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The urge to hide under blankets and wait for spring


By Becky Hoff

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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January- the month of the hermit. Every January I am inclined to batten down the hatches, stock up on library books, and drink endless cups of coffee. This is preferably done while huddled under a blanket and anxiously awaiting spring. Cold weather puts me in touch with my inner grouch. No contact is desired from the outside world- no leaving the house, no talking on the phone, nothing. The only things I want to do are sleep late and eat cheese sandwiches for breakfast. I want to wallow under the covers. It is -23 degrees as I write this, and that isn’t helping. The urge to move to Florida, join a cult of sun worshippers, and change my name to Sunshine is strong just now.

But let’s be honest- wallowing under the blankets with a coffee mug and a novel is a good way to spend a day or two, but after that it becomes…boring. Once you’ve realized that you’re bored (and out of cheese) you have no choice but to get up and get moving. While winter will never be my favorite season, I am going to make an effort to enjoy what benefits it may offer.

Winter is a restorative season. Gardeners know that the earth must rest so that it can bloom again in the spring. Perhaps people need this down time as well. Having quiet days to read books and work on crafts and writing projects will restore my sense of calm. I will take time to reflect on the year I have had, and the kind of year I would like to have. When outside, I will admire all of the animal tracks in the snow, and be pleased with the knowledge that my yard receives many visitors every day. Perhaps I will play outside and build a snowman, or finally learn how to use snowshoes.

Today I am sharing a recipe from my Aunt Geriann, who is probably one of the nicest people I know! Connecticut Beef is a great supper for a cold and wintery evening. It is hearty, filling and simple. The recipe makes a 9x13 pan, but I have found that it divides beautifully into two 8x8 or 9x9 pans. One for now, one for the freezer. Or, one for a neighbor or friend!

Connecticut Beef

1-½ pounds stew meat, cut up

2 medium onions, chopped

A teaspoon of minced garlic

Vegetable oil for browning meat

2 (4 oz.) cans of mushrooms, drained (reserve liquid)

Liquid from canned mushrooms and water to make one cup liquid

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1 cup milk

1 cup sour .....
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It’s a love-hate relationship

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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Do you have many Love-Hate relationships in your life? I have a few and seem to find more everyday. I will preface this article by saying that I am truly grateful for everything and everyone in my life but am just acknowledging those “augh!” mom ..... 
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Editor’s Everyday Etiquette

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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Greetings readers, welcome to 2014... a new year filled with those difficult resolutions and so many opportunities to better yourself, right? One year to get in that daily work out that always makes it to the bottom of the to-do list, 52 weeks to cu ..... 
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Creamed Chicken

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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The Christmas tree is down, the Viking’s season is over (thank goodness) and New Year’s resolutions have been made and probably broken. Did you know that the month of January usually sees an increase in decaffeinated coffee sales due to New Year ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones; but words will never hurt me.” That old adage is only partially true. Sticks and stones might very well break your bones, but words really can emotionally wound you! Words are magical! Now I don’t mean ..... 
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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
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It’s a good day to sit back and have that second cup of coffee with a raspberry sweet roll (recipe in Tasty Temptations) and plan my favorite part of the Christmas menu...dessert. Even though temps have been just a “little” chilly, the scene ..... 
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A tale of two musical evenings

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
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On a sunny and cold Thursday afternoon, I hear my husband’s car crunching up the driveway, home from work at the unusual hour of four in the afternoon. Moments later, our friends appear, and we tumble into their car for our annual trek to Decorah, ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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