I'd like first of all to take time to explain something. I am aware of a few readers who became upset about the mentioning of yodeling in an earlier column.I want to apologize to anyone who found this against Amish beliefs. Maybe myself, husband, and editor should have thought this through longer and asked advice before writing about it in the column but you can't turn back a page in life.

So now the most I can do is ask forgiveness from anyone who was offended. It has taught me another of life's lessons the hard way. I hope and pray God will guide my family and I to that Heavenly Bliss. This is an example of how imperfect our human nature is and how thankful we can be that Jesus Christ died on the cross for all our sins. I would also like to thank the other readers who thought it was rewarding and for all their timeless and encouraging words in supporting this column. May God bless each of you richly and may all of us meet in that Heavenly Mansion one day.

(Editor's Note: The vast majority of readers seemed to really enjoy the yodeling. For those who still would like to hear it, and show supportto/cheer up Lovina in the process, log on to www.amishcookonline.com. Although we committed to our publisher to keep the yodeling up through March 5, the yodeling will now be taken down a week earlier, on Feb. 29.)

We are getting more snow the last few days. It sure lifts a persons spirits, more so than the rainy drab days we had before. Today my mind seems blank and that makes it hard to write this column. At times I get discouraged and think about giving it all up, but how could I when I get all the encouraging letters from my readers?

I feel so unworthy of all the kind words. Raising a family of eight children keeps my husband, Joe, and I very busy. The joys far outweigh the work. We love each one of them dearly and when they hurt we hurt right along with them.

Today I took daughter Verena to the bone specialist for another check up. She still has a painful foot after two weeks. They took another X-ray just to make sure they didn't miss anything. The doctor thinks when she slipped and fell while she was on the her crutches again she re-sprained it.

My husband, Joe, is home today since he is working only four days a week. In two weeks they plan to start working five days again. That will be a relief to us to again have a full week's pay. Otherwise it has been enjoyable having him home an extra day.

Daughter Elizabeth is catching up with her schoolwork since she missed a few days last week. The other school children were home two days because of bad weather. With all of them home it is almost impossible for her to complete her school work. It doesn't take long for her to catch up though. She is a fast worker and does good work. I sure would miss not having her home all day now. I think Lovina and Kevin would too. Lovina will sit at the table with Elizabeth with her pencil and paper and pretend to do school work.

While she writes she'll be singing and knows quite a few songs. A wonderful reader in Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania asked for a "brown sugar pie" recipe. Try this delicious one! BROWN SUGAR PIE

1 unbaked 8-inch pie shell 1 cup brown sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Dash of salt 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

2 1/2 tablespoons butter Ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

F. In the pie shell, place the brown sugar, flour and salt. Mix with your fingers. Pour the evaporated milk over the flour and sugar, but do not stir or mix in. Dot with butter, and sprinkle cinnamon liberally over all. Bake for 50 minutes, or until the filling just bubbles up in the middle. The filling will never completely set, but that's the way it's supposed to be Lovina Eicher hand-writes this column from her Michigan home. Readers with culinary or cultural questions may write Lovina at: The Amish Cook, c/o Oasis Newsfeatures, P.O. Box 2144, Middletown, Ohio 45042. Due to volume of mail, personal replies are not always possible.

comments powered by Disqus