LOVINA EICHER: Home refresh and vacation to come | New

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We enter August with much cooler than normal temperatures.

We painted our sons Joseph and Kevin’s bedrooms last week. Our next project is to paint the room shared by daughters Loretta and Lovina. Loretta has moved a lot of her stuff into Dustin’s house, so now with the room more empty, we’ve decided to paint it. It takes a while, but the room looks so refreshed after a few coats of paint. As we put everything back in place, we do a deep cleaning.

Those who were here Sunday for lunch were Sister Verena, Sister Liz and Levi and their daughter Suzanne, Sister Emma and Jacob and their sons Jacob, Benjamin and Steven, Crystal (special friend of nephew Benjamin) and his son Isaiah , his niece Elizabeth and Samuel and their three children, niece Emma and Menno and their two children, niece Susan and Joe and their nine children, daughter Elizabeth and Jim and their three children, daughter Susan and her two children, daughter Verena, Dustin, Daniel and Grace (special friends of Lovina and Joseph) and also Rosina (a friend of our children).

Sister Liz and Levi and their family went out on Saturday to help Sister Verena with mowing etc. They stayed the night, so I told them all to come here on Sunday.

The Saturday visitors were Uncle Joe and Aunt Betty and Brother Albert and Sarah Irene.

We have three wedding invitations on our fridge right now. Nephew Micheal and Laura chose September 2 for their wedding date. Micheal is a sister son of Joe Salome and Morris in Kentucky. September 2 is also her son Kevin’s 16th birthday. Niece Saloma and Jamin chose September 3 for their wedding. Saloma is a daughter of Joe’s sister Carol and Pete from Tennessee. It will be a challenge for us to be in Kentucky one day for a wedding and then the next day in Tennessee for another wedding. It’s doable, so we’ll do our best. I am the cook at Micheal and Laura’s wedding, and sons Joseph and Grace were asked to be table servers (waiters). Grace and I have to wear royal blue, so I have to sew another dress first.

The third invitation is for Mary and Danny. Mary lives in our church district. Dustin and Loretta were invited to be the evening servers and dishwashers at their wedding. Congratulations to all the young couples. May God bless each of their marriages.

Now to tell you about our next vacation. My husband Joe works in a metal shop and owner Daniel takes all of the employees, their wives and children under 16 on vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We will travel on two large charter buses. If I understood correctly, there will be 106 people. This includes Joe and I and his son Kevin. Brother Albert, Sarah Irene, and their daughter Sylvia also go, and we take the same bus. It’s a 14 hour trip to North Carolina. We leave Wednesday morning at 2:45 p.m. to join the bus to the metallurgy. Joe signed us up for a two hour tour on the dolphin cruise. He signed him up and Kevin for a half day of fishing. There will be a lot to do with the way this sounds. We’ve never been to North Carolina so it will be exciting to see it all.

It’s kind of Daniel to take us all on this trip. We’ll be going home late Saturday night, God willing. The part I don’t like is leaving the rest of the family at home, but God is in control.

I am sure I will have a lot to write next week. Until then, God bless you all!

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD

2 large eggs

1/3 cup honey

½ cup of vegetable oil

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of soda

½ teaspoon of baking powder

1/3 cup cocoa

1 2/3 cup flour

2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini

1 ¼ cup of chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. You can replace the oil with ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce.

Lovina’s Amish cuisine is written by Lovina Eicher, Amish Old Order writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Readers may write to Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a stamped envelope to your address for a response); or email [email protected] and your message will be forwarded to him for reading. She does not respond to emails personally.


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