Letters from Home

November 21, 2013

Greetings to all,

     We are having another beautiful fall day with the sun shining out of a clear blue sky. It is still windy and I feel sorry for the folks in IN and IL where they got hit by the storm.     

     Last week we had a Turkey butchering day at our house. We did 16 turkeys ranging from 20 to 34 lbs each. It was a busy and full day but the feeling of satisfaction was rewarding when evening came and we could clean up the mess and know we have meat to last awhile. With grateful hearts we can look forward to lots of delicious turkey dinners in the months ahead. 

     The church ladies also had a sewing day last week that was well attended with approx 12 women. They knotted 2 comforters and finished 1 quilt. A long day of fellowship and working together on a project to be able to help others in need has a two-fold blessing. It blesses the people that get the item and the folks that make and give it also receive a blessing.  

      The farmers are mostly done harvesting for this year. The corn has been picked and corn cribs are filled.  

     Following is a recipe for a gluten-free cake. I used the recipe out of the new Gluten-Free cookbook we have at the Ashery. I revised it a little.  


Prune Cake

1/3c grape seed oil

3/4c evaporated cane juice

2 eggs, separated

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp real salt

1 c brown rice flour

1/2 c potato starch

1/2 c tapioca flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

1/2 c sour cream, or plain yogurt

1 c. dried prunes, cooked & mashed

Cream together oil & sugar, beat in egg yolks. Mix together the dried ingredients and add alternately with sour cream to the oil/sugar mixture. Stir in the cooked prunes (room temp). Beat egg whitees until soft peaks form. Fold into batter. Pour into 2 8" layer cake pans. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Frost as desired or serve warm with ice cream.  


"The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him."         

Lam 3:25


                             Happy Thanksgiving, Sovilla Yoder

Letters from Home

November 08, 2013

A friendly wave and howdy to all you great folks out there,

 I trust you all are doing well and enjoying life. For us it’s been a grand time enjoying October and all the Fall related activities. As we head into November my mind always goes to Thanksgiving and the special memories that come with this Holiday. While we often think of gratefulness, today I’m inspired to look at the “giving” part of Thanksgiving.

 I’m sure many times in your life you have had the opportunity to give to others and it may have been done for many different reasons. However, every time a person “gives” it requires a heart of gratefulness and blessing. Think about the difference in a “giver” vs. a “taker” and then ponder the thought that we most likely will give to others what we have been given. When someone gives me love it better enables me to give love, if I’m given pain from others I’ll tend to give pain to others, if I’ve experienced being forgiven I’m better able to give forgiveness and the list goes on. Giving is a beautiful act of Thanksgiving. So this Thanksgiving empower someone to give a blessing to others by giving to them.

 On this note of giving I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce something new that we will be doing at the Ashery. We as a team of co-workers have been given so much and we’ve been talking about how we can become more involved in giving to the needs of our local community. November 25 – 30, the week of Thanksgiving will be our first Mission Week here at The Ashery. We will be featuring an item for the whole week. All profits from this Item will then be donated to a local need that is decided on by our employees. You will receive a notice of what this item is beforehand and every time you purchase a bag, you will be helping us help someone else. We are excited to see how we can grow this opportunity that has been given to us.

Hope you have a wonderful day,

                                                                Happy Trails, Curt