Amish Cook: Holidays come with rolls in the oven, rolls in the snow

As I write this, Christmas is six days away. I do not need to look at the calendar to know, as the children remind me every morning. Jesus is the reason for the season. Let us rejoice on the day Christ was born. May each of your holiday seasons be filled with all the joy and peace on earth.

My husband will have off work after today until Jan. 2. The school will give the children a two-week Christmas vacation. Daughter Elizabeth isn't sure if she will get one or two weeks off yet. Anyway, it looks like the next two weeks will be lively here at the Eichers.

Today is laundry day again. I also have dough rising for bread and cinnamon rolls. I made two batches of cinnamon rolls yesterday. The children want to give them to their teachers for Christmas. Daughter Susan made all the frosting for me for the rolls. She is always the one I get to do that for me.

The last rolls came out of the oven around 8 or 9 p.m. So had to wait to frost them until they were cooled off enough. After the frosting was set enough, I put them in Ziploc bags so they would be ready for the children to take this morning. Lovina and Kevin will take their teachers' cinnamon rolls to them tonight.

Tonight is the elementary Christmas program at the school. We have only two children in it now. So hard to believe that only Lovina (third grade) and Kevin (second grade) are in elementary school. At first, all the older ones were in the program while all the younger ones sat with us. Now the older ones are back with us in the audience while the younger ones are in the program.


On Dec. 22 my husband Joe will have his 45th birthday. Another reminder that we aren't getting any younger.

We had some excited children this past week when we were dumped with some snow. Not sure how many inches we had total, but it was a beautiful sight to behold. The children have spent all their free time sledding down the hill in the hayfield.

Last night Kevin came in with some very cold toes. I think he stayed outside a little too long. Our border collie is always by Kevin's side and races him and the sled down the hill. During the holidays, may there be peace on earth and goodwill to all. Try this party mix over the holidays!

The Amish Cook is a weekly column written by Lovina Eicher, an Old Order Amish woman who lives in Michigan. To comment, send mail to Lovina Eicher at P.O. Box 2144, Middletown, OH 45042.


Ranch snack mix

12-ounce box very thin pretzels

12-ounce bag Bugles


10-ounce can cashews

6-ounce box bite size cheddar cheese fish crackers.

1 envelope ranch dressing mix

1-1/2 teaspoon dill weed

1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

3/4 cup vegetable oil

Mix snacks in large bowl. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over snacks. Bake at 200 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

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