My Amish Home | Soaking up sunshine and holiday cheer

My Amish Home | Soaking up sunshine and holiday cheer

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:4-7

Today, we have been blessed with beautiful, ever-so-welcome sunshine. May it continue on and on. But I know there is rain in the forecast for later on in the week. Just as long it doesn't get icy. We did have quite a bib of fog recently. This past Friday morning was truly awesome. One just had to marvel at the handiwork of our great and awesome God.

No human hands could ever duplicate that kind of scenery. It was just an example of what our God can do.

On my way home this morning, I was admiring the landscape. With a covering of snow, the sun coming up over the horizon just gives everything a different perspective.

Then something caught my eye. Coming across the field were two animals. They had the hammer down and were on a mission. I am pretty sure they weren't dogs. They didn't run like dogs. Or at least, I didn't think so. I wasn't real close. I thought they looked too big for coyotes. So were they ... wolves? Probably not, but what, then? At any rate, they were going west at a high rate of speed, slipping under the fences without missing a beat and wasting any time.

We were in church Sunday and I was glad we could stay until after lunch. Last time, we had to leave early, which was OK, but I like to stay for lunch. On Sunday, we were served ice cream cake and strawberries for dessert. It was in honor of our bishop Marian Miller's 50th birthday. He was not aware of it and so joined in singing "Happy Birthday" until they said his name. Oops! Red face here.

Well, I think I'll take a break and go eat lunch. I should probably do laundry. It is such a nice day, although the wind is cold. But it seems sunny days are kind of few and far between right now.

I'm trying to decide what my priorities are right now. So many things are clamoring to be done. We plan to be gone all day tomorrow. Hubby has an appointment with an upper cervical doctor in Springfield. Several people are going, so yeah, it's an all-day, tiring thing. Hence the writing of this on this Tuesday.

I did laundry yesterday afternoon — hung everything inside and let it dry overnight. I thought, "If it is nice today, I'll do laundry again and wash sheets," but somehow, it didn't happen. It just didn't seem to be a priority. For one thing, we are going to a visitation this evening. That means quit early for showers, etc. I really didn't feel like dealing with laundry.

We had lunch, if you want to call it that. Hash browns, toast and eggs. It was really good.

We had lunch at the shop yesterday at HCK. One of their dealers furnished it. It apparently came from Pauly's in Arthur. We had ribs, pulled pork, baked beans, cornbread, parsley potatoes, salad and ice cream. I'm thinking maybe the Helmuth women made the potatoes and salad. I don't know what all the salad consisted of, but I could have eaten it till the cows came home!

We missed their delicious meal Friday evening. Both company suppers were Friday evening. We chose Tri County Welding. Dennis Plank always has an interesting program after supper. Usually, a comedian — a ventriloquist this time — plus a lady performer on a unicycle.

Her feats were breathtaking. I thought I would surely faint. She goes by "Red Panda" and has been doing it for 40 years.

And here I am, so klutzy, I thought I would trip just going up the steps to the stage to collect my gift.

And now I think I'll go see if I can organize my brain and make my list of food I need to take Sunday for our family Christmas gathering. Milton's are doing the main meal. The boys are hunting for the frogs. Not!

Rachel and I will take pie and fresh fruit and dip. We will probably have ham sliders for supper and all kinds of snacks in between.

In closing, did you know it would take 11 Empire State buildings stacked one on top of the other to measure the Gulf of Mexico at its deepest point?

This seems like a good pie to serve with a holiday meal.

BUTTER-PECAN CRUMB PIE

For crumbs

1 stick butter

2 cups chopped pecans

1/2 cup brown sugar

For pie

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

1 1/2 cups milk

1/3 cup Mira-clear

2 eggs, separated

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 baked pie crust

To make crumbs, put butter and pecans in heavy skillet on medium heat until pecans are lightly browned. Add brown sugar until melted. Cool.

To make pie, melt together butter and brown sugar. Mix water, milk, Mira-clear and salt together and stir into butter mixture. Boil one minute, then remove from heat.

Add 2 egg yolks (slightly beaten) into half of hot mixture. Beat together, then add rest of hot mixture and boil for one more minute. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool.

Put about 1 cup pecan mixture in bottom of baked pie crust. Fill with filling, then top with Cool Whip. Put some pecans on top again.

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