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Notes from a Country Kitchen


Fri, Mar 15th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, March 18, 2002

Was out visiting the other day and as we were talking I looked down at my watch and it was 4:00 o’clock. Nothing pushing me whatsoever, but I guess the old habit from years ago on the farm always made us pack up and say goodbye as it’s 4:00 and time to do chores. Remember, it was a long drive home. When we got home, mother would get the kitchen stove started, put the tea kettle on for hot water later and the rest of us would change our clothes, put on our barn clothes and out to the barn, let the milk cows out so they could go to the tank for water, clean the gutters, haul in straw from the straw pile, feed the cows, let them back in and after that was horses to feed, and pigs to slop. So after 4:00 we’d done a whole days work, but you never heard us say “what’s there to do?”
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Chuckle
An old Montana mountain man was watching a storekeeper unwrap brightly colored men’s pajamas. “What’s that?”
“Pajamas.”
“What are they for?”
“You wear them at night. Would you like a pair?”
“Nope! Don’t go no place at night except to bed.”
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Teacher: How do you spell Mississippi?
Student: River or state?
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Middle age is when you know all the answers - but nobody ever asks the questions.
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Extravagance is how other people spend their money.
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Money can’t buy happiness, but it let’s you look for it in a lot more places.
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If you can’t apologize, you’d better be good at making new friends.
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Learn this and you’ll get along,
No matter what your station.
An ounce of keep-your-mouth shut,
beats a ton of explanation.
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Expressions from the 1500’s
Floors: Only the wealthy had floors made of something other than dirt, which resulted in the expression “dirt poor”.
Meat: Pork was a luxury. If people had bacon, they would hang up a slab to show it off. It was an honor to be able to “bring home the bacon”. When company came a man would slice off a little for each guest, and they would sit around and “chew the fat”.
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How true
It can be said that your physical condition can best be judged from what you take two of at a time - stairs or pills.
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Touchdown by the American Farmer

On average, each American farmer provides food for 132 people.

Corn planted in a football field with fertile soil could produce enough corn to feed 780 chickens, that’s more than 2,000 three piece chicken dinners.

The football field could produce enough wheat for 2,923 loaves of bread, that same football field could have a barn filled with nearly 2,000 milk cows.

Careful management and twice daily milkings would produce each day an 8 oz. serving of milk for more than 220,000 school kids.
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Veggie Salad

2 small boxes macaroni, cooked,drained and chilled
1 lg. cucumber, peeled or unpeeled, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
3 carrots, grated coarse

Whisk milk, mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar together until smooth and well blended. In a large bowl, toss together all remaining ingredients, pour dressing over veggies and toss until all is well-coated. Chill. This keeps well for several days if kept chilled at all times.

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