Thought I would update and how things are going. Our house is almost all done. The kitchen is completed except for a couple additional cupboards that weren't in the old kitchen but are going in the new kitchen. Between Michael's school and David's plowing they haven't completed them all yet. Sears delivered the new stove, refrigerator, freezer, washer and dryer so I am able to cook in the kitchen again. David, Michael and Susan agreed my Mother was a great cook, but they were glad I was cooking back in our own kitchen again. We still also have some painting to do where the walls were taken down and replaced for the new plumbing and electric, but they are in our bedrooms. We finished the living room, downstairs bedroom, downstairs and upstairs bathrooms so we haven't got much left to do.
All my canned goods were replaced by our Mennonite and Amish neighbors - we appreciate it very much. Our Englisher neighbors across the street's parents have come to live with them. The parents were bored and were looking for a "job". As they have a car we asked them to drive us to the grocery store so we could replace all the groceries we lost in the fire. We went after the public school let out so Michael could help carry the groceries. We hardly had room for us in the car because I bought lots of groceries and filled the trunk and some in the back seat of the car. I have highly recommended our neighbor's parents as drivers. They patiently waited while we went through the grocery store and took us to a couple of other places I wanted to stop. When we got home they didn't want to be paid for doing this, but I explained that if they wanted the job they had to take payment or we wouldn't call them. Since that day other Old Order Mennonite and Amish have asked them to drive them. It gives us another driver and gives our neighbor's parents a little extra income.
Regarding the automobile accident that happened where the 6 Amish were killed that David and our Fire Department were at. The man that caused the accident plead guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison. What may have not been in the paper is that some of the Amish went to prison or wrote letters to him telling him that he has been forgiven. Some of the Amish still visit him in prison. We hope and pray that if this man has not already known the Lord that during his prison time he does and his life changes. Also the Amish have contacted his family telling them they forgive and helping them in anyway that they could.
David and I went to the most recent Town Meeting and a moratorium was put on new dog kennels and dog breeding operations. This was done by the opposition to a plan for the dog breeding facility in the town. There was so much opposition from across our country and overseas by telephone and e-mail. They even had to shut down the phones for a few days at Town Hall because of so many calls. This gives the town board time to review existing laws and maybe enact new ones. After a year the board can renew the moratorium or maybe adopt an ending to the moratorium. So at least for a while they can be no new dog-breeding farms in our town. We hope it remains that way.
As my kitchen was done and all my recipes backed in boxes after the fire I am behind in giving recipes. Now that my kitchen is back I will be unpacking the recipes books, cards, etc. I know someone wanted rye bread, another wanted Amish bread and there was a third recipe someone wanted that neither Marilyn nor I can remember. If you would leave what you wanted in comment-I will see if I have that recipe.
Be With God, Jean
|Ham and Onions over Noodles recipe |
This is an old Mennonite recipe.
6 slices ham 3 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 inches
3 onions, sliced
1/2 cup sour cream
Fry slices of ham until nicely browned. Remove ham from pan and add onion slices. Cook until slightly browned. Add sour cream. Let come to a boil and pour over hot noodles. Recipe from www.Recipegoldmine.com