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"Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in body. Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. " -- Hebrews 13: 1, 2, 3, 4

First of all, I wonder what happened with last week's closing, no recipe. I guess the editor knew what was going on and I trust it won't happen again. I did have it with my column.

This is Wednesday afternoon as I write. It started out beautifully clear and sunny this morning. but now it is overcast and the west actually looks like there is rain in the making. Just so it won't get icy or horribly windy.

Anyway, I have my laundry done, dry, folded and put away. Kind of a surprise, that! Usually it sits in the basket a while to "cure"!

I'm not feeling very petty this first day after Christmas. For one thing, I have a sore tailbone. it seems I just can't quite heal. I injured it two weeks ago. Sitting in church didn't help and riding bike certainly doesn't contribute to the healing process and neither does going on a trip. Although it was not a long one, just a couple hours south to our daughter Cindy and Freeman Miller in Dale, IL

I didn't have a proper pillow to sit on so I makeshifted with a neck pillow. Not recommended, by any means, but in a pinch, it did help some.

It didn't keep me from having a good time while at Freemans. We got there a little after noon on Monday. They had already eaten lunch, so we had leftovers. Then we sat around getting caught up. Some of the boys were out helping their dad. They were in and out. I passed out late and early birthday presents. Gina's was way late and Brian's was a week early. I gave the "Littles" fuzzy slippers and a helicopter toy that had lights and you made it fly by pulling a string. They loved those. We took them outside and for the first thing Brian put one on the roof. Big brother Ervin came with the skid, went up on the roof and brought it down. Next it went in the tree and got snagged on a twig. Brian climbed the tree and with the aid of a mop handle, dislodged it. Enough of that!

I also helped the Littles, Aaron Joel and Amy play tag. In the house, no less! They got a big kick out of that!

I helped the big kids play "Dutch Blitz" until Ervin got a crick in his neck. He is so tall, six foot plus, by standing and bending over caused that.

I had taken our "Quirkle" game along, so they got introduced to that game and loved i! That's what we did for the rest of the time.

Margaret decided she must send for one. I told her I'd leave ours there. We can get one locally.

We had yummy grilled chicken for lunch on Tuesday. Freeman fixed it one their Traeger grill. I wonder if I can manage to get one this summer. Our other grill is worn out.

So now, with Christmas 2018 being history, with lots of good memories left behind, well, we have one more Christmas dinner. My Plank siblings are planning to go to sis Louise and Dale Kauffmans on Sunday. Then we have New Year's Day, then back to routine. Yes!

It just occurred to me, we have had our shortest day! Now gradually, the daylight hours will be longer. But yes, we have January to get through. The weather has been fairly mild, maybe it will continue. One can always hope!

This is vacation week and while I have some semblance of vacation, I still like to get back to routine.

The kids are butchering this week as they always do during winter vacation. Way back in the day, before Erwin had his stroke, we always helped. Now butchering is way down on the bottom of my list of favorite things to do. But I do miss the fellowship.

Back to our day with the grandkids, those boys are a hoot! And what they don't think of, well....

At one point, Gina wanted to look up a word in the dictionary. She pulled one off the bookshelf and I was like, oh my! That thing is tattered. It had no cover, pages were loose and ragged. I commented that that thing is well used.

"Yeah," Willard, 18, said, "That's the one Adam used to teach the people English!"

In closing: Prayer is not a way of getting what we want, but the way to become what God wants us to be.

Maybe this week we could have this version of fruit pizza.

Supreme Fruit Pizza


1 box yellow cake mix

1/2 cup butter, melted

2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 egg, beaten


1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 cups cool whip


Assorted fresh fruits and glaze


1/2 cup fruit juice

1 1/2 Tbsps. Perma-Flo

1/4 cup water

Crust: Combine crust ingredients and press into a greased ten-inch by 15-inch baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Filling: Mix filling ingredients together and spread over cooled crust.

Topping: Top with your favorite fruits.

Glaze: Heat fruit juice. Meanwhile, mix perma-flo and water. Add a bit of sugar if you prefer. Add to fruit juice when it is boiling. Cook over medium heat for one minute, stirring constantly. Cool. Then spread over fruit.

Editor's note -- Here's the missing recipe from last week's column.

Peaches and Cream Dessert

1 1/2 cups flour

2 small boxes vanilla cook and serve pudding

2 Tsp. baking powder

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup milk

6 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 qt. canned peaches

16 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup peach juice

2 Tbsps. sugar

1 Tsp. cinnamon

In a bowl, mix flour, pudding mix and baking powder. Add beaten eggs, milk and butter. Spread in a greased nine-inch by 13-inch baking pan. Drain the peaches, reserving 2/3 cup of juice. Chop peaches and spread on top of batter. Mix softened cream cheese, sugar and peach juice together and spread evenly over peaches. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Delicious served warm with ice cream!

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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