My Amish Home | A dreary, spider-filled start to 2019

My Amish Home | A dreary, spider-filled start to 2019

"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a bearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in glass: For he beholdeth himself; and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was." James 1:21-24

Jan. 1, 2019 — A brand new year. And what will it hold for us? We do not know, and in all likelihood are glad that we don't. But we do know who knows what it holds for us and we are glad of that.

This morning when I got up, I thanked the Lord for the new year and new day, and as I hung up the calendars — I always have too many — I thought about all of our blessings we've had in the past year. Just like the calendars, there were too many, only I could count the calendars.

Then there are those families who enter the new year without a loved one and possibly feel sad and maybe burdened, but praise God; He will help carry it, if we let him.

Today, on this first day of the new year, it is cloudy and gray. Not really cold, just damp and dreary. I didn't have to leave this morning, and I really was looking forward to getting an early start with the laundry and hanging everything outside.

I did start fairly early, but it was misty, so everything got hung up inside. I don't believe it is misting anymore, but I'm not in the mood to hang the stuff out. The air does not feel like it has drying qualities.

Anyway, my feet protested at the extra walking. For some reason they really, really hurt. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being fiery, they are a 30!

I told myself I need to clean up my diet, stay away from sugar, white flour — you know, all that tastes good.

But guess what? I plan to make waffles for lunch.

When the Miltons butchered, they also did a pig. They made some "liverwurst." Don't ask how it is made or what goes in it — I may not want to know! Maybe that's why hubby won't eat it! Growing up, his dad had Otto's Butcher Shop.

Anyway, Miltons gave us some and I like it with waffles or pancakes and eggs.

Erwin doesn't like eggs with his pancakes or waffles either, so I guess he'll just have to eat a waffle solo.

Anyway, the diet — I've almost caught the bandwagon but haven't managed to jump on yet. Maybe once we get back in the regular routine and the holiday leftovers are gone.

We had our Plank family Christmas dinner at sis Louise and Dale Kauffman's on Sunday. Louise had made way too many potatoes. I took some of the leftovers home. We like potato cakes with eggs and tomato gravy. I've got to do it before getting on the bandwagon, because that is definitely not on my diet.

I had taken fruit pizza and Ritz cracker pudding, so we need to eat those leftovers. You know, all things, considering, is there ever a good tame for a diet?

But I really want my feet to quit hurting before the spring work begins.

Regardless how discouraged I am in the fall with the garden, come spring, I'm ready to go at it again. I love working in the garden and mowing the yard. Yes! I definitely want my feet to quit hurting.

But for now, I still have some winter projects, one being maybe cleaning out some neglected corners to see if I can decide where the critter came from that was in the bathroom the other morning.

It was beyond creepy! I was still bleary-eyed with sleep when I spotted this dark blob in the toe space of the vanity. I peered at it kind of near-sightedly.

Suddenly, my eyes flew open — you could almost hear my eyelids flop open. It was a huge and I'm saying huge spider! I stomped on it with my flop, then I had these miniscule dots skittering all over.

Not taking time to think, I just grabbed some Kleenex and with both hands just swept them all together and flushed everything! Shudder! I have seriously never seen the likes. So creepy!

In closing, a new year lies before us, like a crust of new fallen snow; let's be careful how we tread it, for every step will show.

Recipe, anyone? Who's hungry? Well, let's have this dessert.


For crust

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup flour

1/2 cup nuts, chopped

For filling

1 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 8-ounce package cream cheese

2 cups whipped topping

For pudding

1 package (3 ounces) instant vanilla pudding

1 package (3 ounces) instant chocolate pudding

3 cups milk

For topping

1 1/2 cups whipped topping

Reese's peanut butter cups (tiny ones can be bought at Shady Crest or Beachy's)

Combine flour, butter and nuts in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool.

Combine the cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.

Mix together milk and pudding. Spread over filling.

Top with whipped topping and Reese's peanut butter cups.

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