The return of winter delays some spring chores

By Lovina Eicher


The children are washing the breakfast dishes and sweeping the floors while I write this letter and ready it for today’s mail. I almost neglected the column with the week seeming to go by extra fast because the children were on spring break from school. So with five more children at home there hasn’t been much quiet time to concentrate and write. I also had hoped to get the yard raked but the weather isn’t permitting it.

Right now it is really blowing snow and we have a thin layer on the ground. The temperature was 25 this morning. Is it April or January? My husband Joe started up our coal stove again last night. We hadn’t used it for about two weeks. I had also washed, folded and put away the children’s extra coats and snow pants as I was thinking spring was here to stay, but obviously I was wrong.

We had been enjoying dandelion greens for the last week, before winter decided to return. Now with the snow it would be hard to go out and pick some. We like them fixed in a salad with hard-boiled eggs and a sour cream made of mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and milk. I don’t make my sour cream as sour (adding less vinegar) as Mom did. The children seem to eat it better that way. Although some of the children do not care for dandelion greens, now I think they will come to like them. I remember not liking them until I was a little older, but now I love them.


Our church services are now over with for another turn. There is a lot of work to prepare for services but now everything has been thoroughly cleaned which is a good feeling. Next on our list of things to do is clean up the yard and plant grass around the new house. But we will accept the weather God sends us and take one day at a time.

Also to some who had written and asked about the pumpkin cookie recipe a couple of weeks ago, the recipe was printed correctly, it does not require eggs. Meanwhile, here is a good recipe to use up leftover ham.

Homemade ham loaf

Loaf ingredients:

1 pound cured ground ham

1 pound pork or hamburger

2 eggs

2/3 cups cracker crumbs or oatmeal


1/3 cup minute tapioca

1/4 cup milk


1/4 cup vinegar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon mustard

Mix loaf ingredients and form into a loaf. Boil dressing a few minutes. Pour over loaf and bake at 350 degrees for about 2 hours, basting occasionally. Dressing should become thick and syrupy.


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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