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AMISH COOKBOOK Slowly but surely, household in Michigan is coming together

By Lovina Eicher

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It looks like another beautiful day is beginning here in Michigan. The sun is shining so brightly. We are now an hour ahead. I have never lived in an area where there is daylight savings time. So far, though, it is not as bad as I expected it might be.

I hope to do some laundry today. I have to do laundry more often as I don't have much wash-line space. Joe hopes to get more put up after we get settled in a bit more. He works longer at night than he did in Indiana, but he enjoys the work better. The construction and carpentry work is a lot less stressful than factory work. When Joe gets home, he stays busy in the evenings raking and taking care of the yard. We have quite a bit of cleaning up around here still.

I hope to get the upstairs cleaned now that the carpet is torn out and the new floor is done. Hopefully this week we can get the older girls moved up to their bedroom. We have three bedrooms on the main floor, which makes it nice for the younger children. The bedroom upstairs will be for Elizabeth, 9, and Susan, 7.

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We cleared out the entrance area to the house last night. My sisters Verena and Susan came over to help me. We still had totes and boxes stored in there. They are now in the living room, and I hope to get them unpacked. We tore the carpet out of the entrance area and discovered that there is cement underneath. That will be nice to do my laundry in there now. Joe moved my washing machine and laundry tubs in this morning. Now I'm all set to do laundry. Everything takes time.

Our horse's colt is still doing okay. Little Joseph just loves to look out of the window and watch it run around the field.

Jacob, Emma and family plan to come here to visit this weekend. The children are excited to have them come. They were all used to seeing each other more often than they do now. We will be glad once they are moved to this area in May. With Jacob coming, Joe will have help carrying the furniture upstairs.

We are seeing plenty of deer. They come pretty close to the house. Hopefully they won't bother the garden. Joe wants to get a part of the garden worked up so I can plant some early things. Garden goodies sound good again. Elizabeth picked dandelion greens last night so I want to fix them today. Dandelions can be fixed in so many ways, we like them in salads, soups, jellies, etc. Try this recipe for homemade dandelion soup.

Dandelion soup

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

2 cups milk

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2 cups dandelion flowers, green parts pinched off

Dash celery seed, lightly crushed

Dash crushed thyme leaves, fresh if possible

1 bay leaf (optional)

Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Add flour and stir until it is well combined and beginning to brown. Add the milk a little at a time until smooth, as you would make a gravy. Mix in the dandelion flowers, celery seed, thyme and bay leaf. Simmer until the flowers are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. Makes 4 servings.

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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