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Lovina enjoys Easter egg fun with grandchildren

It’s the last day of March as I write this. The rain during the night brought colder temperatures this morning. Friday will be Good Friday so everyone will be off work. Sunday is Easter — we give thanks to our dear Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross so we can be saved from our sins.

We have so many blessings. Do we appreciate them enough? It takes daily prayers to be parents to our dear children and grandparents to our dear grandchildren. Do we set enough of a good example for them? It is good we don’t know what the future holds, but we do know in whose hands it is in — God’s. May he keep being our guide into the future.

Yesterday, daughter Susan and children, daughter Verena, sister Emma and son Steven, niece Emma and children, sister Verena, son Kevin, and I spent the day at daughter Elizabeth’s house. Steven came after school (which they have until noon right now).

Elizabeth cooked 10 dozen eggs for the children to color. Did they ever have a ball with it! A big mess but lots of fun. Abigail, 4; Jennifer, 3; T.J., 2; Jessica, 2; Ryan, 20 months; and Allison, 1, did the egg coloring. Baby Menno (niece Emma’s baby) is eight months, so he didn’t help. T.J. and Jessica liked to smash their egg at first. Allison had her first egg peeled and was coloring the egg without the shell. It was so cute to watch all of them.

Elizabeth made a low-carb bacon cheeseburger casserole for lunch and also had deviled eggs and sliced cheese. Lettuce salad, pretzels and dip, pickles, blueberry pie, cookies and chocolate pudding were brought in by all of us ladies. Elizabeth is pre-diabetic, so she tries to eat low-carb and no-sugar meals. The casserole is low carb, and I asked her for the recipe so I can share it.

The past few months I have been cooking a lot of low-carb, no-sugar meals for Joe and I and the family. I had one slice of bread in two months so that is a change for me. If any readers have good low-carb recipes, I would appreciate them. Joe and I both feel better eating like this and it has helped us shed a few pounds, which is always good. Most of all, though, is that it makes us feel better.

I haven’t done too much baking lately, but daughters Susan and Verena brought monster cookies that Verena and Jennifer baked. Sister Verena sent over chocolate chip cookies she made. So for the ones in the family who still like some sweets, it was nice to have those on hand.

Elizabeth sent colored eggs home with all of us yesterday, so I have some for Easter. I want to go look for dandelion greens to make dandelion salad and dice some of the colored eggs in it (after they are peeled, of course). I love dandelion green salad with bacon or some fresh ham from the freezer.

Joe wants to see if he can dig up a little horseradish root to make fresh horseradish to have with colored eggs on Easter. That’s a tradition we always have, horseradish and colored eggs on Easter.

Tim and Elizabeth have 10 baby chicks and two baby ducks in a tote in their house that they bought this week. It was a full-time job for Elizabeth to keep the children away from the chicks. T.J. was riding a sit-and-scoot toy which has room under the seat. Someone discovered he had the two ducks and a few chicks under the seat. They were rescued and put back with the rest. He wanted to give them a ride.

Abigail and Jennifer were playing with their dolls when Elizabeth discovered they had sneaked four baby chicks to play with. Needless to say, Elizabeth will be glad when the chicks are big enough to put in the chicken coop.

God’s blessings and a blessed Easter to all.

Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

1/2 pound bacon

1 pound ground beef

1/2 sweet onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

4 tablespoons cream cheese

2 tablespoons reduced sugar ketchup

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

4 large eggs

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon hot sauce

8 ounces grated cheese

1 teaspoon fresh dill (optional)

Dice the bacon in small pieces and fry until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Drain grease from pan and add the ground beef to skillet and cook until browned, crumbling as it cooks. Drain fat, add onion and garlic, and cook a little.

Add the cream cheese, ketchup, mustard, worcestershire sauce, and seasoned salt to the skillet and cook over low heat stirring constantly.

Spread the beef mixture into an 8-inch-by-8-inch baking dish. Top with cooked bacon. Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk together with the heavy cream until combined. Stir in the pepper and hot sauce.

Pour egg mixture over the beef and bacon. Top with grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until set and golden on top.

Sprinkle with dill before serving.

Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. She, her husband, Joe, and their family live in southeastern Michigan. Contact Eicher at P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and the message will be passed on to her to read.

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