Today, May 18, is daughter Lovina’s 18th birthday. Lovina was born shortly after we moved to Michigan. Hard to believe it’s been 18 years already. She has grown into a lovely young woman with a great sense of humor. Her special friend Daniel is an important part of her life and she has enjoyed his friendship for almost two years. He is a kind, loving young man.
Our family is planning to come home tonight in honor of Lovina’s birthday. Lovina bakes a chocolate cake with chocolate icing (her favorite). She also asked that she would like “rare beef” on the menu (also her favorite). So now I have to make something that goes well with it.
I plan to cook the rare beef outside on the porch, on the side burner of my new gas grill. My husband Joe bought me a gas grill for Mother’s Day. I love cooking outside on the porch on hot summer nights. I love it! Last night we cooked asparagus in butter on the grill.
Sunday services were held here. We set a total of eight tables for everyone to eat. Our menu consisted of homemade wheat and white bread, egg salad, cheese, peanut butter spread, pickles, beetroot, pepperoni, butter, rhubarb and grape jam, coffee, tea, chocolate crinkles, chocolate chips and sugar cookies.
While the women were washing dishes, popcorn was distributed to everyone. All breads, cookies and popcorn are made by the ladies at our church. We take turns setting it up for each other’s services.
The eggs for the egg salad were donated to us by daughters Elizabeth and Tim, daughter Susan and daughters Loretta and Dustin.
On Saturday we boiled 20 dozen eggs, then peeled and chopped them. In addition, 24 packs of hot dogs were chopped. Joe sliced 2 horns of Colby cheese with the slicer. The peanut butter mix—peanut butter, marshmallow cream, and corn syrup—was also mixed together.
Those who supported us in our work on Saturday were Dustin and Loretta, sister Verena, Daniel and Grace (Lovina and Joseph’s special friends) and daughter Verena. Your help was greatly appreciated! Fried potato casseroles were also prepared so they were ready and could be reheated for Sunday night dinner. Grilled hamburgers, macaroni salad, and a variety of desserts were also on the Sunday dinner menu. The salad and desserts were brought by the family.
The pews were set up in our pole barn to hold the service and meals. With a kitchen area and a bathroom out there, things get easier.
I still haven’t planted a garden. I hope we can do that this week, but today looks like rain. We enjoy asparagus and rhubarb.
Dustin and Loretta are remodeling their house – they’re taking out a wall and remodeling their kitchen, also adding other kitchen cabinets and making it more accessible for them. It looks really good and will be so much more space for her. They can still sleep in their house but they come here to eat as their kitchen is currently unusable.
Dustin mowed Sister Verena’s garden one evening this week. Nobody had mowed it this year and it was very high. With all that was going on at his house and helping us, he couldn’t have reached it sooner.
I say goodbye and wish everyone God’s richest blessings on our journey into the unknown future.
Hash Brown Casserole
2 pounds frozen hash browns
1/2 cup melted butter
spice of your choice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pint sour cream
1 can of mushroom cream soup
2 cups grated cheese
1 pound smoked sausage, chopped
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Potatoes should be thawed (unless prepared a day in advance). Pour into a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Lovina’s Amish Kitchen was written by Lovina Eicher, author, cook, wife and mother of eight. Her latest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available wherever books are sold. Readers may write to Eicher, PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a postage-paid return envelope for a reply); or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and your message will be forwarded to them for reading. She does not personally reply to emails.