Her diary for June 28 and a cookie recipe

Agenda of June 28, 2022

4 am The alarm is ringing, and it’s time to start another day. I make lunch for my husband Joe and make him breakfast. For breakfast, I make him an egg, sausage and cheese in a soft tortilla shell. He likes to stay away from too much bread, so I take the low carb tortillas.

4:30 Her son Joseph, 19, gets up and goes out to do morning chores. I make him a grilled cheese with an egg and sausages in it.

4:45 Joe goes to work in the metal shop. Joseph comes in and eats lunch while I prepare his lunch.

5 a.m. Joseph leaves for his construction work. They have an hour and a half drive to get to the site. Her son Benjamin, 22, gets up and gets ready for work. He doesn’t want breakfast.

5:30 Benjamin leaves to work at the factory. I sit down to read for a while in my recliner, but doze off and don’t do much reading.

7 a.m. I get up, take a shower and make myself a coffee maker. I have mail to go out and bills to prepare.

8:30 am Her daughter Elizabeth brings Abigail, 5, Timothy (TJ), 3, and Allison, 2, here to stay while she helps prepare for their nephew’s wedding. She takes 4-month-old Andrea to breastfeed.

8:45 am My daughter Lovina, 18, my son Kevin, 16, and I have lunch with the little ones. We have pancakes and bacon.

9:15 a.m. Lovina washes the dishes and cleans the house. The little ones keep me busy. They go out for a while to ride their bikes, then decide to look at some books. I sometimes forget how short their attention span is.

11:45 a.m. Lunch is bologna and cheese. The little ones want to make funny faces with their bologna, so we use pickles for the ears and cheese for the eyes, etc. They each want us to look at the face they made. Allison is tired and ready to take a nap, so I rock her to sleep.

1:15 p.m. Elizabeth is back to collect the cubs. I can hold Andrea for a bit. She is so cuddly and all smiles.

Lovina mixed up a batch of chocolate M&M cookies earlier with help from Abigail and TJ and bakes them. The kids want a cookie to take home. They are delicious, and I will be sharing the recipe this week. They are very simple to make. I know they won’t last long here.

5 p.m. Everyone is home after work and doing chores. Sons Benjamin and Joseph cleaned the horse stalls and the rest of the stable this evening.

5:30 p.m. Daughter Verena came here with Abigail, Jennifer and Kaitlyn (Ervin’s daughter, who is her daughter Susan’s friend). She left the horse and the buggy here, and all four went down to my sister Verena. They will spend the night there. The three little girls were delighted to go with their Aunt Verena to Aunt Verena’s. They looked so cute with their backpacks on their backs. Of course, they wanted to taste the cookies.

Before leaving, the three girls came to hug me and said, “Goodbye, Grandma. I had to laugh when Jennifer hugged me and said, “Grandma, you smell good. I’m not sure how good you smell, but I hope she meant I smell good. Smile!

7 p.m. Dinner is later tonight. On the menu, potatoes, smoked sausages and cheese, as well as fresh lettuce and onions from the garden.

Tomorrow, I plan to take a coffee break at neighbor Leah’s. Neighborhood ladies are welcome to the community coffee break with her. I’m sure she’s had a few lonely days two hours away from her parents since she moved in. The young couple, however, seem to be adapting quite well. My daughter Lovina makes me tortilla rolls with meat and cheese.

On Thursday, Joe and I, his son Joseph and his special friend Grace will attend the wedding of nephew Sam and KatieAnn in Monroe, Indiana. He is the last of Brother Amos’ 10 children to marry. I’ll be the cook at the wedding. Joseph and Grace are waiters. Sister-in-law Nancy will be all alone now.

We got another wedding invitation from niece Leanna and Alvin. They set their date for August 18. Congratulations to them too.

9:30 p.m. Time to go to bed. Good night and God’s blessings to all!

Chocolate M&M Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup of sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2¼ cup flour

⅓ cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt

1½ cup mini M&Ms

1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

In a large bowl, cream the butter and both sugars until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Slowly add these ingredients to the butter mixture. Stir in M&Ms (and nuts, if desired). Drop dough by heaped tablespoon about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased tray. Bake at 350 degrees. Bake 7-9 minutes for soft cookies or 10-12 minutes for crispy cookies. Yield: 24 to 30 biscuits.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Her latest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available wherever books are sold. Readers may write to Eicher at Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, PO Box 234, Sturgis, MI 49091 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and your message will be forwarded to them for reading. She does not personally respond to emails.