By Gloria Yoder
We have some delightful news that we’ve just been waiting to share!
Things have been shifting a bit around here. I don’t have all the energy I used to have. The food doesn’t always strike my fancy like it used to, and I tend to take more moments to just sit and catch my breath. All of this is for good reason: We have a little one on the way!
Seems long the journey has just begun. Lord willing, baby dear will arrive in February. One of the highlights so far is when my husband, Daniel, and I shared the good news with Julia. At 5 years old, she can’t wait to help “mother” a baby brother or sister. She has all kinds of big plans on how she will be my maid once the baby arrives. She is already a big help to me in many ways and is rapidly learning many new things around the house. Of course, Daddy will also take off work to help the first week and my three sisters will also want to do their share also. I shouldn’t have a lack of helpers in any way, and for that I am very thankful.
Meanwhile, we’ll try to wait patiently and grin and bear the discomforts that tend to be a part of this stage. Who would ever think of eating cold leftover green beans at
10 o’clock before retiring for the night and getting up at 2 in the morning to eat saltine crackers with pepper mustard?
You probably remember our interest in doing foster care. Piece by piece, that has also been falling into place over the past six months. Last night, we had the first of 13 foster classes. We are grateful for all the paperwork that has been completed and look forward to tackling what is ahead the next couple of months in the process.
Hopefully, by fall, we will have our license to proceed with foster care. As of right now, we plan to do babies and little children. I know you are probably wondering if we will proceed right away with foster care with our own little one on the way, but if you know my optimistic husband, you can just imagine he is what I need right now in confidently expecting everything to work out just fine, a step at a time.
Only God knows when we will have our first foster placements and what will be perfect for our family.
In the meantime, we will keep taking a step at a time as the future unfolds.
This summer, I am doing extra canning and freezing in hopes of simplifying next summer, in case I do have my hands full with little ones. Today, I’m doing peach pie filling. Thanks to Daniel, who helped me peel peaches before leaving for work this morning!
I have another bushel that needs to be cut up and canned or frozen this week. We’ve been richly blessed with a variety of peaches from the Weaver family’s orchard in our community.
If you’re interested in making any type of pie filling, you are welcome to try our recipe. My mother and I have made countless batches of this over the years, and use it with all types of fruits.
We make big batches of this to can; I cut the recipe to simplify it for you. Enjoy! Also, clear-jel and thermaflow are thickeners often found in Amish bulk food stores.
You can use cornstarch instead, but you’ll get a cloudier-looking filling (it will still taste great, though!)
GLORIA’S PIE FILLING
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup clear-jel or therma-flo (or constarch)
- 1/4 cup Jell-O (any flavor of choice)
Dump into a 2-quart kettle and bring to a boil. Then add 1 cup cold water mixed with 1/2 cup clear-jel or therma-flo, and 1/4 cup Jello-O of your choice. Cool.
This can be used in pies, delights, mixed with plain yogurt or enjoyed by itself.
Gloria Yoder is a traditional Amish wife and mother. She took over The Amish Cook column in July 2014 at age 24. Readers with culinary or culture questions or stories to share may write Gloria directly at: Gloria Yoder, 10437 E. 300th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427.