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AMISH COOKBOOK Even with help, preparing to move can be exhausting

By Lovina Eicher

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I'm planning to have a garage sale to get rid of some of my extras before our move to Michigan later this month. They always say "one person's junk is the other person's treasure." My sisters Emma, Verena and Susan assisted me yesterday in setting things up and pricing things for the sale.

I was so glad for their help as I've been battling a bad head cold all week. I've lost a lot of sleep at night due to coughing, etc. I finally went to a doctor and now have medicine to take. It sure is helping.

We spent last weekend at our home in Michigan as we took another load of our belongings. While in Michigan, we slept at our new home for the first time. We all enjoyed it! A few more neighbors came to introduce themselves. It gives a person a very welcome feeling. I'll be glad when we have the rest of our things moved. It seems sometimes I want to go after something and then discover that it's in Michigan already.

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There is a lot of hard work involved in moving that far with six children. I'm sure we'll like it, though, after we're all settled in. The children are asking to go back to Michigan so it helps that they like it there.

We hope to take a load of hay up to Michigan next week. The veterinarian came out last night to do tests or whatever they do to horses before you can take them across the state line. So many different things to do when you move.

I have to wake the school-age girls up to get ready for school. They are having a hard time getting up the last few days. I could use extra sleep myself. Hopefully things will slow down after awhile.

It's now 10 a.m. and I must finish this. After getting the girls off to school, I made breakfast for the four youngest children. I let them sleep a bit later. Then my sister Liz and her daughters, Rosa and Suzanne, stopped in awhile. So now I have dishes waiting to be washed and floors that need to be cleaned. Floors don't take long to get tracked up when the children are going in and out. With the arrival of warmer weather, the ground is getting softer and with the recent rains there's plenty of mud. I also see windows that should be cleaned. Too much work and not enough time. I will just do what I can and know the rest won't run away.

I read some more letters that you readers sent and I want to thank you for the many encouraging words. Although I can't thank each of you individually I want you to know how much I appreciate your kind words. May God richly bless all of you wonderful readers.

I will get back to packing and cleaning now, but, meanwhile, you all try this delicious dinner recipe.

Hamburger casserole

2 pounds of hamburger

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1/4 cup of chopped onion

1/2 teaspoons of black pepper

3/4 cup of chopped green pepper

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of chili powder

16 ounce can of tomato sauce

2 cups of shredded cheese

1 cup of cooked rice

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Cook hamburger and drain excess grease. Mix cooked hamburger and the rest of the ingredients together in a large casserole dish, save one cup of cheese to spread on top. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

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

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