Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 24, 2014

Amish Cook's daughter welcomed home

By Lovina Eicher
Syndicated columnist

---- — We are still having temperatures below zero on some mornings. We also received a few more inches of snow. The local paper said we have had 41.5 inches of snow this year and the average temperature has been zero. We are getting an idea of what life feels like in Alaska!

There have been very few days that the temperature was warm enough for the children to go outside to enjoy the snow. On days that were warm enough, they enjoyed sledding, building igloos, etc. The boys had Stormy the pony pulling several sleds. Lovina uses Minnie, our miniature pony, to pull her sled.

This seems to be more like the winters we had when was growing up. I have fond memories of going places with the big bob sled hitched to our team of Belgian work horses or two of the driving horses.

Bales of straw were placed in the bobsled to make seats and some of the smaller children would sit on the floor wrapped in thick buggy robes. It was always such a cozy ride. Uncle Chris would stand at the front of the bobsled dressed in a big, long, thick coat to protect him from the cold wind as he drove the team of horses down the snow-covered roads.

Our highlight this week was daughter Verena's return from Florida. We missed her being gone 8 days. The children made a big "Welcome Home Verena" sign with balloons on it. They hung it on the shed door so she could see it when they arrived home. She had a nice, memorable trip. It was nice to all be together again to eat supper that night. This was the first time to have one of our children be away from us that long.

God bless you all! I will share a new pizza crust recipe I received from a friend


1 1 /2 cups warm water (105 - 115)

1 packet of yeast

1 teaspoon of sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

3 1 /2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cornmeal

Place 1/4 cup warm water in a large bowl. Sprinkle yeast over water; stir in sugar. Let stand 5 minutes. Add remaining water, oil, and salt. Stir in flour until dough pulls away from the side of bowl. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth, 8-10 minutes. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until almost double in size, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Punch down dough.

Coat two 12 pinch pizza pans with cooking spray. Sprinkle pans with cornmeal. Divide dough in half. Roll dough to fit prepared pans. Hint: letting the dough rest for 10 minutes after it is about half the size will help it stretch easily the rest of the way. Press dough against edge to form rim.

Bake crust for 10 minutes. Remove crust from oven and top with pizza sauce and your favorite toppings. Once you have your toppings on bake for another 15-20 minutes.