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AMISH COOKBOOK Can't wait to hang the clothes outside

By Lovina Eicher

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Where is this day going to? I need to get this written and in the mail. I was going to write this when my husband, Joe, left this morning for work at 4:35 a.m. Baby Lovina woke up though as soon as we did. I'm beginning to think she likes to have Joe hold her before he leaves. So after Joe left, I fixed her a bottle and took her to bed with me. She fell asleep when she was halfway through the bottle and so did I. That extra 90 minutes of sleep did me a lot of good.

Joe helped me do the laundry last night. It sure helps when he carries all the water for me. I filled the clothes racks and the bicycle wheel hangers. We hang them from the ceiling to hang all the socks and small items on. A lot of times we use clothes off of these wheels before I get a chance to get them put away and back in drawers. Joe hung the rest of the clothes out on the lines in the pole building. When I get all this dry I usually move some in from the pole building. It seems by the time I get this all dry and put away it's time to do laundry again.

Friday night we are invited to a family's house for supper. Joe used to work with this man on the construction crew. They have invited all of the crew and families to dinner. Joe is really looking forward to this dinner since he really enjoyed working with these people. Hopefully, it'll stay warmed up to travel the 9 miles easier. We had temperatures in the 40s yesterday and the sun was out very nice and bright.

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Try this raisin bread recipe.

Quick homemade raisin bread

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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1 cup raisins

1 egg

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9-by-5-by-3 loaf pan. In a large bowl, measure flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and raisins. Stir thoroughly. Make a well or depression in center. In a small bowl, beat egg until frothy. Mix in melted butter and milk. Pour into well. Stir just enough to moisten. Scrape into loaf pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

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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