Wedding Service

Preserve vegetables, clean up after a storm | New

Today my daughters Lovina, 17, and Loretta, 21, and I canned 42 liters of beets from our garden. Yesterday we frozen sweet corn and tomorrow we plan to freeze green beans.

Loretta also started sewing her wedding dress and I sewed a dress for Lovina. It is almost 10 pm and I have removed the last beets from the heat. I’m so glad the beets are canned. Our garden seems to be gradually emptying. My husband Joe and my son Joseph picked about four bushels of tomatoes this week. I sent most of them to his daughter Susan, because her tomatoes are dead. Susan and her daughter Verena are busy canning pizza sauce and tomato juice. I haven’t had time to box the tomatoes yet, so I’m glad Susan can use them.

We had a very big storm in our area last week. We had a lot of damage, but the worst part was probably losing our buggy, Susan’s buggy, and Dustin’s buggy. It was the day after Jacob’s brother-in-law’s funeral, and we had parked our strollers in the yard. Susan, her children and her daughter Verena spent the night here. The wind blew our buggy under the big oak trees and a few big branches fell on those of Susan, Dustin and our buggies, totaling them beyond repair. We are so grateful that no one was hurt. The roads all around us were closed due to trees crossing the roads, fallen power lines, etc. Many of our neighbors have finally restored their electricity today. Many are still without electricity. There is so much damage in the area. Our porch ceiling and part of our railing were also in ruins, but Joe and Joseph have already fixed this.

The boys always clean our garden of all the branches and leaves scattered everywhere. It flattened my sweet corn as well, but we were able to keep about half that was ready to freeze. The only thing that matters is that we were all safe and no one was hurt. God was watching over us!

We are so lucky that this storm did not strike a day earlier for the funeral of brother-in-law Jacob.

On Sunday, daughters Verena and Susan greeted us for Sunday lunch with a haystack meal. Our family, with the exception of Joseph and Lovina, were there. Joseph and Lovina went to church with Grace and Daniel, their special friends. Other people in Susan’s house were Sister Emma and her whole family, Sister Verena, and her daughter Elizabeth and Tim and their children. It was a sad day for all of us. In less than eight months, three members of our family have gone missing. We miss their presence very much and our hearts feel so much pain. Seems like it was only us who took so much. We need to trust and remember that God does not make mistakes and is in control. Sister Emma looked so lonely when she left.

Jacob’s visit / visit and funeral were widely attended. We appreciated all the friends and family who came to pay their respects. Death is so final! Jacob was a man of heart and many will be sadly missed. Our church has once again helped a lot!

During our trip to the Outer Banks, their daughter Susan and Mose would have had their fifth wedding anniversary. It was a sad day for her. I’m glad that Mose’s family and some of us spent time with her that day as we were so far away.

I wish my daughter Elizabeth and Tim a happy sixth birthday, which was August 14th.

Our goal is to paint an upstairs bedroom again this week. Friday in six weeks is her daughter Loretta’s wedding, and there is so much to do. Dustin’s post barn frame that was ready for the new metal exploded in the storm. This is where we planned to have the wedding service. Dustin hopes he can rebuild himself before marriage. We will take one day at a time! Blessings from God to all!

Zucchini bread with apples

2 cups of sugar

3 eggs

1/2 cup applesauce

4 cups of zucchini

2 apples, seeded, peeled and chopped

2 teaspoons of vanilla

3 cups plus 3 tablespoons of flour

1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Fudge and eggs; add the applesauce and mix. Add the zucchini, apples and vanilla and mix. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and soda. Add to creamy mixture and stir. Stir in nuts, if desired, and toss to combine. Pour into 2 greased loaf tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Lovina’s Amish cuisine is written by Lovina Eicher, Amish Old Order writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Readers may write to Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a stamped envelope to your address for a response); or email [email protected] and your message will be forwarded to them for reading. She does not personally respond to e-mails.

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