Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 30, 2013

Serving up an Amish Cook holiday classic

By Elizabeth Coblentz
Syndicated columnist

---- — Editor's note: Due to slow mail delivery, Lovina's column did not arrive in time for publication this week. But since this is a season of reflection and renewal I thought this would be a good time to go back into the archives and re-run an Amish Cook holiday column from years past. The column is from 1991. Wow, how life has changed since then! Old Order Amish culture was in the twilight of its agrarian isolation. Amish culture, as much as it attempts to slow down the march of technology and preserve family and faith, has also changed a lot. So let's savor the season and enjoy this journey back to a simpler time. For those new to the column, it was written by Elizabeth Coblentz from 1991 to 2002. One of her daughters, Lovina Eicher, has written it since. Their writing styles are similar. Elizabeth pioneered a very accessible, straight forward voice.

- Kevin Williams, Editor

Well, I'm searching my brain, trying to think what would logically be the next thing I could write about.

The holidays are in store for us, especially now that December appears on the calendar. Snow permitting, sleigh rides are enjoyed this time of year.

Families are busy making plans for their holiday gatherings. All kinds of baking and candy making takes place and lots of these goodies are passed out to family, friends, and neighbors and, also, to the ones in need of presents increases the excitement of children and even adults at gatherings.

The children enjoy meeting Santa with his treats, while shopping in the businesses with their music, traditional lights and trimmings.

It's a special time of year to always look forward to the holidays. Although we never know what God has in store for us, December always brings back sad memories when our family left on a trip for the weekend and by Sunday evening, word came that my Grandpa had died. It was a sad Christmas for Grandma and the rest of the family of 14 married children and their families.

Also, I remember holiday gatherings which always seemed so enjoyable at Grandpa's. It just never seemed the same at the gatherings after he was gone. But since my Dad is gone our family gathering has also ended at this time of year. We now have our family to look forward to at holiday time.

Here is a holiday recipe:

PEANUTTY SQUARES

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup peanuts

2 cups marshmallow crème

4 cups Cheerios

1 stick margarine

Melt together peanut butter, peanuts, marshmallow crème and margarine. When blended together, add to Cheerios with one cup of brown sugar. Press into a buttered 9x13 pan, allow to cool and cut into squares.