MY AMISH HOME: No use crying over melted ice cream
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MY AMISH HOME: No use crying over melted ice cream

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“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” -- Luke 11:9, 10

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  -- James 5:16

This is Tuesday morning as I write. It is cloudy, although the sun did break through the clouds momentarily. Oh, for an all day of sunshine! That would be a treat for sure.  

We had more rain on Sunday. We weren’t home to experience it.

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Our family went to Dale. Daughter/sister Cynthia and Freeman Miller had church services at their house. We decided to go and surprise them. We did and all the other church people too! It was a very good, good day.

But I guess the aftermath wasn’t so good for husband Erwin. He now has a really sore leg probably because he could not sit with his leg up any time during the day. It hurts so bad he can barely put any weight on it. I did think it might be a blood clot but it actually doesn’t appear to be, maybe just a pulled muscle. At any rate we are going to have Doc Fishel check it out.

I was hoping for a better week this week. Last week was really stressful. For a time I wasn’t sure we were going to Dale. Then granddaughter Lynetta was sick. So of course, I fretted about that, being afraid she couldn’t go along. It turned she could of which I was very glad. Then yet with my shaky digestive system I can’t eat just anything. I get hungry then grouchy.

What really upset me was one of those times when I was just really hungry and I couldn’t find anything that appealed. Then I decided I really need an ice cream fix. I went to get Uncle Bob’s Moose Trax. I opened the locker and it wasn’t there. What? So I checked the other locker. Nope, not there then it hit me: I bet I put it in the fridge part without thinking. And yes there it was a melted soupy glop. Oh, I wanted cry but no use crying over spilled milk or melted ice cream.

On our way to Dale Sunday morning, we stopped for breakfast at a Denny’s. I guess they aren’t used to having a van load of people on Sunday morning. Having only one waitress kind of set her into a tailspin. Our breakfast was kind of a bummer. My mom’s biscuits and gravy were cold but we made it okay and got to Freeman’s in plenty of time.

On the way home we stopped at Culver’s. I wanted a cherry sundae. They asked if I wanted one cherry or sauce. I figured sauce would have whole cherries instead of chopped so I said whole cherry. My sundae consisted of vanilla ice cream with one, yes only one whole cherry. One cherry does not a sundae make. Oh well, I didn’t really need it anyway.

This is now Tuesday afternoon as I finish. We couldn’t go to the gym as usual. Erwin got a treatment by Dr. Fishel. He seems to be some better and it helps that the sun is shining. Granted it’s a little on the pale side. Nevertheless it made me decide to do laundry again.

I thought about washing some curtains and cleaning windows but I held really still until the urge died down. My windows do need cleaning but not today. Maybe cleaning the windows would not only brighten the house but also my mood.

I’m thinking maybe OCD runs in the family. It seems I have obsessive coffee disorder and little great-grandson Alex, who lives in New York also has it. Only his is obsessive chocolate disorder. He is 11 months old. He got hold of the Hershey’s chocolate syrup and proceeded to squirt it directly into his mouth.

In closing: None who have tasted the ravishing delights of divine peace within will part with it for the pleasures of sin.

Maybe we could have this cream cheesecake as dessert with last week’s hearty hamburger supper.

Orange Cream Cheesecake

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1/2 cup butter, melted


1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin

3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1-1/4 cups sugar

1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/3 cup orange juice concentrate

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

2 tablespoons cold water

2 tablespoons boiling water

1 carton (8 ounces) whipped topping, thawed


2 cups whipped topping

1/4 cup sugar

Lemon slices, orange peel strips, kumquats and lemon balm for garnish, if desired

In a bowl combine the cracker crumbs, cinnamon, orange peel and butter. Press into bottom of a greased 10-inch springform pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare orange gelatin according to package directions. Set aside 1/2 cup at room temperature. Chill remaining gelatin until slightly thickened, 40 to 60 minutes.

In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese and sugar for two minutes. Gradually beat in milk and lemon juice. Beat on medium-high speed 2 minutes longer. Gradually beat in orange juice concentrate and vanilla.

In a small bowl sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water; let stand 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir into room temperature orange gelatin. Stir into cream cheese mixture, then fold in whipped topping. Pour into crust.

For topping, in a mixing bowl, beat whipped topping and sugar. Beat in refrigerated orange gelatin (mixture will be thin). Chill for 30 minutes. Gently spoon over filling (pan will be full). Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Garnish if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Millie Otto of Arthur is a member of the Old Order Amish. Contact her by writing to 1584 CR 2000N, Arthur, IL 61911.


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