Diary of Wednesday, March 12, 2014
3:15 a.m. Time to start another day. I pack my husband Joe’s lunch while he gets ready for work.
3:50 a.m. Joe left for work. It is raining outside.
4:45 a.m. Daughters Liz, 19, and Susan, 18, pack their lunches and get ready for work. It is really snowing and the ground is already covered with quite a few inches of snow. It is windy so our driveway is drifting shut with the blowing snow.
5:15 a.m. Elizabeth and Susan leave for the RV factory. Susan seems to be adjusting well to her job and a new schedule. They work in different areas of the factory so they don’t always get home at the same time. I catch up on reading the daily newspaper and The Budget.
6 a.m. Time to get the children up for school. After taking a look outside at the weather we go check our phone for messages. School has called saying there is a 2 hour delay. Most of the children go back to bed except Lovina stays up. I read while she puts together beads. She has a kit that has all kind of beads and she makes different kinds of crafts with it. She is also really enjoying making things out of plastic canvas and is very creative.
8 a.m. The rest of the children get up and after checking the messages on the phone we find out school has been cancelled. It is a white world outside and still blowing snow. Right now it seems impossible that spring begins next week! We are still adjusting to the time change as well. The boys go do the morning chores. I fry Pon Hoss and make coffee soup and eggs for breakfast. We have several more pans left of pon hoss and it seems they are still hungry for it every time I make it.
10:30 a.m. Dishes are washed and floors swept. Verena, 16, and Loretta, 13, clean out the closet in Loretta and Lovina’s bedroom. Benjamin 14, goes outside to shovel snow. Joseph, 11, Lovina, 9, and Kevin, 8 help me mix up some noodles. We put 36 eggs into noodles then let the dough set for awhile in airtight containers to keep it moist. Our neighbor Lila stops in to get eggs.
1 p.m. Verena makes grilled cheese and eggs for everyone’s lunch. They are done with the closest upstairs. They also cleaned out the dresser drawers in that bedroom. We are still working on the noodles but take time to eat lunch.
3:30 p.m. Elizabeth and Susan come home from work. We are putting the rest of the noodles through the cutter on the noodle maker. The children enjoy helping make noodles. We have an eight quart and a six quart table set up to put the noodles on to dry for a week. I put cheesecloth over them so dust can’t get on them. The cheesecloth is thin enough that they can still dry.
4 p.m. Joe is home from work. The boys and Joe go do the evening chores and Joe takes care of the stove. The girls and I make mashed potatoes, beef and noodles and pork and beans for supper.
6 p.m. Time to eat supper.
8 p.m. Everyone is cleaned up and ready to relax.
God’s blessings to all!
For those of you that have storage apples, try this recipe to help use them up.
Apple pie pudding cake
2 cups sugar
1 /2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups flour
3 /4 cup butter or oil
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons soda
4 cups peeled chopped apples
Dissolve soda in 1 /4 cup hot water. Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes in pie pans. Serve with milk or whipped cream.
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