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Winter blues continue for Eicher family

Published on -3/4/2014, 1:53 PM

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We are having thunder, lightning and rain right now. The temperature is just above the freezing mark, so it turns the driveway into a sheet of ice. It's a challenge to walk on, and for daughter Loretta so much more. She fell on her way out to the bus this morning. I hope she did not hurt herself. She is so ready to see the snow go away. It makes walking on it so difficult for her. She said she can't wait until it warms up and she can sit outside on her swing again.

Our school closed Tuesday because of the 5 to 6 inches of snow we received Monday evening. Last Friday and Monday, the children didn't have school either as it was their mid-winter break. I was hoping they would cancel the mid-winter break due to missing so many days already this year. The children ended up having a five-day break. I hope they won't have to go to school longer at the end of the year. It is more difficult for the children to sit in school when it is so nice and warm outside. It's so much more difficult to concentrate when the days are sunny and warm.

We would like to butcher hogs soon, probably one of the next Saturdays. We are running low on sausage. I'm also using the last of our lard. We look forward to having "pon hoss" to eat after we butcher hogs (Editor's note: Some know this dish as "scrapple). I don't think we will butcher a beef until one of the steers we are raising is big enough. I think the biggest one is approximately 600 pounds already. So it should be ready by this fall to butcher.

I always am glad to get that job over with, and it's good to have more meat in the freezer. After that's over, we can get started on spring cleaning. We were cleaning out some cabinets and drawers this week already. With the warmer weather, I hope we can give the windows a good cleaning. Today is laundry day again. We want to wash some coats since the weather is warmer and the extra coats aren't needed yet. It sounds like we will have cold weather again by the weekend.

Bacon omelette roll

8 eggs

1 cup milk

1รขÑ3 cup flour

1 red pepper, finely chopped

8 slices bacon, crumbled

3 green onions, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup salsa

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 15-by-10-by-1-inch pan with parchment paper, with ends extending over shortest sides of pan. Spray with cooking spray. Beat eggs, milk and flour in a large bowl with whisk until blended. Stir in the next four ingredients. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until edges almost are set. Top with cheese. Bake 2 minutes or until melted. Roll up omelet immediately, starting at one short end and peeling off paper as omelet is rolled. Place on platter, cut into slices. Serve with salsa.

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