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Early start to morning leads to busy day for Eicher family

3/25/2014

A look at a day in the life of the Eichers.

3:15 a.m. Time to start another day. I pack my husband Joe's lunch while he gets ready for work.

3:50 a.m, Joe left for work. It is raining outside.

4:45 a.m. Daughters Liz, 19, and Susan, 18, pack their lunches and get ready for work. It is really snowing, and the ground already is covered with quite a few inches of snow. It is windy, so our driveway is drifting shut with the blowing snow.

5:15 a.m. Elizabeth and Susan leave for the RV factory. Susan seems to be adjusting well to her job and a new schedule. They work in different areas of the factory so they don't always get home at the same time. I catch up on reading the daily newspaper and the Budget.

6 a.m. Time to get the children up for school. After taking a look outside at the weather, we go check our phone for messages. School has called saying there is a two-hour delay. Most of the children go back to bed, except Lovina stays up. I read while she puts together beads. She has a kit that has all kind of beads, and she makes different kinds of crafts with it. She also really is enjoying making things out of plastic canvas and is creative.

8 a.m. The rest of the children get up and after checking the messages on the phone, we find out school has been canceled. It is a white world outside and still blowing snow. Right now, it seems impossible spring begins next week. We still are adjusting to the time change as well. The boys do the morning chores. I fry pon hoss and make coffee soup and eggs for breakfast. We have several more pans left of pon hoss, and it seems they still are hungry for it every time I make it.

10:30 a.m. Dishes are washed and floors swept. Verena, 16, and Loretta, 13, clean out the closet in Loretta and Lovina's bedroom. Benjamin, 14, goes outside to shovel snow. Joseph, 11, Lovina, 9, and Kevin, 8, help me mix some noodles. We put 36 eggs into noodles, then let the dough set for awhile in airtight containers to keep it moist. Our neighbor, Lila, stops in to get eggs.

1 p.m. Verena makes grilled cheese and eggs for everyone's lunch. They are done with the closets upstairs. They also cleaned out the dresser drawers in that bedroom. We still are working on the noodles but take time to eat lunch.

3:30 p.m. Elizabeth and Susan come home from work. We are putting the rest of the noodles through the cutter on the noodle-maker. The children enjoy helping make noodles. We have an 8-quart and a 6-quart table set up to put the noodles on to dry for a week. I put cheesecloth over them so dust can't get on them. The cheesecloth is thin enough they still can dry.

4 p.m. Joe is home from work. The boys and Joe go do the evening chores, and Joe takes care of the stove. The girls and I make mashed potatoes, beef and noodles and pork-and-beans for supper.

6 p.m. Time to eat supper.

8 p.m. Everyone is cleaned up and ready to relax.

God's blessings to all.

For those of you who have storage apples, try this recipe to help use them up.

Apple pie pudding cake

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1âÑ2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups flour

3âÑ4 cup butter or oil

1âÑ2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons soda

4 cups peeled chopped apples

Dissolve soda in 1âÑ4 cup hot water. Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes in pie pans. Serve with milk or whipped cream.