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December 9, 2013

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Amish Cook whips up Thanksgiving feast and counts blessings

It is Friday and everyone is home today. Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day.

My sister Emma, her husband Jacob, and children, sisters Verena and Susan and daughter Elizabeth’s friend Timothy all joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. I put the turkeys in about 6 a.m., and they were ready by a little after 11 a.m., and we sat down for the meal at noon. We added an eight-foot table to our ten-foot kitchen table and put out 19 place settings. It would have been 21 if daughter Susan and her friend Mose had been there. But Susan went with her friend Mose to Charlotte to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family.

I prepared an 18-pound turkey and a 21-pound turkey but had a lot leftover. On the menu besides turkey was mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing (which I had stuffed in both turkeys), mixed vegetables, corn, overnight salad, express salad, dill pickles, hot peppers, sliced cheese, homemade bread, butter, strawberry jam, cheese ball, and crackers, veggies and dip, pumpkin roll, angel food cake, homemade Reese's bars, ice cream, pumpkin, pecan, and peanut butter pies.

My sisters brought some of the food too so there was more than plenty. That means the next few meals should be easy.

The afternoon was spent playing various board games. The day went too fast. This morning we cleaned everything up and the girls are doing laundry now. Joe and I plan to take our horse and buggy to town after I get this written. The boys are hauling manure out to the fields.

Hopefully everything will be done before noon so they can all have the afternoon free to do whatever they want. Joe ended up being off work all week from the factory and so did daughter Elizabeth. This week went by way too fast. Thanksgiving Day is already passed.

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