With Breaks At An End, House Seems Empty

Posted: April 17, 2013

Amish Cook

The children went back to school after being home for a week on spring break. My husband Joe went back to work Tuesday. The house seems empty during the day.

Daughter Susan is working four days this week, but is home today. I am glad for her help. She is going to bake chocolate chip and monster cookies, as our cookie jar has been empty too long.

Our friend Barb from Bristol, Ind., came for a visit recently and brought two big bags of M&M’s. The children asked if we could make monster cookies with the candy.

A lot was accomplished last week while everyone was home. Joe managed to get the 100 pounds of summer sausage smoked. It turned out very well and everyone seems to like it, for which we were relieved.

It has been a rainy and cold week. I am glad the weather was nicer last week while everyone was home. Those warm, sunny days made it nice to hang the laundry outside to dry: It could be brought in folded and put away all on the same day.

The highlight of our week was our miniature pony Minnie giving birth to a foal April 9. It is so cute and small. Our border collie Buggy is quite a bit bigger than the little filly.

Daughter Lovina, 8, was with Minnie and the pony cart earlier that evening. Susan went to check on her after supper and she came running in all excited to tell us Minnie had her foal.

Needless to say, the whole family ended up in the barn to meet the foal we had so anxiously awaited. The children have run back and forth many times already to keep an eye on this precious foal.

So far, we haven’t figured out what his name will be. There have been too many different suggestions, so we might have to draw names. The filly has a colorful coat and resembles its father, our pony Tiger.

Our family, along with Timothy and Mose, attended baptismal services in Hersey, Mich., for our nephew Joseph. This was the first time we had been to Hersey to see where Joe’s sister Christine and family live.

It’s an almost three-hour drive from here. We spent the afternoon at Jake and Christine’s house visiting and enjoying popcorn. We appreciated the hospitality from all the church members. Son Kevin and Jake and Christine’s son Matthew are like two peas in a pod. Though they don’t often see each other, the boys very much enjoy playing together.

They are both 7 years old. Kevin said “Matthew is my cousin, but he is also my friend.” He’s already looking forward to the next time they will see each other, but being so far apart doesn’t make it easy.

Jake sent us home with a taste of their homemade maple syrup and venison sausage. Mose has also brought us several jars of the maple syrup that his family makes. The pancake syrup doesn’t get used now, as everyone likes the maple syrup.

The rhubarbs should be up before too long, so give this cake a try.

Rhubarb Coffeecake

1 ½ cups white sugar

1 egg

2 cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup shortening

1 cup sour milk

1 teaspoon soda

2 cups diced rhubarb

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream 1 ½ cups sugar and shortening. Add egg. Beat, alternating the addition of sour milk with flour, soda and salt. Add vanilla and beat.

Fold in rhubarb and pour into a greased and floured pan. Mix ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

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