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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 16, 2014

An Amish wedding means lots of food

By LOVINA EICHER, the Amish Cook | Jun 18, 2013

Yesterday was the wedding of nephew Noah and Ruby in northern Indiana. They had a big wedding with lots of friends and family attending from various communities in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Wisconsin, Kentucky and possibly more states.

I went to help prepare for the wedding on Saturday. We cut up and cleaned 400 pounds of chicken and baked pecan pies. The rhubarb and blueberry pies were baked on Monday. A total of over 90 pies were baked for the wedding.

On Monday, daughter Elizabeth and I finished sewing our wedding dresses for the wedding. It sure was a relief to get those done.

Their menu for the wedding noon meal was barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, dressing, mixed vegetables, lettuce, salad, cottage cheese salad, sliced cheese, homemade bread, butter and strawberry jam, date pudding, mixed fruit, white angel food cake, with strawberry topping, rhubarb, pecan and blueberry pies.

For the evening meal they added ham, strawberries, and ice cream to the menu. They had 16 couples of a boy and girl paired to serve as table-waiters. Three couples were coffee servers. Daughter Elizabeth and Timothy were table-waiters.

Each of us cooks were assigned to different jobs. I had to help slice the loaves of bread and cut the cakes. When our job was finished, there were always plenty of dishes to wash.

We all had a turn to help serve at one of the meals which was filling all the bowls for the table-waiters to pass out. I had to serve potatoes for supper.

It was nice to see and visit with a lot of our aunts, uncles, and cousins we don’t often see.

The remaining part of the week will be spent cleaning everything for church services here again on Sunday. Our house was all cleaned very well before the first services so we will just have to re-clean where needed.

The boys are weeding the garden now. The weeds sure are starting to take over. We have been having some nice rains which we appreciate even more since the drought last year. The benches are still stacked up in the basement from the last church services. They will just have to be set again Friday or Saturday.

Daughter Elizabeth turned 19 on Friday, June 14. How the years have flown by! Sister Emma and Jacob have been married 18 years. Elizabeth was a year old the day before their wedding.

It is nice to have the children all home from school for the summer. Before we know it the seed corn will be ready to de-tassel.

Blueberry Banana Bread

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. vanilla

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 medium ripe bananas, mashed

In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Beat in bananas. Gradually add the rest of the ingredients, beating just until combined. Fold in blueberries. Pour into three greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

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