I decided to write for Mom this week. It has been awhile since I wrote the column. I just came home from de-tasseling corn not too long ago. The corn was extra wet this morning since we got all that rain. I don’t really mind de-tasseling corn unless it is really tall. August 11 will be our de-tasseling picnic because we will be done.
Tonight I will help sister Susan take our miniature pony that she is training for a ride. She takes it down the road past tractors and big trucks so it gets used to traffic and all noises. Tiny Tim is her newest pony that she is training. He is doing pretty good but he still likes taking us in the ditch once in awhile. I think it is neat to see how different all the pony behaviors are. Tiny Tim has to be trained so it takes a lot of working with him.
She had let Lovina and Kevin go play with the pony so he could get used to little children. Dad is going to grill some pork chops and hot wings for our supper tonight. I always like when he grills because it is always so delicious. Mom is going to make noodle soup to go along with it.
For Father’s Day we gave Dad a new charcoal grill. He was glad for it because his old one was so wore out. He couldn’t shut it down so all the meat would want to burn. Mom was glad to see Dad get the new grill because h likes cooking on it more often. We will probably sit outside and eat while Dad finishes the meat. It always tastes best to eat it fresh off the grill.
In September school will start again. It seems the summer went too fast. I will be entering eighth grade. This will be my last year in school which I am glad. I won’t miss the school work but I will miss my friends.
I am looking forward to cousin Albert’s wedding. He is getting married to Louanna I will get to see all my cousins on Mom’s side of the family. We don’t see all of our cousins as often since we move to Michigan. I hope they will all be able to make it to the wedding. It is always interesting to see how much everyone has grown.
It is so nice to be sleeping upstairs in our bedrooms again since the fire. Susan and I share a bedroom. She painted our walls and ceiling a light green. I like aqua and Susan likes green so I let her choose the color. We still have some organizing to do. We have both been de-tasseling for over a month so we didn’t have much time to do it yet. Loretta and Lovina share a bedroom, they both like the color lavender so that is the color of their bedroom. The boys wanted their room blue and Elizabeth’s is colored burgundy
Uncle Jacob’s have been preparing for church services at their home, so we have been helping them whenever we can.
This is now another day and I want to bake monster cookies and M&M granola bars. Our friend Barb brought us some M&Ms, we will enjoy them. It will be a treat to us because Mom doesn’t buy M&Ms often. Sister Susan de-tassled for the last day this year. I am done for this year so I am home helping Mom. We are going to bake bread for church services and can tomato juice today also. Mom also canned salsa this week so we are glad to have salsa again.
M&M Granola Bars
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup Rice Krispies
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Press into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan and bake 18 minutes. Cool and then cut into squares or rectangles.
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A Special Thanks to PA Readers
We want to thank Prairie Advocate readers who have sent emails, letters, and cards of encouragement to the Eicher family after a terribly difficult spring of fire and illness. Many Prairie-Advocate readers – too many to respond to individually – have inquired about helping the Eichers. You can do so by joining The Amish Cook Friend Club by August 31. Here’s how:
BASIC ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP $10: thank you note and recipe for “marriage meatloaf.”ONE-YEAR SILVER $25: thank you note and a packet of 25 unpublished recipes from The Amish Cook recipe archives.ONE-YEAR GOLD $50 all of the above, plus an 8 X 10 photo of a suppertime scene at Lovina’s and a copy of The Amish Recipe Project Cookbook.SUPER SUPPORTER, $100.00: all of the above, plus a complimentary copy of the Amish-themed fiction book Abraham’s Redemption when it is released. To join, visit www.oasisnewsfeatures.com/friendclub or send to:Oasis Newsfeatures, PO BOX 157, Middletown, Ohio 45042 100 percent of the funds benefit Lovina by going to her directly or being reinvested in the column. Anyone who has joined or joins the Friend Club will receive rewards by the end of September.