It is 3:40 a.m. and my husband Joe is waiting on his ride to the factory. Daughter Elizabeth doesn’t have to work today. Her factory let the workers have off since shotgun season opens for the deer hunters today. Elizabeth will go hunting with Timothy, and Susan will accompany Mose. Joe will hunt tomorrow. Him and the boys were target practicing last night. It’s so hard to believe we are into the middle of November already. A lot of our leaves are still not picked up. They did burn a lot but there’s still so many left to rake. It seems when we get time to rake then it’s too windy. We have had a light dusting of snow and some flurries but not enough to please the boys. Kevin, 8, was so sure he would need his snow pants and boots by the time he came home from school. Our four calves are really growing. They have been behaving and staying inside their fenced in area. We aren’t too excited about having anymore calf chases. This is now after 7 a.m. and five of the children left for school. Elizabeth left around 5 a.m. to go hunting with Timothy. Meanwhile, I need to go to town this morning as I’m running short on a lot of things. We would like to go to two different viewings tonight if possible. Our sympathy goes to the Amos Eicher family of Shipshewana, Indiana. Amos and Dad are first cousins and he passed on Wednesday. Sympathy also goes to Dan and Irene as they mourn the loss of Irene’s father. Losing a parent is never easy but God helps us through the hard times if we put our trust in “Him.” This week we have been getting some sewing done. I was mostly doing mending. Those rips and tears add up fast if I leave it go for several weeks. Susan was sewing together pillow tops. We want to make pillows to fill some orders and for gifts. Verena was working on plastic canvas-making name hangers for gifts and orders. She is getting faster at it. Daughter Elizabeth is teaching her and also Loretta and Lovina. Kevin wanted to try it too and went in Elizabeth’s bedroom, found the piece she was working on. Needless to say she had to redo all he tried to do. Kevin will sit for hours writing. Sometimes it’s his own story and sometimes it’s a book he copied. He is happy if he has a writing tablet and pencil. School mornings don’t seem so rushed anymore since everyone can get themselves ready. Kevin needs help to get his leg braces and shoes on but at night he can take them off alone. He thinks the braces are helping him. My friend Barb gave me some gooseberries so I tried to make a gooseberry pie yesterday. This is the recipe I used. The pie was a little tart so a bit more sugar could be added. God’s blessings to all you faithful readers!
4 cups gooseberries 1 cup sugar 2 pie crusts 1 /4 cup flour 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons butter Pinch salt Combine sugar,flour, cornstarch, and salt. Toss gently over berries. Pour into a 9-inch pie crust. Dot with butter. Cover with second crust and make slits. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Then reduce oven to 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
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