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Ultimate Sugar Cookie


By Judy Thomas

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
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I am a proud new great-grandmother of three new members of the family. Two, a little girl Sydney and boy Branden both living near Dayton, so I have only made their acquaintances through pictures and Facebook correspondence and I’m not to adept at that. But the third little guy is right here in Spring Valley not to far from great grandma so I have been able to be involved with watching him grow and to see him often. He has an unusual name, it is Zander shortened to “Z.” Recently we celebrated his first birthday with the guest list including close immediate family, myself included.

We celebrated with cupcakes and punch and the guest of honor (who had just learned how to use his chubby little legs for motivation) entertained us all with his antics. Wish I could bottle a little of that energy.

Birthday parties usually bring up the question of what to gift the birthday child. I like to give a gift that is thoughtful and something that will contribute to making memories. At this time of my life, I have to be as creative as I can while watching my pennies closely - so what to bring this child?

All of a sudden I remembered his father at a very young age spending time with me when I was still on the farm and I had a large cut glass cookie jar sitting on the island in the kitchen and how his father at about the age of 2 or a little older would stand up against the side of the island, stretch as far as he could reach and ease that cookie jar down the side of the island and carefully set it on the floor. Then he would remove the lid and remove his cookies, then replace the lid and carefully ease that heavy jar back up the side of the island and teeteringly push it over the edge to stable it and then pick up his cookies and go off munching. That jar was heavy and awkward, but he got what he needed, the first time I saw him do that I thought, ‘he’s going to drop it and it will break and he’s going to get cut or hurt some way,’ but it never happened. So you ask what’s the point here?

Well, a friend of mine left some crockery canisters in my garage after a city wide garage sale and I got the bright idea that “Z” should have his own cookie jar from great grandma, so I filled his cookie jar with cookies and wrote a note on his birthday card, that when the jar is empty, have mom or dad call grams and I will do a refill for as long as I am able, although I am sure at the present time his father w .....
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Summer Savory, AKA the Bean Herb

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
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Summer savory is a lesser known but useful herb traditionally used in bean dishes and meat dressings. It has the distinction of being the only herb (aside from dill) that was grown in my Grandma Raway’s garden. The holiday turkey dressing would no ..... 
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Thank You

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
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During this season of being thankful and reading all of the thankful statements on Facebook, I thought it would be good to recognize happy moments and give gratitude. Granted, this will be an abbreviated list because I only get so much space in thi ..... 
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Creamed Tomato Soup

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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By now the garden is done producing for another year, except the carrots still in the ground. We did find out carrots don’t survive even when covered with straw, so we will have to dig them soon. It was really hard to let all of the green toma ..... 
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A little of this, a little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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“Happy Hallo-thanks-mas”! Remember when stores didn’t display Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving? Probably not, but in my youth that was the norm. Now Christmas decorations pop up around Halloween. Thanksgiving is a forgotten holi ..... 
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Pressing Cider

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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My heart sank as I heard the news. The Amish family who had pressed our apples into cider for many years was not home. Indeed, nothing was left in the house at all, reported a friend who tried to reserve our pressing date. A neighbor reported that t ..... 
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Musings from the back porch!

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
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There once was once a lady who requested a ‘pie’ oh my, and not just any pie, not canned and not made with fresh peaches covered with glaze, but an old fashioned peach pie, thickened with tapioca! This lady is a very dear friend of mine and does ..... 
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Old Fashioned Apple Cake

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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As I write this article, we are into the middle of October the 10th month of the year. Birthstone being the Tourmaline or Opal. Flower the Calendula and Zodiac sign Libra. There are many Holiday celebrations too numerous to mention all, but to menti ..... 
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The Ugly Green Pot

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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An ugly, enameled green dutch oven sits in a place of honor upon my stove. It sits rather heavily, for it is made of cast iron. In this one cooking vessel roasts are seared, sauces stirred up, chickens roasted, soups simmered and on rare occasions i ..... 
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