Amish chef — Daughter’s ‘bump’ all better

By Lovina Eicher

Oasis Newsfeatures

Daughter Lovina is recovering well from her surgery. She had a cyst removed close to her right eyebrow. The doctor did a very good job of hiding the scar under her eyebrow. Lovina had a few painful days when eyes were swollen shut and bruised. She always called the cyst her "bump." After we were home from the hospital, she said the doctor "took my bump away, but put one on my eye."

Now Lovina is happier since she sees the swelling going down. She is back to singing her little songs. Her favorite one now is "This Old Man." In addition to singing songs, she can’t wait until her fourth birthday in May. She is a little talker and does all the talking for her and 2-year-old Kevin.

This morning shortly after 6 a.m. sister Emma and Jacob dropped their four children off here. They were leaving for the two-hour journey to the hospital for baby Steven’s appointment. Steven’s heart surgery was set for March 3.


I fed their children a breakfast of grilled cheese and scrambled eggs. They went left here with our five children at 7 a.m. to go to school. They were all excited to go to school together.

Jacob’s parents, Verena, and Susan and Joe and I have plans to spend the day at the hospital with Jacob and Emma. The surgery will take four to five hours. Jacob and Emma came home from the hospital this last weekend and were very happy to be together with their children.

Steven has had a feeding tube on as he refuses to take a bottle. Emma has her day filled feeding him through the tube eight times a day and breast feeding eight times a day around the clock. Yesterday, my sisters and I gave her a lift by coming over to do her laundry for her. We also washed her kitchen walls and refrigerator and stove.

Meanwhile, we heard the sad news of Mom’s cousin, Reuben, having a massive heart attack at the age of 62. Our sympathy goes to his wife and the family.

We are getting more snow and ice and have six to eight inches already, but Joe and I still plan to go into town in the buggy to get groceries after he gets home from work. Our horse that was trained last year is getting more used to going into town, which is a relief. She hated the white lines at the traffic light at first, but has learned to stop and wait for the signal.

A reader in David City, Neb., asked for a good, quick and easy coffeecake. Try this one:

Cinnamon coffeecake

1 tablespoon vegetable oil


1 cup sugar

1 cup milk

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups flour


1 /2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon, cinnamon

4 tablespoons butter or margarine.


Stir together the first five ingredients until well-moistened. Pour into greased and floured 9-by-9-inch pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over cake top with pats of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean — about 25 minutes.

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 Eicher at P.O. Box 2144, Middletown, OH 45042.

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