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March 31, 2014

Amish Cook's daughter makes maple syrup

It is the first day of spring. The temperature is staying around the freezing mark this morning. I am hoping we will see some sun to make it seem more like spring.

Yesterday it rained but I didn't mind as much. Some of our church women gathered to have a quilting. The two quilts are being made for the benefit auction for the Community Health Center. The patterns of the quilts were Lonestar Fan and Beavers Weavers. I helped on the Beavers Weavers, and it was a little confusing until you figured out where to quilt on it. We all packed our lunches so everyone could stay quilting and not have to take time to make lunch. I enjoy quilting so the day went fast.

Daughter Verena did some more cleaning out of drawers and mopped the floors while I was gone all day. It seems the floors get tracked up faster with the ground thawing and snow melting.

Saturday daughter Susan helped her friend Mose cook maple syrup. Mose took over cooking the maple syrup this year that his Dad usually cooks. They have a lot of maple trees. It was a neat experience for Susan. Mose's family gave us maple syrup last year and the children like it better than pancake syrup. Susan didn't realize all the work that goes into making maple syrup and neither did I. We never cooked our own, so it's interesting to hear about how it's done.

Last Thursday evening son Benjamin's eighth-grade class prepared supper for their parents, grandparents and siblings. Their teacher does a wonderful job in guiding these young students how to cook and prepare a meal for around 100 people or more.

Our family of 10 attended, and the food was delicious. The menu was: mashed potatoes, gravy, meatloaf, meat balls, green beans, dinner rolls and butter, tossed salad, brownies, ice cream, milk and coffee. The eighth-graders did a great job in serving us. We then had a lot of laughs and were entertained by comedian Craig Tournquist. He was a great encouragement to the eighth-graders as how to have a successful life ahead.

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