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January 20, 2014

Amish Cook celebrates the new year

Happy New Year to all you wonderful readers. I hope 2014 will be a great year for everyone!

Here in Michigan 2014 is bringing us frigid temperatures and lots of snow. Around eight inches of new snow was dumped on us New Year’s Day. It made for some very pretty scenery. This morning our mercury on the thermometer dipped way down to minus 14 degrees. It only warmed up to 13 degrees all day.

On New Year’s Eve, my husband Joe, our eight children and I, Timothy, Mose, and my sisters, Verena and Susan, all went to sister Emma and Jacob’s house for the evening. We all stayed the night there so their house seemed pretty lively with 21 people there. The children were excited to be able to stay up playing games until midnight and shout “Happy New Year” to the dark world outside. Four air mattresses were blown up to help make enough beds for everyone.

The next day we had a brunch, which was a haystack breakfast. The haystack menu was biscuits (cut up in bite sized pieces), scrambled eggs, hash browns, tater tots, bacon (crumbled), ham (diced), onions (chopped), tomatoes (chopped), green peppers (chopped), hot peppers, salsa and cheese sauce topped with sausage gravy. To make a breakfast haystack, everyone takes whatever they like and stacks it on top of each other in a pile on their plate. Haystack is one of my favorite breakfasts.

Along with haystacks, there were all kinds of desserts such as chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal whoopie pies, peanut butter and cherry pies, butterscotch muffins and a variety of Christmas candy. Also coffee, tea, orange juice, grape juice and milk were served.

We had exchanged names for the gift exchange earlier in December. After brunch we all exchanged gifts, and it was exciting to see who had our name.

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