Another rainy day! It has been rainy all week. We were able to get all the clothes dried on Monday even though there was a shower after the clothes were on the lines. We need to do laundry again and sure am hoping for a nice day on Friday or Saturday.

Tonight the men from our church district will gather here to practice singing songs from the Ausbund, our German church songbook. It is a good way to get the younger men to learn how to lead all the songs. I need to make something today for a snack to serve to them after the singing.

We are enjoying asparagus, rhubarb, mushrooms, and winter onions, all of those early garden goodies. The dandelions are over with for another year. Once the flowers come out the greens become bitter and not so good to eat.

Saturday afternoon our visitors were sister Liz, Levi, and their four children. Also, their daughter Elizabeth’s special friend, Samuel. We would have liked to have joined them at my sister’s Verena and Susan’s house for supper but had plans already. We were asked to be chaperones for the youth at the community building along with our neighbors, Joas and Susan.

We left around 6 p.m. to go to the community building which is around 10 miles from here. The parents that chaperone usually take snacks for the youth. So we had a variety of different snacks and also coffee and punch.

The youth can play basketball, volleyball or board games. We arrived home after midnight which is something were not used to doing anymore. We could sleep late the next morning, though, since it was not a church Sunday.

Sister Susan had her 38th birthday on Saturday, May 10. She had us all invited to their house on Sunday for dinner in honor of her birthday.

Brother Albert, Sarah Irene, and six of their children drove to Verena and Susan’s house on Saturday evening with horses and buggy. They stayed until Sunday afternoon. Albert’s moved to the west end of their community so they live closer than before, around 15 – 17 miles from here now. They made the trip in 1 1 /2 hours. Albert’s are in the process of building all new buildings so they have a lot of work ahead. They are renting a house close by their new land.

Daughter Lovina will be 10 on Sunday. She is excited so she can now start sitting with the girls in church instead of beside me. It makes them feel so much more mature when they don’t have to sit with a parent anymore. It will be a change for me to not have any little ones beside me. Joe still has Kevin beside him for a little over a year yet. How fast these years go and the older I get the more time seems to fly.

Daughter Susan moved her pony Roxie and her colt home. It had been at Timothy’s place. It’s always interesting to see a frisky little foal running in the field. The horses and ponies are happy to be out on pasture. These rains will make the grass keep growing.

Try this different way of using your asparagus. God bless!

Asparagus and cheese canape

20 slices thin white bread

4 ounces crumbled blue cheese or desired cheese

8 ounces softened cream cheese

1 egg, lightly beaten

20 spears asparagus, freshly cooked

1 /2 cup melted butter

Remove the crusts from the bread. Flatten each slice with a rolling pin until thin. Combine the cheeses in a bowl with a mixer. Add the egg and mix until well blended. Spread the cheese mixture on each slice of bread. Place one asparagus spear on each slice and roll up jelly roll style. Dip each piece in the melted butter, turning to coat. Place seam side down on a cookie cheese and place in the freezer until just frozen.

Remove from freezer. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until golden.

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