Celebrating a Belated Easter Together with Family

It’s a beautiful Monday evening here on the Eicher homestead. We had such a nice sunny day, which made for a good laundry day. The solar eclipse was today. How amazing is God’s creation. The temperature reached 72 degrees. Our rhubarb is coming up very nicely. Before long, we should be able to use it. The asparagus is peeping through.

Tonight, we had dandelion greens made into a salad along with steamed potatoes, bacon, and cheese. I always look forward to that meal in the spring. I saw a few yellow flowers already on the dandelion greens, which makes the greens too bitter. The young tender greens are the best to use, and there are still plenty of those.

Yesterday, we had our whole family here for the noon meal because we didn’t get to spend Easter together this year. We hid some eggs for the children. They always enjoy that each year. We have twelve grandchildren, ages five months to seven years old. Each one is so precious. May God keep his protecting hand over them as we travel into the unknown future.

Our family has once again been reminded how precious good health is. My brother Albert, age 59, is in the hospital with stage four colon cancer. What a shock to him, his family, and to all of us. Albert worked at the metal shop with my husband Joe. He was working full time, not ever expecting what was going on in his body. He had surgery, and the doctors removed two feet of his colon, and it had also spread to other areas. Time will tell, but we pray for his body to go into remission with the chemo treatments they are planning to do. God knows our future, and we trust him to lead the way.

The same day Albert was brought to the ER was the same day I took son Benjamin to the same ER. Benjamin had let the nail gun slip out of his hand and a 3 1/2-inch nail shot into his leg. It ended up close to his femur bone. The doctor did surgery the next day to remove the nail. While Benjamin was in surgery, I went up to visit with brother Albert before he was transferred to a bigger hospital. On Thursday, Benjamin will have his stitches taken out. Last fall, Benjamin was laid up for 10 weeks with a broken leg and now another surgery.

Sisters Verena and Emma, Joe and I spent Easter Sunday at the hospital with Albert and Sarah Irene. It was nice to get to visit with them. They need a lot of encouragement. Life looks very dark to them right now. Let’s keep them in our prayers.

On Friday night, Joe and I and sons Benjamin and Kevin visited with Albert again. He seemed weak from his surgery.

Tomorrow, daughter Loretta and I plan to help daughter Susan and Ervin take a hot lunch to the pupils in Kaitlyn’s school. I think Susan said there are 30 students in her school. I imagine Kaitlyn is excited to have us all come.

Our grass is getting nice and green and spring flowers are blooming. Happy spring to everyone and God’s blessings to all!

Dandelion Sour Cream Salad

This is a recipe for dandelions smothered in our favorite homemade sour cream. However, you can use the sour cream part for other seasonal greens as well. This same sour cream is great when used with in-season, fresh-from-the-garden lettuce and endive. Home-cured ham also goes well with it. Any unused sour cream can be refrigerated for up to two days.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups whole milk
salt (to taste)
4 hard-boiled eggs, diced
4 cups packed young dandelion greens

Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, milk, and salt in a quart jar. Shake until smooth. Put the eggs and dandelion greens in a large bowl and pour the sour cream mixture over them. Serves 4 to 6.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Her newest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available wherever books are sold.  Because Lovina is Old Order Amish, she does not have email or a telephone in her home. Lovina does not respond to comments on this website, if you would like to contact her directly, click here.

5 thoughts on “Celebrating a Belated Easter Together with Family”

  1. I am so sorry for the pain and mental anguish has caused with your brothers diagnosis of cancer, I will pray for complete remission, and the peace to know his family will be there during this time if it is the Lords will to take him home.I lost my wonderful m caring husband 7 years ago, he was a Nurse Practitioner and he could have had many more years of caring for his patients, but even tho I still have it hard to accept after 7 years, I also didn’t ant him to go through the agony of chemo and be sick every day from it us so I could have a few more weeks of him being here with me.Gods peace to you all.

  2. my dad passed in February after a 2yr cancer battle and my husband’s brother(61) is currently battling colon cancer. my best advice is to stay positive, once you let your mind think negative your body follows. cancer is such a beast, I find it’s the new flu with so many battling this horrible disease.

  3. So sorry to hear about your brother Albert. I have prayed for him and his family. I enjoy your column so much. I was sorry to hear about Benjamin getting a nail in his leg. You are right life is so uncertain. I can imagine how much fun the grandchildren had hunting for eggs. Thank you for writing this column. It means a lot to so many of us. May God richly bless your family.

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