Family Members Reconnect During Ohio Trip

Posted: November 14, 2012

Amish Cook

I am at the dentist’s office while daughter Susan gets her teeth cleaned. We came in our buggy, pulled by our 18-year-old horse Diamond. It was a nice ride into town with the temperature in the 50s. I am hoping for a nice warm day to wash our curtains and windows; if the weather stays this nice, we might be able to get that accomplished yet. The week does seem full already. Thursday evening, we had parent-teacher conferences at the school. The term is already a quarter complete. There will be no school on Friday, due to teacher meetings.
One of my daughters and I will help make subs for a “sub drive” on Friday. The proceeds will help a family with medical bills at our church. It lightens the load when everyone pitches in to help.
This past weekend, we spent time visiting family in Holmes County, Ohio.
We started out Friday around 4:30 p.m. We stopped to eat supper along the way and arrived around 10 p.m. We stayed both nights at Joe’s Uncle John and Susie’s house. We sure appreciated their hospitality. John and Susie’s children have all grown up and moved away from home. I imagine it was quite peaceful for them when we left with our children, who love to play with their two dogs.
Saturday morning, we joined John and Susie at a fundraiser breakfast their church was having. Joe’s Uncle Solomon, aunts Nancy and Rachel, and cousin Arlene and family were all there as well. We looked up Joe’s brother Benjamin, Miriam and family and we had a nice visit with them.
From there, we headed for the Pearl Valley Cheese Factory, where we picked up some Swiss cheese and trail bologna. Every time Joe’s father went to Ohio, he’d come back with Swiss cheese and trail bologna. It seems hard not to pick some up when we go. We ate lunch at Miller’s Dutch Kitchen in Baltic and then headed back to John and Susie’s house.
Aunt Nancy joined us for supper. After we ate, Nancy took us over to show us where she lives. The next morning, she made us a delicious breakfast consisting of biscuits, sausage gravy, fried potatoes, eggs, bacon, monkey bread, coffee and orange juice. Joe’s aunts Rachel and Nancy, and Uncle Phillip joined us for breakfast.
After breakfast, we went to Joe’s Uncle Solomon’s house. We visited with him for a while and he seems to be doing well. Next, we stopped in to visit with Joe’s sister Esther and her husband, David. From there, we headed to my Aunt Lovina and Abe’s house for the noon meal. Her stepson and family joined us, and so did cousin Amos and family, Cousin Elizabeth and family and cousin Lovina and family. We were all in the same church growing up, so we had a lot of catching up to do.
It was so surprising to see how their children had grown. I think they thought the same about ours. They grow up way too fast. We headed for home at 3 p.m. and arrived back at 8 p.m., safe and sound.
I will share a monkey bread recipe with you.
Monkey Bread
Bread dough to make your own biscuits or 4 tubes of refrigerated biscuits
¾ cups sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Syrup: 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons water, ½ cup softened butter, 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon vanilla
Mix cinnamon and sugar together, cut biscuits into quarters and shake biscuits in mixture. Place half the pieces in a bundt pan, then pour half the syrup over this. Repeat with remaining biscuits and syrup. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve warm.

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