Lovina: spring cleaning, garden care | lifestyle

We are in the first week of May. The grass grows fast with all the rain that April has brought us. We need to buy a new mower. Our last year it was constantly being fixed. I couldn’t believe what the new companies are selling right now. Something or another seems to be giving up or in need of fixing. It’s part of life!

Asparagus pops in the ground. Rhubarb plants look really pretty, and mint plants and spearmint teas appear alongside weeds (really). Those who have winter onions enjoy them. I would like to start again. I haven’t planted any garden yet, but we have our soil to put in the raised garden beds that Joe and the boys have already built. Joe planted some potatoes last night. He’s trying a different method of cultivation, so time will tell if it works or not.

We are mostly busy preparing to host church services here next time.

Yesterday I received a lot of help and a lot was accomplished. Sisters Verena and Emma helped us in the work; brother daughters Elizabeth and Emma and sons Jessica and Mino; daughter Elizabeth and children TJ, Alison and Andrea; daughter of Susan, Jennifer, and Ryan; Girls Verena and Loretta. Then after work, Tim and Dustin’s in-laws. Son Joseph came home from his construction work as it was raining all day, so they could not work.

Benjamin’s son in Traverse City, Michigan, works in a house all week. Will be back on Friday evening. Traverse City is about four hours from here. I always wanted to go there to sign a book and meet many readers from that area.

Abigail’s granddaughter got off the bus here from school. She is excited that they are going on a field trip to the zoo. Her father (Tim) will go with her class to help her and be with her. Elizabeth could not go because she was breastfeeding Andrea and could not take her with her. It was sweet how excited Abigail was when Tim told her he had to take off work to go with her, but she needed to be a great helper and pick up toys. She was picking up games here, too.

We had Sunday mass at our neighbor’s house. Abigail was sitting between me and Sister Emma while we were eating the Communion. All members remain standing while children who are not members are seated.

When Abigail watched Emma and I get some bread and wine but not her, she told us, “It’s okay if the kids don’t get anything. We’re not hungry or thirsty anyway.” She didn’t understand why adults only got some. Then when we were washing the feet, she told me that she washed her feet before she came so that her feet did not get dirty, and they did not need to be washed. Those innocent little angels! I can see her growing up, even more so since she went to school.

I made a breakfast plate yesterday morning, and everyone came for breakfast. Sister Emma brought me a small casserole for lunch. Sweets and snacks were brought, so meals were easy. There was enough leftovers for dinner, too.

Downstairs was well cleaned. Caddy room and bathroom are there as well as windows.

Sister Verena is staying here for a few days. She made a potato dish to bring with her when she came on Monday night. It helps when we don’t have to spend time preparing meals.

Dustin and Tim have been helping out with the jobs that need to be done here. They were here on Saturday helping out, too. Joseph was cleaning the barn. I appreciate everyone’s help. Today, the girls Verena and Susan, the children and Verena’s friend Laura come to help.

Until next week.. God bless you!

Pasta pie

6 ounces spaghetti (3 cups cooked)

2 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

2 eggs (well beaten)

1 cup cottage cheese

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1 liter spaghetti sauce or more to taste

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions; Drain, stir the butter into the hot pasta, and add the Parmesan cheese and eggs. Form the mixture into a crust in a greased 10-inch pie plate.

Spread the cottage cheese over the spaghetti crust. Cook ground beef, onion, and green pepper until meat is brown and vegetables are tender. Get rid of fat. Stir in spaghetti sauce. through heat. Turn the meat mixture into a crust. Put mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until bubbling.

Amish Lovina Kitchen by Lovina Escher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Her latest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available anywhere books are sold. Readers may write to Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please attach a self-sealed envelope to reply); Or email [email protected] and your message will be sent to them for reading. She does not personally respond to emails.

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