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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 holiday except in grocery stores and on the Hallmark channel. I find this upsetting because I just took my Halloween decorations down. I leave them up at long as possible because then I don’t have to dust. Cobwebs are part of the ambience.

Celebrations are the focus of my life, and I have totes of decorations to prove it. This is NOT HOARDING, but rather being ready to savor each season. It is difficult to savor when my brain and mind are bombarded with this mishmash. Soon eggnog will be served on the 4th of July and Christmas cookies on Labor Day!

I started to collect turkeys (decorative ones) in order to preserve Thanksgiving Day. Do not refer to it as “turkey day”. That would be like calling Easter “bunny day” or July 4th as “firecracker day”. First I started with salt and pepper shakers. Then I went on to turkey planters and candleholders. Soon I owned a turkey gravy boat. Eventually I found antique turkey plates and cups and saucers. This is when my husband got anxious. I don’t understand why? He sends me out shopping so he can treat the sewer system without any interference from me (like actually using it). Fortunately, all the stores that I patronize have bathrooms.

I recall my first Thanksgiving. No, not the one with the Mayflower and the pilgrims. I am not that old. My grandmother Ruth Schwartz hosted all holidays when I was young. No, she was not one of the original pilgrims either. My ancestors were not that illustrious. But we are good eaters. The menu was always the same, and everyone contributed. Gramma made the turkey and her delicious giblet dressing. She ground up everything in an old metal meat grinder that she attached to her kitchen table. We had saved the crusts from bread for weeks. Amazing, how delicious those dried stale crusts tasted in that dressing.

Now, either you love giblet dressing or you hate it. If you hate it, gross is probably the first adjective that comes to mind when you think gizzards. Personally, that is the first adjective that comes to mind when I think raisins. Oh, being the oldest grandchild, I also got to eat the cooked turkey heart. Call me a barbarian! I’ve also eaten and enjoyed squirrel. Morning .....
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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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Tech Bytes

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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Brace yourselves avid Twitter fans, this form social media is going through a sort of a rough patch. What all free social media sites depend upon for sustainability would be revenues from advertising. So, what happens when your advertising revenues ..... 
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Cheesey Butternut Macaroni Bake

By Kathy Little

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
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I’m not a “Pampered Chef” (pun intended) or a Tupperware Queen with many plastic containers that burp on command. I have to honestly admit that these are good products (and also on the advice of my lawyer), but I am too cheap to buy many of th ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - September 30, 2013

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
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Morning coffee days on the porch are numbered, sad to say. But as I enjoy one of the last, my mind travels back to a few weeks ago, when 10 college friends met for a 50 year reunion of our senior trip to Colorado. We traveled there in a nine passeng ..... 
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Yum-m-m - Planning a Wedding? Trying to Be Frugal?

By Katie Van Sickle

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
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You probably have attended many weddings this summer or maybe your invitations will start coming in the mail for fall weddings. I love the fall colors for decorating my home and it is a great time of year for decorating for a wedding as well. My ..... 
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