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Mint Julep


By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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“Build it and they will come” is an old saying. I say build a fence and people will wonder what is behind it just like in the “Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy wondered what was behind the curtain during an audience with the great wizard.

My husband built a tall wooden fence around our front yard. It helped soften the noise from the street and provided privacy. It also provoked a great deal of curiosity. Then he built a half-timbered tudor styled gazebo complete with floor and shingled roof topped with a cupola. After he screened it in, it became a great outdoor entertaining area.

Later, the birds started a grapevine that quickly covered much of the fence. He then placed some of his handcrafted pottery gnomes on top of the fence. Since no one could see through the fence (there was only one large knot hole), but could see the tree tops, the lilac bush tops, and the gazebo cupola rising above the fence; curiosity grew. Rumors about “a secret garden” were fueled by this curiosity. One neighbor complained that he couldn’t see what we were doing in our yard!

Eventually the police were involved. One evening about sunset I looked out my kitchen window and saw a highway patrolman wandering in our yard. Curiosity overcame me and I went out to talk to him. It was a former neighbor who said every time he drove by our house, he wondered what was behind our fence. Curiosity overcame his manners and he decided to find out. He apologized; I was flattered. We both had a good laugh!

Later, the day after Halloween, we noticed one of our bigger gnomes had been stolen. Just as we were grieving the loss, the town cop drove into our driveway with a passenger in his front seat. It was the missing gnome. Someone had kidnapped him and set him outside the liquor store as a prank. Since he was not damaged and we didn’t have to pay a ransom, all was well. My husband then glued the gnomes to the fence.

Little did we realize that this was not the last adventure our fence would provide! This year the Bluff Country Master Gardeners asked if our yard could be a part of their annual tour to raise money for Bluff Country Family Resources. I was flattered; my husband had reservations. We were reassured that this was not a competition, but simply a way for gardeners to exchange ideas. We agreed it was for a good cause.

Later we received the brochure describing the gardens on the tour. Many had wat .....
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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…(p ..... 
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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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