Friday, November 29, 2013


I was driving down the road and needed a place to turn around.  I went down this side road and on the way back I saw the Amish Phone Shanty.  Back in July, I had pictures of Miller's stand and home.  Well, the last picture here is a picture of her stand closed for the winter.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING- November 28, 2013

Psalm 100:04


Jean and family
Martha and family
Elmer and family

Wednesday, November 27, 2013



3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 can (16 ounces) cut okra, drained
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 small green pepper, chopped
4 cups turkey broth
1 can (16 ounces) whole tomatoes
1 small bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 cups cut-up cooked turkey
1 tablespoon parsley
3 cups hot cooked rice

Heat margarine in 3-quart saucepan until melted.  Add okra, onion and green pepper; cook and stir until onion is tender.  Stir in broth, tomatoes (with liquid), bay leaf, salt and pepper.  Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered 15 minutes.  Stir in turkey and parsley; heat through.  Serve turkey mixture over hot rice.  (6 servings)

Thought you might like a recipe for left over turkey that you may have after your Thanksgiving Dinner You could also make this recipe with chicken-just change turkey broth to chicken broth and chicken for meat instead of turkey.



Monday, November 25, 2013


New York State of Mind was asked about my families Thanksgiving, so I thought I would answer.  I am glad that Thanksgiving is held on Thursday rather than Monday as Canada does as it gives us more time to prepare much of the dinner ahead.

Last Saturday at meeting (church) we prepared food baskets for those that we knew were not able to prepare a whole dinner or that could not afford a Thanksgiving meal at this time.  We made them up for both Old Order Mennonites and Englishers that we knew needed help.  After we got done, we loaded them into some of our buggies and some into a car driven by a Weaverland Mennonite and had our young folks deliver them to the people or families.  We don't want anyone we know to go without a meal anytime of the year, especially on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Our belief is that we should feed the poor and the sick.

At our home we will be having David's parents, my parents, brothers, sisters, their children, Katie's Great-grand parents, Grandmother Olive, Grandfather Albert and our immediate family.  So we should have about 90 or 100 people here, if everyone we invited comes.

I try to make ahead as much as I can like the breads, rolls, and muffins. Also I, Edward, and Grandmother Olive will make pies, cakes, and cookies for desert. The day before,  I clean the turkey and put it in the refrigerator.  I make the stuffing, salads, vegetables,  and fruit.  The men will take the furniture out of the living room and set up tables.  Susan and Katie will set the tables.  I will go around after the girls to make sure they have everything on the table.

Thanksgiving morning, the first thing I will do is stuff the turkey and put it in the oven.  Then, I or Edward will prepare breakfast.  If I am busy with the turkey when Edwards gets up, he will prepare the breakfast.  After breakfast we go to meeting (church).  Our meeting will be about how much we ask God for, but we also must remember to thank the Lord for all He has done for us.  When meeting is over, we will come home and the people will start arriving.

Every family that comes will bring some food with them-pie, bread, cookies, cake, etc.  All will be set out for our Thanksgiving dinner.  While we ladies are doing this, the children will play hopefully outside and the men will be together talking also hopefully outside.  Should it rain or snow the children will be in one of the children's bedroom's upstairs and the men will be sitting in the chairs in our living room.

Once dinner is ready, we will all stand at our places at the tables while David says a prayer.  Then we ladies will serve dinner.  It takes so long to prepare dinner, but it disappears so fast.  We ladies them do the dishes, and clean up the kitchen while the men remove the tables and chairs.  Then they move all the furniture back in.  Us ladies usually talk in the kitchen while the men talk in the living room or outside.  The children are outside or upstairs.

Later we bring out coffee or tea for the adults and milk or cocoa for the children along with cookies.  After we munch on those for a little while, we usually starting singing together.  We all sing at first, then we listen to the children alone.

When it starts to get close to milking time everyone goes home.  After our cows are milked I make a dinner usually of left overs from the turkey dinner we had earlier.  Sometimes it is a casserole dish that one of our guests brought with them.  We usually go to bed after an early bible reading as we are tired from the work that day.

School is closed on Friday.  Seeing this is deer season, David, Michael, Edward, David's Father, and Grandfather Albert (if Grandmother Olive let's him) like to go hunting.  Grandmother Olive doesn't like Grandfather Albert going hunting sometimes as he likes to think he is much younger than he is and does things he shouldn't at his age.  David or his Father keep an eye on him.

Katie, Susan, Grandmother Olive and I usually stay home in case we get a call from someone that wants their deer slaughtered and packed.  If I get a call, I call David on his cell phone so he and the boys can come back to do it.  Since we purchased our farm, this along with storing Amish meat, for them,  has proven to be a very successful business for us along with our farm. This extra money we receive, we donate part to our meeting, when they collect.  We also put some in the bank.  Sometimes we buy something extra that we need that we couldn't afford otherwise.

I hope you all have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING from my family to yours.

Be With God,

P.S. David told me to add that Jean neglected to tell that she and he went hunting on the opening day of deer season and Jean got a deer buck.  After they got it sliced up and packed, they gave part of it to an elderly Englisher couple down the road as they like venison but are unable to go hunting.  Jean made her family venison stew and it was delicious.  The rest of the meat is in their freezer. Jean is going to teach Edward how to cook venison.  None of the men got a deer that day - Jean got the only one.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


I have been having trouble on my computer for a while.  Where I live I am suppose to do a newsletter every month, but haven't been able to it for October or November because of computer problems.  This is also starting to give me problems on New York State of Mind.

So on Monday, the computer lady is coming to see what is wrong with it.  She may be able to fix it here, but she may have to take it in.  If she does, I may not be on New York State of Mind very much.  I do have my old computer which I will hook up, but it doesn't work very well, that's why I got a new one.  I want you to know this if you don't get replies to your comments.  I also want to make sure this computer is working well before we start the Christmas Recipe a Day.

There are posts already set up for this week.  Jean is on Monday telling about their Thanksgiving, Wednesday is her recipe, Thursday is a special post for Thanksgiving and Friday is an Amish post - I won't tell you what's on that.  I think you will like it.

Also, I hope you enjoyed the Sauders posts I had on this week.  I do have another business that I took pictures of , but I think I will wait until after the first of the year, to put it on.  It is not an Amish or Mennonite business, but I think you will still enjoy it.

So to just let you know what is going on in case I do not respond as much as I usually do, you will know what is happening.

Woke up this morning and we have had the first big snow of the season, so I thought I would take some pictures to show you.  It really came down while we slept last night.  I am sure this snow fall is the first of many coming this winter.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Marilyn and Pierre

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Sauders has become somewhat of a tourist attraction over the years.  The store has always got many customers in it.  If you should go, do not come on Saturday as the store is packed.  They are closed on Sunday.  In these pictures I really thought it funny that they had the bird feed in the handmade craft section - I think it is because of the handmade bird houses.  I really enjoy their bookstore.  I hope you have enjoyed Sauders.  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend that you stop here.

Friday, November 22, 2013


Sauders pictures show some of the food items sold in the store.  If you need some pots, pans, cooking or baking dishes or canning equipment, - this is the place.

When ever I go into this store, I think back to the Andy Griffith show that was on TV in 1960's and is on reruns today.  I always think this is the store that Aunt Bee would go shopping in.

Sauders post 3 will be on tomorrow showing handmade wood items, and their bookstore.