Diary 28 June 2022
4 a.m. The alarm goes off, and it’s time to start another day. I pack lunch for my husband Joe and make him breakfast. For breakfast, I make him an egg, sausage, and cheese in a soft tortilla shell. He likes to stay away from a lot of bread, so I get the low-carb tortillas.
4:30 a.m. Son Joseph, 19, gets up and goes out to do the morning chores. I make him grilled cheese with an egg and sausage in it.
4:45 a.m. Joe leaves to work at the metal shop. Joseph comes and eats breakfast while I pack his lunch.
At five in the morning Joseph leaves to work in construction. They have an hour and a half drive to the job site.
Benjamin’s son, 22, gets up and gets ready for work. He doesn’t want any breakfast.
5:30 a.m. Benjamin leaves to work at the factory. I sit to read for a while in my chair but I fall asleep and don’t finish much reading.
7 am I get up, take a shower, and make a pot of coffee. I have some mail to take out and some bills to get ready to send.
8:30 a.m. I bring Elizabeth’s daughter Abigail, five, Timothy (TJ), three, and Alison, two, here to stay while she goes to help with preparations for their nephew’s wedding. It takes four months for Andrea to breastfeed.
8:45 a.m. Daughter Lovina, 18, son Kevin, 16, and I have breakfast with the kids. We have pancakes and bacon.
9:15 a.m. Luvina washes the dishes and cleans the house. The kids keep me busy they go out for a bike ride and then decide they want to look at the books. Sometimes I forget how short their attention span is.
11:45 am Lunch Bolognese and cheese. The little ones want to paint their faces with bologna, so we use pickles for the ears, cheese for the eyes, etc. All of them want us to look at the face they made. Alison is tired and ready to take a nap, so I shake her to sleep.
1:15 p.m. Elizabeth is back to pick up the kids. I have to hold Andrea a little. She is so adorable and all smiles.
Lovina mixed up a batch of Chocolate M&M cookies earlier with the help of Abigail and TJ and bakes them. Kids want to take the cookie home. It’s delicious, and I’ll be sharing the recipe this week. It’s easy to make. I know it won’t last long here.
5 p.m. Everyone comes home from work and does chores. The sons Benjamin and Joseph cleaned up the horse barn and the rest of the barn tonight.
5:30 p.m. Daughter Verena came in with Abigail, Jennifer and Kaitlyn (daughter of Irvine, friend of daughter Susan). I left the horse and cart here, and the four went down to my sister Verena’s house. They will spend the night there. The three young girls were excited to go with Aunt Verena to Aunt Verena. They looked so cute with backpacks on their backs. Of course, they wanted to sample cookies.
Before leaving, the three girls came and hugged me and said, “Goodbye, Grandma.” I had to laugh when Jennifer hugged me and said, “Grandma, you smell beautiful.” I’m not quite sure what you smell good about, but I hope it means you smell good. smiling!
7 pm dinner later tonight. The menu is potatoes, smoked sausage and cheese with lettuce and onions fresh from the garden.
Tomorrow, I plan to take a coffee break at Jar Leah. The ladies of the neighborhood are welcome with her to the coffee break in the community. I’m sure she’s lived some two-hour days of isolation from her parents since moving in. The young couple seem to be coping well, though. Lovina’s daughter makes tortillas and cheese rolls for me to pick up.
Thursday, Joe and I, his son Joseph, and his special girlfriend Grace will attend the wedding of nephew Sam and Katie Ann in Monroe, Indiana. This is the last of Amos’ brother’s ten children to marry. I’ll be a cook at the wedding. Joseph and Grace waiters at the table. Sister-in-law, Nancy, will be alone now.
We received another wedding invitation from our nieces Leanna and Alvin. They set their date for August 18. Congratulations to them too.
9:30 PM Bedtime – Good night and God’s blessings to all!
M&M’s Chocolate Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mini M&MS
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together. Slowly add these ingredients to the butter mixture. Fold in M&Ms (and walnuts if desired). Drop the dough with a large, rounded spatula 2 inches apart on a lightly greased tray. Bake at 350 degrees. Bake for 7-9 minutes for chewy cookies or 10-12 minutes for crunchy cookies. Yield: 24-30 cookies.
Amish Lovina Kitchen by Lovina Escher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Her latest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available anywhere books are sold. Readers may write to Eicher at Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, PO Box 234, Sturgis, MI 49091 (please attach a sealed self-addressed envelope to respond); Or email [email protected] and your letter will be sent to them for reading. She does not personally respond to emails.