Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lettuce-Tomato with Beef

I got this recipe from 'More-with-Less Cookbook'-Doris Janzen Longacre

Stir together and set aside.
(Usually, I use 4 times the meat and put the following ingredients in a ziplock bag so it marinates well.
But I will write the recipe as is, except for the msg. which I am omitting.)

1/4 lb. beef sliced paper thin
1/2 medium onion, chopped fine or grated
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp salt. (increase if using more meat)
dash of pepper
1/2 tsp. sugar

Arrange on platter, 1 head of lettuce, 2 tomatoes diced, 1 cucumber slices.
Leave a well in the center of the platter for meat.

Combine dressing in bowl and set aside:
1/2 onion, chopped
3 T. vinegar
3 T. oil
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
 1 1/2 T. sugar

Head 1 T. oil in skillet over high heat.
Add marinated beef and stir-fry quickly just until beef loses it's red color.
Put beef in "well" on salad platter.
Add 1 T. water to skillet, swish, and pour into dressing.
Stir and pour dressing over meat and vegetables.

Serve over rice.

One of Philip's favorite.

Peanut Butter Pie

I have no idea where I got this recipe.

Use an already made chocolate Oreo crust or
 crush 25 Oreos and mix with 4 T. melted butter (press and bake 5-7"-350*)

1 cup smooth peanut butter
1-8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Beat until smooth.

1 1/4 cup 10x sugar. Add. Beat.

8 oz. Cool Whip-Add. Beat until smooth.

Fill crusts. Chill 1 hour. Shred a chocolate bar and sprinkle on top.

I used to make this for Uncle Bubba for his birthday gift when he was young
and Dad and I were young, too.

Sweet Potato/Apple/Sausage Bake

One of Philip's favorites taken from 'The Best of Mennonite Fellowship Meals'~
(Mary Hochstedler and Cindy Gingerich)

1 lb. bulk sausage
2 medium raw sweet potatoes
3 medium apples
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup water

Brown sausage and drain excess fat.
Peel and slice potatoes and apples.
Layer sausage, sweet potatoes and apples into 2-quart casserole dish.
Combine all other ingredients and pour over layers.
Cover and bake at 375* for 50-60 minutes or until done.

Sloppy Joes

Brown a pound of any kind of burger
and add 1 cup finely chopped onion
while burger is browning.

You can add 1 cup of celery chopped, also if you want.
I never have.

Drain fat off meat and add the remaining ingredients and simmer.

1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup ketchup

Simmer covered for about 30 minutes.
I like to add a handful of quick oats and let that simmer for another 5 minutes.
Soaks up the juices and makes for an easier sandwich.

Serve on homemade buns if you have them. ;)

I thank Carolyn Hartman for the basis of this recipe recorded in
"The Best of Mennonite Fellowship Meals."

Seven-Layer Salad

Some thirty-odd years ago, a bridal shower was given in my honor,
and all of the guests brought a favorite recipe written out on an index card
for me to add to my collection.
My sister-in-law, Naomi, brought me a recipe for Seven Layer Salad.
I can't find it at this moment, but I love it, because it is written out in her beautiful
hand-writing. Freeman was two years old, when she was killed by a drunk driver,
on Dad's 30th birthday, September 19, 1986.
My brother Abe, chose well twice, and we have long enjoyed his beautiful wife, Karen.

Seven Layer Salad~~

I like to put this right into a large rectangular Rubbermaid container.

Layer in the container:

1 head of lettuce, torn in pieces
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 -1 cup frozen peas
(small amounts of onion and peppers which I usually omit)
Shredded carrots-optional, not part of original recipe
4 hard boiled eggs, diced.

Combine and spread over vegetables:
1 cup salad dressing
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons cream

(Sometimes I add cottage cheese and/or yogurt so I don't use so much mayonnaise.
Sometimes I add a squirt of mustard to the dressing as well. Taste and see.)

Spread 2/3-1 cup shredded cheese over dressing and sprinkle with crunchy bacon.

Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Can serve 8-10.

Chicken Tenders with Apricot Jam and Salsa over Rice

Many years ago, I got this recipe from Taste of Home.
I've lost the recipe so I don't have the exact measurements for anything,
so we're going to wing it.

Take chicken breasts or tenders and dip them in a flour mixture that
has a pinch of salt and pepper in it. Fry both sides until golden in a skillet
with hot oil.

Meanwhile, in a kettle, begin to simmer together a jar of salsa and a jar of apricot jam.
Sometimes, I add a can of diced pineapple.
As the chicken browns, add it to the salsa mixture,
and cook until the chicken is well-done in the center,
about another 20 minutes or so.

Serve over rice.

This is so good and one of our favorites.

Quiche for a Crowd

Sometimes, the Hertzler men make breakfast for the men at church
and sometimes, they make breakfast for the women. I think Michael
usually heads up this endeavor.

This makes one very large foil pan full of quiche and takes about an hour to bake.
These are the same size pans we use for the pig roast.

Spray the pan.
Add 1 1/2 large bag of shredded hash browns to bottom of pan
and bake at 425 for about 20 min. until some of the moisture is gone
and the potatoes are starting to brown.
You can lower the temp. to 350 unless you're in a rush.

Layer on 4-8 cups of shredded cheese.
Then add a layer of meat. (5-8 cups)
(ham, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions, etc.)

Beat together 2 1/2 dozen eggs (beaten)
10 cups milk/half and half
5 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Add 1/2 cup flour in a small amount of the milk to keep eggs from separating later.

Pour egg mixture over potatoes, cheese, and meat and bake until firm and golden brown.

It is easier to bake these ahead of time and warm them up if you are serving a crowd.

Baked Oatmeal

I got this recipe from the cookbook-"The Best of Mennonite Fellowship Meals"-
put together by Phyllis Pellman Good and Louise Stoltzfus.

The summer of my Junior year in high school, I worked for Merle and Phyllis Good
at Dutch Family Festival. I acted and sang and gave lectures on Amish and Mennonites.
It was a wonderful time and my employers were great people. In later years, they overextended
themselves and went bankrupt but through the sales of this cookbook and a number of others,
the Good's paid off their debts. I was always proud of them for doing that.

This recipe was submitted by Miriam M. Witmer.
I usually double it and sometimes add fruit.

1/2 cup cooking oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar

3 cups oatmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk

1. Combine oil, eggs, and sugar.
Add oatmeal, baking powder, salt, and milk.

2. Bake at 350* for 30-35 min.

I like to use brown sugar or coconut sugar instead of regular sugar.
I mix the dry ingredients together before adding them to the wet ingredients.
I add the milk last.

Your dad especially likes this with raisins.

Scrapple-Outdoor style

The recipe I am writing down here is the dry mixture you add to the pot of meat and broth.

17 quarts of cornmeal
16 cups of buckwheat
1 to 3 cups salt. (At least a cup to 10 gallons of broth.)
1 box of pepper. (At least)
1/4 cup each of savory and sage.
Can also add thyme.

Can add more of any of these spices if need more flavor once mixed and tasted.

Sprinkle in mixture dry and whisk.

Cook until thick.

Dip into big bread pans and double up aluminum pans.

Chill for at least 12 hours before cutting and freezing.

Party time!

Grandma Diffenbach's Pumpkin Ice Cream Parfait

I lost the original recipe but found one that reminds me of Grandma's.
This was a favorite dish at Thanksgiving and she would put it in
her aluminum 9x13 cake pan which I now have.

Spray the 9x13 pan.
Combine 2 2/3 cups crushed gingersnaps with 3 Tablespoons melted butter.
Spread half of the crumbs (1 1/3 cup) in bottom of pan.

Combine 2 quarts of softened vanilla ice cream with the following mixture:

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. cloves

Whisk together and then whisk with ice cream and spread in pan.
Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top.
Freeze immediately.
Let thaw for a little while before serving.
Makes 24 pieces.

Mexican Meat and Bean Mixture for Tortillas or Taco Salad

Brown burger-bear, venison, turkey, or beef. (1 pound or more)
Add some taco seasoning or chili powder and red pepper.
Add onions and peppers and sauté as the burger browns. (optional)
After meat is browned, add a jar of salsa and a can of beans-
black, kidney, and/or pinto. ( or already seasoned chili beans)

Use to make tortillas or taco salad.

If making taco salad, break a head of lettuce in pieces,
toss with French dressing, add shredded cheese.
Crush tortilla or nacho chips and toss.
Add meat mixture and toss.
Optional ingredients-tomatoes and black olives.

To make tortillas, spread meat down the center of a tortilla.
Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
Add lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and sour cream.
Roll up and enjoy yourself.

Philip's October Butter

I made some October Butter.
Philip thought it was applesauce so he ate it like it was applesauce.
He thought it was the best tasting applesauce he ever had.
But, really, it was more like apple butter.
Here is the original recipe
and then I'll give out my 'tweaks'.

I got it from the book entitled "The How To Book-Canning, Freezing, Drying"

October Butter
(Makes about 5 eight-ounce glasses)

8 medium cooking apples
2 large firm pears
3 cups orange juice
2 cinnamon sticks
2 cups mashed ripe banana
2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Wash apples and pears. Cut into small pieces, but do not peel or remove cores.
Place in large kettle with OJ and cinnamon sticks. Cook until very soft.
Put through a food mill, discarding seeds and skins. Combine apples and pears with bananas
and lemon juice. Cook mixture gently until it is thick enough to mound on a spoon.
Measure fruit mixture and had half as much sugar as fruit.
Boil gently until thickened about 20-25 min.
Remove from heat and pour into hot sterilized jars.
Seal immediately.

(When I made it, I also added crushed pineapple. I didn't concern myself with the ratio of pears to apples. I used what I had. After I had made the sauce and added the banana and pineapple and cooked it for awhile, it tasted sweet enough to me so I didn't add any sugar. No one complained. This is so good over cottage cheese.)

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

The first time Dad and I ever had this was at Tom and Wendy Brynan's.
We used to have a Bible Study with them and Dad led a study on Revelation.
They often had us there for a meal because Wendy is a great cook and we were
and still are, dear friends.
I got a similar recipe out of  'Simply Wonderful' and it was submitted by Ada Dienner.

1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cup hot water

Combine flour, sugar, 2 Tbsp. cocoa, baking powder and salt.
Stir in milk, oil and vanilla until smooth.
Spread in an ungreased 9" pan.
Combine brown sugar and remaining cocoa.
Sprinkle over batter.
Pour hot water over all.
Bake at 350* for 35-40 min.
Serve warm.
Very good with ice cream.

During the baking process, the cake will rise to the top
and the syrup will remain underneath.

Aunt Helen's Pizza Crust Recipe

3 cups warm water
4 Tablespoons yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons oil

Put in bowl and let it sit until yeast dissolves and gets foamy.

Add 3 teaspoons salt.
Begin to mix in-8 cups of flour.

Oil pan. Put oven at 500 degrees.
Roll dough thin.
Bake one at a time in middle of oven.

First add sauce and toppings.

Plain cheese
Sausage and mushroom
Ham and pineapple
Vegetable-peppers, onions, broccoli, ripe olives
Meat lovers-bacon, ham, sausage, pepperoni
Ranch chicken

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hertzler Doings~Sept 28-Oct.4, 2015

Mon.-Susan went to Pa for a few days. Left yesterday morning. Lisa H. took me to the dentist to reopen the implant and put another part of it on. We shopped first at Ross and then went. I slept the rest of the day.

Tues.-Slept. On a pain med that helps with that. Using ice as well. Raining again. At least 5 days straight. Alli is better. Had a miraculous healing yesterday. Her knee popped back in place. So much relief. Haven't seen Nathan for three days now. Going through withdrawal. Looking at pics on my phone. Susan had plans yesterday to take Grandma and Grandpa to Cabela's to spend some gift certificates Phil sent along. She's spending tonight and tomorrow at Annie's.

Wed.-Took it easy. Started working on cookbook I'm making for each family member for Christmas. I'm putting in favorite recipes over the years and including some of my grandparent's recipes as well.
Alli's helping me with the project. Naomi is heading to Nantucket this weekend and I've been concerned about the weather.

Thurs.-Went to Walmart and the parking lot was full. First I got my prescriptions filled and went to Salvation army and lucked out on the flannel shirt division. She had just put them out. Everyone was cheerful at Walmart and they were smiling a lot. Put they were buying water and Cheezits and other necessities. Susan got home soon after 2. It was fun to catch up with her. She had such a great time in Pa. She's always reminded me of Phil's sister, Anne, and Anne's husband Dave said it was like having two Anne's running around. She enjoyed her time with them and said that he is really funny and she had no idea because he's usually quiet. Grandpa told her she was a treasure in this family. That meant a lot to her. She took them to Cabela's yesterday and they used Phil's gift cards given to them to get some special things such as mugs, a plaque she gave to Phil that says, "A Fisherman lives her with the catch of his life," a camouflage windshield wiper(she thought there were two in the package) (Philip was tickled when she gave it to him), and some other things. Mom got a blue shirt. I think Dad got some wool socks. She found some great buys at Goodwill for herself and the family also. So we both were washing our finds this afternoon. I started cooking food when Michael told me they are calling for 100 mph winds and schools are closed tomorrow, flooding etc.

Fri.-Raining. 50 degrees. Had a nice day at home with Susan. Lucy snuggled with her most of the day. We watched 'You've Got Mail.' I made some incredible banana bread, chicken salad, fried potatoes, stewed tomatoes, and trout. Also made a big batch of meat/bean/rice tortilla mixture. Guys got home early from work because they were finished. Phil picked up an excavator. Turquoise color. Weather models show hurricane heading out to sea. Still a danger of flooding and power outages due to trees falling on lines and high winds. With the ground saturated, the root systems are more fragile, and high winds can blow the trees over. Worked some more on the cookbook. Phil called Dad and got the recipe for Machamer Fudge. Phil and I watched a movie tonight. Only ones at home. Wow, it's really raining hard. Had some fun conversation with Lindsay this morning on fb. Can't wait to see her soon.

Sat.-Chace is leaving to go serve in the military and Michael had asked him if there was any one thing he'd like to do and today, amidst the wind and the rain, Jordan, Michael, and Chace, went down to the river, built a fire, ate breakfast, and made coffee over the fire. Michael went to Jesse Boyer's wedding with Jessica later in the afternoon. Susan didn't get much sleep last night. She woke up when the guys came in this morning and when she let Lucy out, Lucy growled and tore into a skunk that was under our porch and of course she got sprayed. Susan had to shampoo her twice and she still smells pretty rank. We washed Susan's clothes twice too. I did some cleaning and working on the 'Family Recipe Cookbook.' Phil worked around here and later, we watched some Crocodile Dundee all by ourselves. It's not quite 50 degrees. I'm wearing two long sleeve shirts, one of which is my pink camo hoodie and I have the hood up. Susan's working a 9 hour shift. God bless her soul. And her feet. Philip went archery hunting. Freeman worked on the dining room table he's making. Alli and Nathan went to Chai Time. I stayed home to have time with Susan and to pace myself since we're going to church and to see War Room tomorrow and I have a busy week ahead.

Sun.-Went to see War Room right after church on Sunday. It was good. Came home and rested and watched some Crocodile Dundee. Susan was so tired she slept through most of church right in her own bed. Sometimes, the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap.

Hertzler Doings~Sept 21-27, 2015

This was a very busy week. Alli woke up Tuesday morning with a very swollen knee. Long story short she has bursitis behind the knee cap. Has to ice it and take it easy. Phil tore his meniscus behind his left knee. Philip went to the doctor with some sort of sinus throat thing. And we made scrapple with lots of help on Sat.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hertzler Doings~Sept. 14-20, 2015

Mon.-Busy Monday. Went out to Farmville early eve. and visited Judy awhile before going to IF gathering. Apple theme. I love these women.

Tues.-Busy Day. Had Nathan for awhile and he just gets cuter and cuter. Touches his nose, ears, kisses goodbye and waves now besides making some animal sounds. Watched a movie with Susan in eve after getting groceries in Appomattox. Recommend the movie for adults-"Far From the Madding Crowd." Had just read the book this month.

Wed.-Lindsay and I dared each other today to post a poster she sent me via phone. Something a little daring. We both chickened out even though I told her I'd give her a $25 Starbucks card if she did it. Everyone would have laughed. One in a hundred may have been offended but I was still chicken and Phil is still an elder. I'm sure you're curious now. Worked in the old house, took a walk, visited with Susan, made a carrot cake and iced it, put ice cream in between Michael's halved angel food cake, made mac and cheese with venison and fire roasted tomatoes in it, planned a party for Phil Sat. night with the Rainey's and Hoffman's coming for chicken curry with rice and toppings, and I'm not sure what all else I did. It's 6 and I'm ready for bed. Phil is getting the grain bins ready for the corn harvest. They sold the corn that was in it and the guy got it last night and they didn't get to bed until 11. Freeman came and helped Phil and Philip and Philip said he could have kissed him. Susan is working this eve. I asked Lori K today if she's going to Sam's Club any time soon and here she was going today. She got me aluminum roasting pans for when we do Scrapple next weekend. I'll meet up with her tomorrow and get them over tea. I told Susan today that the pediatrician we had while they were growing up said that my mother was one in a million because he thought I was such a good mother. She said, "That's what my children's pediatrician will say to me." I don't know if I recorded this or not but a month or so ago she said, "If you were a dog, you would be Lucy. Maybe that's why I love her so much."

Thurs.-Had a nice visit with Lori K. this morning. She got me foil pans at Sam's Club yesterday. Asked for Nathan later in the day and we drove over to Happy Valley to make sure the lights were working, over and over. Then we took Grandpa down to the river to make sure the river was still frozen. Nathan gave a little gasp each time I put his feet in the water. It was cold. Then we drove around the corn field to check on the bear damage and to give the spider's more to do after we were gone. Nathan sat happy and relaxed on Grandpa's lap. Then we checked the cows to make sure they were okay. He noticed that they weren't in the lane pasture so we went to look for them as we went to the river. He is a Noticer, a Communicator, and a Lover. I love the way he looks up at me when we're riding the gator and then smiles and tucks his head in close for kisses on his eyes and nose. Susan went in early to work for a girl who called in sick. She spent some time with Julie after work. Michael got to bed by 8 after spending some time down by the river. Phil's busy with the corn harvest. Freeman and Philip are working in Richmond.

Fri.-Woke up to yellow mums on the kitchen table and a note from Susan that read, "Just a reminder that I love you. :) ) How sweet. Makes my day. Janelle and I are meeting at Uptown around noon and have a fun afternoon planned. She and Michael are meeting tonight to go over business plans. (We had lunch at Uptown and then I visited Jessica next door while she went across the street to her lawyers to get her business umbrella set up. Then we met at Amish Originals and walked to Sleeping Bee. Then we went to a movie that was a little bit R rated. "A Walk in the Woods." We both had read the book and couldn't think why it would be R rated but then we were reminded. There was some nice Appalachian Trail beauty to balance things out a little bit. Then she went to pick up Micah and I went to El Patron to have supper with Jessica and then I went to Walmart and got home after 8 and put a few things away. Susan spent the night at Julie's since she had to work late.

Sat.-Happy Birthday Dear Phil and Michael! 59 and 24. Mickey and Mitch had given Phil a 12 piece cake of different cheese cakes for his and Michael's birthday and Philip came over and had some breakfast that Michael made and helped eat the cheese cake too. Alli, Freeman, and Nathan, came over for a quick visit and then I got to work, cleaning up and cooking. Had a nice talk with LP in the afternoon and around 6, the Rainey's and Hoffman's came for Phil's birthday dinner. We had a wonderful time visiting. Phil took the guys over to O'Brien's to show them where he disposed of one of the critter's eating his corn. When they came back, we had a delicious apple pie which Paul had baked. For supper we had chicken curry with rice and it was the best ever. I substituted some coconut cream for the milk and kept it on warm and low all day in the crockpot.  I hope we get together more often. It was a good mix. Chatted with Lindsay today on the phone and that's always good. Michael and Jessica went to the Liberty game and out to Hibachi with Tommy T. to celebrate Michael's birthday. He spent most of the day down at my cottage. He hasn't had time alone for a long time and he had a great day catching up with himself. Susan worked a double shift and has another late night.

Sun.-Sat in the balcony at church today and really enjoyed it. Could see and hear really well. Came home and rested and got my act together and we all met up at Happy Valley in the eve. for Phil and Michael's birthday supper. We had taco salad and angel food ice cream cake and carrot cake. The time of sharing our thoughts toward Phil and Michael was very special. I am so thankful for our family. We watched the first part of  'Lord of the Rings'. It's so nice to be able to fit comfortably around the table and the tv screen. Thank you to our CA friends for opening their VA home to us.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hertzler Doings~Sept. 7-13, 2015

Mon. -Labor Day. Lots of work going on at the farm. Went with Karen to get a bushel of peaches for $14, a basket of apples for 5.50, and a peck of pears for $4 at Phares Martin's. Uncle Wes and Aunt Elsie stopped in to visit Mom and Dad. Jonathan, Karen, Anne, and David came to visit in the afternoon. The OT was here and said that Dad was doing really well. Dad is painfree without pain meds. It's a miracle. We watched St. Francis of Assissi in the eve. I texted my family to let them know that dad was painfree. I read to him their comments. Phil-'That is blessed.' Freeman-'Praise God'. Philip-'Excellent'. Michael-'That's great to hear!' Susan-'Thank you Jesus.'

Tues.-Woke up and hear Mom singing upstairs and Dad singing downstairs. I don't think they could hear each other. Mom went to Shady and the chiropractor and I stayed with Dad. Jonathan came to play and we drove tractors around on the woven wool rug. I made some charts for dad so he could check off his exercises, etc. The PT-Howard came. He told the story about a woman client. He asked to see her maneuver her way in and out of the shower. She asked,"Are you going to give me a shower?!" He said, "You have a better chance at seeing God than in having me give you a shower." After another wonderful lunch I went to see Dave and Elva Burkholder, then to Reuzit where I got some Coke glasses for Philip and some videos for Dad, then to BB's, where I stocked up on gum, mayonnaise, and breakfast bars for Nathan. I froze 5 bags of peaches before supper. Paul and Linda came in the eve and stayed for two hours. It was nice to catch up with them. I loved hearing about their kids and grandbaby. Linda will be teaching Jonathan in pre-school this year. I envy them both a little bit. Got to bed soon after 9:30. I put the fruit out in the car first and opened the windows to cool them down. It was 91 degrees today.

Wed.-Said good-byes to Debra, Mom, Dad, Jonathan, Joe, and Karen. Hit the road by 8:15 and after a long sleepy drive, got home around 5:30. I drank coffee, coke, and Snapple, took a nap at a rest stop, and stopped at a Cracker Barrel to shop in the gift shop, all in an effort to stay awake. Drove through a wild rain storm near Appomattox. Unpacked the car in shifts between downpours. Caught up with Susan when she got home. That was nice.

Thurs.-Another catch-up day. Washed. Sorted through small bags of stuff I always take with me. Froze all the peaches. Made a big batch of Calico baked beans. Saw Alli, Freeman, and Nathan for a short time. She bought me groceries while she was out. Nathan grew up while I was gone. That haircut turned him from a baby into a little man. Jessica and I told Phil and Michael about their birthday gift of flight. They were going to do it this Sat. but Michael's ears have been bothering him. He was so glad we told him now because he wouldn't be able to fly without brushing up on the single engine, plus the weather was iffy, and his ears were too congested to make the flight. Now they can pick a time to go when things are more ready.

Fri.-Happy Birthday Dear Philip! So quick to be born, so quick to love, so quick to learn/ How thankful I am. Went to the chiro. this morning. Alli and Nathan came over for a visit. She cut up cabbage and potatoes for me. I took N on gator rides and he kept looking up and me and smiling. I think he was so glad we were back together again doing our thing. Then he'd snuggle in and let me kiss him over and over. We had the best time. I made a chocolate cake, baked potato salad, and cole slaw. Did some wash. Cleaned the bathrooms. Dusted the house.

Sat.-Vacuumed the house, washed floors, did some wash, cleaned the outside fridge a little, plugged in the baked beans, and watched the weather report. We are having a surprise party for Michael in less than two hours. He's been in the house a lot and I am so glad I made the food and got it over to the fridge in the mancave yesterday. Jessica is coming soon. He asked if it was okay for her to come and I hesitated and I said that I think it would be all right. All a part of my act. I'm starting to understand why I don't do surprise parties. I feel like I am keeping secrets from someone, or lying, or acting a lie. I think he is completely clueless. If you read this before 3:30, please do not let him know.
We succeeded in surprising Michael. Philip invited him and Jess over to eat leftovers from the party the guys had for Philip last eve. and to watch a Monk. Soon after they left, Jordan showed up. Then Tommy T. and Chace. They brought food and the can Frisbee game and started the fire. Alli, Freeman, Nathan, and Phil came and I sent a picture over to Philip letting him know we were ready. Michael thought it was strange when they wanted to leave in the middle of Monk and come help me with something. We surprised him, though, and had a lovely evening of talking around the fire, playing volleyball, and the Frisbee game. Erin West came too, right before Michael and Jessica got there. We had hot dogs, baked potato salad, cole slaw, homemade baked beans, Tommy's chocolate Espresso cake, and s'mores. It was a lovely evening.

Sun.-Went to church and helped greet at the front door while Phil went to SS. Pastor Bill spoke on goodness. It was good. Sara wasn't there and I missed her. Came home and rested and then the family got together for Philip's birthday party. He wanted pizza and Chocolate Marvel Cake and Snicker's Ice Cream. They watched the Third Hobbit movie and I took Nathan and Alli for a gator ride. We wrapped up in blankets. Nathan was cuddly again, when I was with him by himself. He looked up and smiled and let me kiss him over and over again. Janelle called in the eve. She had stepped in a hive of yellow jackets and they were all over her but she got stung only 5 times-once in the head. I came over and she had big red spots with welts. Her head hurt the worse. I took Michael's lavender and purify oils. She had put baking soda mixture on and that relief was wearing off. Then we put the oils on after she washed the soda off and Jeanne G. had benedryl so she took some of that and 600 mg if IBprofen. Then we put ice on the spots and she got comfortable in bed and I told Micah to call me if she was having any trouble and to call 9-1-1 if she was having trouble breathing. I told him I thought she would be okay though. She was, too. Made it safely through the night and went to teach the next day. Just itchy where stung.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hertzler Doings~Aug. 30-Sept.6, 2015

Mon.-Busy day catching up. Went over to Lori's and got some clothes and then took a lot of them to Helen. Cleaned up back room, did a lot of communications, and made some traveling plans for Oct. Went over to HV for an hour or so and read. Gathered eggs. Watched a movie with Phil.

Tues.-Lisa took me to the dentist. He did a smaller procedure since I am still running a temp and he put me on an antibiotic that deals with bone infections. Slept the rest of the day. Woke up for a little and then slept through the night.

Wed.-Took N gator riding this morning. Susan and Phil worked on banking and purchasing her car. Michael went to the doctor and was sent home to rest. Sinus infection and ear infection. Phil isn't feeling well. Micah isn't either. Went over to Janelle's to discuss Jewelry website this afternoon. Weird thunderstorms with sun and rainbows. Philip was here for supper. Michael came in from resting. Phil working on bids all day. Susan working this eve. I made some apple crisp with the apple mixture the Hoffmans gave us. Also made a roast. Then some s'mores in the oven. Also a salad with turkey burger and soybeans, like a 7 layer salad. Walked in circles in the morn and talked with Judy for awhile. Heard that Erin got some good news. Can't wait to hear what it is exactly. 100.1

Thurs.-Left for Pa at 5:15 this morning. Stopped every hour to stretch, etc. Stopped at Cabela's and spent my points on a pretty snow print hoodie. Got to Dianes around 3:30. Went swimming while talking. Ordered in pizza and wings. Stayed up late talking. Got to see Zack.

Fri.-Coffee with Diane. Lounged around talking. She made her famous eggs with cheese and toasted rolls with jelly. Left at 12 and went to Naomi's. We went to a yard sale that supports missions. Bought a Jack Lalane juice, Lincoln Logs, and a bag of silverware for Jessica. Went to Vinoli's Restaurant and met Ashley there. Server got Ira Wagler to come over to our table to visit. I wish I had his book along for him to sign. Went back to Naomi's house and went SD in the pool in the dark. Then watched 'Safe Haven' while snacking on M'M's and chocolate milk and pretzels and molasses cookies.

Sat.-Up early to have coffee with Mabe and Naomi. Naomi left to go set up candy table at Stoltzfus's and I went over to Rosalees at 8. Abie, Karen, and Annika were there for an amazing breakfast of sticky buns, yogurt/fruit/granola parfait, and a hashbrown/sausage/egg/cheese casserole. Sat around and talked. Had more of the same for a late lunch. Left for the Zimmerman/Martin wedding at 3:30. So good to see Rosa and Bev and the girls. Beautiful wedding. Left right away to help Naomi set up the candy table, light candles, etc. One of the basket of rolls caught on fire. We scrambled to put it out and to clean up the mess it left on the bridesmaid table. Food was delicious-roast beef, chicken, green beans, gourmet mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and all kinds of pies, wedding cake, cookies, etc. Naomi had graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate at her candy table. You could fill bags and then roast the marshmallows over a fire outside. We played corn hole too. Julie and I won. We played against Mabe and Bev. It was great fun and I was far too noisy. When it was time for the bride and groom to leave, we lined the driveway with light from sparklers. It was dark and it was pretty neat. It was especially wonderful to see Rosa's mother and father. Her mother, Anne, has had a battle with cancer and she looked great and so far she is winning.

Sun.-Had a relaxed morning at Rosalee's and got to church about an hour late. Sat between Karen and Bev. So many wonderful people came up and talked with me and I was one of the last to leave. Johnny Brynan was there. He is our missionary friend. He is taking care of his mother in the states. Hopewell was like old Hopewell. How wonderful. Had lunch with Mom and Dad. Rested and played with Jonathan in the afternoon. Karen came over too. Also, Debra and her mother, Shirley. Jonathan had said, "My heart is overflowing with love for Aunt Annette." I love him. Had a delicious supper of popcorn, watermelon, and cheese. Went to bed before 9.