My husband, Joe, returned to his job at the RV factory after a little more than a week’s worth of vacation.
Daughters Elizabeth, 20, and Susan, 18, are home for a few more days before they return to their factory jobs.
We had an enjoyable vacation, but it went by to quickly. We fished quite a bit, but we also got some work done.
Joe and sons Benjamin, 14, and Joseph, 11, put a new metal roof on the back of our barn; the old one leaked. We keep the chickens and calves in that barn, so the new roof will help keep them dry.
Also last week, we put away almost 800 bales of hay in our barn. Hay is still expensive, and farmers are having a hard time getting it in between the rains, which are helping things grow, so gardens are doing well.
One evening, we went camping with Sister Emma, her husband, Jacob, and their family, and my sisters, Verena and Susan. We cooked supper on the open fire with Joe’s new tripod and kettle. We deep-fried fish and had lot of food; everyone brought something.
The children loved sleeping in tents. We cooked breakfast outside on the fire. Our menu included sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, sliced Swiss and Colby cheeses, hot peppers, sliced tomatoes, watermelon, muskmelon, caramel cake, pudding, coffee, milk and orange juice.
Today, we are washing laundry, and it is a beautiful day for drying clothes. We had a thunderstorm during the night and then some more rain.
Son Benjamin is helping Susan’s friend, Mose, at his sawmill for a couple days. It seems quiet without Benjamin home. He does so many jobs for me while Joe is working.
Joseph, Lovina and Kevin are cleaning out the chicken coop, which is always a stinky job, but it has to be done. They are also cleaning out another area for our four new pigs, which will come today. We will raise them to be slaughtered for meat this winter.
If it’s the Lord’s will, once it turns cold again, we will have beef, pork and chicken to fill our canning jars and freezers for another year. How thankful we are for having plenty to eat. It isn’t like that everywhere, and we pray that God will provide for the less fortunate, as well. We need to thank God for our many blessings daily.
The rest of our week will be spent sewing for Niece Irene’s upcoming wedding.
I will help prepare for the wedding Monday and cook Wednesday. Daughter Elizabeth and her friend, Timothy, will be tablewaiters — friends and cousins chosen by the bride and the groom to serve food to wedding guests.
I’ll share the recipe for batter that I use to deep-fry fish. We also use this for onion rings, zucchini and other vegetables.
Deep-Fat Frying Batter
½ cup milk
¾ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt (or seasoning of your choice)
Mix together all ingredients and stir until lumps are smooth. Dip fish filets or sliced vegetables in the batter. Drop in hot oil in a deep frying pan or Dutch oven and fry until golden brown.
Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, wife and mother of eight. Formerly The Amish Cook, Eicher inherited that column from her mother. Readers can contact Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org