Lovina community gathers for benefit dinner – Reuters

Our home has been nice and cozy since Joe lit our coal stove in the basement. With the outside temperature at 61 degrees, it’s almost too hot, so I have windows open. It’s too cold here without heating and too hot with heating. I imagine it won’t be long before we need the coal stove working at full throttle.

On Saturday, we plan to attend my family reunion at Brother Albert’s house.

Yesterday I spent the day with Susan’s friend, Ervin. Susan and I washed the walls and ceilings, cabinets, etc. Ervin has most of his stuff there but has a lot of unpacking to do. The children were happy to show me their rooms.

The five children had a disappointment on Sunday evening. Ervin and Susan had bought them a miniature pony that had just been weaned from its mother. They led this pony everywhere and quickly got attached to him. He was a calm little pony, just perfect for entertaining five small children. On Sunday evening they saw that he was not acting well and called the vet. But before going out, the pony is dead. The vet thinks it has something to do with being away from his mother and possibly developing parasites. He said weaners have been known to do this. Well, 4-year-old Jennifer’s explanation was, “We need to have a pony that’s not allergic to our food.” She thinks the pony was allergic.

We had a good result with the grilled chicken and the pulled pork dinner on Friday night, to help Dustin and Loretta with day-to-day hospital and medical expenses. We appreciated everyone who helped in any way. It takes a lot of hands to make an advantage like this.

The menu included pulled pork, grilled chicken, chicken noodle soup, baked beans, potato salad, and peanut butter, strawberry, pecan, and pumpkin pies. Drinks included lemonade and coffee. To prepare for this, we roasted a pig, but ran out so we could have two. We had 1200 pounds of grilled chicken and it took 700 pounds. (The rest was taken to places in a nearby community to donate.) It’s so hard to know how much to get because you have no idea how many people will show up, and we also had cookie cutters available. .

We purchased 80 pounds of noodles from an Amish bulk food store and 75 liters of chicken broth were donated by local families. There were 23 kettles (12 quart size) of chicken noodle soup. It took 21 kettles. The women of the community prepared 30 gallons of potato salad and 30 gallons of baked beans. We had more than enough. Almost 130 pies arrived and we ran out of strawberry peanut butter pies.

His son-in-law Dustin celebrated his birthday on Saturday, October 8, the day after the performance. Loretta baked him a cake and brought it here on Sunday for our lunch. His daughter Elizabeth, Tim and his four children, his daughter Susan and his two children, Ervin and his three children, his daughter Verena and his sister Verena were all here. We had mashed potatoes, gravy, chicken noodles, chicken, baked beans, potato salad, pecan and pumpkin pies, and cakes. Much of the food was leftovers from the benefit so eating was easy.

Deer hunting season has arrived for bow hunting. Son-in-law Tim shot two, and his daughter Lovina’s special friend, Daniel, also shot two. One was an eight point dollar. Tim makes jerky with some of his deer.

Sister Verena spent a few nights here. His heating wasn’t on yet, so his house was quite cold.

God’s blessings to all.

2 pounds medium sweet potatoes or 2 (18 ounce cans) sweet potatoes, drained
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup maple flavored syrup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

If using fresh sweet potatoes, place them in a kettle; cover with water and cook covered for 25 to 35 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool slightly. Peel and cut into pieces. Place cooked or canned sweet potatoes in a 2-quart baking dish. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon; cook and stir until mixture boils. Pour over the potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Readers may write to him at PO Box 234, Sturgis, MI 49091 (please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply); or email


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