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Finally — all’s quiet on the homefront

By Lovina Eicher

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The house seems quiet and very empty this morning. Joe left for work at 3:45 a.m. after being off work for two weeks. Then at 6:15 a.m., 14-year-old Elizabeth left for her summer job de-tassling corn. She enjoys the new friends she is making on the job. Elizabeth is tired when she comes home after walking through the cornfields all day. They certainly put in a lot of miles in a day’s work.

At 7:30 a.m., Susan, Verena, Benjamin and Joseph left for swimming lessons. Meanwhile, Lovina and Kevin are still sleeping; they had a tiring day yesterday. We attended church services in another church district at Joe’s nephew’s house, which made for a very long, but enjoyable, day.

Benjamin turns 9 today. Loretta and he were both 8-years-old for two weeks. He is always glad to turn to the next number. Loretta always likes to tease him that she has caught up to his age during the first two weeks in July. Tomorrow, Joe and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage; it sure has gone by fast!

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Joe seems to be doing well with his wisdom teeth out. But he has to be careful. He isn’t supposed to eat popcorn or peanuts, which happen to be some of his favorite snacks, for another six weeks.

Friday, Joe and I drove to Wal-Mart with the horse and buggy — probably 7 to 8 miles from here, about a 45-minute ride. He needed to get Lovina and Kevin a lifejacket so we could take them out on the boat. Joe and I went to the lake fishing Friday evening, taking Lovina and Kevin along. We just hitch the boat up to the buggy and go to a nearby lake. This was their first time on a boat. Lovina seemed to enjoy it while Kevin was very scared at first but gradually loosened up. They enjoyed drinking lemonade and eating crackers while we fished. We caught a few fish but they were not biting too well.

The next day, Joe, Elizabeth and Susan went fishing and they had better luck. Susan caught a large bass which she thought was going to be a turtle when she felt the weight on her line. The children were really excited to see it after being used to catching the little bluegill we have been reeling in lately.

After two weeks of extra activity going on around here, I am kind of enjoying peace and quiet right now. We are still savoring the garden goodies and have added green beans, red beets and carrots to the menu now. The green peppers are also almost big enough to start using. Corn and tomatoes are not too far from being ready either. Meals are sure easier to make with the garden and sure saves on the grocery bill. All the hoeing and weeding is worth it when you have such a bountiful crop.

With squash being ready to harvest in some gardens, here is an easy and delicious casserole to try out.

Fresh squash casserole

3 cups fresh shredded squash

1/4 cup chopped onion

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4 tablespoons margarine

2 eggs beaten

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded

1 cup Ritz crackers, crushed

Preheat oven to 350. Sauté squash and onions with margarine until tender. Drain. Add remaining ingredients except cheese and crackers. Spoon into a 9 X 13 inch pan and top with cheese and crackers. Bake for 20 minutes.

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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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