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Becky's Food Tales


Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
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By: Becky Hoff

The Plight of the Pumpkin My friends, this is not a good time of year to be a pumpkin. In truth, it’s not a good time to be any sort of squash, but the round orange guys really get it this time of year.

In October the frenzy began, with pumpkin stands showing up on the side of the road. We picked over these golden gourds, cruelly rejecting the less than perfect specimens. The ‘pretty ones’ were taken home to grace our porches and seasonal displays.

The last week of October is where things get really bad, if you happen to be a pumpkin. Our poor pumpkins were taken inside, and faces were drawn on them with magic markers. Gleefully we carved them up - scooping out their guts, roasting their seeds. We set our pumpkins back on the porch and lit them up, not once even thinking about how the pumpkins felt about the whole ordeal.

Halloween came and went, and the jack-o-lanterns we lovingly (yet callously) created were cast aside. Even now you can see them in the tree dump, carved faces drooped and frozen, or smashed into bits with no regard for their dignity.

The surviving pumpkins all breathe a sigh of relief… until they remember what everyone loves for dessert on Thanksgiving Day. And while I thought a recipe for pumpkin pie would tie in beautifully with this article, I am of the opinion that it’s best not to mess with the family favorites on Thanksgiving Day. So instead, I submit to you this recipe for pumpkin muffins made with dried cranberries.



Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins



Sift together:



1 ¾ cups sifted all-purpose flour



¾ tsp salt



1/2 cup sugar



2 tsp double-acting baking powder



1 tsp cinnamon



¼ tsp nutmeg



In a separate bowl, combine:



2 beaten eggs



¾ cup milk



One cup mashed or pureed pumpkin



3 tbls melted butter



Mix wet ingredients into dry with a few quick strokes, then fold in:



One cup dried cranberries







Generously grease a 12 count muffin tin, and evenly fill the cups with batter.



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The Working Mom

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
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Minnesota Women and Flip-Flops Do you ever wonder if anyone loves flip-flops as much as Minnesota women love them? My husband does not understand my obsession so will continually ask me if I “really need so many pairs.” (Like they are taking u ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - Egg Coffee

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Columnists

It’s that time of the year when you wouldn’t have to cook for at least a month….church dinners, church dinners, and did I mention church dinners. There’s Ham and Meatball, Salad Luncheon, BBQ & Hot Dogs, Pork Dinner and, of course, the infam ..... 
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A VIEW from the Woods - If a Tree Falls in the Forest…

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
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lunch in the garden. Our god-daughter and her husband were visiting Minnesota from their home in Colorado. She was excited to show him the beloved hardwood forest landscape of her childhood. They brought her parents along, and we all soon switched ou ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
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“An apple a day may keep the doctor away”, but sour green apples sprinkled liberally with salt (stolen from a neighbor’s tree) definitely do cause a belly ache. I know this from personal experience. Perhaps it was the excitement of stealing ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - 9.29.14

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
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Where did the summer go?!! Even as I write…in the first sentence we are enjoying the summer side of the road…heat and humidity; the next sentence we’re already on the autumn side of the road…cool and crisp. It’s time to move that favorite ..... 
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A View from the Woods - Peace of Mind

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
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I garden for many reasons, such as fresh food, colorful flowers, butterflies and a lovely landscape. Yet increasingly, I find that I am seeking peace of mind. When it happens, the experience is sublime, hard to describe and fleeting. It can come w ..... 
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The Working Mom - Good Mom Gone Bad

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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Just like a good investigative TV show or gossip column would start their juicy story, I have to ask: “When did it all start going wrong?” Where did this mom go bad? Well, it all started as I took a reflection on my history of mothering and de ..... 
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A little of this, a little of that

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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“Girls just want to have fun,” I explained to my husband when he asked about our latest girls’ weekend. For the last six years my three sisters and two nieces and myself have gone on a vacation together. Our male counterparts who used to pou ..... 
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