October 18 – Today is Elizabeth’s friend Timothy’s birthday. Happy birthday wishes go to him! We were going to take supper to Timothy’s house tonight but told him it’s easier if he would come here instead. Daughter Elizabeth didn’t have to work today so we are going to try to make an ice cream cake for Timothy. We have never tried it before so hopefully it will turn out OK. Also on our menu will be either fried or barbecued chicken. Am not sure what else we will have yet. Bow season has been in for a while now. This is the first year my husband Joe has tried bow hunting. He hasn’t had time to go too often yet but hopes to go tomorrow. Tomorrow is the Eicher reunion on Joe’s dad’s side. Money-wise we will be unable to attend. It will be in Berne, Ind., at a community building. With gas prices being high it makes the prices go up for us when we hire drivers. We had to buy our coal for the winter or at least some of it, making things a little tight right now with money. We attended this reunion three years ago. My husband Joe started working five days at the factory again this week, which will help out a lot. We can’t complain as God gives us many blessings. How thankful we can be to have a place to live and plenty of food in the house. It makes us appreciate it all the more. One Sunday afternoon we recently walked back to see where Joe and the boys set up his tree stand in our neighbor’s woods. It was an interesting nature walk. It is a little bit hilly but Joe and the boys cleared a nice path to walk. Loretta, 13, has a hard time getting up the hills. Benjamin, 14, and Joseph, 11, hooked arms with her on either side and helped her get up the hilly areas. They also helped her get up in Joe’s tree stand which is 15 feet high. She was glad to be able to sit up there awhile although she was worn out until we came back home. Things the rest of us take for granted are so hard for her to do. Do we appreciate our good health enough? Having handicapped children makes you notice others with disabilities a lot more and be able to feel for them. God has a purpose for everything, which I try to help encourage Loretta all I can. She has days when she gets so frustrated. It is hard on her when people stare at her when she tries her best to get up a set of stairs. This is all for a reason and keeps us humble. God’s blessings to all!
Sour Cream Pumpkin Coffee Cake
1/2 cup butter 1 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 eggs, 1 beaten 2 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup sour cream 16-ounce can pumpkin (1 3/4 cup) 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Streusel: 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/3 cup butter, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 cup chopped nuts Cream butter, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla. Add 3 eggs and beat well. Combine flour, baking powder and soda. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, alternately with sour cream. Combine pumpkin, beaten egg, 1/2 cup sugar and pie spice. Spoon 1/2 of batter in 9-by-13-inch pan. Sprinkle 1/2 of streusel over batter. Spread pumpkin mixture over streusel. Spread rest of batter over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle remaining streusel over top. Bake in slow oven at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
Lovina Eicher is Old Order Amish and lives in Michigan. Readers with culinary or cultural questions can write to Lovina at: PO BOX 2144, Middletown, Ohio 45042. © OASIS NEWSfeatures