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{AMISH COMMUNITY NEWS} Vol. 5 No. 4

The internal pressure of a sugar maple may be as much as 20 pounds per square inch on a warm day after a freezing night. The pressure is triggered by thermal shock. The amount of this pressure determines how well sap will run. Quebec produces the greatest volume of maple syrup of any other province or state. But, Vermont produces the most maple syrup per square mile. (Ed note … and Geauga’s syrup tastes the best!!!) The sugar content of sap is usually between 2 and 2.75 percent. This means that it usually takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.

March 27, 2013

Sweet facts A single sugar maple of tapable size can produce enough sap to make from 1 quart to 1/2 gallon of maple syrup a season. The sugar content of the sap determines how much sap must be boiled and for how long to make syrup. Currently, there is research being conducted on the feasibility of a fall sugaring season. Sugaring season (when maple sap is collected and boiled down to produce maple syrup) occurs in spring, generally lasting from mid-February through mid-April.

Usually 100 million pounds of maple syrup are produced every year. This is just a little less than 4 fl. ounces for each person living in the United States and Canada. There are 148 kinds of maple trees in the world and only 4 of these produce enough sweet sap to be harvested. Only 2 of the 4, the sugar maple and the red maple, produce enough sap to be used for commercial sugaring.

Spring Recipe Contest VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE! RECIPES ARE ON PAGES 8-12

Next issue Plain Country– Apr 17. Submission deadline–Mon., Apr 1. Advertising deadline–Apr 5 Please send the information to share to Plain Country, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062, or call 440-632-0782 or fax to 440-834-8933. Subscriptions are available for $25 per year.


Plain Country | March 27, 2013

Easter

By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler In the sweet springtime, and winter’s gone away, Jesus Christ arose for us, at the break of day. Now again it’s springtime, bending low we pray, “Bless us, Lord of Easter, on this Easter Day.” Easter and spring come almost hand in hand … both the observance of the Resurrection and the arrival of spring. The risen Christ brought great joy to His people. And spring, a new season of birth … of hope and faith … brings joy to all believers. We become aware that this is greater than riches and material things.

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Publisher: the Fontanelle group inc v Editorial Coordinators: Jacquie Foote, Joe and Sarah Miller Staff Writers: Katherine M. Byler, Barbara Ann Detweiler and Donnie Miller Contributing Writers: William Bender, Daniel Fisher, Ellen Hershberger, Rachel Miller, Linda Weaver and Susan Yoder Mailing Address: P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062 Phone: 440-632-0782 v 440-834-8900 v Fax: 440-834-8933 Published Every Three Weeks – Free of Charge

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Happy Birthday!! Mar. 27 Sarah Ann Miller (19) Mar. 28 Uria W. Bender Mar. 29 Bill M. Miller Mar. 30 Danny Mullet (37) Mar. 30 (Mart) Sarah Miller Mar. 31 Kaylie Yoder (3) Mar. 31 Aaron M. Byler (13) Apr. 1 Barbara Ann Detweiler (Mom’s Diary) (46) Apr. 1 Mrs. John (Mary) Troyer(72) Apr. 1 Pete Hostetler Jr. Apr. 1 Mrs. Marty Kurtz (46) Apr. 1 Bill J. Miller (53) Apr. 1 Mrs. Andy Gertie Byler Apr. 2 Katherine W. Detweiler(13) Apr. 2 Mrs. Rhoda Mae Byler(36) Apr. 3 Mrs. Esther Schmucker(69) Apr. 3 John Mullet Jr Apr. 4 Mrs. Ken (Ada) Byler Apr. 4 Lee Bontrager Apr. 4 Paul Weaver. Apr. 4 Matthew J. Byler (16) Apr 4 Leah Ruth Coblentz (6) Apr. 4 Mrs. Eli Kathryn Byler (37) Apr. 4 Christopher Hershberger (twin) (8) Apr. 4 Christine Hershberger (twin) (8) Apr. 5 Andrew W. Detweiler (15) Apr. 6 Kathryn Yutzy (7) Apr. 7 Robert W. Miller (19) Apr. 7 Richard J. Miller (42) Apr. 7 Dorothy S. Yoder (4) Apr. 8 Jonathon W. Miller (6) Apr. 8 Michael N. Yutzy (24)

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Spring Recipe Contest

Mrs. Joanne Schmucker(42) James Kurtz (16) Robert C. Hershberger(48) Robert J. Yoder (8) Ruthie J. Yoder (17) Alan Ray Miller (5) Edna M. Miller (46) Mrs. Allen Verna Byler (34) Wayne H. Weaver Mrs. Dan (Katie) Yoder Mrs. (Bill) Ada Byler (64) Eli P. Weaver (74) Allen M. Byler (16) John E. Mullet Mrs. Lester (Martha) Mullet         Mary Sue Detweiler Mrs. (Les) Martha Miller(69) Susan J. Miller (17) John Paul Mast (Marty’s)(15) Andrew Weaver (Aaron’s)

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE ! RECIPES ARE ON PAGES 8-12

Thank you to everybody who sent in delicious recipes for our contest. Now it is up to you, the readers, to choose a winner. Try out the recipes that sound the most delightful to you, and let us know which one you feel should take the prizes. There will be two winners, one first place $35 and one second place $25 gift certificate to a merchant of the winner’s choice. Merchants can be chosen from among any of the advertisers in the March 27 editions of The Middlefield Post and Plain Country. To cast your vote, mail your pick to The Middlefield Post Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062. You can also phone your choice in to 440-6320782 or e-mail editorial@middlefieldpost. com. Happy cooking and happy tasting.

Belated Birthday Mar. 18 Mar. 26 Mar. 26 Mar. 26

Lucinda Lynn Coblentz(14) Eli D. Miller (79) Sam and Dan Miller (64) David J. S. Miller (58)

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In This Issue ...

Bits and Pieces from the Past....................05, 07 Bookmobile News................................................06 Books in Review .................................................. 07 Children’s Immunization Clinics .................... 02 Coffee Break with Sue.........................................07 Greetings from Garrettsville.............................06 Greetings from the Plain Community...........05 Happy Birthdays ................................................. 02 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner.................03 Hello from Huntsburg.........................................06 In Memoriam.........................................................05 Howdy from West Farmington........................05 Katherine’s Korner................................................08 Lines by Linda........................................................04 Local Amish Business Directory......................13 Mom’s Diary............................................................04 Nutrient Dense Gardening................................07 Parkman Pathways...............................................08 Recipe Contest.............................................08 – 12 Wanted ....................................................................02

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Plain Country | March 27, 2013

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By Jaime Fisher Spring is here and new life is abundant at the Middlefield Care Center. At the end of the 2012 fiscal year we tallied out our largest number of births yet. MCC is going to have a big birthday in the near future and we want to make sure everybody knows about the facility, which is located at the end of Lenny Drive in Middlefield. MCC is a freestanding birthing center that serves the Old Order Amish community within a 100-mile radius of the facility. The main objectives of this unique birthing center are to provide an alternative to the more expensive route of hospital deliveries and a safer option to at-home unattended deliveries. For patients participating in Amish Community Aid Plan (ACAP) 100 percent of delivery charges are covered. We also accept private pay patients, and are always willing to work out a payment plans for those who chose to do so. The MCC is set up like home. There are no restrictions on eating or drinking prior to deliveries, and mothers are not confined to their rooms, so may walk freely throughout the facility. An OBGYN and two nurses are available for each low risk delivery, and only a small portion of our patients must have IVs during their stay. The Middlefield Care Center is truly a gem to have in our community, and we plan to keep it growing for future generations. If you have questions or comments about the Care Center or would like to schedule an informational tour, contact me, Jaime Fisher RN/D.O.N. at 440-632-1900.

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Hello from the Amish Crossing Corner By Sarah Miller Whew, 70 degrees on Sunday, March and Betty Anne. 1. That should make the sap run. Hope We are enjoying our visitors and mail. they will have a good year. Predictions are A big thank you for all the help, visits and for cooler weather again by tomorrow. mail since Grandpa John’s passing and So, that should make for another Joe’s surgery. Grandson Allen Ray is good run. taking care of the window shop I see my crocuses are and grandson Andrew takes blooming. A sure sign of care of the chores. The other “Spring”! The girl grandsons carry in wood The therapist was here and coal. We are blessed to complained to her this morning and Joe’s have family living close by. landlord who was doing well. The nurse will This Friday, we miserly and did not be out sometime today to are having our annual provide enough heat, Pancake Breakfast benefit take out the 15 staples. Jonas N. Hershberger “My apartment is so for Sawmill Land School. of Patch Road died March cold that every time I And on Saturday, March 4 and the funeral was on open the door, the 16, there will be a pancake Thursday, March 7. He was Breakfast at our shop for the 95 on January 13 and was the light goes on.” Drive-It-Yourself tour. third oldest Amishman in Geauga Saturday, March 9, we had County. The oldest is Val Troyer of the Blood Drive here with 66 donors. Nauvoo Road, born Dec, 16, 1916 and Granddaughter Linda donated for the the second oldest is John H. Miller of first time. Thanks, Linda! Madison Road, born Dec, 28, 1917. The Born to Atlee and Christina Weaver, oldest Amish lady is Mrs. David Troyer of a daughter, Ruth Ellen, on Thursday, Old State Rd., born Jan. 27, 1916. She is March 7. Grandparents are Crist and Clara almost blind and lives with her son, Ben Hershberger and Crist and Fannie Weaver.

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Plain Country | March 27, 2013

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Tuesday, Mar. 5: I finished sewing my curtains, and then washed them. Tonight, Wayne and Rose Edna painted the kitchen. Things are starting to look up around here! Wednesday, Mar. 6: More of the same … cleaning and organizing. Thursday, Mar. 7: Norma didn’t want to eat what we had and I didn’t allow her to eat anything else, so she retorted that she would just die of starvation. I told her we’d have to put her 6 feet underground then. She thought for a few minutes, and then said, “Why so far?” Friday, Mar. 8: I went to get food supplies for Sunday. Rose Edna did all the final cleaning. Now … to keep it clean until Sunday! Saturday, Mar. 9: I prepared food while the girls did the rest of the work. Sunday, Mar. 10: We had church services with lots if visitors present. It was a beautiful day … almost 70 degrees! Some of the neighbors came back for supper; Rose Edna’s friends were also here. Monday, Mar. 11: A bit cooler today. I got the house cleaned up from the after-churchdirt, but hurt too much to do laundry, so Katherine and Laura did that tonight. Tuesday, Mar. 12: Betty threw up during the night – numerous times. I got hardly any sleep and felt horrible. She didn’t keep anything down today. Wednesday, Mar. 13: Betty is still sick, though not as bad as yesterday. She is drinking Gatorade. The other girls and I went to the library and got lots of books to read. Thursday, Mar. 14: Betty is improving, but still not well enough to go to school. She finally got up this afternoon and walked around, and then did some schoolwork. Tonight, she played school with Norma, so she must feel pretty good. I think I’ll keep her home tomorrow though, so she can recuperate fully. Friday, Mar. 15: Andrew got sick during the night, but he didn’t feel too bad when he got up this morn. It is a nice spring day. I do believe Spring is just around the corner! So, hang in there!

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We hope this finds everyone in good health. Well, March came in like a lion, but has tamed down to a kitty with 60-degree temperatures Sunday. I, for one, am ready for milder weather. The paper’s predictions say colder again at the end of the week. Syrup makers are busy with the big run Saturday and Sunday. We are here, at our son Paul’s, and they’ve been boiling for several hours already and it’s only 7 a.m. I got up and made breakfast sandwiches and a fresh pot of coffee for Jake and our three boys. When they’re busy outdoors, it seems like they can inhale food. 1 Our hearts go out in sympathy to all the bereaved families in this area. Mrs. Bill (Emma) Mullet (66), Mrs. David (Elizabeth) Miller (82) and Mrs. Crist (Martha) Miller (58), all precious Mothers. They will be dearly missed by heir families. Also missed is Jonas N. Hershberger (95) whose funeral was Thursday. He lived in

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Saturday, Feb. 23: The Children had a half day of school to make up for losing a half day a while ago. The men and big boys made ice today off the neighbor’s pond and stored it in our icehouse. It makes for some hard work. After, Wayne, John and Andrew all fell asleep on the lazyboys. They looked pretty exhausted. Sunday, Feb. 24: To church, then back for supper. Monday, Feb. 25: I went to get groceries and was really hurting when I got back. It was a nice sunny day, so the sap started running. Tuesday, Feb. 26: The mothers took a hot lunch to school. I made fruit pizza. I went early and visited the classrooms awhile. Wednesday, Feb. 27: A wet, rainy day. Andrew cooked sap tonight. I canned 27 quarts of ham. The girls thoroughly cleaned my bedroom tonight. Thursday, Feb. 28: Rose Edna is deep into cleaning. We’re getting ready for church services here on Mar. 10, so she won’t rest until every corner has been touched. Friday, Mar. 1: My Dad’s birthday is today. Teacher Norma asked me to substitute at school for a few hours this afternoon, so I did. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I could handle it on a daily basis! Saturday, Mar. 2: Andrew cooked sap and the little girls kept him company. They took hot dogs out to roast and eggs to soft boil. The rest of us stayed busy in the house. Sunday, Mar. 3: We rested until this afternoon, and then we went to Wayne’s brother Chesters for supper. They have a new baby. Monday, Mar. 4: Rose Edna isn’t working this week, so she’ll be cleaning 100 miles an hour. Today was the basement’s turn to be cleaned. I started sewing new curtains for our new room.

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Jonas N. Hershberger, 95 of Troy passed away March 4, 2013. He was born to the late Neil I. and Lizzie Ann (Fisher) Hershberger in Burton on Jan. 13,1918. He is now reunited with his loving with, Barbara (Miller), who passed away in 1997. Jonas was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He will be missed by his children, Melvin (Sarah) Hershberger, Malinda (Aden) Chupp, Katie (Monroe) Schmucker, Lydia (Henry) Miller, Abner (Mary Ann) Hershberger, Fannie (John) Burkholder, Barbara (John) Miller; 56 grandchildren; 156 great-grandchildren; three brothers; two sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jonas is preceded in death by: his parents; wife; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. Jonas’ final resting place is in Hershberger Cemetery in Troy. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

Plain Country | March 27, 2013

Howdy from West Farmington By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Martha D. Miller (nee Shrock), 58, of Parkman, entered eternal rest Feb. 28, 2013 at home surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 11, 1954 to Daniel M. and Emma J. Shrock. Martha married Crist J. Miller on Sept. 26, 1974. She was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Martha enjoyed making crafts, being a homemaker, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be missed by her loving husband; children; Mary Ellen Mullet, John (Susan) Miller, Amanda (Raymond) Miller, Paul (Ida Mae) Miller, Emma (Ervin) Kauffman, Martha Miller, Ruth Ann Miller, Catherine Miller, Sarah Miller; 20 Grandchildren; one brother; ninesisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Martha is preceded in death by: her father, and son-in-law, David J. Mullet. Martha’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery in Parkman. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

March 10, 2013:

March is Winter saying “Goodbye”, March is Spring coming over the hill with a warm “Hello”. We can see some green sprouts coming up where snow lay yesterday. How exciting!! Today is 62 degrees. We walked home from church at Allen (Harleys) and Jo Ann Hochstetlers today, no coats and sweaty when we got home! It’s time to get rid of the warm knit dresses. I like the Melange material for summertime. It’s a big difference and much cooler. We had welcome visitors in church: Bishop Reuben Mel Byler and Minister Paul Mast, and Joe Eichers and most of their married children, and Alma Hochstetler. The new twin babies of Minister Marlin and Fannie Kauffman made their first appearance in church today. Didn’t hear them fussing any time. They are beautiful. Son Marty and Lori Detweiler’s 3-week old baby has colic and is very fussy. Lori is giving her goat’s milk now, hoping it will help. It tires the Mother out. Bishop Crist D. Miller church is planned to be held at Amos and Kathy Hostetler’s in two weeks. Our welcome visitors this past week were John and Arlene Schrock. They had off from chores. Their young folks and their steadies wanted to do the chores, so Johns decided to go visiting. John Arlene made the young folks a special chicken dinner. Johns came Sunday afternoon. In the evening, they went on down to Minister Marlin Kauffmans to see the twin babies. Our visitors Monday night were Eli and Alta Byler and daughter Kathryn. They brought cake and ice cream for Rudy’s late birthday. Their grandson, 4-year old Norman Jr, son of Norman and Miriam Miller, needs some serious eye surgery. There was a shower in Gemeinde Brief. Lester and Sara Hostetler and Rudy and I visited Emanuel and Maryann Stoltzfus after church as Maryann had surgery on both feet to put pins in her toes to straighten up her feet. She’s laid up for several weeks.

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A post card I got from Grandma when they were in Florida in 1943 … Feb. 10: Well, Rachel, I wonder how you are. We are OK. Grandpa and Henry went to the orange grove this p.m. to pick oranges. Every time there’s a blizzard in the North or in the West it’s cool and is going to rain again. This is common for Florida. Oranges are in Sarasota. Mom once told me Grandma said, “It’s a wonder the road doesn’t wear out with all the traffic.” What would she say now?

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March 11, 2013: Greetings to all our Plain Country readers. We are enjoying our burst of spring. Maple syrup makers are busy this morning, I’m sure. What we need now are freezing and thawing to make a good season. There has been another death in the community, Jonas Hershberger, aged 95. Jonas passed away Monday, March 4, in Geauga Hospital after a fall at home. Funeral was held on Thursday, March 7. Burial was in Hershberger’s’ Cemetery. Survivors are two sons and five daughters. His wife Barbara passed away in Dec. of ’97.

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Jonas’ funeral was the twelfth funeral in the community since the New Year. When reading our morning paper, we were horrified about the shooting in our town of Middlefield. Must think this is too close to home. We checked our new Ace Hardware in town last week and found it is a very nice store with all our needs in hardware. Then, we saw the construction on the new building behind KFC. We hope the additional traffic and our buggy and horses can still survive with each other as we have for many years in this area. Tonight is visiting night for our Troyer family and we look forward to visiting in the home of Gideon and Elmina Kurtz.

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us. That was nice of her. They live on the home place, in another house. Sarah still has Ida at home. We became great grandparents again. A daughter Leah to grandson Raymond and Susie Miller. Grands are son Ray Millers and Crist Yoders. Other greats are Mrs. Andy Emma Miller, William W. Bylers and Mrs. Simon Martha Yoder. Friday evening, we are invited to daughter Sadie, the Marvin Kurtzs. I think Ivan Miller Jrs. will also be there. Friday night, March1, we had a benefit auction at Sawmill Joe’s for Tinker’s Creek School. We had a barbequed chicken dinner and a silent auction. They had a lot of people, a good turnout. March 17 is on Sunday, so I would like to sow lettuce on the 16th or the 18th … and also put out a few peas and, maybe, potatoes … if I have any.


Plain Country | March 27, 2013

Hello from Huntsburg By William Bender

I better get some lines on this paper. This is early Monday morning. The boys have a big sap run today. If the weatherman knows what he’s talking about, the maple sugar season is in full swing. We could use some rain, though. I am waiting on the driver to go to work. Want to go to Fredonia, Pa. to see cousin Katie from Delaware tonight. Tim is getting a load together. The Byler boys have other plans. The 13th. I have to go and make Uncle Sam happy, as it is income tax time. Just Anna and me … he would like to take more than his share. After you are 70, they should let you go. Well, the clocks are an hour ahead now and I am not ready for that. Grin and bare it. It is 42 years that Anna has put up with me. That is a lot longer than anyone else ever has. Reuben Emma came home from Hillcrest late Saturday evening after a 5-day stay. She had surgery to remove a tumor. We are glad to report it wasn’t cancer. We just got word that cousin Katie (Mrs. Eli Fisher) died. She lived in Troutville, Pa. Eli died a few years ago. They lived

Bookmobile News By Jane Attina

As of this writing, Daylight Saving Time has started and Easter is just a few weeks away. We have been treated to some Spring-like days already this month, a nice hint at what is to come. This time of the year is exciting for me for another reason besides longer days and flowers peeking out of the ground. Soon the baseball season will begin and with it hope for a World Series win for the Cleveland Indians or at least a Playoff chance. Since I was a young child when my father took me to a game, I have been hooked on baseball. Even when I drive through the countryside and see children playing in the yard, I feel the urge to find a chair and watch them play.” As American as apple pie” is the saying that always went along with the sport and I could relate to that! To celebrate the start of the season and to wish the Cleveland Indians a winning season we are having a contest on the bookmobile. We have filled a large jar with gumball shaped bubblegum that looks like baseballs! They even have a seam stitching design on them and baseball related sayings! This contest will run from April 1st through April 21st to give all of our stops a chance to guess the number of gumballs in the jar. We have some new baseball books on the bookmobile to help you get into the ‘swing’ of things, so stop by for a chance to win! In my last article I wrote of Centralia the town in Pennsylvania that caught fire back in 1962. I had some patrons ask me when the fire was put out so I wanted everyone to know that even today the fire is still burning and experts say it may continue to burn for another 250 years! On the Bookmobile … “The Winnowing Season”, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #2 – Cindy Woodsmall “A Wandering Heart”, Angel Island Series #3 – Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer “The Quarryman’s Bride”, Land of Shining Water Series #2 – Tracie Peterson “Seaside Harmony”, Nantucket Dreams Series #1 – Evangeline Kelley “Fire in the Night”, Lancaster Burning Series #1 – Linda Byler “Letters to Katie”, Middlefield Family Series #3 – Kathleen Fuller “Adoring Addie,” Courtships of Lancaster County Series #2 – Leslie Gould “When a Secret Kills,” Deadly Reunions Series #3 – Lynette Eason “The Hope of Spring”, Discovery Series #3 – Wanda E. Brunstetter “Katie’s Journey to Love”, Emma Raber’s Daughter Series #2 – Jerry S. Eicher Happy Easter from the Bookmobile!

Greetings from Garrettsville By Rachel Miller March 7, 2013: Will write my letter tonight. Today was a nice day; it went up to 32 degrees, or it was when I looked. I did laundry and all dried outside. We, then, drove to Garrettsville and we did our shopping and took care of the laundry after we came home. Birds are singing, especially in the mornings. A cardinal is singing his heart out every morning out by the pussy willow tree. Pussy willow buds are out as are the lilacs. I hope they don’t freeze. Daffodils are up as are the tulips. Tuesday, we spent an enjoyable day at Ivan’s sister’s, Sarah (Mahlon) Byler. Others there were Mrs. John C. Mat Miller, Mrs. Andy Lucy Ann Miller, Mrs. Melvin Mary Miller and his brother Bert and Martha Miller. Mrs. John Kurtz was over awhile and she brought the main dish for us. That was nice of her. They live on the

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on Donley Road before they moved to Pennsylvania. Years ago we had a Byler get-together there. The last time we were there, we went to see Uncle Atlee. That was the last time we saw Uncle Atlee. Time will tell if we get to go to see her. My first memories are when we lived on Killdeer Road; today it’s called Huntley Rd. Our Amish neighbors were Poor Daves, John Bylers. This is east of Hunt Rd. Brother Reuben would walk all the way to uncle Andys. They lived on the Pete Dan place. This is west of Clay St. on Huntley. Sometimes they went fishing with Andy’s boys. Sometimes they had work to do. Then Reuben would help them. One place they went fishing was the Plouka hole. This is behind one of the Kauffman boys. Years later when Reuben was working for Cliff Moss, his east line came to our west line. Sometimes Reuben would stop in and tell us to have chores done when he came home. Then he will take us fishing. Needless to say, we were ready by the time he came home. I did a lot of button pushing and still didn’t write anything. Will try and do better next time.

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home place, in another house. Sarah still has Ida at home. We became great grandparents again. A daughter Leah to grandson Raymond and Susie Miller. Grands are son Ray Millers and Crist Yoders. Other greats are Mrs. Andy Emma Miller, William W. Bylers and Mrs. Simon Martha Yoder. Friday evening, we are invited to daughter Sadie, the Marvin Kurtzs. I think Ivan Miller Jrs. will also be there. Friday night, March1, we had a benefit auction at Sawmill Joe’s for Tinker’s Creek School. We had a barbequed chicken dinner and a silent auction. They had a lot of people, a good turnout. March 17 is on Sunday, so I would like to sow lettuce on the 16th or the 18th … and also put out a few peas and, maybe, potatoes … if I have any.

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Plain Country | March 27, 2013

Nutrient Dense Gardening

By Daniel Fisher Time is flying by. By the time you get this, hopefully we will have the greenhouse going full swing. Iron in plants is essential for the formation of chlorophyll and therefore photosynthesis. It also serves as an activator for respiration, photosynthesis, and symbolic nitrogen fixation. It makes a thicker leaf that will collect more sunlight, energy release in cells and is needed by nitrogen fixing bacteria. A good source is Iron Sulfate if needed. Most soils are high in iron … just not plant available iron. How do I get the iron available? More biologicals. Clinical studies show that Iron deficiencies in people are responsible for anemia, energy loss, fatigue, dizziness, depression, headaches, anorexia, pica, pale skin, brittle nails, lack of hemoglobin, slow growth, constipation and fragile bones. Until next time …

Books in Review By Jacquie Foote

“Lincoln, a Photobiography” by Russell Freedman was published by Scholastic, Inc., New York, copyright 1987. It may be unusual to review a book with such an old copyright, but it would be difficult to find a more interesting, evenhanded biography of our 16th president … and one written for 7th and 8th graders. Many libraries still carry copies of this book. “If any personal description of me is thought desirable, it may be said I am, in height six feet, four inches, nearly, lean in flesh, weighing, on average, one hundred and eighty pounds, dark complexion, with coarse, black hair and grey eyes – no other marks or brands recollected.” The book starts with these words of Lincoln and quotes from him are many throughout the book, giving as much a “picture” of Abraham Lincoln as the actual photographs do. To complete this physical description, we are told that most people thought, at first glance, Lincoln was homely … and that Lincoln thought so, too. He referred to his, “poor, lean, lank face” but as he matured learned to laugh at himself. Once during a political debate, his rival called him “two-faced”. Lincoln replied, “I leave it to my audience, if I had another face, do you think I’d wear this one?” Indeed, when Lincoln began to speak, his appearance changed considerably. His eyes sparkling, his smile infectious and his whole face wreathed in animation caused a Chicago newspaperman to say, “…this man, so angular and solemn … is really handsome!” One chapter of the seven in this book is devoted to Lincoln’s childhood from birth until 1837 when he was 28. Then, having educated himself and passed the law exams, having failed in shop keeping, succeeded, failed, and succeeded in politics and having made certain his family was well settled and able to get on without him, Abe rode into Springfield on a borrowed horse with seven dollars in his pocket. The third chapter is about his Springfield days and includes the earliest photo (1846) of Lincoln and of Mary Todd Lincoln, his wife of four years at the time. This chapter does much to dispel some of the myths about Lincoln the man and his marriage. In 1847 Lincoln took his seat in Congress, and chapter four examines Lincoln’s rise in national politics … and sets the background for the problems Lincoln will face as president. The book also does a good job of showing the reader the difference in the customs of the times then and now. For example, presidential candidates did not campaign; their supporters did so for them. Shortly before the election, 11-year old Grace Bedell from Westfield, New York wrote to Candidate Lincoln advising that he grow a beard, saying, “… you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you” Lincoln took her advice AFTER he became president-elect. At the end of this chapter are four photos from Lincoln’s last “beardless photo” on Aug. 13, 1860 to Feb. 9, 1861 two days before he left for his inauguration as the first bearded president. The next three chapters are about Lincoln’s presidency and its end, which means the Civil War is carefully examined, especially with regard to Lincoln’s leadership even during times of great personal hardship. The humility and humanity of this president are revealed and explored. Again, details are given that make this president seem more real … details such as that he wrote out six copies of the Gettysburg Address, that he was famous for reprieving death penalties and that he signed the Emancipation Proclamation with his full name rather than the usual, “A. Lincoln”. He said, “If my name ever goes into history, it will be for this act.” “Lincoln, a Photobiography” is interesting throughout … an excellent read for seventh grade through adult.

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Coffee Break With Sue By Susan Yoder

March 9, 2013: Hello to all!

Spring is getting closer. I can almost “smell it”! Today would have been my Grandpa’s birthday (John S. C. Miller). He was born in 1917 and passed away in 2006. We still miss hearing his stories of bygone days. His sister Mary who is 91 recently spent a day at Mom and Dad’s. She gets around quite well with her walker. Her mind seemed pretty sharp, that day at least. She has her home at my cousin Ida and Mel Byler’s in Orwell. Great aunt Mary used to be a cook at Johnson Rubber way back when. Her sister-in-law David Lizzie recently passed away; her funeral was on Feb. 28. This was also the day that Crist Martha departed this world for someplace better. She had cancer some over 1 1/2 years. She leaves a broken hearted husband, nine children (five married), 20 grandchildren and numerous relatives including her 93 year old mother Dan Emma Schrock. She was in our church district and we will always remember her nice smile. We were glad when was able to join us church ladies when we gathered in January at Mel Ruben Emma’s. Precious memories. Dan O. Miller Kathryn, Esther Stoltzfus and my Mom Crust Barb Miller recently spent a few hours visiting Andy O. Erma (cancer patient). Mom said she seemed quite cheerful and they had a nice visit. Send her cheer at 13916 Station Rd., Middlefield. We don’t know how much a line of cheer means to the sick and sorrowing. It’s such a joy to wake up and hear the birds almost before daybreak. I think the cardinals are my favorite. We are blessed with quite a few. I try to keep the feeders filled year round, so they stay around. Before we know it, the orioles and hummingbirds will be back. Hickory Grove School’s taxi driver Dianne Lough of Garrettsville recently passed away after a short illness. I believe her son-in-law is now driving the school children. Just a day or so before Dianne passed away her son-in-law told the children that she said “Hi” and that she missed them. So nice. Dianne drove them at least 7 years or more. She was 65. “See y’all” next time.

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Submitted by Sarah Miller Daniel D. Miller was born in 1815. His great, great grandfather Sam Miller came to America from Switzerland on the ship “Chance”, landing at Philadelphia on Nov. 1, 1763. They were not Amish or Mennonite, but lived among the Amish in Kishocoquillas Valley. This Sam Miller went to help in the Revolutionary War. While he was gone, his wife took sick and, before she died, she asked that her five children be placed in Amish homes. The oldest, Christian, was raised by Hans Byler who was a blacksmith. Christian earned this trade from him and thereby went by the name “Schmitt” Miller. He was also an Amish Bishop in Somerset County, Pa. When this Sam Miller returned home after the war and found his wife dead and his children scattered in different homes, he cried loud and long. But, later, he disappeared and his children knew him not. On March 1, 1886, Daniel with his wife and seven sons moved to Geauga County. When they moved, the oldest boys and several men drove the cows and horses by foot. This took several days. The rest of the family came by train to Chagrin Falls which was as near as they could get to the Amish at that time. Someone went with a team and wagon to bring them to their home. Twin sons were born later, but died in infancy and three more sons were born after moving to Geauga County. They were a family of great eaters of bread, butter and applebutter. One fall, the grandmother and the hired girl cooked applebutter in a copper kettle every other day for a week or two, until they had 80 gallons. When spring came, it was all gone!! More on this in the next issue.

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Plain Country | March 27, 2013

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By Katherine M. Byler

March 12, 2013: Weather is quite drab, but March usually has some balmy, warmer days. There are 19 days left in the month as I write this. Cousin Mrs. (Crist) Emma Burkholder and I helped another cousin, Mrs. (Dan) Esther Hostetler (Hays Rd.) clean house for church. We spent some time reminiscing … and some things I can’t print! Esther served us delicious chicken and biscuits. Rhododendrons look so sad and cold. Hard to believe they’ll soon come to life and bear colorful blossoms. Daffodils are blooming in Kentucky; we still have them and hyacinths to look forward to. Crocuses are up and in full color. You might say, “Spring has sprung’” End of an era … when both parents have passed on. Mrs. David S. Miller (Lizzie) passed away February 25, funeral the 28th. Then, on Feb. 28 was also the day the Crist J. Milers said goodbye to their wife and mother, Martha, who left a family of 9 children and 20 grandchildren. Her large funeral was Sunday, March 3. The day this comes out would have been the 52nd birthday of Sue Kennedy, special sister of a dear friend to lots, Peg Mullenax of Bristolville. Sue passed away Mar. 4 after being in the hospital for quite a while with numerous problems. We’ll miss her lively banter. We were among the MANY who attended a benefit dinner and auction for the Mullenax family at

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Submitted by Sara Jane Mast 2 chocolate cake mixes 2 bags of caramels (14 oz. each) 1 C butter or margarine Evaporated milk 1 package chocolate chips Nuts (optional) Mix 1 cake mix with 1 stick butter and 1/3 C evaporated milk. Place in greased sheet cake pan. Bake at 350 for six minutes, cool. Melt caramels on low heat with 2/3 C evaporated milk until smooth. Pour over cooled layer. Mix second cake mix with 1 stick melted butter an d 1/3 C evaporated milk. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts on caramel layer, then pat on remaining dough. Bake at 350 for 18 to 20 minutes. Don’t over bake. Serve with ice cream.

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Sawmill Joe’s shop. They needed a new van after her’s was totaled when she hit ice and went upside-down. Mrs. Jake Kurtz (Kathryn) was a passenger and didn’t enjoy being left hanging by her seatbelt. This happened the first part of January. It’s now a year brother Joe Miller lost his dear wife Alma in a pedestrian accident. He still appreciates greatly his visitors and his mail. Four different evenings of birthday celebrations does wonders for the waistline, and even more for the cheer and fellowship each brings. Especially exciting was seeing the grandchildren again! Oh! I spy … tulips are also out of the ground … my favorite May flower. Spring flowers are extra special. They come without weeds! Talk about years flying so quickly by … I think it’s come to thinking in terms of decades instead of years. When one can easily recall instances from bygone years and it’s been 50 years and more, it’s mindboggling! Am I right in saying ZIP Codes are now 50 1 /2 years old? Found that “up there” in the clutter (my mind, not my house!). They say you’re getting old when you start looking back. It’s now one year that Dan and Sarah Detweiler’s daughter Saloma passed away, at the age of 41, of cancer. Dan, age 78, had a pacemaker put in; hopefully he will feel much better soon. Sixteen days to Ashland Horse Sale; vacation, vacation, vacation … plus the grand grandchildren! There I go again!!

By Ellen Hershberger

Saturday, Feb. 23: I just coasted this morning so as not to be too tired for the afternoon shift. It was nice to see the sun shine a bit. Monday, Feb. 25: This was a normal, busy day at work, then a frustrating end when the taxi driver didn’t show up to take me home. But a good friend came to the rescue. Tuesday, Feb. 26: I spent the day mending a hunter’s suit, fixing over a coat, cleaning caps, baking (1 pan turned out O.K., one did not), picking turkey off bones, and then I capped the evening off joining our singing group at the Joe Weaver home. Wednesday, Feb. 27: Had my second eye check up today, then spent a few hours at friend Lee’s before starting my shift. Thursday, Feb. 28 – Friday, Mar. 1: These were regular workdays with one lunch out, errands and then an “all nighter” at the other job. So now it’s March 1 already. Saturday, March 2: I didn’t sleep much before going into town. It seems the body doesn’t quiet down to sleep. Our hearts go out to the 3 families who have funerals this week. Sunday, March 3: Our church was at the John and Miriam Troyer home today. I got a good afternoon nap in after. Monday, March 4: We received the message from Michigan that Uncle Joe Yoder had a stroke. He has a serious heart condition and has decided not to have surgery. Tuesday, March 5: Sister and her “girls” and I had a pleasant lunch visit with Melvin and Fannie Yoder. In the evening we visited Joe and Sarah Miller. Joe is recovering from his third knee surgery.

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Thank you to everybody who sent in delicious recipes for our contest. Now it is up to you, the readers, to choose a winner. Try out the recipes that sound the most delightful to you, and let us know which one you feel should take the prizes. There will be two winners, one first place $35 and one second place $25 gift certificate to a merchant of the winner’s choice. Merchants can be chosen from among any of the advertisers in the March 27 editions of The Middlefield Post and Plain Country. To cast your vote, mail your pick to The Middlefield Post Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062. You can also phone your choice in to 440-632-0782 or e-mail editorial@middlefieldpost.com. Happy cooking and happy tasting.

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Peaches and Cream No Bake Cheesecake

Baked Chicken

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Submitted by Katie Burkholder

2 C bread crumbs 3/4 C grated parmesan cheese 1/4 C chopped fresh parsley 1 clove minced garlic 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. Dip into flour, then beaten eggs. Dredge in crumb mixture. Heat about 1 inch shortening in pan. Fry chicken until golden brown. Put on cookie sheet (Stoneware is best0 and bake 45 minutes to an hour or until tender in 350 to 375 degree oven.

2 C graham cracker crumbs 6 T melted butter 1 C white sugar, divided 4 packages cream cheese (8 oz. each) 2 fresh chopped peaches 8 oz. Cool Whip 1 package peach Jell-o (4 oz.) Prepare crumbs, butter and 1/4 C sugar, press in bottom of 9x13 pan. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 C sugar in bowl until well blended. Add jell-o, mix well. Stir in peaches and whipped topping. Spoon over crust. Cover and chill 4 hours or until firm. Makes 16 servings.

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Wednesday, March 6: The menu today was ham, scalloped potatoes, creamed peas and ice cream. The residents seemed happy enough with it. Saturday, March 9: How the months fly by! Today, I didn’t do much because of the shift I have to work tonight. Sunday, March 10: We had brunch and family time today. I’m sorry to hear Aunt Fannie Yoder is feeling a lot of pain and going to different doctors in search of relief. Tuesday, March 12: I accompanied Michael (4) and Mary Ellen (2) with their mother to their first time visit to the dentist. This evening, our group sang for Mrs. Tillie Miller. Wednesday, March 13: Today was my final eye check-up and being fitted for glasses. I walked from the office in Chardon to Walmart through the very cold wind until some kind-hearted ladies picked me up and took me the rest of the way. I met 2 friends at Wendy’s and stayed until it was time for my work shift. Thursday, March 14: Besides just the normal duties, I made a pot of corn beef dinner for us at work. Friday, March 15: The day was capped off with a really good fish dinner given to us. The leftovers tasted pretty good during the 12-hour all night shift. Saturday, March 16: Sleeping was on the morning agenda, then meeting with friends for supper and back to my house for some of sister’s good homemade ice cream. Sunday, March 17: Church was for David Troyers today and it was pretty unusual not to have Bishop Chris and Mary there. They have a flu bug,

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Any Flavor Cookies

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2 C butter or margarine 2 C white sugar 6 eggs, beaten 3 C sour milk ( you can use plain milk) 8 C flour 2 tsp. Baking powder Pinch of salt 1 tsp. baking soda Any flavoring and as much as you want, (Strawberry, lemon or peppermint are best. Use food coloring to color according to flavor.) Combine and bake at 375. Frost with same flavor as used for cookies. Frosting 4 T butter Powdered sugar Flavoring Milk Mix until fluffy, spread thickly over cookies.


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2 C. brown sugar 1/2 C. melted butter 2 tsp. vanilla 1 C flour 2 eggs 4 T cocoa Mix well and put in a round pan. Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and add caramel apple dip, chocolate chips, M&Ms. Cut and enjoy.

Crust: 1 C and 1 T oleo 1/2 C sugar 2 1/2 C flour Press in 10 x 15 cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Filling: 1 C butter 1 C brown sugar 1 can Eagle brand condensed milk 4 T Karo syrup Boil 10 minutes, cool, spread on crust. Topping 1 1/2 C chocolate chips 1 T vegetable oil Spread on top.

1 8 oz. cream cheese 1/2 C sugar 1T lemon juice 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg, vanilla and lemon juice. Pour into two 8” pie pans. Top with 1 quart apple filling, divided evenly. Top with crumbs. Crumbs: 1/2 C butter 1/2 C packed brown sugar 1 C flour Cinnamon Bake at 350 until set and golden brown.

12 oz. butterscotch chips 1/3 C oleo 8 oz. cream cheese 1 tsp. vanilla 2 C graham cracker crumbs 1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk 1 egg Heat oven to 350. In medium pan, melt chips and oleo, stir in crumbs. Press half of crumb mixture in bottom of greased 9 x 13 pan. In large bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in Eagle brand milk, vanilla and egg. Mix well. Pour on top of crumb mixture and top with remaining crumbs. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Chill before cutting into bars.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Submitted by Emma Burkholder

Rhubarb Punch

Submitted by Barbara Miller Boil 2 Quarts of rhubarb and 2 quarts of water for 5 minutes. Cool thirty minutes and strain. Add 1 12 oz. can frozen orange juice 1 12 oz. can frozen lemonade 1 package Kool Aid 2 C sugar 1 46 oz. can pineapple juice 3 1/2 quarts water. Serve with ice.

Sour Cream Lemon Bars

Submitted by Christopher Yutzy Crust: 1 1/2 C flour 1/3 C margarine 1/2 C powdered sugar Mix ingredients together and bake 5 minutes Filling: 1 8 oz. package cream cheese 2 large eggs 2/3 C sugar Lemon flavor or lemon juice Mix ingredients and put on crust. Bake until almost set, 10 to 15 minutes. Topping 1 1/2 C sour cream 1/3 C white sugar Vanilla Mix and spread over filling.

Strawberry Pineapple Slush

Submitted by Laura Miller

3 C crushed strawberries 1 1/2 C crushed pineapple 1/2 can frozen lemonade concentrate 1 C sugar Mix and freeze. Thaw slightly in refrigerator before serving.

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Candied Citrus Peel

Submitted by Erma Miller

Peel 2 large grapefruits or 4 large oranges and section. Place peel in 3 quart saucepan, add water to cover. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Drain. Repeat boiling and draining three times, each with fresh water. Cool, peel, then cut into strips 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide. In same saucepan, combine 1 1/2 to 2 C sugar and 3/4 C water. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes, or until peel is translucent. Drain thoroughly. When cool enough to handle, roll in granulated sugar. Spread on wax paper lined cookie sheets and let dry overnight. Store in tightly covered jars.

6C finely chopped rhubarb 5 C sugar 1/4 C water Bring to a boil, boil for 10 minutes. Add 2 small boxes strawberry Jell-o. Stir until dissolved. Pour into hot jars and seal.

Cinna Melt

Submitted by Barbara Bricker Put 3 small rolls of biscuits cut into fourths into a 13x 9 pan. Mix 1 C sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon and sprinkle on top. Slice 1 stick butter over the top. Bake until done. Melt 1 stick butter, 1/2 C brown sugar and 3/4 C sour cream, Pour over the top and enjoy.

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Molten Lava Cakes

1 butter pecan or yellow cake mix 1/3 C oil 1 egg Mix and press in loaf pan. Bake 15 minutes. 8 oz. cream cheese 1/3 C sugar 1 egg Mix and pour over crust. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 C brown sugar 1 C butter or oleo, scant 4 T Karo syrup Boil 5 to 10 minutes, cool, pour over top.

Submitted by Susan Detweiler 4 squares semi-sweet chocolate 1/2 C butter 1 C powdered sugar 2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks 6 T flour Melt together butter and chocolate. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Beat in egg, add flour. Divide batter among 6 to 8 cupcake liners. Bake exactly 14 minutes at 400 to 425. Edges should be firm but centers soft. Devonshire Cream 8 oz. cream cheese, softened and whipped 1 pint whipped cream such as Cool Whip 1/2 to 1 C powdered sugar

Two Ingredient Fudge

Submitted by Evelyn Bluhm

1 12 oz. bag chocolate chips 1 tub chocolate frosting Spread the chips in the bottom of a microwavable dish and cook for 90 seconds. Pour entire tub of frosting over chips and microwave 90 seconds. Stir well to mix. Pour into buttered 8 x 8 pan. (Foil and butter makes it easier to take out once set.) Allow to set and cut into pieces. Any flavor of baking chips and frosting can be used.

Dandelion Gravy

Submitted by Fannie Miller 4 slices bacon 2 T chopped onion 2 T flour 1 C hot water 1 C milk Salt and pepper to taste 1 T vinegar 2 T sugar 1 hardboiled egg diced 1/4 C fresh, young dandelion leaves, washed and minced (make sure the leaves have not been treated or sprayed) Fry bacon in skillet until crisp. Set aside and crumble. Sauté onion in bacon drippings. Add flour and stir. Quickly stir in water and wire whisk until smooth. Add milk, salt, pepper and bacon. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Add vinegar and sugar to taste for sweet and sour. Remove from heat. Add chopped egg and dandelion greens. Serve immediately over hot mashed potatoes.

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6 Graham Crackers broken into 1-inch pieces 2 1/2 Cups mini marshmallows (divided into 1-cup and 1 1/2 cups) 1 Cup whole skin on almonds or peanuts, toasted and chopped coarse 1/2 Stick butter 1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Line 8 inch square pan with foil so it drapes sides of pan (to help lift cookies out of pan later) and grease foil. In a bowl, toss graham cracker pieces, 1 cup of marshmallows, and nuts. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups marshmallows, stir constantly until melted. Stir in chocolate chips and corn syrup, stirring constantly until mixed, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stirring quickly and gently, pour chocolate over graham cracker mixture. Spoon into pan and press down with greased spoon. Chill about 2 hours. Remove from pan using the draped foil to lift. Cut into squares and serve, or place in a covered container. This recipe requires no baking, and can be happily prepared by children for their families.

6C flour 4C white sugar 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 8 eggs 2 C sour cream 2 C melted butter 4 T lemon juice Streusel 3/4 C flour 3/4 C white sugar 1/4 C cold butter Glaze 1/2 C white sugar 1/3 C lemon juice In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In another bowl whisk eggs, sour cream, butter and juice. Stir into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fill paper lined muffin pans 3/4 full. For streusel combine flour and sugar, cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Whisk glazed ingredients and drizzle over warm muffins. Makes about 48 muffins.

6 C broccoli 6 green onions 1 C celery 1 C green grapes 1 C red grapes 1 C mayonnaise 1/3 C sugar 1 T cider vinegar 1/4 pound cooked bacon 1 C slivered almonds (toasted) Combine first five ingredients. Combine sugar vinegar and mayo. Mix with broccoli mixture. Cover, refrigerate, add bacon and almonds before serving.

1 package 3 oz. Ramen noodles 1 C chopped walnuts 1/4 C butter 1/4 C vegetable oil 1/4 C sugar 2 T red wine or cider vinegar 1/2 tsp. soy sauce 8 C iceberg or Romaine lettuce 2 C sliced fresh strawberries 1/2 C chopped green onions Break noodles into small pieces. Sauté walnuts and butter in skillet for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Cool. For dressing combine oil, sugar, vinegar and soy sauce in a jar and shake well. Just before serving combine lettuce, onions, strawberries and noodle mixture. Shake dressing again and drizzle over ingredients, toss gently.

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By Cindy Wengerd

1 package angel food cake 2 cans mandarin oranges 2 small packages orange Jell-o 1 quart orange sherbet 1 container Cool Whip, thawed Additional whipped topping for garnish Preheat oven to 375. Prepare, bake and cool cake according to directions on package. Drain oranges, reserving juice. Set aside. Bring 1 C reserved juice to boil. Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Pour into large bowl, add sherbet and stir until melted. Fold in whipped topping. To assemble, brush loose crumbs from cake with paper towel. Trim bottom crust from cake. Tear into bite-sized pieces. Place half the cake pieces in ungreased 9 x 13 pan. Reserve 12 to 16 mandarin oranges in refrigerator for garnish. Place half the orange pieces over cake pieces. Cover with half of the sherbet mixture. Refrigerate overnight. Cut in squares. Garnish with reserved pieces of oranges and dollops of Cool Whip.

Carmel Toffee Squares

Submitted by Martha Hostetler Crust 1 1/4 C oleo 1/2 C white sugar 2 1/2 C flour Mix together until crumbly. Press into ungreased 17 x 12 jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes Cool Second layer 1 1/2 C butter 1 1/2 C brown sugar 4 T Karo syrup 1 can sweetened condensed milk Boil for 5 minutes. Pour over crust and cool a little. Third layer Melt 12 oz. milk chocolate chips with 3 T shortening or 1 stick oleo. Pour over caramel layer and chill.

Chocolate Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

Submitted by Linda Wengerd

3/4 C all purpose flour 1/2 C finely chopped almonds, chopped 6 T melted butter 1/3 C baking cocoa 1/4 C packed brown sugar Filling 2 packages softened cream cheese 8 oz. each 1 C confectioners’ sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 C halved fresh strawberries 3 T hot fudge ice cream topping Preheat oven to 375. Combine first five ingredients in small bowl. Press onto the bottom and up sides of ungreased 9 inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until crust is set. Cool on wire rack. In another small bowl beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over bottom of prepared crust. Arrange strawberry halves, cut side down, over filling. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Drizzle fudge topping over tart.

Rhubarb Torte

Submitted by Elva M. Miller Crust 2 C flour 1/2 tsp. salt 4 T sugar 1 C softened butter Combine all in 8 x 12 pan. Bake at 325 for 25 minutes. Filling 2 1/2 C sugar 4 T flour 1 C cream 6 eggs, separated 4 1/2 C rhubarb Cook until thick and clear. Pour on crust. Top with meringue, 1/4 C sugar and a pinch of tartar. Brown.

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Crust 1 package dry yeast (4 oz.) 1 C butter or margarine 1/4 C warm milk (105 to 110 degrees) 2 1/2 C all purpose flour 1 T sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 4 egg yolks, slightly beaten Filling 1 egg, separated 2 packages cream cheese, softened ( 8 oz. each) 1 C sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 C chopped pecans Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add sugar and set aside. Cut butter into flour and salt as for pie crust. Add yolks and yeast mixture. Mix thoroughly. Divide dough into two parts. Roll each piece to fit 13x9x2 pan. Place one piece in pan. For filling, beat yolk, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over dough and cover with remaining dough. Press lightly to seal edges. Brush top with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with nuts. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into squares to serve. Makes 24 servings. This recipe is also very good if you add a quart of pie filling on top of the cream cheese mixture before adding the top crust.

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1 pound cooked spaghetti 1 green pepper, cut up 1 cucumber, cut up 1 red onion, cut up 1 tomato, cut up 1 bottle Italian dressing Salad Supreme Seasoning Combine cut up vegetables with cooked spaghetti. Pour dressing over all and toss. Sprinkle on several tablespoons Salad Supreme Seasoning. Toss again and let set 1 hour before serving.

Crust 1 1/2 C flour 3/4 C butter 1/2 C powdered sugar Filling 1 package cream cheese ( 8 oz.) 2 large eggs 2/3 C sugar Lemon extract to taste Topping 1 1/2 C sour cream 1/3 C sugar vanilla Mix crust ingredients and bake. Add filling on crust and bake until almost set. Add topping and bake another 10 to 15 minutes.

Coffee Cake

Beat together 1 1/2 C sugar 2 eggs 1/2 C melted oleo Add 3 1/2 C flour 1 tsp. salt 4 tsp. baking powder 2 C milk Pour dough onto large cookie sheet. Filling 1 stick butter or oleo 1 C brown sugar 4 tsp. cinnamon 4 tsp. flour 4 tsp. water Boil together until thick, drizzle over dough. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Frosting 1 stick butter or oleo 1C brown sugar 1/3 C cream or evaporated milk (you can use regular milk) Boil together, stir constantly until mixture comes to a full boil. Add 2 to 2 1/2 C powdered sugar and drizzle over cake while still warm.

Homemade Gummie Squares

Submitted by Linda Byler

4 T or 4 packs plain gelatin 2 small packs orange Jell-o 1/2 C sugar 1 C boiling water 1/2 C cold water 1 pack orange Kool Aid Soak plain gelatin in cold water. Put Jell-o, sugar, Kool Aid and soaked gelatin in bowl and add boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Pour in greased 9 x 13 pan. Let set, cut into squares.

Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast

Submitted by Kathryn Miller

1 1/2 loaves French bread (sliced, no crust) Frozen blueberries, rinsed (12 oz.) 1 package softened cream cheese (8 oz.) 1/2 C sugar 1/2 C sour cream 1 tsp. vanilla 8 eggs 1/2 C milk 2 C half and half 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg Cut one loaf of bread in cubes and put in bottom of greased 9x13 pan (about 3/4 full). Sprinkle blueberries evenly over bread. Mix softened cream cheese and vanilla, spread over blueberries. Place 6 to 8 whole slices of bread over cream cheese mixture. Beat eggs, milk, half and half, cinnamon and nutmeg and pour over top. Make holes with knife so liquid soaks in. Cover, refrigerate overnight. Bake covered at 350 for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until top is golden. Serve with fresh maple syrup.

False Mince Pie

Submitted by Mary Miller 2 eggs 2 C sugar 1 C maple syrup 2 C water 1/2 C vinegar 1 C raisins 1 C bread crumbs 1 tsp. allspice 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. cloves 1 tsp. nutmeg 2 T butter Beat eggs, add sugar, syrup, vinegar and water. Beat well. Add rest of ingredients and beat well. Heat to boiling and cool. Makes 2 double crusted pies. They’re very good when slightly warmed.

Chocolate Maple Bars

Submitted by Mrs. Daniel J. Byler 1/2 C shortening 3/4 C maple syrup 1/2 C sugar 3 eggs 3 T milk 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/4 C flour 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 square melted unsweetened chocolate 1/2 C each nuts and coconut Cream shortening, syrup and sugar. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Remove 1/2 the batter to another bowl. Combine melted chocolate and nuts, stir into one bowl. Spread onto greased 9x13 pan. Add coconut to remaining batter. Spread carefully over chocolate batter. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until done. Cool completely Frosting Cream butter, add powdered sugar and cocoa. Slowly add syrup, beating until smooth. Fold in marshmallows. Spread on cooled bars.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Submitted by Mary M. Miller

2 C cooked, cubed chicken breast 1/2 C diced celery 1/4 C diced onion 2 T sugar 1 T prepared mustard 1/4 mayonnaise (more or less to taste) Place chopped chicken, celery and onion in mixing bowl. In another bowl combine sugar and mustard, add to chicken. Add just enough mayonnaise to moisten. Serve in sandwich rolls or on a bed of lettuce.

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Peel and chop 4 apples into small pieces. Heat 1 1/2 C sugar and 2 1/2 C water in 9 x 13 loaf pan until sugar is dissolved. Mix 2 C flour 3 T sugar 2 T baking powder 3 T shortening Beat 1 egg in 1/2 C milk and add to flour mixture. Roll out dough, place apples on it, and roll up like a jelly roll. Cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces and put in water and sugar mixture. Top with cinnamon and sugar to taste. Dot with butter. Bake until done and eat hot. This is a new and better version of apple dumplings.

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Dough 1 T sugar 2 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. yeast 2 T oil 1 1/3 C lukewarm water 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 C flour Filling 2 pounds sausage, fried 1 C peppers 1 C onions 2 T pizza seasoning mozzarella and parmesan cheese Dissolve yeast in water. Add salt, sugar and oil. Stir in enough flour until smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half. Mix pizza seasoning with sausage while frying. Roll 1/2 the dough onto greased cookie sheet. Layer sausage, peppers and mozzarella cheese on crust. Roll out other half of dough and put on top. Mix 1 T pizza seasoning, 2 T parmesan cheese, 1 beaten egg and 1 tsp. water. Spread on top and bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.

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1 1/4 C Oreo cookie crumbs (about 14 cookies) 1/4 C melted butter 2 T sugar 2 packages softened cream cheese (one 8 oz. and one 3 oz.) 1/2 C chocolate syrup 1 1/3 C semisweet chocolate chips, melted 8 oz. Cool Whip 2 C miniature marshmallows Chocolate curls In large bowl, combine cookie crumbs, butter and sugar. Press into bottom and sides of 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Beat cream cheese and chocolate syrup until blended. Beat in melted chocolate chips. Set aside 1/4 C whipped topping. Fold marshmallows and remaining whipped topping into chocolate mixture. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. Top with reserved whipped topping. Garnish with chocolate curls.

Layer 1 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour 2 T white sugar 1/2 C melted butter Mix together and press into 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 400 about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Layer 2 Cook 2 unopened cans of sweetened condensed milk for two hours, making sure cans stay covered with hot water. Cool. Spread on cooled crust. Layer 3 1 package cream cheese (8 oz.) 1/2 C white sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla 12 oz. Cool Whip Mix ingredients until smooth and spread over layer 2. Layer 4 1 can pineapple tidbits. Reserve juice and add enough water to equal 3 cups liquid. Bring to a boil and add a thickening of 1/2 C clear gelatin, 1/3 sugar and 1/4 C pineapple Jell-o. Cook for 1 minute or until juice is clear. Stir in pineapple tidbits and let cool. Pour over layer 3 and enjoy.

1 pack tricolor spiral pasta (16 oz.) 1 medium red onion, chopped 1 medium tomato, chopped 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 medium green pepper chopped 2 T minced fresh parsley Dressing 1 1/2 C sugar 1/2 C vinegar 1 T ground mustard 1 tsp. salt, optional 1 tsp. garlic powder Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Place in large serving bowl. Add onion, tomato, cucumber, green pepper and parsley. Set aside. In saucepan, combine dressing ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve with slotted spoon. Makes about 16 servings.

2 chocolate cake mixes 2 bags of caramels (14 oz. each) 1 C butter or margarine Evaporated milk 1 package chocolate chips Nuts (optional) Mix 1 cake mix with 1 stick butter and 1/3 C evaporated milk. Place in greased sheet cake pan. Bake at 350 for six minutes, cool. Melt caramels on low heat with 2/3 C evaporated milk until smooth. Pour over cooled layer. Mix second cake mix with 1 stick melted butter an d 1/3 C evaporated milk. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts on caramel layer, then pat on remaining dough. Bake at 350 for 18 to 20 minutes. Don’t over bake. Serve with ice cream.

Fruit Pizza

Submitted by Kathy Yoder 1/2 C butter 3/4 C sugar 1 1/2 C flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 egg Cream together butter, sugar and egg. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Press crust in 14 inch round pizza pan or 9 x 13 pan. Bake 10 minutes at 350. Let cool. Cream Filling 1 package cream cheese (8 oz.) 2 C Cool Whip or 8 oz. container 1/2 C powdered sugar Cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Stir in Cool Whip. Spread over cooled crust. Top with favorite fruits (strawberries, kiwis, pineapple, mandarin oranges, raspberries, blueberries, etc.) Fruit Sauce 1 3/4 to 2 C white sugar 1/2 C instant clear gelatin 1 package watermelon kiwi Kool-Aid Pinch of salt Mix dry ingredients. Slowly add 4 C cold water. Mix, spread over fruit.

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Warm Winter Lemon Cake

18 pack caramel shortbread cookies, crushed 4 T melted butter 1/4 C chocolate chips 1/4 C instant coffee 1/2 C plus 3 T caramel topping 4 oz. Cool Whip 1 pack unflavored gelatin 3 packs soft cream cheese 1 1/4 C white sugar Spray 9 x 13 pan. Mix crushed cookies with butter. Press on bottom of pan. Mix 1/2 C boiling water with chips and coffee, let dissolve, and add 1/2 C caramel sauce. Cool 10 minutes. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 C cold water, let stand one minute. Stir over low heat until clear. Whisk in coffee mixture. Beat cream cheese and sugar together. Mix with coffee mixture. Pour into crust. Refrigerate 6 hours. Mix Cool Whip and 2 T caramel sauce, spoon on top.

Submitted by Esther Schmucker

1 package yellow cake mix 2 C cold milk 1 1/4 C water 2 packages (4 serving size each) Jell-o lemon flavored instant pudding and pie filling 1/3 C white sugar 2 T powdered sugar Preheat oven to 350. Prepare cake mix as directed on package. Pour into greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Pour milk and water into large bowl. Add pudding mix and white sugar. Beat until well blended. Pour over cake batter. Bake 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm, garnish with raspberries if desired. Makes 16 servings. Also delicious served cold.

Daffodil Cake

Submitted by Rosanna J. Miller 1 C flour 3/4 C plus 2 T sugar 12 egg whites ( 1 1/2 C) 1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar 1/4 tsp. salt 3/4 C sugar 6 egg yolks 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. almond extract Heat oven to 350. Stir together flour and 3/4 C plus 2 T sugar, set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt. Add remaining 3/4 C sugar 2 T at a time until meringue holds stiff peaks. In small mixing bowl beat egg yolks until very thick and lemon colored. Gently fold flavoring into meringue. Sprinkle flour/sugar mixture, 1/4 at a time, over meringue. Fold gently just until flour/sugar disappears. Pour half the batter into another bowl and gently fold in egg yolks. Spoon yellow and white batters alternately into ungreased tube pan. Gently cut through batters to swirl. Bake on bottom oven rack for about 40 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly. Invert pan on funnel, let hang until completely cool. Frost with your favorite glaze, or enjoy plain.

Spring Recipe Contest Thank you to everybody who sent in delicious recipes for our contest. Now it is up to you, the readers, to choose a winner. Try out the recipes that sound the most delightful to you, and let us know which one you feel should take the prizes. There will be two winners, one first place $35 and one second place $25 gift certificate to a merchant of the winner’s choice. Merchants can be chosen from among any of the advertisers in the March 27 editions of The Middlefield Post and Plain Country. To cast your vote, mail your pick to The Middlefield Post Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062. You can also phone your choice in to 440632-0782 or e-mail editorial@middlefieldpost.com. Happy cooking and happy tasting.

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