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Saucy Meatballs

Mix ingredients. Shape into 1½” balls. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 400° F. until light brown, about 20 minutes. In a casserole, mix cream of chicken soup, milk, and nutmeg. Add meatballs. Bake at 350° F. for 30 minutes of until done. Stir in sour cream and bake for 10 minutes longer.
Yields about 20 meatballs.
1 lb ground beef
1/2 c dry bread crumbs
1/4 c. milk
2 T. finely chopped onion
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/3 c. milk
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 c. sour cream

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Old order Mennonites are for the most part a little over- looked compared to their Amish cousins.So i plan on featuring them on some up coming post of Lancaster county.The 1st image was taken on a road which had a fair amount of old order Mennonites living on it. On the 2nd image is one of a handful of Mennonite buggies that were going by me on that day in north Lancaster. I have some interesting images coming in future post of this area, and also a short story about Lester, an old order Mennonite dairy farmer who was very nice and accessible to me on this day. So ill post a few images of his home and a few of his buggies. Of course its always interesting in seeing Amish one room school houses, and this one was taken close to where the small town I visited in north Lancaster. Always a fan of barns, I think this one in the last image pretty much summed – up how I was feeling on that day. And with so much natural beauty around, how could you not feel happy. And speaking of old order Mennonites, look for Jeans post coming this Tuesday only on Amish Stories. Richard from Amish Stories.

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On the top image, this Amish boy seems to have created his own amusement by playing with the family buggy. I wonder if he realizes that it might be handed down to him in later years as he becomes a young man. And on the 2nd image, how many of you folks still hang your cloths out to dry?. There’s something to be said about the fresh smell of cloths just dried by the sun, and a warm country breeze. On the 3rd image, these little guys had me waiting patiently for them to do something interesting. Watching goats or sheep, or even lambs is always a bit amusing to me. And as you can tell we all know who the leader is in this group. I was able to play with the settings on my camera with this farm field, and I was able to take some very interesting shots in this Amish area of Lebanon county. I’m a sucker for red barns, and I’ve admitted that more times than I could remember on Amish Stories. What I really love about Lebanon county’s Amish settlement is that its for the most part free from commercialism, and I’m pretty sure the Amish settlement here prefers it that way. Which leads me to these questions, is some tourist activity good for the community and its Amish?. Or is it helping to destroy the Amish way of life in those communities that cater to the tourist trade?. In my opinion you can have both, but its going to have to be a balancing act between non -intrusion, and capitalism. What’s your opinion, can we have both, and can the Amish still preserve their way of life in the process?. Richard from Amish Stories.

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Amish themed novels are extremely popular today, and I’m sure the bulk of its readers would be woman. I may not be a reader of these novels, but i have read some reviews of a few movies that were based on some of the more popular books, especially from author Beverly Lewis. And some of the biggest complaints have been that some of these movies have not followed the novels from which they were based on, or they were not an accurate depiction of Amish life. In your opinion, which movie based on these Amish fiction novels has successfully followed the storyline from the book to television?. And which one more closely resembled true Amish life?. From Richard of Amish Stories

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By old order Amish: LOVINA EICHER
Easter Sunday turned out to be nice and sunny here, which made for a more enjoyable day. We attended church services at our neighbors, which we were able to just walk to. Now this morning we are having rain again. It sure will give my garden a boost. The peas, radishes, and lettuce are growing very nicely. They survived the late-season cold spell and the snow we had. A week ago it was snowing and the ground was covered with a layer of white stuff but it did not stay long. It was chilly enough in the house last week that we started our coal stove again.
Our children colored 10 dozen eggs on Thursday evening, it is just something fun for them to do, but we never let them lose sight of the real meaning behind Easter.
My husband Joe and I made some horseradish from our own plants this past week. We used Joe’s Uncle Solomon’s recipe and it turned out really good. Uncle Solomon lives in Ohio but we wish we could have him try our homemade horseradish. He brought us the roots to start our own plant several years ago.
Joe’s grandmother passed away on April 13th after a lot of pain. She was 97 years old and a widow for almost 23 years. She had eight children but two have passed away including Joe’s mother who died at age 54. She had 70 grandchildren, 387 great-grandchildren, and 95 great -great grandchildren. Everyone remembers her as a friendly sweet person who will be missed by many. May she rest in peace. We were thankful that our daughter Verena was OK to attend the funeral. Verena had written back and forth with her for quite a few years. We left for the two-hour drive to Berne, Indiana at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 to attend the funeral.
We took all eight children along to the funeral and also Elizabeth’s friend Timothy. The funeral was held in a shed and also in a basement. It was a cold day for the funeral. We saw sister Liz and Levi and family at the funeral. And, of course, sister Emma and Jacob and family were there as this would also be Jacob’s grandmother. In the afternoon we stopped in at sister Leah and Paul’s house. I wanted to wish them a happy 30th anniversary which was on the 16th also. Leah popped popcorn for us and Jacob’s, who had also stopped in. We saw where Paul and Leah’s daughter Elizabeth lives in a shed on her parents farm. The shed had fixed up into nice living quarters. Elizabeth and her husband Levi have a 1 1 /2 year old son, Amos. From there Jacob’s and us headed to brother Amos and Nancy’s house to visit with them before starting for home. When we arrived there Nancy and her daughters were already preparing supper for us. They were looking for us to stop by and wanted us to stay for a meal. So we had delicious supper of barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, lettuce, salad, cake, pudding and fruit.
We arrived home at 9:45 p.m. and everyone was ready to call it day. We were home all day on Good Friday. Jacob and Emma didn’t have any plans for that day so we told them to come for dinner. For our lunch we had a brunch. I made a casserole with scrambled eggs, shredded potatoes, biscuits, and gravy. I pull apart the biscuits and layer everything and then bake everything until the potatoes are tender. The gravy moistens everything up and this is a really good breakfast casserole.
Uncle Elmer and Aunt Emma and cousin Sovilla, Leroy and family and cousin Martha and husband Merlin stopped in from Berne for a visit on Friday afternoon to see where we live. Aunt Emma is my Mother’s sister. They all had had dinner at my sister’s Susan and Verena. Joe was starting the grill to make hot-wings and fresh ham when they drove in. We made them sample the wings before they left for home. It was nice to get to visit with them again. We always enjoy home-grilled chicken wings. Do any of our readers have good homemade marinade recipes they’d like to share?
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My rhubarb is ready to use so that will be another spring goodie I can start using. This is a really neat recipe to use up your rhubarb.
2 cups flour,
1 tablespoon sugar,
4 teaspoons baking powder,
1 /3 cup shortening,
1 egg, beaten
1 /2 cup milk,
1 /2 teaspoon salt
Filling: 3 /4 cup sugar
3 – 4 cups diced rhubarb
Syrup: 1 1 /2 cups water
3 /4 cup sugar
few drops of red food coloring (optional)
Mix dough and roll into a 12 X 10 inch rectangle. Sprinkle with sugar and top with rhubarb. Carefully rioll up dough jelly roll style starting with shorter end. Cut into 1 inch slices and put onto a 9 X 13 inch pan. For syrup bring all ingredients to a boil, cook and stir until sugar dissolves. Pour hot syrup over pinwheels. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until done. Richard from Amish Stories.

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While I was traveling around in northern Lancaster county, I had passed by these 2 beautiful deep red barns and a stone farm house. So on my travels back I stopped to take some pictures. These pictures don’t really do its red color any justice, The red was almost blinding when you got right on top of it. It was also very obvious that to me that the owners are taking very good care of the place, with even the grass being close to perfect. As inviting as it seems in the images, this home has a series of fences around the whole property.So when walking around it had that feeling of look but dont touch anything kind of feel. The wagon at the bottom was off of route 897, and added a little color to the landscape with all its flowers for sale in this very early stage of spring. Richard from Amish Stories.

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Corn Fritters
1 15 oz can Cope’s Heat & Serve corn, drained***
2 Tbsp flour
¼ tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
2 eggs

Mix unbeaten eggs, flour, salt, and baking powder with drained corn. Fry in shortening or butter. Serve with butter, syrup, or apple butter.

***Note: Corn Fritters may be made with Dried Corn as follows: To one cup (5oz) dried corn, add 3 cups boiling water. Let soak 2 hours. Cook ½ hour, drain. Then add 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 egg, beaten, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 Tbsp flour. Mix and fry in shortening or butter on both sides until brown. Serve with syrup or butter.
Makes 8 servings.

. John copes dried corn has been a local Lancaster favorite since 1900. In fact i would say that most of the restaurants serving Amish style fare In the Pennsylvania Dutch area serves their dried corn. I’ve been eating this corn now since i was a child, and if you were to look in my kitchen cabinet, you would see a few cans and a packet of their delicious corn. Amish Stories recieved permission to post all of the companies corn based recipes from the John Cope foods company. If your area of the country does not sell their products, feel free to e-mail me and ill give you the information on how to order. Richard from Amish Stories.

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