Heat Of Summer Gives Way To Cold Front

Posted: July 31, 2013

The Amish Cook

3:15 a.m. The alarm sounds. Time to start another day. I pack my husband Joe’s lunch. We close the windows that were open during the night. It’s 50 degrees and the house feels cold. After all the hot weather last week, this is a quite different.

3:45 a.m. Joe leaves for work. I go back to bed.

4:50 a.m. I get up again. Daughter Elizabeth is packing her lunch.

5:15 a.m. Elizabeth leaves for work. It’s difficult to believe next week she will have worked there a year.

5:30 a.m. Daughter Susan and son Benjamin wake up. Susan packs her lunch while I help Benjamin with his. They like meat and cheese roll-ups, instead of sandwiches. Bread gets soggy, so the roll-ups taste better. We take a burrito shell, put ranch dressing on it and then bologna or ham. Next, we add cheese and roll it up.

Sometimes, we add tomatoes, green peppers or lettuce. Son Kevin likes peanut butter and jelly on his.

6:15 a.m. Susan and Benjamin leave for detasseling. They wear coats this morning. Usually, they wear a poncho in the mornings until the dew dries off of the corn. Verena stays home. She hasn’t been feeling well.

7 a.m. Time for the rest to wake up. Joseph is wide awake. He has looked forward to this day for a long time. It’s his 11th birthday and he is having some school friends over tonight. He does the morning chores and fills the horses’ tank with water.

8 a.m. Breakfast is oatmeal and coffee soup.

9 a.m. Joseph and I leave for town.

At noon, we return from town. After the groceries are put away, we make roll-ups for lunch.

1 p.m. Verena is mopping the floors. She says she can’t rest if she knows we have work to do. Loretta is cleaning the bathroom. I can 11 quarts of dill pickles. Earlier this week, I made 16 quarts of freezer pickles. I pack them in ice cream buckets for the freezer. They will be used for our next church services. We also canned 14 quarts of green beans this week. Next week, it will likely be time to can tomatoes.

2 p.m. Joe came home a few minutes ago. Now, Susan and Benjamin are home, too, which is early for them to return.

3:50 p.m. Elizabeth is home from work. I am making meatloaf to put in the oven. Verena is making cupcakes, as Joseph wants cupcakes instead of a cake. The boys are doing chores. Joe is picking cucumbers and tomatoes in the garden.

5 p.m. Joseph’s friends come and nephews Jacob Jr., Benjamin and Steven come with their pony and cart.

6:30 we all eat a supper of is mashed potatoes gravy, meatloaf, green beans cucumber salad, tomatoes, cheese, ice cream, strawberries, cupcakes and cereal bars. We put 11 candles on the cupcakes for Joseph to blow out.

7:30 p.m. Joe and the boys go outside to play croquet while the girls and I clean away supper dishes.

8:30 p.m. Joseph’s friends leave for home. They all had a nice time. Jacob, Benjamin and Steven will stay for the night and drive their pony home tomorrow morning.

For those of you that do your own canning, try this pickle relish recipe.

Pickle Relish
1 gallon ground cucumbers
1 pint ground onions
½ cup salt
6 cups sugar
3 cups vinegar
1 cup water
3 teaspoons celery seed (optional)
3 teaspoons dry mustard (optional)
3 teaspoons turmeric

Take ground cucumbers and onions and add salt and mix well. Let set 3 hours, then drain well. Boil together water, vinegar and sugar. Add celery seed, dry mustard, and turmeric. Pour over drained pickles and onions. Put in pint jars and cold pack.

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