My Amish Home: From snow to spring: A new sunny outlook

"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17

We are in April: Amazing! I survived the winter: Amazing again! There were times when I wondered. And the weather is gorgeous — well, it's still quite chilly, but the sun is wonderful!

It is hard to imagine all the snow we had a week ago. Piled high, we almost couldn't get out our front door.

I had to think every time I pushed the door open and squeezed through, picked my way around the high drifts and where the snow wasn't as deep, "Isn't this how we humans tend to do with real life? We pick the easy way and yet we have to be careful, there is no, so to speak, 'easy way' to heaven. Straight and narrow, only through Jesus. And yes, Jesus does lighten our load, out we have to have Him to help us navigate the deep snow and nigh drifts."

This week as I write this, it is a year now since the tragic accident that claimed the life of Ella Marie Yoder. Our hearts go out in sympathy to the Eli Yoder family, extended family and many friends who feel the loss deeply. We know God makes no mistakes and we are forever grateful for his love and mercy. And that we can cast our cares upon him, for he cares for us (I Peter 5:7).

Things are greening up, and early growers are popping up, but I'm not quite ready to go to the garden. Well, yes and no. I have a few things on deadline. Again!

I have some dolls that think they have to go to the Beacon Benefit Auction. And they don't want to wear their store-bought clothes. They want homemade. So I'm trying to oblige. The good thing about it is, the dolls never complain if the clothes don't fit quite right.

This past Thursday, I had a real treat. Sis Barb Gingerich and Sis LaDonna Schrock came out. We had doughnuts and coffee with our mom. Then Barb took me on some errands. We stopped and got my hubby and picked up our mom and went to Pauly's for lunch. That is a GOOD place to eat!

One of my errands was to Prairieland Gardens to get some produce blend to spread on the garden.

When I walked into the greenhouse, there on a low bench sat four cuties, grandchildren of store owners Ed and Alma. They looked at me with big, sparkling eyes, then went about their business. One little boy of 5 was having so much fun. He had four small containers nearly full of potting soil. He also had a bucket of water and a small container to dip water. So he filled one container of dirt with more water than it could hold, set it aside, sloshed water in the next container and set it in the first container. Water and dirt squished out, and so it went until the containers were all stacked on top of each other. He was all about serious business. It was ever so cute.

Grandson Jeffrey has a mini (very mini) pony. The other evening, all of Lloyds' family were gone. Then we see little Samson (little but mighty!) roaming about. I didn't know what to do with him. I didn't know which pen he belonged in. I figured he probably wouldn't roam very far, but I hated to risk it.

So what are my options? Could I take him home? Would he bed down on the rug beside our bed and quietly stay there? No, I don't think so. So I just tied him up by their barn and decided they'd find him when they got home. He was NOT HAPPY about that, either.

Sorry, fella, didn't know what else to do.

In closing, home is a place where you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to.

Try these bars. For a really tasty treat, serve them with ice cream.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

For the bars:
1 cup butter
1 cup water
3 tablespoons cocoa
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar
½ cup buttermilk or sour cream
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups peanut butter
 
For the frosting:
½ cup butter
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
 
Melt butter, then add water and cocoa.

Beat together flour, baking soda, salt and peanut butter. Add to egg/sugar mixture.

Mix all together, also adding cocoa mixture. Heat well.

Pour into greased and floured 10-by-15-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool.

Spread cake with peanut butter.

For frosting, bring butter, cocoa and milk to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla and powdered sugar; add more powdered sugar if too thin. Spread on top of peanut butter.

Send questions or comments to Otto at 1584 County Road 2000 North, Arthur, IL 61911.

 

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