Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 2, 2013

Amish cook serves up warm soup on cold day

Lovina Eicher
Syndicated columnist

---- — We had a few days of sunshine this week. The girls took advantage of it and raked up the rest of the leaves in our yard. We still have some here and there but the most part of them are picked up. What a relief before the weather gets too much cooler!

Daughter Elizabeth is off all week from the factory and the school-age children will only have a 3 day school week. I bought two turkeys for our Thanksgiving dinner. Both are around 20 pounds. I have only one oven so hopefully I can figure out a way to cook both at the same time.

It seems like after Thanksgiving Day is over Christmas seems really close already. Every year just seems to go faster than the one before. Every year we are all another year older. Our third oldest child, Verena, will be 16 in a few weeks. I cannot believe she is that old already. Next year daughter Elizabeth will leave her teenage years. Daughter Susan will turn 18 in January. Son Benjamin is in his last year of school and daughter Loretta has only one more after this one.

I treasure evenings when we all gather around our table to eat supper. Everyone shares about how their days went. Making memories! The girls enjoy singing as they wash the supper dishes. It makes you want to stay right in this stage of life. We know it won’t always be like this but trust the Lord will guide us through the years. Time does not stand still for anyone.

I probably baked my first and last gooseberry pie. It was not a hit with Joe and the children. I wasn’t too fond of the gooseberry taste but am glad I got to try it.

Today is laundry day. It looks like we will have to hang it in the basement. Looks like rain. We had a storm go through Sunday afternoon while we were at Jacob and Emma’s house after church services. The tornado sirens in the nearby town went off. On Monday, this area was without electricity so the public school was closed for the day. The children were excited to have a day off.

Everything looked dark outside Monday morning with all the neighbor's yard lights out. How thankful we are when a bad storm passes through and not much damage. Other areas were not quite so fortunate. May God be with them and His blessings to all.

This is a great soup for a cold winter’s day after all the turkey leftovers are gone!

CABBAGE SOUP

A couple meaty beef bones

1 small head cabbage (chopped)

4 big carrots (chopped)

12 stalks celery

2 onions (chopped)

4 – 6 potatoes (chopped)

2 quarts tomato chunks

Cook until all is tender. Instead of using beef bones, chunks of beef can also be used.