All’s quiet here in the Eicher household, since everyone retired for the evening. I will be glad to join them, but I can’t neglect the duty of getting this column ready for the mail tomorrow. I will leave early to go help bake pies at Brother Albert’s house.
Albert and Sarah Irene’s daughter, Irene, will marry Levi Raber on Wednesday. I will be a cook at the wedding, so some of us go to help prepare ahead of time and to bake pies. I still need to sew my cape and apron for the wedding, I already finished my dress.
Daughter Elizabeth and her friend, Timothy, will be table waiters and Elizabeth was asked to wear the color berry. She has her outfit all sewn. It’s such a help to me that she can cut out and sew her own dress, cape and apron.
On July 31, another of my nieces is getting married. Brother Amos’s daughter, Marlene, is getting married to Chris Troyer. This wedding will be in Berne, Ind.
I was asked to be a cook, and Elizabeth and Timothy will again serve as table waiters. Elizabeth will have to wear a periwinkle-colored dress for this wedding. Marlene chose the same dark blue color for the cooks as Irene did, which will make less sewing for me.
For supper, we were invited back to the place where church was held today, but we decided to just stay home. It was a relaxing evening with all the family home; Timothy and Mose were here, as well. Joe, our three sons, Timothy and Mose played a few games of croquet. The girls aren’t very fond of playing, so all five daughters went for a walk.
For supper, I made an Italian sausage and potato casserole, which I served with a garden salad made of fresh lettuce from our garden. Sisters Verena and Susan shared this recipe with me that a friend had given to them. I like trying something different, and it was a winner in the family as most of it was eaten up. There was just enough for Joe’s lunch for tomorrow.
The girls did the chores for sisters Verena and Susan from Wednesday to Saturday. They went on a sight-seeing tour to Niagara Falls with a busload of their friends. There were 42 girls in all on the bus. It sounds like they had a nice trip.
On Friday, while we were washing the laundry, the wringer stopped working. We have a spare wringer for when something like this happens, and guess what — the last time my wringer broke we laid it aside, never taking time to take it to be fixed. So, there we were without a wringer and halfway through the washing of our clothes. Luckily, I have a spinner to help spin water out of the clothes but it was still a chore to wring all those garments out by hand.
Sisters Verena and Susan do not have to work tomorrow and said the girls could bring the clothes over to wash at their house. Since I’m leaving, they might do that. I’m not sure how quickly our washing machine will be in working order again. We had to take the washing machine to get it checked out, as well, as Joe thinks it could be the gears in there, instead of the wringer.
We were excited to hear that we are uncle and aunt again. Joe’s brother, Benjamin, and Miriam from Sugarcreek, Ohio, were blessed with a little girl, Victoria Joy, recently. We look forward to meeting her.
Blessings to all!
And Potato Casserole
5 sliced potatoes
1 large onion (chopped)
1 large green pepper (chopped)
2 pounds Italian sausage
½ cup olive oil
Salt, pepper, and oregano to taste
Mix sliced potatoes, onion, green pepper, and seasonings with olive oil. Bake in a 9-by-13-inch pan, covered, for one half hour at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and drain, if necessary. Cut sausage in pieces and add to potato mixture. Continue cooking for one hour or until sausage is done.
Contact Lovina Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org