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AMISH COOKBOOK Cold winds make for difficult spring work

By Lovina Eicher

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We had a cold reading of 39 degrees on this very beautiful April morning. A brisk wind made it feel even colder outside. We are having a lot of windy days lately and are having a hard time getting the branches burned that Joe trimmed from our fruit trees. The house felt chilly this morning so I started coal in the stove again and it feels good.

Joe has planted quite a few rows of potatoes, lettuce, and peas in our garden. I want to get some more seeds sown and also some onion sets. So far I haven't been helping Joe very much in the garden. We used to plant all of our seeds by hand, but two years ago we bought a seeder and planting now goes so much quicker. Although potatoes and onions still have to be planted by hand.

Joe also planted marigolds all around the outside of the garden. This helps keep the moles from digging through the garden. The dogs are also starting to hunt for them. Those moles sure can tear up the yard, but God must've put them on this earth for a reason.

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We attended the wedding of friends in Bryant, Ind. last week. We got to visit with sister Liz, Levi, and family at the wedding. Also we stopped in for a short visit with brother Albert, Sarah Irene, and family. We wanted to go there as they will be moving in a few months. I am not sure but I think that they will only be around 25 miles from here. They are moving to a nearby community.

Uncle Joe and Betty gave us a visit on Saturday evening, it was nice seeing them again. Then we all got together at Emma and Jacob's on Sunday for a brunch. It was a nice warm day so Joe and some of the children decided to bike there, while Elizabeth, Joseph, Lovina and I went with the pony and cart. I was surprised that the younger children could bike the four miles. Benjamin and Loretta were so proud that they could bike on the road as we always make them bike in the driveway.

I must get busy. I would like to mop all the floors and then bake a big batch of oatmeal cookies. I told the lady who has church that I would bring some cookies. Would like to do the laundry also, but I don't think I'll get to it. Lovina is being fussy as I think she is pushing more teeth.

Try this delicious oatmeal cookie recipe.

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.

Chewy oatmeal cookies

1 cup of white sugar

2 cups of sifted flour

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1 cup of brown sugar

1⁄2; teaspoons of salt

1 cup of lard

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla

3 cups of oatmeal

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Cream sugars thoroughly with lard until mixture is light and fluffy and no granules remain. Beat in the eggs until light. Stir in oatmeal. In a separate bowl, sift the measured flour with salt, soda, and baking powder. Work into oatmeal mixture. Mix in vanilla. Drop by teaspoon onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.

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