Lovina: celebrating Easter with the family | House and garden

April brought us a week of cooler temperatures, with snow covering the ground one morning. It wasn’t long before the green grass showed up again. The rhubarb and tea plants are growing as are all the early spring flowers. We look forward to warmer weather for the coming summer months.

Today daughter Susan had a dentist appointment so she left Jennifer, 4, and Ryan, 2, while she went. They’re both growing up so fast! And so precious sweetness!

Last week we attended a Norwex party and stayed at Nephew John and Arlene’s house for lunch. Daughter Elizabeth and kids TJ, Allison and Andrea, daughter Susan, Jennifer, Ryan, daughter Verena, sister Verena and I went with our friend Jodi.

After the party we were served a delicious lunch. My husband Joe’s sisters MaryAnn and Ruth and nephew Noah’s wife Ruth were there so we had a lovely time visiting too. It’s so nice to have Joe’s sister Ruth so close again. They moved from Oklahoma to a location 11 miles from our home. It is close enough to be reached by horse and carriage. Ruth’s husband Chris is not doing so well health-wise. You are about to build a house, which may take a long time.

Daughter Elizabeth and Norwex consultant Corinna were surprised to discover they knew each other. Both have married and changed their last names since they last saw each other when they were teenagers years ago.

Nephew John was working so unfortunately we couldn’t see him. John entertained our older children a lot growing up by giving swing rides or pulling the little wagon and giving them ride after ride.

On Good Friday our family came home for an Easter meal. It is a time of renewal and rebirth of spirit as hope is brought to life through the Lord’s resurrection.

It was a chilly day but the kids got into their coats to collect the hidden eggs. They were excited to find the eggs. This year, instead of candy, I put little toys in the eggs, and that made them even more fun. And it’s a healthier option. We played a few games and it was just a nice day out with the family. Our church has a Fast and Prayer Day on Good Friday until noon. How thankful we can be that our Savior Jesus Christ died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven. I hope you all had a blessed Easter holiday. May the blessings of the Lord guide, protect, and be with you always!

I have to make raspberry pies to take to our Amish community’s fundraiser for some of the local fire departments. Smoked pork chops and grilled chicken are also on the menu for the meal served at our local church building on Friday.

Last night daughter Verena and her friend Laura and son Kevin and his friend Daniel rode in horses and carriages to the community youth center for a thank you dinner for the youth and to hear the guidelines for the Saturday night youth meeting. Verena and Laura used our horse Midnight because Susan’s horse Lightning is older and couldn’t get as far.

After they came back we played games and visited them before they went home.

I was happy to meet all the readers who attended the Nappanee Library book signing. Thank you for all the encouragement. And thanks to daughters Verena and Lovina and son Kevin for walking with me and helping. God’s blessing!

Raspberry cake

1 9-inch double pie crust

4 cups of raspberries

1 cup sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons tapioca

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons butter

1 tablespoon whole milk or cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix together the raspberries, sugar, tapioca, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt until the raspberries are well coated. Pour into a 9 inch pie, butter, add the top crust and curl the edge. If not using a slit base, make slits in the base and brush with whipped cream. Bake 15 minutes to set crust, then reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake until crust is golden and filling bubbly, about 25 minutes.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen was written by Lovina Eicher, author, cook, wife and mother of eight. Readers may write to Eicher, PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a postage-paid return envelope for a reply).

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