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Honey Raspberry Iced Tea


By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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How’s your garden doing? ... A common greeting this time of the year. Up until a few weeks ago, our answer was “good”. Then one morning we came out to some beet foliage mowed to the ground and parts of the beautiful row of peas torn down…(peas have always been a challenge to get to grow). There were no deer tracks, so the next best guess is that cute little rabbit that we see visiting the garden. You know, the one with the big eyes, cute face and the look of innocence as he eats the peas! What to do now…they multiply and consider your garden their pantry and have large appetites. The stew pot isn’t going to happen, so I tried the liquid fence and that seemed to work until the next rain came, which earlier this summer seemed to be every hour. If there is a wind blowing in the wrong direction, the spray drifts on to me and I smell like rotten eggs…that seems to deter more than rabbits.

Each year we dream of the perfect garden and landscape, plus we just love the wildlife we see in our backyard...it’s a quandary. Birds drift in and peck every ripe berry…the deer follow the mowed path from the woods at night and shred the apples trees and leaves…it’s like candy to them. Rabbits are so cute, but that wears off. Don’t even get me started on the streaked gophers (or whatever you call them). They think they are members of the family and wait for the bird feeder to spill over when I fill it. Maybe just butterflies are the answer.

We won’t be fencing anytime soon, as it’s not very practical but I will sprinkle some blood meal & keep trying the spray in the evening. Hopefully the rabbits really do like white clover and everything in the garden will eventually be too big for them to munch. Right now they are sampling jalapenos but find out they don’t really like them and spit them out.

The Fillmore County Fair is just winding down and the bunny did save me some vegetables and flowers to enter in the fair but at this writing I don’t know if I won any ribbons or not. So, guess I will just sit on the porch and enjoy this cool easy drink, while I watch the wildlife. I think we planted enough for all of us.

Honey Raspberry Iced Tea

2 cups freshly brewed tea

2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice

¼ cup 100% pure honey

Brew tea and in a heat proof pitcher dissolve honey with hot tea. Add cranberry-raspberry juice and whisk together. Chi .....
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Grand View Grows From Land

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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John Weiss, Senior Staff Writer for the Rochester Post Bulletin, had been nudging me for several months to talk about my consulting work. We finally caught up with each other in my garden during asparagus season, and he wrote this article for his we ..... 
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Coconut Cookies

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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July 14, 1914 - What is so significant about that date? Well, it is my mother’s birthday. She would be 100 this year and I wish she were here to celebrate with, but in reality I know that can’t be. We all have wonderful memories about our moms, ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Summer Smoothies

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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Roadside strawberry stands have been springing up in the last week or so- in between the rainstorms, that is! I recently enjoyed driving out into the country with a good neighbor to pick up a load of berries. This was one of those rare sunny days an ..... 
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Real Bites - Supper for Four

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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It was a Wednesday night, and dad (that would be me) was in charge of supper until mom arrived home. A fail-safe plan is always to call upon the Village Square of Fountain. They have a 2-2-2 option that includes two medium pizzas with two topp ..... 
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An Experiment in Canning

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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Happy Birthday to Chad Danielson today! It was a quiet Sunday last weekend with my husband and son away at a movie and I had raspberries and jalapenos defrosted and calling my name. My original plan was to do canning with some friends, including ..... 
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Real Bites: Fitness Fridays

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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During these crazy, busy summer months, I decided I wanted to take a little extra time on Fridays to spend the work day with our children. Every Thursday, our team at the newspaper works diligently to “put the newspaper to bed,” as has been sa ..... 
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Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream

By Kathy Little

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
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Lights, action, camera! Mothers and sisters are the stars of Pop Culture in books, movies, and songs. Think “Little Women” and “I Remember Mama.” Woe to the person who speaks ill of someone’s mother. Double woe to someone who forgets moth ..... 
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Banana Split Dessert

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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Don’t worry, be happy…that’s how ice cream makes most of us feel…it’s the summer comfort food. “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” wasn’t just a cute saying, but actually a song written in 1927 and recorded by the War ..... 
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