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There are still 17 days until our daughter Lovina and Daniel’s wedding. Although we have already accomplished a lot, there is still a lot to do.

I have sewn my dress, cape and apron and also my daughter Verena’s for the wedding. I still have to sew Lovina’s wedding dress. It keeps getting postponed to another day.

Today sisters Verena and Emma, ​​nieces Elizabeth and Emma and Crystal, and daughters Elizabeth, Susan and Loretta all want to come and help. I have a list of things to do. We are going to make more pasta for the wedding. I need about 40 pounds, and we already made half of it another day. We also need to make rhubarb juice to can for later use. I have strawberries here that also need to be made into jam for the wedding. And then we will do some more window cleaning if we have time.

On Saturday, daughters Elizabeth and Susan cleaned the living room and dining room windows and washed the screens. The basement and back porch windows still need cleaning, as well as the bathroom and kitchen windows. Our house has over 40 windows, so it takes time to clean them all.

Last night, daughter Verena’s special friend, Daniel Ray, took her to the eye doctor to pick up her new glasses. When they returned, Daniel Ray and Verena were cleaning half of the windows in the barn where we plan to hold our wedding ceremony.

Last Saturday, the men of our family – my husband Joe, sons Benjamin and Joseph, sons-in-law Tim, Ervin and Dustin, and our special friends Daniel, Daniel Ray and Clint (a brother of Daniel, Dustin and Grace) – poured 90 feet of concrete into the new barn. A tree that had been dead for some time was cut down and the wood hauled away. The garden was also weeded and plowed. Grace (Joesph’s special friend) and my daughters cleaned windows or helped prepare lunch. We had a haystack for lunch, along with pumpkin bars, custard pie, watermelon, ice cream and more.

For breakfast we had breakfast burritos. Verena and Lovina made 50 the day before so we could heat them up on Saturday morning. The men wanted to wait to eat until the concrete was poured. The trucks were here at 7am and they had everything poured in a couple of hours. Some of the men had to stay outside and finish it while the others could do other work here. What would we do without family? We are very grateful for their help in preparing for this wedding.

Yesterday Daniel had the day off and went with Lovina to his place. He mowed while she prepared the house. She has already moved many of her things there. It is always sad when another child’s things disappear from our house, but life goes on. I wish them a very happy and healthy life together with God always by their side. Daniel and Lovina plan to take a week off after the wedding and live in a house by the lake. After all the work, they can relax and enjoy their married life.

Another wedding and a cookbook

Tomorrow afternoon we plan to leave for Kentucky to attend the wedding of our nephew Issac and Susan. Issac is the son of Joe’s sister Salome and Morris, and Susan is the daughter of my cousin David. We will be sure to see some relatives at the wedding. I have been asked to help as a cook, and so have my daughters Elizabeth and Susan, but they will not be able to come to the wedding.

Sister Emma is also a cook, and son Joseph and Grace are table waiters. We are being taken by a driver in his 15 passenger van. Those who want to come are sisters Verena and Emma and sons Jacob and Steven, Joe and I, sons Benjamin, Kevin, Joseph (and Grace), daughter Verena (and Daniel Ray). We will be leaving late tomorrow afternoon and plan to drive home and be back Friday evening, God willing.

I left a voicemail for my sister-in-law Sarah Irene letting her know we are thinking of her and her family. I was happy to hear from her. They are doing as well as one would expect. Albert will be missed so much. May God give them comfort. Rest in peace dear brother. God bless everyone!

I’m so excited to hold a copy of my newest cookbook, The Cherished Table. All the hard work the girls and I put into it has paid off! I’m going to share a recipe from the new book with you.

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

3 pounds of beef roast from the underside

3 green peppers, seeded and chopped

2 cups chopped onions

1 garlic clove

½ cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients in a large Dutch oven or roasting pan. Cook at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 hours or until beef is tender. (I put mine in the oven, but it can also be cooked in a crockpot over high heat.) Serve on sandwich buns. This is similar to pulled pork sandwiches, only with beef.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, an Old Order Amish author, cook, wife and mother of eight children. Her three cookbooks, “The Cherished Table,” “The Essential Amish Cookbook” and “Amish Family Recipes,” are available wherever books are sold. Readers may write Eicher at Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, PO Box 234, Sturgis, MI 49091 (please enclose a stamped envelope for a reply); or email [email protected] and your message will be forwarded to her to read. She does not personally respond to emails.

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