Lovina’s Amish Kitchen: happy wedding preparations



The first day of fall brings cool, rainy weather with a temperature of 51 degrees this morning.

Religious services were held here on Sunday. It was a board meeting so we served lunch to everyone throughout the service. Around 11:30 am, a few at a time come in to eat. We had a table for the men, one for the women and a smaller table for the younger ones. Our menu included chicken noodle soup, cheese spread, peanut butter spread, bologna, pickles, red beets, hot peppers, grape jelly, butter, wheat and sugar. homemade white bread, several kinds of cookies, tea and coffee. Sister Emma made the soup for me. She made four 12 quart soup kettles.

We appreciate all the help we’ve had with Dustin’s pole barn and we’re getting ready for the wedding here. So many people sent meals or a casserole to ease my workload. May God bless their good hearts. It’s very appreciated.

Last night, nephew Benjamin and niece Emma’s husband, Menno, helped out in the barn. The east side of the pole barn is now closed. Looks like Dustin’s cousin is over there today. I think they install the two overhead doors. The rest of the doors and windows are already installed. It looks like we’ll be done on time.

I still have my dress, cape and apron to sew for the wedding. I intend to do it today.

Saturday we will set up all the tables. The plates, silverware and glasses will be set up and then we will cover all of that, so everything is fine until next Friday for the wedding.

Yesterday my three chefs came over and we went through the recipes to see what we need. It takes a lot of head work to put together a grocery list for more than 1,000 people. Now is the time to go shopping. Do I already have a list to get! I should have started earlier, but I will wait until after Saturday when the cooler is there to do the groceries that need to stay cold.

The wedding cart, cooler and meals arrive all Friday afternoon. The tent will be set up next week. This is where cooks can work to peel potatoes, mix dressing, etc. We have about 50 cooks but I’m sure some of them might not be able to come. There will be a lot of activity next week around here. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the cooks will each come for a day to help prepare anything that needs to be done like baking bread, pies, etc.

During this busy period, my oldest granddaughter Abigail started school. She goes there four days a week and she loves it! She tells all kinds of stories about school and her new friends. Life has changed for her daughter Elizabeth. Abigail kept an eye on the two little ones. Now it looks like 2-year-old TJ and 1-year-old Allison are in everything. TJ cried when Abigail left on the first day and said he wanted to go to school too. Nephew Steven is in eighth grade, so when his sister Emma and daughter Elizabeth were here to help Steven and Abigail one day got off the bus here. She had made beads for all the other children here. Such a darling!

We miss our three loved ones so much during this time. They were always there to help with the other marriages. We try not to dampen Loretta and Dustin’s excitement, but our hearts are still aching. Rest in peace Moses, Suzanne and Jacob!

Blessings from God to all!

No-Bake Fruit Pie Filling

2 cups of fruit, such as blueberries, cherries, apples, blackberries, etc.

1/4 cup clear gel

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup of water

Place fruit in an 8-inch pie shell, stacking a peak in the center. Mix the sugar and the transparent jelly and pour over the fruit. Pour water over everything and mix gently. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

For the apple pie, add brown sugar and cinnamon.

For the cherry pie, use more sugar and add almond flavor.

For the blackberry pie, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. Her latest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available wherever the books are sold. 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 them for reading. She does not respond to emails personally.


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