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  • Lovina Eicher: So many relatives, so many eggs

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  • The Thanksgiving holiday is over with and everyone is preparing for Christmas. As I prepare for Christmas let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. So often people forget what Christmas is really about.
    We spent Thanksgiving Day at sister Emma and Jacob’s house.  Emma prepared two turkeys. They had the table set for 19 people.  Daughter Elizabeth’s friend Timothy and Susan’s friend Mose joined us for the day. It is hard to believe that Emma and my family come to 19 already when we are together. Besides turkey Emma had mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, California blend vegetables, cheese sauce, taco salad, cheese, vegetables and dip, and dirt pudding. I took along homemade bread, deviled eggs, cherry and pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls and Long John Rolls to add to her menu. There was way too much food and plenty of leftovers.
    Our 40 new chickens are laying eggs for a few weeks now. If every chicken lays an egg we get 40 a day. I am so glad to have my own eggs again. The deviled eggs I took to Jacob’s were our own eggs. Since we have plenty of eggs we have a breakfast meal for supper some nights.  Sometimes fried eggs and potatoes or breakfast burritos. We like the burritos with our homemade salsa. The children want me to make egg salad so they can make sandwiches with it. Another thing I would like to do since I have plenty of eggs is to make noodles. Seems hard to find time to do all the things I’d like to do. I would like to do some sewing soon. I am teaching Susan how to do more sewing. She is not too fond of it yet but wants to learn how.
    Daughter Elizabeth cut out six pairs pants for her friend Timothy during her time off from work. Timothy lives alone and he needs new pants for work so Elizabeth offered to sew some for him. I am surprised how quickly she has caught on to cutting out and sewing dresses, shirts, and pants. I am sure Susan will too once she gets the hang of it. Timothy gave Elizabeth a sewing machine last year for a gift. I think she enjoys sewing even better since she has her own sewing machine.
    We haven’t had any snow that has stayed yet. We had some flurries last week but they disappeared almost as fast as they came. Lovina and Kevin had their snow pants and boots and are ready to play out in the snow. They were a little disappointed that it didn’t accumulate much. I am sure they will have plenty to play in once it starts coming.
    Last week Loretta’s therapist did a recheck on her after having five weeks of therapy since her surgery. The therapist is really pleased with the progress Loretta has made. She can do a lot more things since before the surgery. She still needs therapy once a week plus does daily therapy at home. They want to work on getting up the stairs to strengthen those muscles. We are thankful that we did the surgery. Only God knows how long this will help her but we must put our full trust in Him and let Him lead the way.
    Page 2 of 2 - I want to again thank readers who have been an encouragement to us in any way.
    Daughter Susan baked a batch of outrageous chocolate chip cookies this week. With the mixed flavor of chocolate and peanut butter our family really likes them.
    OUTRAGEOUS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
    2 cups sugar
    1 1 /2 cups brown sugar
    2 cups margarine
    2 cups peanut butter
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    4 eggs
    4 cups flour
    2 cups oatmeal
    4 teaspoons baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    12 ounces of chocolate chips
    Preheat oven to 350. Melt margarine and mix with sugars, peanut butter, and eggs. Then add in the dry ingredients. Mix until thoroughly blended. Then add chocolate chips. Roll into balls and bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes. Cookies will spread out and be golden brown the edges when they are done.
    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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