Summertime Treats…

Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Sweet Corn

Yummy Fresh Eats… Loving July into August.

We live in PA.

However…                                                                                                                 We make a run over to Jersey once a week to buy Old Mr. King’s Sweet Treats.  I don’t know whether it is the Jersey sandy soil, or that his farm is in the middle of the Wharton State Forest. Maybe it is the Love he puts into his craft. Perhaps all three combined that make his Eggplant (he says it’s male), Tomatoes, Corn and, last but not least, the Zucchini the Sweetest ever. He has been working this farm since he was a kid. He always says: “I’m happy to still be working this side of the grass.” 😀

For us the near 2 hour, 66 mile round trip a week worth it. 🙂

Eggplant

I cannot get enough of his fresh Sweet Jersey Eggplant.                                        I eat it hot, fresh off the griddle, topped with Sweet Red Jersey Tomatoes.         Then later that night, I eat it cold right from the Ice Box. (ahem… Fridge)

Finally for the ‘Desert’, Sweet, Sweet Jersey Corn.

Eggplant, Corn on Cob, Tomato

The best way to fix eggplant for Our Family is:

  • Peel then slice just under 1/2 inch thick.
  • Salt, and set aside for near an hour.
  • Rinse and blot off excess water.
  • Have skillet / griddle medium hot.
  • Press slices into  flour on both sides.
  • then dip into a beaten egg, thinned with a drizzle of water or milk.
  • Press into bread crumbs on both sides. (your choice of seasoning)
  • Then fry, until golden brown on each side.

My Happy Summer Song – DD

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy,                                                             Summertime and the Livin’ is Right,                                                                       Summertime and the Livin’ is Breezy,                                                                 Oh.. Oh.. Oh.. Summ… Sum, Summertime.

Summertime is sweet, sweet Eatin’,                                                       Summertime and the Veggies are Ripe,                                                               Summertime nights are long and Bright,                                                                 Oh.. Oh.. Oh.. Summ… Sum, Summertime.

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Recycling Clothes… 1

I Mean Really Recycling…

by donating, repurposing and actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

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However…

When the children outgrew their clothes, if they were still in good shape… I would clean and mend, then place them in bags marked with the gender, size and season.

Because…

Here in our area school district there were many children that did not even have underwear. (Sometimes it comes down to a choice… food or underwear?)

So I would also collect clothing from friends and neighbors. Jackets, hats, gloves, pants, tee shirts, socks and especially underpants. I would then process them, I would clean and mend, then place them in bags marked with the gender, size and season for the school nurse to give out as needed.

It was a labor of Love, I was Blessed with a Happy, Healthy Family, and wanted to share some of that warmth and love with the little ones of my community.  I believe in the ‘Ripple Effect’

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We all can help strengthen our Community, one baby step at a time.

What are some of your ideas?

Check out: Real Recycling… Back in the day.

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Gerardus Wiltsee… 1735–1800 Revolutionary War Patriot

 

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War Patriot

Gerardus Wiltsse   1735–1800
5th Great Grandfather, DAR Ancestor

Private – Albany Co., New York Militia

under Col. Cornelius Van Veghten, 13th regt.

He was born in Newtown, Queens, New York.

He died in Wilsey Hill, Herkimer, New York

The Wiltzee line arrived in the New World in 1623.                                             They were one of the families with first original Dutch Migration settling The Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam, as part of the Dutch West Indies Company. They were financiers and fur traders.
Gerardus’ 2nd Great Grandfather Philippe, was massacred by indians in 1632 at Fort Zwaanendael in Delaware. (Philippe was our 9th Great Grandfather)
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All his lines were from the Netherlands and were here by the mid 1600’s.
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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

 

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

 

Apples in Old Mennonite Cooking

Apples were a frequent ingredient in old Mennonite cooking.

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Apples, Apples, Apples Everywhere,                                                                      Eat them whole, or cook them pared.

We have Apple Strudel, Apple Pandowdy, Friar’s Apple Charlotte, some call it Betty, some call it Crisp, etc. They are all basically the same, and very easy to make. They all start off with apples sliced into casserole dish. Then are either topped with a crumble top (flour &/or oats), a breadcrumb top, or a biscuit dough top.

I Decided to Play

Well I decided to use a cake batter, not to have an apple cake, but apples with some cake crumbles. I filled the dishes 3/4 full with chunked apples. Poured plain prepared cake mix over the apples. Stirred it through. Sprinkled the top with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Cooked about 40 minutes, at 350* until the apples were done to my liking.

It made a great breakfast, and snack, mostly baked flavored apples. 😀

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Apples, Apples, Apples Everywhere,                                                                    And used in everything.

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Salads

  • Apple Walnut Salad
  • Beet & Apple Salad

Sweet & Sours

  • Apple Sauce
  • Apple Butter
  • Apple & Peach Conserve
  • Spiced Apples

Vegetable Dishes

  • Scalloped Sweet Potato & Apple

Breakfast

Desserts

  • Apple sauce Cake
  • Apple Dumplings            – whole apple with biscuit dough
  • Apple Strudel                  – sliced into casserole, crumble top
  • Apple Pandowdy            – sliced into casserole, biscuit dough top
  • Friar’s Apple Charlotte  – sliced into casserole, breadcrumb top
  • Schnitz Pie (dried apples)
  • Apple Butter Pie
  • Apple Crumble Pie           Apple Crumble Pie

Main Dishes

  • Schnitz Un Knepp – Ham with dried apples
  • Rote Kraut
  • Sauerkraut

Beverages

  • Apple Cider

and last but not least Scrapple – No, just kidding 😀

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by. – OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Nicholas Slough… 1757–1834 Revolutionary War Patriot

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War Patriot 

Nicholas SLOUGH 1757–1834
5th Great Grandfather, DAR & SAR Patriot Ancestor

Service: Pennsylvania Rank: Private
1) Col Wm. Dean, Capt Jacob Peterman, Phila Co.
2) Associators & Militiamen

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Apple Ring Fritters

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An old Mennonite / Pennsylvania Dutch recipe..

Apples were a frequent ingredient in old Mennonite cooking

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Apple Ring Fritters

The Receipt < (This is how they spelled it)

The Ingredients

1 c. sifted flour          4 lg. apples          ¾ c. milk          1½ t. bake pdr.                   2 T. sugar                   1 egg                     salt

The Process

  • Sift dry items. (together)
  • Add milk and egg. Beat well.
  • Peel apples, core, slice in ¼” rings.
  • Dip rings in batter, drop into skillet of ½” hot shortening.
  • Fry golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towel.
  • Mix sugar & cinnamon together, sprinkle over fritters.
  • Makes 16 to 20.
Apple fritters
Yummy Apple Ring Fritters

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

  • Use fritter as a side for any meal, as a breakfast, or as a desert /snack.
  • You can use any pancake mix batter, in place of ‘from scratch’.                  We use Jiffy baking mix, it does not contain Aluminum, and is less saltier.
  • Try Pineapple rings ❤

You can make pancake style fritters with any fruit, leftover veggies, potatoes or onions. Just mix into batter and pour, use less oil and cook like pancakes until done.

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by. – OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past, and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

 

Jacob Cassel Kolb… 1745-1820 Revolutionary War Patriot

 

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War Patriot

Jacob Cassel KOLB 1745–1820                                                                                5th Great Grandfather, SAR Patriot Ancestor

Private 2nd class, 2nd company, 5th Battalion, Upper Salford Twp, Philadelphia County Militia. Captain Philip Gabel.

He was born, lived, and died in Lower & Upper Salford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania

This Kolb Family line has been in America in Pennsylvania since 1707.             His other family lines have been in America since the latter 1600’s.                     He was Netherlands Dutch and Palatinate German. They were Mennonite, there were many Reverends and Bishops in his line.

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

 

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle