Last week was a busy week canning the meat from two deer. We canned some deerburger and chunk and also made some summer sausage.
Last week was a busy week canning the meat from two deer. We canned some deerburger and chunk and also made some summer sausage.With my husband Joe being off work, it was good to see more meat in jars and in the freezer. Before we stored the meat, I defrosted the freezer and cleaned out the refrigerator. It is always a relief to have it all clean again. I wanted to do this before I put in more meat. We now have chicken, fish and venison meat in the freezer.What a blessing to have such a bountiful supply of meat when my husband’s work is slow. Our chickens also are doing real well, and we have plenty of eggs to use and also the potatoes we have from our own garden.With Thanksgiving this week, let us thank our Heavenly Father for the many blessings he sends. We must remember to thank Him not just on Thanksgiving Day but everyday.Joe woke up yesterday morning with fever and sore throat. This morning he is still running a fever and not feeling too well yet. He has a bad cold also. I am trying to doctor him up the best I can. I sure do hope my husband feels better soon. He wants to go back out and try his luck getting another deer once he is feeling better.Last week, Joe was doing some more odd jobs around home and working on our upstairs bedrooms. He is pasting and taping the dry wall in Elizabeth’s bedroom now. The drywall is hung but it needs to be finished and painted. With Joe being home, he is getting caught up on some of these jobs. I keep teasing him that I have quite a big “honey-do” list. It is our turn to have my family Christmas gathering this year. I still don’t know when that will be. I need to get in contact with everybody and find a date that will suit. We are a total of 69 now, and it gets pretty hard to find a day that works for everyone, but we will try our best.Meanwhile, my brother Amos and Nancy are grandparents for the third time. Baby Amanda was born to Paul and Elizabeth Coblentz. She joins a sister Lisa. Baby Amanda spent quite a few weeks at the hospital. She is at home now but is still on a heart monitor. She was born seven or eight weeks early. We wish them God’s blessings and better health for baby Amanda.It was sleeting this morning, but now it has turned into snow. Joe is always glad for the snow through deer season. It helps him to track the deer easier. Benjamin, 9, Loretta, 8, and Joseph, 6, have all taken a turn to go deer hunting with him. Loretta spotted some deer from their tent and yelled, “Hey, Dad, deer!.” She gave the deer enough chance to get away. Joe told her next time she has to tap his arm and to be quiet. We did get a good laugh out of it. I do think she was rather on the deer’s side and couldn’t handle having Joe shoot one. Needless to say, she isn’t interested in deer hunting anymore.I will share a baked French toast recipe. It is easy to do and is very good served with scrambled eggs.Baked French Toast1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup butter2 tablespoons corn syrup10 to 12 slices bread1/4 cup sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon6 eggs1 1/2 cups milk1 teaspoon vanillaBring brown sugar, butter and corn syrup just to a boil. Then pour in bottom of 9- by 13-inch glass pan. Top with two layers of bread. Mix sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top of bread. Then beat together eggs, milk, vanilla and pour over bread. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Do not overbake or bottom will get hard.“The Amish Cook at Home,” Lovina’s first cookbook, is a 200-page color coffeetable cookbook with many recipes and information about Amish culture. The cookbook is available for holiday purchase at all area Barnes and Noble and Borders book stores.