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Notes from a Country Kitchen


Fri, May 3rd, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, May 6, 2002

What a weekend. We took two vehicles to Green Bay, WI. My son and I were in his pick-up truck and my two daughters and daughter-in-law were in her van. It’s a five hour drive up there. We left Harmony about 11:00 am, went thru Winona, pickup up daughter Karen and off we went. What awful weather we drove in. Hard rain, snow and a 50 mile an hour wind. It sure wasn’t a very nice day. We got up there about 4:30 pm. We drove on 54 all the way from Winona to Green Bay, which took us through Black River Falls, which is a terrible winding road and not much to see, trees and water, but I know it is pretty in the summer, but not last Saturday in the rain and snow storm. We went for my grandson’s Confirmation Sunday at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Bay.
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Chuckle
A woman waited until her husband had finished supper and was settled into his chair in front of the TV set. Then she changed into a cocktail dress and paraded before him. “How do you like my new dress” she asked. “I think it’ll be just the thing to wear to the cocktail party next week.” “Take it back,” her husband said. “It’s terrible. I wouldn’t want to be seen at the party with you in that dress.” ‘That’s just what I hoped you’d say,” she agreed, “this is my old cocktail dress, now I can go buy a new one, thanks, darling.”
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Lena: Ole, will you love me ven my hair has turned to gray?
Ole: Vhy not? I have loved you tru all da odder colors.
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Don’t depend on the rabbit’s foot for good luck - it didn’t work for him.
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Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who hold my hand.
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Habit is like a soft bed; it’s easy to get in but hard to get out.
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You can walk in any direction for exercise, but in life’s walk, it’s good to have a path to follow.
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What is the eighth wonder of the world? The fellow who can name the other seven.
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• How many customers are served daily at McDonalds? (40 million)
• What television show usually ended with the words, “Good night John-boy?” (The Waltons)
• What is a joey? (A young kangaroo)
• How many times a day does an average adult laugh? (17 times/day)
• When was the first rural electric line built? (1906)
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When you live in a small town
• Your car is never clean because you still drive on some gravel roads.
• You know exactly which pastures the kids party in.
• You decide to take a walk and at least 5 cars slow down to ask if you need a ride.
• There is no McDonalds in your town
• The coaches know that their teams are going to be good because most of the kids were lifting hay bales over the summer.
• Most people go by a nickname and nobody really knows their right names.
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Hint
One of spring first delicacies is rhubarb. It is so good in so many ways. A pinch of salt in the water as it cooks, will reduce the amount of sugar needed to sweeten it.
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Barbecued Chicken

1/3 cup vegetable oil, divided
2 tbls chopped onion
2 cups catsup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 tbls lemon juice
1 tbls hot pepper sauce
2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 frying chicken (3-4 lbs)cut up

In a 3 or 4 qt saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil and saute onion until transparent. Add the catsup, vinegar, lemon juice, pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a skillet on medium-high. Brown chicken on all sides. Drain chicken and place in a baking pan. Pour sauce over chicken and bake 350º 45-60 minutes.

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