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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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Are you done shopping? I remember years ago it was almost Christmas and I hadn't done any shopping for my kids, so my husband baby-sat and I ran uptown late afternoon and shopped. I got the kids a little gift, my mother some cotton stocking, and my dad a necktie. I had a $20.00 bill to spend, so ended up with $2.00 left, put in some gas and went home. I wonder how many mothers now days would like a pair of cotton stocking for their gift or dads a cheap necktie. Christmas shopping was fun years ago, but the prices and also the gifts have really gotten out of hand. I guess to put it my way "we all have too much." Merry Christmas.



Sunday services at one church were usually followed by a breakfast of coffee and rolls. The pastor asked a little boy why he thought this was done. The child answered, I guess it's to wake people up after the sermon so they can drive home.


An elderly gentleman called at a city office on the afternoon of a big baseball game and said to the principal, "I think my grandson, Peter Smith, is employed here, may I speak to him for a few minutes?" I'm sorry, but he's gone to attend your funeral."----

Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.


Life is like an onion. You peel away a layer at a time and sometimes you cry.


A church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.


Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is the lightning that does the work.


Have you any old grudgesyou would like to pay,any wrong laid up from a bygone day?Gather them now and lay then away,when Christmas comes.Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend,and life is short from beginning to end.Be kind to yourself,leave nothing to mend,when Christmas comes.


Speaking accidently

Filling out insurance forms after an accident is not a pleasant chore, but it can lead to some rather hilarious explanations:

1. An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.

2. I was on the way to the doctor with rear-end trouble when my universal joint went.

3. The pedestrian had no idea which direction to go, so I ran over him.

4. I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way.

5. I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.

6. I had been driving my car for 40 years, when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.

7. In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.


A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.


~Until next week, Annabelle

Sweet potato dessert

1 pkg yellow cake mix, divided1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted1 egg, beaten


3 cups cold mashed sweet potatoes (without added milk or butter)2/3 cup milk2 eggs, beaten1/2 cup packed brown sugar1 tbls pumpkin pie spice


6 tbls butter or margarine1/4 cup sugar1 cup chopped pecans1 tsp ground cinnamon

Set aside 1 cup of the cake mix. Combine remaining mix with butter and egg, spread into a greased 13x9 baking pan. Whisk filling ingredients until smooth. Pour over crust. For topping, cut butter into reserved cake mix until crumbly. Stir in pecans, sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the filling. Bake 350 60-65 minutes. Cool, garnish with Kool-Whip and pecan halves when ready to serve.

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