Monday, December 24, 2012



Hello, it is such an honor to be on here on Christmas Eve.  What a Christian Religious Day this is.  It is the day before Christmas, the day honoring the Birth of Jesus Christ.  We must remember that not only was Jesus born , but that later He gave His life for our sins.  Jesus is the reason for the Season.

I am Martha, I was born an outsider or Englisher.  When Joseph and I met, I went with him because he was Old Order Mennonite and I have never gone with one and he went with me because I was the first Englisher he had ever gone out with.  Little did we know, we would fall in love.  One of us had to change religion.  As Joseph was dedicated Old Order Mennonite and I was not as dedicated to my church as he was-I joined Old Order Mennonite.  It was a long hard change that has changed me.  I have been Old Order Mennonite for almost 20 years and would not change.  If you have read Amish Stories, you know about me there. 

My husband, Joseph and I own a Dairy Farm in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York.  We have 10 children.  Seven of our children came as Foster Children that we adopted.  All of our children are treated alike.  They are all treated equal in all the phases of life. We all work together and play together-we all go to meetings (church) together.  Most of all, they are all loved and  are taught about the Lord. 

Jean and David are not only our friends, but will soon be our neighbors.  When I joined Old Order Mennonite, Jean was one of the few people who, at first, thought I would make it and stay.  She encouraged me and showed me our ways. So, I am glad to have them move next door to us. 

I am also surprised and happy that my son Kevin and fiancee, Bridget gave Jean, David and family their house to live in until their new house is built.  I would be glad to have Jean, David and their family in our house, but I know they need more room.  We are going to turn our third floor into an apartment for Kevin and Bridget.  After they leave, we will leave it that way-either for more Foster Children or to rent out by the week or weekend. 

Also, I will be filling in posts while Jean and family are moving and getting settled in their temporary home.  As Jean said, I will tell of Kevin and Bridget's wedding, but I will tell of other things, too.  If you have any questions, please put them in the comments.  It gives us an idea of what you are interested in. So, I hope you don't mind my filling in.  I look forward to helping Jean and New York State of Mind.

Be With the Lord,

This recipe is a great place for the left overs from your Christmas Dinner.


1 cup cooked, diced vegetable of your choice or a mixture of carrots, peas, onions, celery and potatoes
2 cups diced turkey

Melt in large, heavy pan or kettle:
3 tbsp butter
Add: 4 tbsp flour
         1/2 tsp salt
         1 tsp grated onion
         1/4 tsp paptrike
         1/8 tsp pepper
Stir well.  Add slowly
         1 1/2 cups turkey broth
         1/2 cup cream

Bring to a boil.  When boiling, add vegetables and diced turkey and boil again.
Cool.  Put into favorite unbaked pie crust. Put a crust on top of the pie.  Bake at 350 degreed until crust is golden brown.  Filling must be at boiling point at some time during baking or reheating.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Martha, Joseph and Family


Amish Stories said...

Welcome back to the internet Martha, and I know the folks on New York will love you like they did on Amish Stories. Richard

fionalina said...

Lovely to see you again Martha-Looking forward to more of your posts-it will be very interesting to hear about your Son's Wedding and preparations-

Christmas Blessings to you and your family


Vickie said...

Welcome back Martha! A Blessed, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Do you have any pets?

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning, Richard, Fionalina, and Vickie,
I will am so glad you folks are here. Pierre is making a bigger hit than I am. LOL I will give Martha your messages, in fact, she may be on her parents computer. I know she is looking forward to the wedding and will tell us about it. Will also ask her if she has any pets.
Merry Christmas to all,

Dee said...

The recipe for Jean's Turkey Pie Filling sounds wonderful! I'm really enjoying the different posts from everyone on this website! The comments, pictures, recipes, all very enjoyable! Thanks......

New York State Of Mind said...

Welcome Dee, I am glad you like Jean's Turkey Pie Filling recipe. Also appreciate that you like the pictures, recipes, comments and all. Please stop by anytime.