Posted: April 3, 2013
It is a nice and sunny Thursday with the mercury rising above the 50-degree mark on the thermometer.
Susan and I did laundry, including some curtains. Susan took advantage of this spring-like day by hanging a lot of the clothes outside.
Earlier this week, we had snow flurries. My husband Joe was off work today and won’t go back until April 9. He is also taking advantage of the weather by hauling manure out of the barn.
Next week, the children will be home for spring break.
I am thawing a 12-pound turkey for tomorrow’s dinner. We will have a nice, restful family day. Daughter Elizabeth will go with Timothy to his parents’ house for dinner. Mose will be here for dinner and then Susan will go with him to his sister’s house for supper.
Our hearts are still saddened from the news we received a week ago. Joe’s cousin Jonathan’s wife Barbara died shortly after giving birth to their 11th child. Barbara was only 36 years old. The oldest child is a daughter, only 15 years old.
God has again showed us that we do not need to be old to be taken from this world. Joe, Jonathan and families were neighbors growing up, so the cousins were together often. We regret that we were not able to attend the funeral.
Jonathan lives more than 7 hours from here. Our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to Jonathan, the children and the extended family. It won’t be easy caring for a newborn without a mother.
We were glad to hear Joe’s Aunt Nancy is on the road to recovery since having a heart bypass.
Yesterday, I helped cut beef at sister Emma and Jacob’s house. The rest of my family came to help in the evening. It was a 1,700-pound beef, with Jacob taking half and niece Verena and Melvin, who were also there to help, taking the other half. The meat was all cut up and the hamburger was ground. We were glad we could get it all done before it warmed up too much.
While Joe is off from work, we would like to mix some summer sausage and smoke it. I would like to try using Dad and Mom’s recipe.
This recipe has become a favorite snack among the family.
Swiss Roll Bars
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup cocoa
2 cups apple sauce
2 cups flour
Mix everything together and divide between two large (10-by-15-inch) cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Put wax paper under, so it is easy to remove.
1 (16-ounce) container of whipped topping
1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese
1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
Mix together and put on one of the layers of cake after it has cooled. Remove the other cake from pan and put on top.
1 package of chocolate chips
5 tablespoons of butter
Melt butter. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Spread on top of cake. Chill and cut into bars.
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