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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 the apples, then running away so fast that I developed a stitch in my side, or the gobbling of six of them at one time? Still, salted sour apples should have been more easily digested than salted rhubarb (stolen or not)! Makes your mouth pucker just reading about it, doesn’t it?

I never stole watermelon or pumpkins as a child. They were too heavy and awkward to carry while running. Now, I have nibbled my way through a strawberry patch while at a pick- your- own- fruit farm, but I also buy many, many quarts. I have sampled grapes at the grocery store but only to make sure they were sweet!

It seems that nature’s bounty is delicious and healthy just the way it is. Yes, I know that apples can be enhanced by caramel and sugar and pie crust. These additions also enhance the number of calories! However, fall weather seems to demand the making and serving of apple pie, crumble, crisp, and sauce and butter. What would squash be without brown sugar and butter, or pumpkin pie without whipped cream?

Being a frugal person, I usually buy squash and pumpkins from roadside stands. Yes, I BUY this produce. I wouldn’t cheat the honor system, with the prices clearly marked and the lock box. Once buying squash from a huge wagon by the side of the highway in Harmony, I exclaimed to my sisters that this lock box didn’t even have a lock on it. How trusting or silly could this seller be? Laughing hysterically, they informed me that I was trying to put money in a mailbox along the road! The lock box was on the other side of the wagon. I’m sure this was a common mistake.

Nature’s bounty, when free, is even more wonderful. I have collected Queen Anne’s lace, milk weed pods, and cat tails from road side ditches for many of my failed craft projects (but that is material for another column).

A while back, before caller ID came into being and I had a computer, I was out for a walk, and walked by a yard filled with horse chestnuts. I recalled them fondly from grade school when my friends and I made rings out of them. Elementary school boys who were not into rings used them for ammunition. I decided they would be a wonderful craft material. I came back later wit .....
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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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Blueberry Crumb Cake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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We wave hello, we wave goodbye. Hand waving is one of the ways to avoid communication or to explain away a hard problem. We hope by hand waving a problem will magically go away….like a magician wave. But here in Minnesota there’s more to wa ..... 
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Prairie Strips Offer Glimmer of Hope

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
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Water pollution from agriculture is all over the news these days. A half million people had their water turned off in Toledo, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie due to toxic water from algae blooms, largely caused by nutrients from fertilizers and man ..... 
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Real Bites: The Sweaty Gypsy of Peterson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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Have you ever heard of a sweaty gypsy? Me neither. Not until I visited Burdeys Cafe in Peterson, Minn. As I scanned the menu, I arrived at a section titled “Fancy Pants Gourmet Burgers,” and the first one on the list was The Sweaty Gypsy. ..... 
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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 hu ..... 
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