Midsummer celebrations and tenting recollections – Put up Bulletin


Time goes on and I really have to write this column. We had a fair amount of rain overnight, along with a thunderstorm. The garden needed rain so it was much appreciated.

Joe and I, with son Joseph and his special friend Grace, attended nephew Sam and KatieAnn’s wedding last Thursday. They had a beautiful day for their wedding. It was nice to see family and friends. Sisters Liz, Verena and I made the chicken noodles for meals. Sisters Leah, Emma, ​​and sister-in-law Sarah Irene made the sauce, so we were close enough to make a lot of visits too.

The menu consisted of mashed potatoes, gravy, pasta, dressing, fried chicken, corn, pecan salad, pumpkin pudding and strawberry pies, angel cake, caramel pudding and fresh fruit with fruit icing. Meatballs were also added to the menu for dinner. The tables were also lined with stacks of nothing (a pastry also known as elephant ears). This is a custom at weddings in the Berne, Indiana area.

I was the chef at the wedding and Joseph and Grace were table waiters. We traveled the two hours with sisters Verena and Emma, ​​nephew Benjamin and his friend Crystal. Benjamin and Crystal were also table waiters. We left the house at 5:30 am and arrived home safely after 10:00 pm

We wish the couple a long, happy life together! Brother Amos was missed by many at the wedding, and a very beautiful poem in a frame hung in his memory in the wedding corner. Sam and KatieAnn will be staying with their sister-in-law, Nancy, and will have separate living quarters. Amo and Nancy’s big house, which was so full, is now very empty. Life goes on and time brings changes that we must accept, although it is not easy.

Brother-in-law Jacob and sister Susan were also missing because they always traveled with us to the wedding in Bern.

Friday was daughter Loretta’s 22nd birthday. Our family gathered at her home in honor of her birthday. We were served a delicious dinner of pizza, ham and beans, fries, cheese balls and crackers, ice cream and cake.

On July 4th we spent the day at home. Later, Joe and I decided to take daughter Elizabeth, Tim and kids, daughter Verena, daughter Susan and kids, and Susan’s friend Ervin and his kids to go into town on a wagon ride to see the fireworks. It started raining lightly and we were afraid that we might get wet, but then it stopped. It was around 11:30 or later when we got back to Tim’s house. The kids were all snuggled up in blankets and asleep when we got there.

It was fun spending time with the kids. I held little Andrea and she watched the fireworks with big eyes.

Tonight, daughter Lovina and son Joseph are going to go camping for three nights by the lake with their special friends’ family. Hopefully the weather will be good as they will be sleeping in tents.

I remember a year when Joe and I had only a few children when we went camping with Sisters Liz and Levi and their children at his parents’ cabin and pond. Levi’s and we all slept in a big tent and when we were almost getting ready for the night Nurse Liz flashed around the tent to make sure there were no spiders. Well she spotted one and of course she and I freaked out so Levi and Joe had to look for that spider and kill it so their wives could sleep.

After all the excitement and everything sorted out, it started to pour and then storm, so everyone who was sleeping in tents decided to head to the cabin to be safe. Levi and Joe carried the sleeping children one by one through the rain to the cabin. We all slept on blankets on the floor. A few more of Levi’s siblings were also camping there, so it was pretty crowded. The next morning the sun came out and they made a delicious breakfast over the open fire. It was an unforgettable camping trip! God bless!

This is not the recipe used at the wedding, but I’ll be sharing a pumpkin custard pie recipe this week.

9 inch pie shell

3 eggs

12-ounce can of condensed milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, evaporated milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, flour, salt, allspice, and cinnamon. Beat smooth with a hand mixer. Pour into the tart pan and bake for 60-65 minutes or until the tart is set in the centre. Optional: top with cool whip.

Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Readers may write to her at PO Box 234, Sturgis, MI 49091 (please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply); or email [email protected] and your message will be forwarded to them.

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