Letters from Home

December 18, 2013

Christmas Greetings Everyone, 

     We are indeed having winter weather. On Sat. it snowed and snowed and snowed some more. It was beautiful to look at and to watch it come down. The countryside was covered with a clean, white blanket of snow.  

    A few days later on my morning walk there was a slight breeze blowing and the sun was shining through a thin cloud which made it's rays seem weak, otherwise the sky was mostly clear. It was a beautiful morning and a pleasure to be outside. I looked up as I heard the chirping of a flock of Horned Lark as they flew by overhead. It is amazing how those birds can find food in a field that is mostly covered with snow. Whenever farmers spread manure on a snow covered field it creates a good feeding spot for those  birds.  

     Is everyone busy with Christmas preparations?  

     In all our busyness let's remember the real reason for the Christmas, which is Jesus. One Friday evening the youth enjoyed a time caroling; singing Christmas songs at different homes.  

     Following is a Christmas poem/blessing someone sent me. I want to share it with you all:  

Christmas is a special time, A time for me to say,  

How special is the friendship, we share along the way.

 

A special time for asking God, To bless you from above,
With all the joy of Christmas, And His unceasing Love.

"The smallest good deed is better than the greatest good intention."

                                Joyous Christmas to all,   Sovilla

Letters from Home

December 09, 2013

Greetings,  

     Hope this finds you all having a great day.  

 

     Over the past month a lot of exciting things have been happening. The one event as you all know was Thanksgiving. We were able to have some fun times with family and friends and I trust you all were able to have a great time celebrating with family and loved ones as well during this time.

 

     The other exciting thing that happened was our first Mission week at The Ashery. Along with your help in buying ginger snaps and our employees sponsoring each package sold we were able to raise funds to help a local Amish family that has a lot of hospital bills. Thank you to all of you that participated in this event and to those of you who donated towards this cause! Be watching for dates as we plan for another Mission Week in the future.

 

     This time of the year has always been of particular interest to me with the beginning of a new year just around the corner and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. I can't think of a better way to enter a new year then with the confidence of being a part of the Kingdom of God! For me it's exciting to know that because of God making a way for me to have eternal life, I have a reason to live! Wow, I love it!

    

      On the thought of being a part of the Family of God and how that gets lived out in this world, I often times have found myself trying to get the approval and affirmation of man instead of God. I then find myself with loneliness, discouragement, and doubt about who I am as a person. As I was pondering this a family member shared a quote with me that I would like to leave with you.

 

 

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

 

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

 

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

 

If you find happiness. People may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

 

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

 

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

 

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

                                                   Mother Teresa

 

That's where it's at, between us and God.  

 

     This Christmas season, I invite you to join me in experiencing a relationship with our Creator as we celebrate Jesus coming to give us the choice of eternal life.  

 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

 

                               A Merry Christmas to you and your family,    Curt

Letters from Home

November 21, 2013

Greetings to all,

     We are having another beautiful fall day with the sun shining out of a clear blue sky. It is still windy and I feel sorry for the folks in IN and IL where they got hit by the storm.     

     Last week we had a Turkey butchering day at our house. We did 16 turkeys ranging from 20 to 34 lbs each. It was a busy and full day but the feeling of satisfaction was rewarding when evening came and we could clean up the mess and know we have meat to last awhile. With grateful hearts we can look forward to lots of delicious turkey dinners in the months ahead. 

     The church ladies also had a sewing day last week that was well attended with approx 12 women. They knotted 2 comforters and finished 1 quilt. A long day of fellowship and working together on a project to be able to help others in need has a two-fold blessing. It blesses the people that get the item and the folks that make and give it also receive a blessing.  

      The farmers are mostly done harvesting for this year. The corn has been picked and corn cribs are filled.  

     Following is a recipe for a gluten-free cake. I used the recipe out of the new Gluten-Free cookbook we have at the Ashery. I revised it a little.  

 

Prune Cake

1/3c grape seed oil

3/4c evaporated cane juice

2 eggs, separated

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp real salt

1 c brown rice flour

1/2 c potato starch

1/2 c tapioca flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

1/2 c sour cream, or plain yogurt

1 c. dried prunes, cooked & mashed


Cream together oil & sugar, beat in egg yolks. Mix together the dried ingredients and add alternately with sour cream to the oil/sugar mixture. Stir in the cooked prunes (room temp). Beat egg whitees until soft peaks form. Fold into batter. Pour into 2 8" layer cake pans. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Frost as desired or serve warm with ice cream.  

 

"The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him."         

Lam 3:25

 

                             Happy Thanksgiving, Sovilla Yoder

Letters from Home

November 08, 2013

A friendly wave and howdy to all you great folks out there,

 I trust you all are doing well and enjoying life. For us it’s been a grand time enjoying October and all the Fall related activities. As we head into November my mind always goes to Thanksgiving and the special memories that come with this Holiday. While we often think of gratefulness, today I’m inspired to look at the “giving” part of Thanksgiving.

 I’m sure many times in your life you have had the opportunity to give to others and it may have been done for many different reasons. However, every time a person “gives” it requires a heart of gratefulness and blessing. Think about the difference in a “giver” vs. a “taker” and then ponder the thought that we most likely will give to others what we have been given. When someone gives me love it better enables me to give love, if I’m given pain from others I’ll tend to give pain to others, if I’ve experienced being forgiven I’m better able to give forgiveness and the list goes on. Giving is a beautiful act of Thanksgiving. So this Thanksgiving empower someone to give a blessing to others by giving to them.

 On this note of giving I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce something new that we will be doing at the Ashery. We as a team of co-workers have been given so much and we’ve been talking about how we can become more involved in giving to the needs of our local community. November 25 – 30, the week of Thanksgiving will be our first Mission Week here at The Ashery. We will be featuring an item for the whole week. All profits from this Item will then be donated to a local need that is decided on by our employees. You will receive a notice of what this item is beforehand and every time you purchase a bag, you will be helping us help someone else. We are excited to see how we can grow this opportunity that has been given to us.

Hope you have a wonderful day,

                                                                Happy Trails, Curt  

Letters from Home

October 23, 2013

Good Morning Everyone, 
 

      We are blessed again with a beautiful morning. The sun is shining out of a clear blue sky and a brisk wind is blowing. Autumn is here and we are enjoying some colorful trees. Although the color may not be as bright this year, our woods are still beautiful when the early morning sun shines sideways against the trees. The red, yellow, and orange leaves with some green mixed in, and a few trees with bare branches, creates a lovely scene. As I was walking westward towards the woods the nearly full moon was still plainly visible directly above the trees.  

     Corn husking has just begun. I saw a neighbor out in the field with his team of horses and wagon and was husking by hand. The farmers that use the corn pickers will soon get started also.  

     Folks are thinking about Apple Cider and Pumpkin Pie! Here is a recipe for my favorite Pumpkin Pie: 

2 eggs, 1 cup cooked pumpkin pulp, 1 TBS pastry flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1 & 1/8 milk. 

Heat milk to scalding, combine dry ingredients. Beat eggs, add pumpkin & dry ingredients, mix well. Add milk, stir and pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake at 425 F for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 375 F. Bake until set.  

     I like to separate 1 of the eggs & beat the whites and fold in just before pouring into the  pan.  

     Our family usually requests these pies for holiday meals. Another tip is we use squash instead pumpkin (we still call it pumpkin pie :) ), it keeps the finished pie from being so solid.  

 

Quote : "Produce great pumpkins the pies will come later."

 

                                 Until next time, Sovilla

 

Letters from Home

October 10, 2013

Greetings once again,

               I’m hoping this finds you all doing well. If you find you’re in need of a little inspiration just step outside and take a long, deep breath of this gorgeous Autumn air. It will perk you right up!  Every fall I’m in awe of the Glory of God when I look around at the sea of colors.

               With the month of October comes a very exciting time of life for my family as we celebrate our daughter Valerie’s birthday. It seems crazy to me that she will be turning 15 this year. God has blessed my wife and I with 4 great children, Valerie is our 2nd born and only daughter.  Here’s the thing with all of this, it also means I’m getting older.  That’s scary!

                Birthdays of loved ones always get me to reminiscing and in doing this I think back of when I was 15. If I would name the pillars in my bank of memory one of them would have to be called, “People who gave”. People who invested in my life or planted a seed of confidence in my mind during that time of my life. The list could be endless but would for sure have to start with my Father & Mother, from there it would be my siblings and extended family. Once the list goes beyond family there is this vast array of names that I could write down, but there’s a hand full that are in BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS. These are the ones that went out of their way because they cared and saw that I needed encouragement, a listening ear, a hug, or understanding like only a 15 year old needs.

                As I look around at all the broken relationships in homes across America I can’t help but wonder what might be, if more of us would take the time to give of our lives by being that person in BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS for someone else. I would guess we all could think of someone to sow seeds of kindness and life to. Think about the impact if we would each choose 2 kids to invest in this next year and teach them to invest in 2 more. According to my calculations if 500 people would decide to do this for 10 years and each of the people they impact would also agree to do this for those same 10 years we could positively impact 29.5 million people. That’s pretty neat if you stop and think about it. Just don’t stop to long, times a wastin…..It’s time to make a difference.

                                                                                                                                                Happy Trails,  Curt

PS.

The leaves are turning in Amish Country. I’m not an expert but the peak of color is coming right up.

Come enjoy the scenery and stop by The Ashery and say hi.   

Letters from Home

September 25, 2013

Good Morning Everyone,

     Greetings of Cheer on this foggy morning.

     It's a beautiful morning to take a walk. The sun had burned up some of the fog and I could see patches of blue sky among the grayish - white, fuzzy looking clouds. A few killdeer were calling to each other as they flew through the air, their white under parts glistening in the morning sunlight. The birds also know fall is here and time to start migrating. Blackbirds were congregating in large flocks and as I came closer to the edge of the woods I noticed a flock of approximately 15 Robins. Suddenly they all flew off and I heard the distress call of a Blue Jay as a Cooper's Hawk came swooping in from behind me. That explained the reason why the all took off!

     Farmers are chopping corn to fill their silos. The hum of a chopper could be heard from somewhere across the valley.

     Folks are cleaning out their gardens and flower beds. Potatoes are being dug and squash brought in. Cellars and freezers are being well stocked with food for the winter. We have been richly blessed this year and to God be the glory. "To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven," as King Solomon wrote, "a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted."

     School is back in session again and one day this week the pupils from one school house went to a neighboring school house to play softball with them. It is a day of fun and excitement for them to see which school will win.

     Quote: "There is no strength where there is no struggle."

                                       Have a blessed day, Sovilla.   

Letters from Home

September 12, 2013

Good day to all,                                                                                       

      Hope this finds you doing great once again.

      Have you ever found yourself wondering what you would do if you had more hours in a day? I sure have, but I don’t need to think very long before I decide that I’m glad I don’t have more than what I do. 

       Life moves along at a rapid pace and it’s even speedier when there are lots of things going on. Gets me to thinking, why am I here, and the things that I’m accomplishing are they really making a difference? If so, for what?

       Along this subject, recently I’ve had the opportunity of being a part of some leadership training where I’ve been forced to stop and answer these questions. In doing so I have also seen the need to develop a written Vision, Mission & Values statement for our business here at The Ashery. It’s been stretching, frustrating, and good for me as I asked myself, what are we about? Long story short, it comes down to this:

Our Vision

To reach the hearts of people through tasteful experiences.

(Ps. 34:8a “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good“)

Our Mission

A daily focus on connecting with people through exceptional product delivery, healthy work habits, and a wholesome work environment.

Our Values

S – Stewardship

E – Efficiency

R – Relationships

V – Virtue (moral excellence)

      We have experienced God’s goodness in so many ways and our desire is to give a taste of that goodness to everyone we meet, whether it’s to family, friends, co-workers, customers or even those who may seem against us. Many times I find that I don’t get it right, and I need to stop and consider my ways, learn from my mistakes, pick up, get up, and move on.  For me, I’ve found the best way to do this is to take my life and all my “heart stuff” and unload it at the foot of the cross where Christ gave his life, not only to give me Eternal Life but also that I can find healing. This has become very personal to me and today I testify to the goodness of God.

      I’m always excited to see Autumn appear.  I just wish it would hang around as long as Summer. To me Fall means all things pumpkin, mums, apples, cider, cool nights around a campfire, ans colors.  Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Fall Harvest Sale the last weekend of September.  Find all the information on our website, www.asherycountrystore.com, and come join us as we celebrate the goodness of God in the season of Fall.

Happy Trails, Curt

Letters from Home

August 29, 2013

Good Morning Everyone,    

     Another day has begun with beautiful weather for a summer morning in August.
     School has begun already and Labor Day weekend is coming up. By the time you read this it will be past. It makes a person think, "Where has the summer gone?"
     We have a colony with 4 boxes, with 16 compartments each, of Purple Martins, but they have left for a warmer climate. During the summer months we get a lot of bird song. Especially in the evenings as they gather home for the night it gets to be quite noisy. It is very interesting to watch them. Now since they have left us it is very quite around here. 
     Our green bean plants just keep on bearing, and yes, I have been getting black tomatoes. The plant does not bear a lot but enough that we can enjoy them. They are medium in size and are shaped almost like a pear. They are not exactly black but are darker than a regular red tomato. I was impressed with the flavor; they are good! 
     The benefit auction for the country of Haiti is to be held on Friday evening and Saturday, August 30 & 31st at Mt Hope. That always draws a large crowd of people. It is held every year on Labor Day Weekend.
     Right now there is hay being made on the farm. Hopefully we will get some more warm dry weather to ripen the corn. It may be another month before corn is ready to be chopped and put into the silo.
     A friend told me what she uses for a natural mosquito repellant. Mix 1/2 oz Lemongrass oil and 1/2oz Eucalyptus oil with approximately 10-12oz water and put into a spray bottle. Shake well before each use. It can be used on humans or animals.

Quote "A bend in life's road is not the end of the road..."

                               Until next time, Sovilla

 

Letters from Home

August 14, 2013

Greetings from the Ashery again!
      Well, a lot of ground has been covered -in a literal sense- since my last writing. My family and I arrived home from our summer vacation on July 21st after putting in 7,200 miles in 3 weeks! It was good to rest in our own beds again. 

      We had an incredible time of touring the Northwest United States and a portion of Southern Alberta, Canada, making memories for a lifetime with our family. We are very thankful for God's protection over those many miles of travel.

      Well, the place was all in one piece and the employees had everything running so smoothly when I got back I started wondering if there's a place for me to fit in around here. Just another huge "Thank-You" to our employees for giving our family this opportunity this summer! We pray God will bless your lives for it. Also, thank you to our customers for participating in our "Cat's Away Mice Will Play" Ice Cream Cone giveaway. I arrived home with a lot of anticipation in finding out how many we gave away. It was exciting to hear that we gave away 356 ice cream cones during the 3 weeks! J Hopefully the calories were put to good use! On the sign out by the road I found the message you see in the attached picture. Thankfully they all came back to work again!

      For my family, summer is coming to a close really fast. School is just around the corner and the kids are not ready for it yet. Wish I was a kid again, but hey, stay a kid at heart, and life is a lot more interesting! We have 4 children - 3 boys & a daughter, and my lovely wife does a fantastic job of homeschooling them. The first day is usually really exciting and then we have to start with the bribes. Haha, just kidding about the bribes!

      Here at work we are getting ready for our Fall-time rush of business. As most of you well know it can get a little crowded around here during the Fall. We'll put our best effort forth to keep the lines moving! J We will also try to keep you updated on when the peak tree colors are happening in our area.

      Looking forward to seeing you in the store! God's Blessings to you.

      "There's no place like home!"

      Happy Trails, Curt

Letters from Home

August 01, 2013

            

Good Morning to one and all,

     This is a foggy morning in the middle of summer. At approximately mid-forenoon after the sun was already shining, the distant hills are still slightly shrouded in fog making it look like a misty dreamland. A beautiful morning!  

     On my morning walk I took notice of the beauty of the roadside wildflowers. That is aomething that often gets missed in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. A sunny-yellow butterfly moth, (I don't know what the different kinds of butterflies are), perched on top of a pinkish-red blossom of red clover and the lovely peri-winkle blue color of the flowers on the Chicory plants mixed in with the white Queen Anne's Lace creates an interesting looking roadside ditch. 

     A few weeks ago on July 9th my Mother peacefully passed away after being unresponsive for only 3 days. The funeral was held on the 12th. We were blessed with the way the neighbors and church folk came and helped in whatever way they could. They brought in food and took charge of having the meals ready for the family. It is encouraging to know that people care and share. I am grateful to God for the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.   

     Canning season is upon us. We have done green beans, red beets, pickles, cherries, etc. The tomatoes will soon be ready. I planted tomatoes from seed that a friend gave me that will produce black tomatoes. I am looking forward to seeing how those will be. Have any of you readers ever eaten a black tomato?  

     Zucchini and summer squash are plentiful. For a simple way to use them I saute'd them with onion and added powdered base and a little salt and served them over cooked brown rice.  

                                         Have a great day , Sovilla.

Letters from Home

July 18, 2013

             Greetings from the Wild West Coast!

      I, along with my wife and kids, are in the middle of enjoying a 3 week vacation with stops along the way to visit some relatives. We've been having all kinds of wonderful experiences, including a hike to the top of Bears Hump in the Beautiful Waterton National Park of southern Alberta, Canada.

     The thing that made this special is that it's in the middle of bear country, and just as we were ready to hike the trail, a woman came down and said, "There's a bear just up the trail!" It was somewhat comforting to know that we were hiking with a guy that had a can of bear spray. Even though we didn't see a bear on that hike, we did get the privilege of seeing 4 bears in the park before we left - a big highlight for our family! (See the accompanying pictures of our time in Waterton National Park) wild west2 wild west1
      While in the Portland, Oregon area, we visited the Bob's Red Mill store and had the privilege of meeting Mr Bob himself (founder of Bob's Red Mill products that specializes in Organic and Gluten free grains and foods.) bob n i

         For a selection of these great products stop by the Ashery and find them in the Baking Section. While you're there don't forget to pick up your FREE ice cream cone when you give the key phrase, "Cats Away Mice Will Play" :-)  (as stated in my last letter from home)  

      We are being reminded daily of our Awesome God through His amazing creation!
      Oh, and just in case you're interested in knowing this, I just stopped at a gas station in Oregon and I'm not allowed to fill my own tank in this state - only the attendant at the pump. :-(  So much for the wild west! :-)  

 

 

Have a great day and Happy Trails!    Curt

Letters from Home

July 01, 2013

Good Afternoon Everyone.

      How are you all doing on this partly sunny, hazy, beautiful summer day?

      We are now having typical Ohio summer weather, warm and humid, but there is a nice breeze blowing. The laundry dried quickly that was hung out on the washline. It is a pleasure to fold and put away clothes with the fresh scent of the outdoors still lingering on them.

      We are blessed to have had a nice amount of rain. The garden plants are doing well, still green and growing. We like to have fresh lettuce to eat from the garden all summer, but to have it grow in the summer heat can be a challenge. One tip that helps is to make shade for the seedlings when you transplant them. We put a wooden block or a brick, or whatever is available that has the correct height, at each end of the row, then lay a board on top to creat a roof for the plants. You don't want it to touch the plants. Then leave it there only until they have begun growing nicely.

      The first cutting of hay is done and was a good crop. The cornfields are also looking good. We have much to be thankful for.

      A group of six ladies took the day off from their household duties to visit widows or elderly people in the area; being a blessing to them by brightening their day.

     Mt Hope was a busy place today with lots of people looking for bargains among the garage sales that were being held all over the town. This is also the day that the weekly livestock auction is held.

     Summer time is also time to go camping and for those that enjoy cooking over a campfire here is a recipe to try, using pie irons.

Mountain Pies:

Bread, pepperoni, pizza sauce, chopped onions, ham slices, browned hamburger, cheese slices.

Spray irons with cooking spray. Place a slice of bread on each side of the iron. Spread pizza sauce on one side, then layer with ham, onions, hamburger, pepperoni, and cheese (or whatever you desire or have on hand). Close the irons and cook over the open fire until toased evenly on each side.

For a dessert, slice Angel Food Cake into square flat slices (or use bread) and lay one on each side of the pie iron and spread a small amount cream cheese filling and any flavor pie filling on one side. Close the pie iron and toast on both sides. (Tubes of pie filling work well.)

Thought for the day: "He who assists another up a hill rises closer to the top himself."

                                                                      Have a good summer! --Sovilla 

 

Letters from Home

June 17, 2013

  Greetings to all on a gorgeous day in Amish Country!

    Life just seems to be moving right along, not waiting on anyone these days. Really hard to believe that we are in the last half of June already and ready to begin the last half of the year! Wow!

    Speaking of the last part of June, my wife and kids, along with my mother, Freda, are getting excited about an upcoming vacation to the West Coast in July, heading through the Northwest and visiting some relatives along the way.

    Concerning life moving right along . . . it's always interesting to me, living in an area known as "Amish Country" here in Ohio, that so many people come to this place for solitude and a time of get-away, while the locals often see life as busy, busy, busy. But hey, "get-away" is a relative term so as long as you "get away" from your normal buzz of daily schedule, that's what matters. So for my family and me, that's our plans, get away and watch others scurry around in their places of life. As it's said, "Work fascinates me, I can sit and watch it for days!" Haha!

    Now, as an owner being gone from his business for three weeks, it gets him to thinking.... Is everything in place? Is everything accounted for so nothing is overlooked while I'm gone? Will the place be turned on its ear when I get back? Is the dog well fed? (Ok we don't feed dogs at the Ashery, but hey, he still needs to be fed). . . And the list goes on. I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about. But then I'm reminded.... What in the world am I worrying about? Like I'm the only one that ever does the above mentioned and unmentioned things. After all, we are blessed with an incredible and capable team of employees that make it possible for our business to exist! A heartfelt "Thank-You" to all our employees that make it possible for us as a family to take a vacation like this. It truly is humbling. You do such a great job!

    

How about we have some fun?  

To you, our customers, I have a request!......

As an employer, one of my jobs is to make sure the workplace environment is one of honesty, integrity, & a pleasant atmosphere to work in. To be sure, I mess up many times, but thanks (again) to our employee's efforts, this is made possible. My request is this: I need you (the customers) to help cover for me while I'm gone. (Wink, wink). There's an old saying that goes like this, "When the cat's away the mice will play." Yep, I think you know where I'm going with this. I need you to check up on our employees for me while I'm gone and I'll reward you for it! Come in anytime during the dates of July 1st - July 20th and do this for me: look around and make sure the employees are all wearing a smile, then go to the ice cream counter and give the KEY PHRASE, "Cats away, mice will play," and they will gladly serve you (and anyone shopping with you that gives the key phrase) a single dip ice cream cone of your choice, FREE. (Ok, so you had to work for it, but we'll go ahead and call it FREE). Just remember, everyone in your group that wants a FREE ice cream cone must give the KEY PHRASE.

 

   Well, my page is full and I need to get to work so I can develop an appetite for my wife's spelt bread made from FRESH GROUND spelt berries topped with FRESH strawberry jam...... aahhh makes me salivate just thinking about it!

    Trusting you'll have a great day, and experience God in new ways today. I'll be "coming to you live" in July from the "Wild West!"

                                                                                                          Happy Trails, Curt Yoder

Letters from Home

June 07, 2013

Good Morning!

Greetings of cheer to all our friends whether far away or near.

     This is a cloudy morning with the temperature at approximately 74 F. it is a nice spring morning and looks like we might get some rain today, for which we would be grateful. Yesterday I noticed a farmer plowing his field in preparation of planting corn and the ground was so dry a cloud of dust rose up around him. He is an organic farmer and usually waits to plant corn until after the middle of May. The other crops on the farm have already been planted. Most of the vegetables and flowers also have been planted in the gardens, ready for summer to begin. Rhubarb is in season and many types of tasty desserts can be made with it.

     A good way to enjoy a spring morning is to take a leisurely walk along a country road and observe what is going on around you. Watch the swallows fly through the air as they catch insects, and listen to the songbirds as they sing songs of praise to their Creator. Take a view of the countryside and notice the cows lying in the midst of lush green meadows contentedly chewing their cud. It is indeed a picture of peace and tranquility.

     As we enter summertime there are lots of benefit auctions in the area. A few weeks ago a group of neighbor ladies gathered at one of their homes to make 100 dozen glazed donuts for the bake sale at the Holmes County Training Center benefit auction, a school for handicapped children. This auction is held annually, always the 2nd Saturday of May, just a little ways north of Millersburg. The ladies enjoy getting together to do something for others. They always make some extra donuts so each one can take some home to enjoy with their families.

Following is the recipe they used to make the donuts:

10lb raised donut mix

4 cusp thesco flour

10 cups warm water

8 TBS yeast

Mix yeast and water and then the flour together. Then add donut mix. If the dough gets too stiff don't use all the mix just enough so that it is not sticky. Let rise in bowl approx. 1/2 hour. Roll out and cut. Let rise a little (until puffy) and fry in hot oil.

Glaze for donuts:

6 1/2 lbs powdered sugar

1/2 cup stabilizer

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups water

Let donuts cool a little on an absorbent towel before glazing. Enjoy!

 

Have a blessed day.

Sovilla Yoder