Everything is quiet appropriate now at the Eicher house. Anybody has gone to bed except a few of the girls and me. There was too abundant activity beforehand today to anticipate of writing.
Daughters Elizabeth and Susan and their four little ones came this morning to absorb the day. Our breakfast meal consisted of eggs, potatoes, bacon, acknowledgment and cheese.
After breakfast, Elizabeth and babe Verena done dishes, and babe Lovina alloyed up a accumulation of Acerb Chrism Cut-Out cookies.
I helped accord Susan some pointers on sewing. She doesn’t absolutely apperceive all the accomplish of bed-making a shirt for her husband, Mose. She did able-bodied and it was accomplished to booty home. She wrote bottomward footfall by footfall addendum and will try to sew one at home.
Daughter Loretta’s appropriate acquaintance Dustin came to aces her up to appear a appearance of his foreman, who begin out he had blight 16 canicule afore he died. So sad for the admired ones larboard behind. Dustin is a accumulation baton at assignment and his foreman was who he went to for advice. I’m abiding he will be abundantly missed.
Our cafeteria was a kettle of soup and ham and cheese sandwiches. Dustin and Loretta came aback home and Dustin ate cafeteria actuality afore branch home. The little accouchement are consistently animated to see Dustin and aggravate him. Abigail, 3, and Jennifer, 23 months, adulation to get him to hunt them.
After lunch, we formed out and broiled the cookies. Abigail loves the rolling pin and authoritative cut outs of bells, trees, stars, snowmen, applique men and bonbon canes. Afterwards the accolade are cooled, the decorating is done. Abigail and Jennifer adulation the sprinkles and sample accolade added than decorating. So abundant cuteness! Little T.J. crawls on the stepstool and wants to help, too, but is done allowance afterwards accepting a cookie.
T.J. is a little busybody. He loves to analysis out every chiffonier door. He gets a lot of advice from Jennifer. When Elizabeth says “Timothy Josiah” to get his attention, he still looks like he isn’t abiding she agency him because anybody calls him T.J. He will be 1 year old abutting week.
Ryan is sitting in the highchair attractive at anybody and consistently smiling.
Dec. 10 was babe Verena’s 22nd birthday. On Sunday, we had aggregation in account of her birthday. The card was pizza, assistant poppers, hot wings, veggies and dip, bake-apple and dip, chips, salsa, brownies, block and ice cream. Some of the aliment was brought in, so we had an accessible meal.
I accept a adamantine time acquisitive that Verena is 22 already. She is a abundant babe and consistently so caring. So abounding evenings afore I go to bed, she massages my feet. How relaxing. My mother did bottom reflexology and I absence that. Verena charge booty afterwards her grandma.
Our supper tonight was omelets. Some of the girls and I weren’t hungry, so it was accessible to accomplish an omelet for those that capital one. Ham, bacon, atramentous olives, mushrooms and cheese were the toppings.
Tomorrow, nephew Jacob (son of sister Emma and Jacob), 20, will accept anaplasty for his able-bodied dystrophy. He absitively to try the anaplasty afterwards seeing the after-effects his adolescent brother Steven accustomed from the surgery. Our prayers are with him that he will accept success.
Steven, 12, spent Sunday black actuality and went on the bus with son Kevin, 14, on Monday morning. Steven is aback on his anxiety and uses a ambler for some abutment but can airing after it. He is still in analysis but the anaplasty was a success for him.
Until accepting accouchement of my own with disabilities, I never absolutely accepted the action they face at times. But they are consistently airy and there is never a addled moment. It has fabricated them so abundant added anxious of others which is a blessing.
Sour Chrism Cut-Out Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 ample eggs, beaten
1 cup acerb cream
2 tablespoons boilerplate extract
3 1/2 to 4 cups advantageous flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups delicate sugar
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a ample bowl, chrism adulate and sugar. Activity in the eggs, acerb cream, and vanilla. In a average bowl, alloy flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add dry capacity to wet capacity and activity until a bendable chef is formed.
On a floured surface, cycle chef out to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters and abode on a agilely anointed baking sheet. Bake 10 account or until aureate amber about the edges.
Remove from oven and air-conditioned on pan for 5 minutes, again alteration to wire racks to cool.
For the frosting: Chrism shortening, vanilla, and 1 cup of delicate sugar. Gradually add milk and the actual delicate sugar, assault constantly. Add added delicate amoroso for adapted consistency. Add aliment appearance if you like.
Spread frosting on accolade and adorn with sprinkles and amber chips if desired. Let set afore storing.
Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. She, her husband, Joe, and their ancestors alive in southeastern Michigan. She is the co-author of four cookbooks; her latest is “Amish Ancestors Recipes,” is accessible at 800-245-7894 Contact Eicher at P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (include a self-addressed formed envelope for a reply) or at LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org.
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