was rescheduled. It worked out for me, as hubby discovered our pears are ready to be canned. So Monday afternoon, I went to work on that.

Those turned out better than my V-8 juice! Now I still have peaches, applesauce, grape juice and saltless V-8 to can.

Granddaughter Cynthia Chupp came this past Tuesday morning to help me. We power-washed the south side of the house and cleaned Grandma's screens and windows. I wanted to get that done as daughter Lloyd and Rachel are scheduled to have church services at their house at the end of September.

Because of the funerals being held this past Sunday, church services in our district were canceled as were daughter Milton and Jane Yoders'. So we went with them to another district. I am so glad we went. We heard a very inspiring sermon. The minister kept looking at the clock in order to not go over time. I wanted to hide the clock! I thought about asking for a bushel basket to carry some of the sermon home as my head could not contain it all.

Lunch was just as good to feed our physical body as the sermon fed us spiritually.

In the afternoon, we went over to the other house and had popcorn and a nice visit with sister Sarah Ann and Marvin Helmuth.

In closing, amateurs wait for inspiration; the rest of us get up and go to work.

Here's a recipe for you out there who are gluten-intolerant. I love these!

GLUTEN-FREE APPLE-CIDER DOUGHNUTS

For doughnuts

2 cups gluten-free biscuit/baking mix

3/4 cup sugar

1 package (1 / 4 ounce) quick-rise yeast

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon apple-pie spice

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup warm water (110-115)

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla

For glaze

1 cup apple cider or juice

1 tablespoon butter, softened

2/3-3/4 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl, mix biscuit mix, sugar, yeast, baking powder, salt, apple-pie spice, cinnamon and baking soda.

In another bowl, whisk water, butter, applesauce and vanilla until blended. Add to dry ingredients; stir until blended. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Cut a small hole in corner of a food-safe plastic bag and fill with batter. Pipe into a six-cavity doughnut pan coated with cooking spray, filling cavities 3/4 full.

Bake at 325 degrees for 11 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for five minutes before removing from pan. Repeat with remaining batter.

For glaze, in a saucepan, bring apple cider to a boil; cook until reduced to 3 tablespoons. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in butter until melted. Stir in enough powdered sugar to reach glaze consistency.

Dip each doughnut halfway, allowing excess to drip off. Place on wire rack; let stand until set.

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