Remember The Reason For The Season

Posted: December 5, 2012

Amish Cook

The Thanksgiving holiday is over and everyone is looking to Christmas. As we prepare, let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. So often people forget what Christmas is really about.
We spent Thanksgiving Day at sister Emma and Jacob’s house. She prepared two turkeys. They set the table for 19 people. Daughter Elizabeth’s friend Timothy and Susan’s friend Mose joined us for the day. It is hard to believe that Emma’s family and mine total 19 when we are together. Besides turkey, Emma had mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, California-blend vegetables, cheese sauce, taco salad, cheese, vegetables and dip and dirt pudding. I took along homemade bread, deviled eggs, cherry and pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls and Long John rolls to add to her menu. There was way too much food and plenty of leftovers.
Our 40 new chickens have been laying eggs for a few weeks now, which means that, if each chicken lays an egg per day, we get 40 daily. I am so glad to have my own eggs again. The deviled eggs I took to Jacob’s were our own. Since we have plenty, we have a breakfast meal for supper some nights, and sometimes, fried eggs and potatoes or breakfast burritos. We like the burritos with our homemade salsa. The children want me to make egg salad so they can make sandwiches. Another thing I would like to do with the eggs is make noodles. With all the things I’d like to do, it seems hard to find time. I would also like to get some sewing done soon. I am teaching Susan how. She is not too fond of it yet, but wants to learn.
Daughter Elizabeth cut out six pairs of pants for her friend Timothy during her time off from work. Timothy lives alone and needs new pants for work, so Elizabeth offered to sew some for him. I am surprised how quickly she has caught on to cutting out and sewing dresses, shirts and pants. I am sure Susan will, too, once she gets the hang of it. Timothy gave Elizabeth a sewing machine as a gift last year. I think she enjoys it even more now that she has her own machine.
We haven’t had any significant snow yet. We had some flurries last week, but they disappeared almost as quickly as they came. Lovina and Kevin had their snow pants and boots on, ready to play. They were a little disappointed when it didn’t accumulate much. I am sure they will have plenty to play in once it starts coming.
Last week, Loretta had a checkup with her therapist after five weeks of therapy following her surgery. The therapist is pleased with the progress she has made. She can do a lot more than she was able to before the surgery. She still needs therapy once a week, plus she has daily therapy at home. Her therapists want her to work on climbing stairs to strengthen her muscles. We are thankful we went ahead with the surgery. Only God knows how long this will help her, but we must put our full trust in Him and let Him lead the way.
I want to again thank readers who have been an encouragement to us.
Daughter Susan baked a batch of outrageous chocolate chip cookies this week. With the mixed flavor of chocolate and peanut butter, our family really likes them.
Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups sugar
1 ½ cups brown sugar
2 cups margarine
2 cups peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
4 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounces of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt margarine and mix with sugars, peanut butter and eggs. Then add in the dry ingredients. Mix until thoroughly blended. Then add chocolate chips.
Roll into balls and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Cookies will spread out, golden brown around the edges, when they are done.

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