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Birthday celebrations take the cake as Eicher family grows older

Published on -6/4/2013, 7:38 AM

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We are having a light rain this morning, which we are so thankful for. Yesterday, we also had some rain, and it sure has made my garden perk up. I think we will be having radishes to use soon.

Daughter Lovina and her friends are here for the night. They had lots of fun. Lovina wanted cupcakes instead of cake. We put nine candles on the cupcakes for her to blow out. We had a thunderstorm in the early morning hours, which woke up all the little girls for awhile.

Our hearts go out to all the people who lost loved ones or their homes in the recent tornadoes. I cannot imagine how scary it must be to be in the path of a tornado. May God be their guide throughout this trial.

Sister Emma and her daughter, Elizabeth, assisted us with our work yesterday. I don't know what we would do without their help. Neighbor Susan and a few other ladies from church offered to help prepare for church services. It seems I am more behind this time in getting ready.

Daughters Elizabeth and Susan will start following instructions in preparation for baptism when church services are here June 2. Such a joy it brings to us as parents to see our children want to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

When a girl follows instructions, the custom is to wear a black dress and a white cape and apron each church Sunday. Both girls' dresses are cut out but not sewn yet. My goal is to work on that today. I enjoy sewing more than cleaning, so my birthday dream to myself is to sew instead of clean today.

Forty-two years ago May 22, I was born to very loving parents, Ben and Elizabeth Coblentz. How I appreciate all they taught me.

My 29th birthday was the day before Dad's funeral. I was 31 when mother died, and so Joseph was only 8 weeks old at the time. God had other plans. We will cherish the memories of them always.

Jacob, Emma and family are planning to come tonight for supper in honor of my birthday. Also, daughter Elizabeth's friend, Timothy, and daughter Susan's friend, Mose.

My husband, Joe, gave me a large laundry spinner for my birthday. I was happy for it and used it Monday for the first time.

The clothes dried a lot faster than usual. It will be especially nice in the winter months when we dry our clothes in the basement.

Until next week.

Zucchinis season soon will be here. Try this recipe:

Skillet zucchini

1 zucchini squash, shredded

1 large onion, shredded

1âÑ2 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon salt

1âÑ4 cup margarine

2 eggs

1âÑ3 cup milk

3âÑ4 cup cracker crumbs

1âÑ4 teaspoon black pepper

Heat margarine in a large skillet, add onion and zucchini squash. Fry ground beef in a small skillet until browned, drain. Add to zucchini, simmer until soft. Add salt and pepper. Beat eggs. Add milk. Blend and then add cracker crumbs. Add this to squash mixture. Turn with spatula to stir. Squash will shrink when cooked.

Lovina Eicher is Old Order Amish and hand-writes this column from her Michigan home. Anyone with cultural or cooking questions can send them to The Amish Cook, P.O. Box 2144, Middletown, OH 45042. For recipes, videos, Amish cultural pieces, cookbook information, and more, visit www.amishcookonline.com.

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