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  • The Amish Cook: Tea time always a childhood favorite

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  • It is Thursday already and time to get this column out in today’s mail. It hardly seems like two weeks have passed since I penned the last column. I was very happy that daughter Verena offered to write last week in my place. She loves to write so she didn’t have a problem about not getting the length of the column written.
    It helped out so much that I didn’t have to take time out of our busy summer schedule to write. Sometimes I can write a column in just a matter of minutes. Then there are times when so much work awaits me that I find it difficult to concentrate on writing.
    Like now it is 5:30 a.m. Daughters Elizabeth and Susan just left for work. My husband Joe left already before 4 a.m.
    The rest are still in bed so all is nice and quiet except for the noisy birds outside the window trying to let the world know that daylight is almost here. I like to hear the birds though and I could sleep through all their chatter if I was tired enough. Just knowing that the day will be another busy one takes the sleep from me. Coffee would sound good but if I have to make it just for myself I skip it a lot. On weekend mornings I always make a pot of coffee for Joe and I.
    Health-wise it’s probably better if I’m too lazy to go make some. We have been enjoying fresh spearmint tea from our garden. The children like it when I make iced tea with it. I remember as a little girl making tea from Mom’s garden. My sisters and I would wash off the tea leaves by the water pump outside. One of us would sneak some sugar from Mom’s sugar bowl while one of us would fill a little pitcher with hot water from Mom’s tea kettle. We had a little building outside for our playhouse. We had it set up like a house with all our dolls. The bed was a blanket on the floor. Our table was a piece of plywood set on two blocks of wood. And pieces of wood worked as our chairs. But no matter how poor the furniture looked we had lots of fun playing mother to our dolls. With our tea we wanted food so someone would sneak in the house once more to see what we could use. Sometimes it was cookies, saltine crackers, or bread and apple butter.
    I believe it is correct when they say “history repeats itself.” The other day I caught Lovina and Kevin raiding my cabinet that works as my pantry. They were looking for some food to eat outside with Lovina’s tea set. So I gave them some advice on what we did as children. They crushed saltine crackers for one dish and made little bites of peanut butter and jelly bread for another. Although theirs was just a tea party on a blanket in the yard they had a nice time. Oh, to be that age again and be so carefree!
    Page 2 of 2 - Elizabeth and Susan will only work until lunch time today. Timothy and Elizabeth and Mose and Susan are evening table-waiters at the wedding today of Tim and Rebecca. Rebecca is a cousin to Mose. Elizabeth finished her outfit last night and I finished Susan’s yesterday. The color is a lovely shade of blue.
    Try this recipe for a homemade zucchini scramble!
    Zucchini scramble
    2 or 3 small zucchinis (about 1 pound)
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 /2 cup shredded cheese
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 pepper, chopped 6 to 8 eggs, beaten
    In a skillet saute zucchini, onion, and pepper in butter until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add eggs, cook and stir until set. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from heat and cover until cheese melts. Sausage or other meats may be chopped and sautéed along with the zucchini.
    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
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