Remembering Daniel Yoder


By Gloria Yoder



Tragically, The Amish Cook, Gloria Yoder, lost her beloved husband, Daniel, on April 4 in a tragic accident. They shared a love story for the ages and his friends, family and loved ones are grieving his passing.

Daniel was only 31-years-old. He died in a logging accident on Monday, April 4. Every attempt was made to save his life. He was flown by medical helicopter from southern Illinois to Evansville, Indiana, but, in the end, there was nothing they could do to save him.

To donate to the GoFundMe account set up by Gloria’s family to help her raise her six children in the years ahead and pay off medical bills from Daniel’s care, please click here.

In Daniel’s memory, this week’s column is from November 2014 and is the first of many he would write while Gloria took a break to care for family or herself.

Hi to all of you!

Guess what, our little bundle has arrived!

Hurray, it is a boy! Austin Daniel was born on Oct. 30, filling our hearts with joy. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and is 18.5 inches long.

He was born at home and, yes, everything turned out fine. Who but God could design something as wonderful as a newborn baby?

You guessed it, our 3-year-old daughter Julia is totally delighted to be a big sister to a baby brother. She was very excited to show Austin her dolls and toys.

It is very exciting to be a new Daddy to a little son. I can hardly wait for him to be old enough to go make furniture with me. Our shop is a two-man operation as of now. So it will be easy to take him to work with me at a young age. He will probably end up putting me to work and have me take care of him! Ha!

I really enjoy making furniture especially when taking a rough piece of lumber and making something very beautiful. We make distressed and log furniture.

I really enjoyed being home more the last week, taking care of my family. Austin is a week old now and seems to be a very content baby. We really enjoy watching his expressions. He can make the cutest faces. Julia was delighted to have him giggle when she tickled his cheek. You will have an update next week on how Austin Daniel is doing.

Today I will share a recipe for for next time I would like to make a special treat for my wife. I make it for Gloria’s birthday every year. She is delighted every time. Gloria’s birthday is coming up next week which is Nov. 12, so I will be making it again soon.

Oven-Baked Cheesecake

Crust:

1/2 cup flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 cup butter

1 slightly beaten egg yolk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Filling:

2 1/2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 or 3 eggs (equal to 1/2 cup)

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Crust:

Combine first four crust ingredients until crumbly.

Add egg yolk and vanilla.

Put dough into the sides and bottom of an 8-inch pie pan and bake 400 for six minutes.

Filling:

Beat cream cheese until fluffy.

Add vanilla and lemon.

Mix sugar, flour, and salt and gradually blend into cream cheese.

Add eggs and yolk, one at a time.

Gently stir in cream.

Turn into a pan.

Bake at 500 for 5 to 8 minutes or until the top edge of the crust is golden. Reduce heat to 200. Bake 1 hour longer. Cool three hours.

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By Gloria Yoder

Gloria Yoder is an Amish mom, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. The Yoders travel primarily by horse-drawn buggy and live next to the settlement’s one-room school-house. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427

Gloria Yoder is an Amish mom, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. The Yoders travel primarily by horse-drawn buggy and live next to the settlement’s one-room school-house. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427