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Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream


By Kathy Little

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

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 mother on “her holiday”. Sisters often vacation together. Of course sisters and mothers are sometimes lucky enough to become grandmothers. Grandmothers become family matriarchs and are often so beloved that their lives are honored for many generations. I am still quoting my Grandma Ruth and plant zinnias in honor of her every summer.

Aunts and cousins seem to be co-stars in the family drama. Of course, there was “Auntie Mame” portrayed so brilliantly by Rosilyn Russel, but I am dating myself. My aunt Ruthie was memorable if not so flamboyant as Mame. She was my mother’s youngest sister with beautiful red hair. (Since I come from a family of redheads, triple woe to anyone who doesn’t think red hair is beautiful!) She worked at the telephone company, lived at home and eventually married a handsome sailor!

Before this man came into her life, she was the life of the party as far as her nieces were concerned. We pretended to apply make-up at the peach crate vanity my Grandpa Schwartz built for her and played with her giant green and white Teddy bear, Henry. We adored the “minute steaks” she ate for lunch and the frosty malt ice cream she bought quarts of for us. We even ate it right out of the carton with ice tea spoons!. My mother never let us do that.

She took me to see “The Wizard of Oz” because I was her oldest (and dare I say, favorite niece). Every time I watch that movie, I think of her. I still lust after ruby slippers. Why do they make them only for little girls? I would wear them proudly at any age. Yes, Dear Reader, I am still very mobile. When I read “Wicked” and saw the musical, I once again thought of Aunt Ruthie.

When she became engaged, we were so excited. She was the first bride we had seen married in our family. She looked like a princess in her princess styled wedding gown. Best of all we got to eat all the wedding cake we wanted for days. Then on an even more romantic note: the newlyweds’ phone number was 765-2325.They were ages 23 and 25 when they were married.

They had a long and happy marriage. My first paying babysitting job was for their two daughters: Debbie and Denise. I learned a lot from that exper .....
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Banana Split Dessert

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

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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Shangri-la

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
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We pack a lunch, wildflower book, camera and bug spray to be ready for anything, and head over to Choice, the tiny settlement on County Road 43 between Mabel and Rushford. There we meet up with several carloads of Harmony Garden Club members and the ..... 
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Luscious Lemon Bars

By Judy Thomas

Fri, May 30th, 2014
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Computer on. Check. Microsoft Works on. Check. Brain. Absent and blank. That being said, what do I do now? Since we celebrated Easter and we’re on the lighter side, chicks and bunnies come to mind. One of my daughters and family are very active ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - A baby bird, the folly of man, and rhubarb cake

Mon, May 26th, 2014
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The Sunday before last, my husband and I drove out to the tree dump. No particular reason, we didn’t even have any brush to dump. But I had noticed that the fire from the tree dump seemed particularly smoky that evening, and I wanted to see what wa ..... 
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The Working Mom: Boys Will Be Boys

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
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When I first started writing this column five years ago, I referred to my husband a few times in my own style of wife humor. However, while I was busting a gut laughing, he found my stories less than humorous and also found out very quickly how many ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
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The last week of April was a bit on the cool side and more or less relatively damp. But Mother Nature made a few changes so many of our farmers found their way into their fields when the sun reappeared, the weather warmed up, and the soil became wor ..... 
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The Working Mom - Boys Will Be Boys

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Columnists

When I first started writing this column five years ago, I referred to my husband a few times in my own style of wife humor. However, while I was busting a gut laughing, he found my stories less than humorous and also found out very quickly how man ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, May 9th, 2014
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Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Kay Scarpetta are my detective heroes. Since I love to read mystery novels, I start to think of these characters as real people who are exceptionally bright and who have family, friends and even hobbies! ..... 
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