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Country Coffee Talk - 6.15.15


By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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It’s that time of the year when uninvited guests arrive….and I don’t mean relatives. It’s that little social insect…ANTS. Ants are social because they live and work together, where they feed and protect one another. Actually they are an amazing insect, the way their colonies are organized, but that’s a story for another time…or not. They can be quite a pest problem, if they find a crumb on the floor and inform the rest of the troops…pretty soon they’re marching single file across the kitchen floor! Did you know an ant can lift 20 times its own body weight…I can envision them carrying off my refrigerator.

A Heloise Hint, if you need a little help with them…use a spray bottle filled with two tablespoons of dish soap along with water and squirt the ants, plus it’s safe to use in the kitchen.

This brought to mind just what might be hiding under my refrigerator. My spouse generously offered to help pull it out and then off he went to the chiropractor…hey, it wasn’t that heavy and it looks scary behind it! Now that I look, maybe it’s time for a new refrig. Wow, how many years has it been since I did this!! There’s a picture of my grandson in the second grade under it (who is now in the ninth grade)…hmmm. I think it’s going to take a little soaking before scrubbing. A good time to use that cold coffee left (1 ½ cups), plus some ice cream (1 ½ cups) and ¼ cup chocolate syrup…blended with ice, to make the perfect Cappuccino Cooler, while I wait on the porch for the soaking to work its magic.

Refreshed and back to scrubbing, and all of the gunk does come up with the dust & dirt gone. My daughter with allergies should breath easier when she visits. As I’m patting myself on the back, another thought comes to me…. there’s the stove that is of the same vintage and probably hiding worse grease & grime under it….a new one would look good in that spot too.

We seem to have an excess of asparagus in that crumb free, no ant zone refrig, so if you still have some asparagus, this Saucy Chicken Asparagus recipe is great and so easy.



Saucy Chicken Asparagus

1 ½ lb fresh asparagus spears, halved

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

2 tablespoons cooking oil

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

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A View From the Woods - The Earth’s Call

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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One of my favorite publications, The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener, just arrived in my mailbox. It is a dense mixture of updates on organic farming policy, tips for the gardener, and farsighted explorations of emerging issues. From the esoteric t ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Grow your own

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
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Early June is an exciting time of year in Minn. Warm weather has finally come, and everything is full on green and beautiful! Flowers are blooming, and tender seedlings are being planted to give us lovely summer veggies. Young and fragile pepper and ..... 
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The Working Mom - The art of compromise

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 25th, 2015
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When the word compromise is offered, it can sometimes feel like a four-letter word or a substitute for the acronym IDGMW---I Didn’t Get My Way. However, when approached with a light touch and a bit of a conniving nature, compromise can be very ..... 
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A little bit of this A little bit of that - 5.11.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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“Harmony” according to the dictionary means “peaceable or friendly relations”. To teens in the 1960s, “Harmony” meant Harmony, Minn., the “date night capital” of Fillmore County! That’s because it had a drive-in root beer stand, ..... 
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Coffee Talk 5.4.15 - Correction

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Corrections to last week’s Country Coffee Talk: 7 tablespoons of flour was omitted from the filling part of the recipe. See below for correct recipe. Rhubarb Custard Bars Crust: 2 cups flour, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup cold butter Combine flour & s ..... 
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Coffee Talk - 4.5.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, May 4th, 2015
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Get Happy!! It’s porch season, which makes it harder to focus on work. “If I never see another snowflake, I’ll consider the rest of my life a success” (at least not until next winter)….something I read and totally agree with now that it ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Fits and Starts

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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The coming of spring is a process of two steps forward and one step back. The season is all mixed up with long weeks of warmth followed by seemingly endless stretches of cold, wet, windy awfulness. Control freaks are impatient, cranky or depressed ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - What’s in the garden today?

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
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I took a stroll around my garden yesterday to see what signs of life I could find. Early spring flowers are not plentiful in my yard, but it’s nice to see the tiger lilies shooting up their leaves, and a tiny patch of bloodroot is showing off ..... 
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