Eichers Ready For Coming Services

Posted: May 7, 2014

The Amish Cook

We are still in the process of getting everything cleaned for the church services that our family will soon host. The council meeting has been set for the same day, so lunch will be served during the service. Usually, we set two tables and people take turns coming to eat at noon.  

We made 30 pounds of noodles from our own eggs. Chicken noodle soup will be on the menu that day. We plan to have the youth sing in the evening, and feed them — as well as some of the families from our church — supper. It promises to be a long day, but I’m happy to take our turn.

On Monday afternoon, Sister Emma’s daughters Elizabeth, 17, and Emma, 16, assisted us with some cleaning. Yesterday, sisters Verena and Susan came to help, as well.

As my eldest daughters are working in the factory and the five youngest are in school, the help of these four ladies is appreciated. Otherwise, much of the work would rest with Daughter Verena and I. We have a big house to clean, so it takes time. It is such a relief to get all those corners cleaned. Many people are planting things for early gardens, for which I’m still hoping to find time.

We are enjoying dandelion greens fixed with a homemade sour cream and hardboiled eggs. It is always a treat for Joe and I, but only a few of our children care for the greens.

Sunday afternoon, we were surprised to get a visit from Uncle Menno Coblentz of Arizona and Uncle Andrew Yoder of Geneva, Indiana. It was so nice to see them again. It brought back memories of the Coblentz reunion we had every year and all the fun we had together.

Now, it’s been quite a few years — at least 10, I think — since we’ve been able to attend the reunion. It will be held in July this year and I hope we will get to attend. My Dad and his three sisters — Aunt Frances, Aunt Catherine and Aunt Betty — have all passed on, and so have Uncle Melvins’ wife, Aunt Esther, Uncle Joe (Frances) and Uncle Emanauel (Catherine). Their absence will be felt, but they would want us to carry on.

Recently, Susan’s friend, Mose, brought his brother, Freeman, 15, and his 3-year-old nephew, Loren, to spend a day here. Benjamin and Freeman enjoyed their time together fishing, playing ball and so on. They always enjoy spending time together. Loren wanted so badly to come to Susan’s house. She spoils him and has lots of fun taking care of him.

Son Kevin, 8, was excited to have someone younger than himself in the house. Lovina, Kevin and Loren colored eggs for Easter and also had fun taking turns finding them, after the eggs had been hidden. The children took Loren on pony rides and he seemed to really enjoy himself.

Today, Verena and I are going to do a huge load of laundry. I’m hoping for a nice day as we have lots of bedding, winter coats and so on, to wash.

Gods’ blessings to all. If your family dislikes overrippened bananas, like mine does, here’s a way to use them!

Banana Muffins
3 large bananas
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ cups flour
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine

Mash bananas, add sugar and slightly beaten egg. Add melted butter and stir. Add dry ingredients, mix well, and pour into greased muffin tins. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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