My Amish Home: A walk down memory lane for one family

My Amish Home: A walk down memory lane for one family

"Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: For ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worketh death." II Corinthians 7:9-10

Did we have a rainstorm or what? It's been really windy almost every day since this past Friday, but the warm temperature helped make it more tolerable. Saturday was really windy.

This is Wednesday evening as I write this. The temperature has really been up and down this afternoon. Around 6 p.m. or some earlier, the temperature was 71 degrees. Within 15 minutes, it was down several degrees. We got quite a bit of rain.

We didn't have the wind here like Sis Barb and Elmer Gingerich had. Their slide blew away. It was probably a mile from them out in the field. Their brush pile also blew away, as did a chair from the patio.

We had a very interesting afternoon. The small house by Stutzman's Feed Mill, south and east of Arthur, will be torn down soon.

As a girl, my mom lived there. I remember going to Grandpa Yutzy's at that place. Great-Grandma Stutzman lived in the house by the corner east of there. We'd run through the garden path from one house to the other.

Anyway, my mom and her siblings, Chris Yutzy and Minerva Bontrager, wanted to take a memory walk through the house before it gets demolished.

Barb picked up our mom and me. Chris, his wife Lucy and their daughter Jo Ellen picked up Minerva. Chris' daughters, Judy, Mrs. Lloyd Gingerich and Karen, Mrs. Ernie Gingerich, and Ernie's daughter Sarah all met at the house for a tour and reminiscences.

One thing I remember very well was the horribly nasty water. It was salty or something. When we went to Grandpa's for the day, we always took our own water jug.

There was also a small fish pond under the arbor by the water pump. Thinking back, I'm surprised no one ever fell ill.

Our Grandpa Yutzy had crippled hands because of a back injury that caused paralysis in his hands. When he couldn't farm anymore, he got a job at the casket factory at Progress in Arthur.

I might not have all the details of this story, but the main thing is, one night he laid down in a casket. I don't know if it was because he was actually tired or really why. But when another guy walked passed, Grandpa sat up.

To my knowledge, the guy might still be running. Seriously, not, but yes, he was scared.

What made the day really special was the fact that it was National Siblings Day. And my mom and her siblings were together, taking a walk down memory lane. They are all over 80.

Standing there in that old kitchen, I had to remember how Grandma was trying to teach me how to bake cookies. Was I ever a dummy! Seriously!

I was going to make raisin oatmeal. First off, it said to plump the raisins. What?

OK, Grandma and Mom got that in my head. Then it said to cream the shortening. Well, as far as I knew, cream came off the top of milk and whatever is shortening?!

I was really dumb! I've come a long way since then. I've learned that cream is also a verb and yes, I can plump raisins, but there are still things I've never acquired, like management. The only place I have management is the dictionary.

That's why I still don't have my projects done for the Beacon Benefit Sale. I will have to put in some 10-15 hours, but I want to do it for those people. They work so hard to make their sale a success.

The Moultrie County Beacon is a nonprofit organization for the developmentallv handicapped adults in our area. This sale is a fundraiser to help them so they can keep on operating. We have a niece, Clary Lou Helmuth, who goes to Beacon. She loves it. It gives her a feeling of worth because it is her job. She can go to work.

In closing, not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Beef and Chicken Fajitas

cup bottled Italian dressing

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

teaspoon brown sugar

teaspoon pepper

teaspoon salt

1 / 8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 / 8 teaspoon chipotle seasoning

3 skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)

1 (2-pound) flank steak

Whisk together first eight ingredients. Pour half of marinade into a large zip-lock plastic freezer bag and add chicken breasts; seal bag. Repeat procedure with remaining marinade and flank steak. Chill 2 hours.

Preheat grill to 350-400 degrees (medium-high) heat. Remove beef and chicken from marinade, discarding marinade.

Grill chicken and steak at the same time. Grill steak, covered with grill lid, 10 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness; grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 5 to 6 minutes per side or until done. Remove from grill. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut steak and chicken diagonally into -inch thick strips.

Serve with warm tortillas and your favorite toppings, such as shredded cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado and sour cream.

Serves eight.

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