Another week has passed and it is already time to write this column again. In fact, the last column of this month. We’re going to enter March, and soon the calendar will say it’s spring. My wish is that the weather matches the calendar. We had a few beautiful days with temperatures above 50 degrees, so we really had a little spring fever.
Sister Verena stayed with us. She hopes to be able to be alone again once the snowy weather is over. She has many lonely days and has been back and forth between our home and Sister Emma’s. She talked about spending a week with her sister Liz and Levi. I really wish she would. It would be a change of heart for her.
After temperatures hit the 50s yesterday, we woke up to 22 degrees and it was snowing again.
It’s a good thing that God controls the weather, and we have to accept whatever he sends us.
On Monday, I went with her daughter Elizabeth and baby Andrea to her doctor’s appointment to have her staples removed.
Andrea is now nine days old and such a bundle of joy. She does so many different facial expressions that it’s just fun to hold her and watch her. Her adorable little dimples when she smiles are so precious. A true blessing from God!
Andrea’s appointment with the pediatrician was canceled because the doctor was sick. Five-year-old Abigail was very worried when she heard that Andrea’s doctor was sick. She asked Elizabeth, “Mom, oh no! Who makes the doctor better when he gets sick?
Yesterday grandchildren Jennifer, four, and Ryan, two, stayed here while daughter Susan went shopping. Jennifer said to Susan before they arrived, “Mom, Grandma is a pretty girl.” I am so grateful for my adorable innocent grandchildren. They are so much fun! The things they say and invent are so special. Jennifer told me that if Ryan was starting to get fussy, he should be given a nap. Of course, Ryan is more interested in checking out Grandpa’s headlight and sunglasses and asking where Grandpa is.
Daughter Loretta was here and the grandkids love it when she plays with them. We made them breakfast. We had eggs, potatoes, bacon and cheese. They ate better when they could sit on both sides of Loretta.
Our plans are to jam this weekend. It will be a relief to have our beef cut and bagged and be done with storing meat for another year. We’ll give Dustin and Loretta half the beef. When our children get married, we give them half an ox and a pig the first winter to get them started. My parents helped us by giving us something to butcher when we got married.
A reader asked me if I made our own cheese. I made cheese when we had our own cow with the surplus milk. We sold our cow at the time, and now it’s easier to buy the big cheese horns.
I will share the mozzarella cheese recipe I used before. My niece Marlene had shared it with me years ago.
God’s blessings to all!
2 gallons cold whole milk
3 teaspoons of citric acid
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup cold water
1/3 rennet tablet
2 liters of water
1/2 cup salt
Put the milk in a large container. Dissolve the citric acid in 1/4 cup of cold water, then add to cold milk. Mix well and keep stirring until heated to 90 to 95 degrees. Remove from fire; add 1/4 cup of cold water and tablet of rennet. Stir well, then leave to stand for 1/2 time.
Cut into squares with a long-bladed knife. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Heat to 110 degrees. Continue to stir to prevent the curd from sticking. Remove from the heat and let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, heat 2 liters of water with 1/2 cup of salt at 175 degrees. Drain the cheese in a colander for 15 minutes. Cut or separate the cheese into small cubes and put it in a large bowl. Add hot salt water; use a wooden spoon to stretch the cheese in an upward motion until it is soft and springy. Drain in colander. Knead much like you would bread; put in a container to cool. A loaf pan works well. Very well!
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 PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email [email protected] and your message will be forwarded to them for reading. She does not personally respond to emails.