Nov. 23—It is Saturday evening here at the Eicher homestead. It is 7 p.m. and the mercury on the thermometer is down to 33 degrees. We are having snow flurries all day, with no accumulation though. I think our warm weather is history for 2022. Last Saturday I was out raking leaves without a coat, and now today, with a high of 36 degrees, I limited outdoor work to only the necessities.
It is a quiet night here. The three boys and Lovina all had plans tonight, and all left before supper. My husband, Joe, is showering now, and we will call it an early night. Our church services are hosted by a family that lives 11 miles from here. Everyone will need to make an early start.
Last night we had our whole family here for supper. It has been awhile since everyone was home, at least at the same time. The menfolk grilled 20 pounds of chicken as well as some wings. We made mashed potatoes and noodles along with cheese and then brownies, Jello cake and ice cream for dessert.
The grandchildren had a great time with Grandma's new toys (from Karen in Kansas). They were quite entertained all night. After supper we all gathered around the table and sang songs. Making memories as a family is so very precious to me. The little grandchildren enjoyed listening to all of us singing. And when Grandpa Joe started playing the harmonica, they were amazed and sat there and stared at him. Joe doesn't often play it anymore, so he had to get some practice, but they enjoyed it just the same. Joe has some very talented harmonica players in his family. I never could get the hang of it, so I would always tease Joe that I'm not windy enough to play it.
Today the boys and Joe tackled the job of organizing our pole barn, on the tool shed side and the side where we have church and large gatherings, etc. It looks quite a lot better. Joe started the coal stove in there, and it's much cooler than the house it but keeps the water from freezing. Also the battery pack from our solar power needs a little heat in the cold months.
Sister Verena was here a few days and nights. She went home today. I think she likes to leave once in a while for a change of mind. It's lonely for her, living alone. Last Sunday our family had brunch at daughter Elizabeth's and Tim's house. Sister Verena joined us there, too.
Tim and Elizabeth had a delicious meal of ham and cheese oven omelet, biscuits, sausage gravy, etc. I took cherry, pumpkin and apple pies. Dessert also was ice cream and gelatin.
We played games in the afternoon and were served good snacks, with one being venison summer sausage that Tim made. It is very good! He also made good jerky.
I will share the recipe for my dressing that I use for Thanksgiving dinner.
—2 tablespoons chicken-flavored soup base
—2 cups hot water (use potato water, if you have some)
—10 slices bread, crumbled
—1/4 cup diced carrots
—1/4 cup diced celery or celery leaves
—1/4 cup chopped onions
Dissolve soup base in hot water, then add rest of ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased casserole dish or cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.