The Amish Cook: A refreshing, frozen cheesecake

Julia’s birthday is rounding the corner. My girl, who was a baby but yesterday, is having her ninth birthday on Sept. 11. Memories flood back. I was completely delighted with a baby girl. There is nothing else in the world I would have wanted more. Now she is in third grade. Can it be real? And once we double the amount of time we have had with her, she’ll be 18.

The Amish Cook: A refreshing, frozen cheesecake

Little Joshua is doing well and is the center of attention. Everyone dotes over him. Yep, our long wait is over. It’s hard to believe that he is a month old already. While the newborn stage is my all time favorite stage, I so enjoy watching him grow, and oh, those first smiles are priceless. I really can’t think of anything that really compares the freshness and newness of a brand new life. It’s like a touch of God. The sweet innocence is priceless, he’s just so trusting and so pure.

The Amish Cook: A blast from the past

Editor’s Note: Gloria will return next week. Blame me, I encourage Gloria to take some time off when there is a new arrival. As a Dad to a 3 and a 6-year-old myself, I remember how precious those early days are. Writing a weekly column is a lot more difficult than most people would presume, and I just think it is important Gloria stays creatively refreshed and connection with her family. Gloria’s first column appeared six years ago on July 30. Her family has changed a lot since then, so has mine, so has the world. So, as a treat…I thought we’d go back and re-read and re-run her first-ever column. What a journey, and I’m sure Gloria’s got many exciting stories ahead! Enjoy! — Kevin Williams

The Amish Cook: The Yoders welcome a new addition to the family

What a miracle. What complete innocence. I can not wrap my feeble brain around it. Only God in His Sovereignty could design anything so perfect.

The Amish Cook: Gloria’s fan favorite recipes

Gloria is taking a needed week or two off to bond with her new family member, Joshua David, who arrived earlier this month. It is hard to believe that Gloria has been writing “The Amish Cook” column now for six years. There’s no stopping the march of time that is for sure. So this week, we’ll take a look back at some “editor’s picks,” favorite reader recipes and re-share them. The date pudding is one of my absolute favorites, so refreshing on a hot summer day. Enjoy these recipes!

The Amish Cook: A new arrival at the Yoder’s

Our home is full of joy these days! Our little bundle of joy has arrived, we have been oohing and awing the last day over our newborn baby boy, Joshua David. He was born on June 29 at 11:40 p.m. Saturday evening is when Gloria was showing first signs of labor, off and on until Monday evening at 9:30 p.m, and then she went full speed to the finish line! With unspeakable joy and gratitude to God, he was born right into Gloria’s arms.

The Amish Cook: Daniel’s waffles

Somehow Sundays just put a relaxing slant on everything. I’m not sure what it really is, perhaps, it is the family times or the fact that it’s the Lord’s Day that add extraordinary blessings.

The Amish Cook: Daniel’s coffee smoothies

Yes, more toasty summer days, more water fun, and many happy hours with family pets. As I write, the latest pets are three kittens from a stray mama cat. Much to the delight of our five little children, a mama cat randomly came to our farm and hid where we could not see her and then had three baby kittens.

The Amish Cook: Gloria’s homemade Sloppy Joes

These summer days really are pressing in. I forgot how muggy it could get in southern Illinois! Thankfully the children don’t seem to mind the heat. It makes for lots of water fun, so why not love hot days? Anything to get them wet and have some outdoor action makes them happy.

The Amish Cook: Gloria’s moist chocolate cake

This week, I’d like to introduce you to our two new pets at the Yoder household.