His daughter Lovina welcomes the new babies

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Dear readers,

I am the girl Lovina (18 years old) and I will write this week’s column. Congratulations to my cousin Emma and her husband, Menno, who had a baby girl on November 2. Her name is Jazlyn Grace, and I’m going to see her tonight − I can’t wait!

Dustin and Loretta’s baby boy, Denzel, is doing great and growing by the minute. I think he is trying to gain extra weight to stay warm in the winter. He is also a picky eater and only likes formula, and only certain types. I tried to give him a bite of my bologna sandwich, but apparently he doesn’t like it much either. (All jokes!)

I stayed with Loretta some mornings after Dustin went to work to help her with the baby, and some mornings she comes here. I’ve seen Denzel almost every day since he was born, and I’ve still managed to avoid changing his diaper. One day, when I have children of my own, I will have to endure the pain of changing diapers, but not today. This morning he had a messy diaper, and I think there was more content on the outside of the diaper than on the inside.

I was helping mom make V-8 juice a while back, and the carrots reminded me of a time when Kevin (17) and I were only about 7. Mom told us that eating carrots was good for our eyes. Even if it’s true, I think she said it mainly to get us to eat our vegetables. Anyway, I remember we were trying to see a deer in the field, but we couldn’t see it so well because it was so far away, so I told Kevin to get the bag out of carrots from the fridge, and we just stood there looking out the window, staring out into the field, eating one carrot after another waiting to get a better look at the deer. We could have used binoculars, but we used carrots instead. I think we kind of convinced ourselves that we could see the deer more clearly.

For breakfast this morning, I made sausage, egg, and cheese platters for Mom, Loretta, Kevin, and myself. I had the idea when I was working at McDonald’s. Although if I have to say it myself, mine tastes better. I know I sound like I’m bragging, but that’s only because I am.

Thanksgiving is approaching, then Christmas. Daniel (my special friend) told me to start making a list of things he could get me for Christmas. I was more than happy to do so, but I think the list was a bit longer than expected. He said, “Girlfriends are expensive,” but the smile on his face said, “It’s so worth it.” I already have ideas of what I’m going to give her for Christmas. Sometimes I like to give her things that I think I can use too. It’s like I’m giving myself presents, but in a sneaky way. I always remember that Jesus is the reason for Christmas – the gifts are just a bonus.

I’m pretty excited for the wedding of Sister Susan and her fiancé Ervin on December 30th. Daniel and I will serve the bride, groom and witnesses at the wedding. I’m sure it will be a fun day, especially since I’m there (the last part was a joke). Daniel bought a horse from my brother Ben. Her name is Lightning, and she’s a Dutch Harness/Standardbred mix. She couldn’t be more opposite than her other horse, named Buddy, who is a Haflinger. Buddy is short, stocky, light-haired, and slower than some horses, but strong. Daniel doesn’t like it when I call Buddy slowly, so I hope he doesn’t read that. Lightning is tall and skinny with black hair, and she’s very fast but she can’t pull as much weight as Buddy.

On the weekends when we spend time together, we use one horse or the other, depending on our mood. If we really want to get somewhere on time we use Lightning, but if we want a relaxing buggy ride we use Buddy. Daniel also uses Buddy in the field to make hay, rake hay and bale it. Daniel is teaching Buddy to ride a horse right now.

The other day Mom was washing some clothes and I went around picking up all the dirty clothes from everyone’s rooms. They each have a laundry basket in their room, but Ben’s clothes were anywhere but in the basket. Some near her bed, near her couch, near her closet, under her cart table, and zero clothes in the cart. Ben’s room is always the messiest – he doesn’t care how he looks as long as he can lay down to sleep at night. Joseph and Kevin share a room, and I always hear Joseph directing Kevin because Kevin messes the room after Joseph cleans it. My room stays clean until laundry day, then once the laundry starts piling up on the couch, I give up and stop cleaning it until the following week.

Well, I better go do my job. I enjoyed writing the column again and hope you all enjoy reading. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week, God bless you!

The Sausage, Egg and Cheese Griddle includes two pancakes, a sausage patty, an egg and cheese. And below is a recipe for pancakes.

Delicious pancake

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

2 eggs well beaten

5 tablespoons salad oil or melted butter

2 cups of milk

Not:

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add eggs, oil or butter and milk and stir to combine. Pour the batter onto a hot griddle or skillet. Cook for two to three minutes, until the surface of the pancakes has a few bubbles, then flip. Continue cooking until browned on both sides.

by Lovina Amish Kitchen is written byLovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight.Her latest cookbook, Amish Family Recipesis available wherever books are sold. Readers may write to Eicher at Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, PO Box 234, Sturgis, MI 49091 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email[email protected] and your message will be forwarded to him for reading. She does not personally respond to emails.

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