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Notes from a Country Kitchen


Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, March 4, 2002

Was feeling sorry for myself the other day, as my legs ached, so I sat down and put them up on a stool and sat there awhile. As I was thinking to myself how much our mothers and dads used their poor old legs. I wonder how many trips the women made down and back to the basement as the canned fruits, jam, pickles, potatoes and meat and later on the furnaces were installed in the basements. They also took the butter down (no refrigerator) and every meal had to run down to the basement to get it. They had to run down to take care of the chickens, get in some wood for cooking and hoe in the garden. Just thinking about all that running, I’m up, my legs feel better. Guess it doesn’t hurt to reminisce at times.
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Chuckle
One hot summer day several nuns were working on a remodeling project in the church. The heat was unbearable. “You know,” one nun said, “If we locked the doors and shut the stained glass windows, we could work in our underwear.” So they did. About an hour later, there was a knock on the door. The startled nuns called out, “Who is it?” “It’s the blind man,” came the reply. One nun said, “Let him in, he can’t see anything.” The man walked into the foyer and said, “Nice undies. Now where do you want these blinds?”
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Everything worthwhile, everything of any value, has a price. The price is effort.
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Marriage is like any other job - it’s much easier if you like the boss.
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Credit is what people need in order to buy what they don’t need.
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Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord.
~Psalm 33:12
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Human Nature
When it’s cold - we’d like it hot
we want to be, where we are not.
Instead of valuing our lot,
we think of things we haven’t got.
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Milk
The average U.S. dairy cow gives about 17,000 lbs. of milk (1,970 gallons) during its 10 month lactation period. The record holder is a Holstein in Marothon, Wisc. named Muranda-Lucinda-ET, who produces a whopping 67,914 lbs. (7,870 gallons) per year.
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Did You Know?
1. Yellowstone National Park is located mostly in what State?
2. What is the most used topping on hamburgers in the U.S.? Mustard, cheese or ketchup.
3. When was peanut butter first developed?
4. How many states grow soybeans in the U.S.?
5. Who was the first President to drive a car?

Answers: 1.Wyoming 2.Ketchup 3. 1890 4. 29 5. Teddy Roosevelt
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Full yet Empty
The man who can’t understand why his wife can’t find anything to wear in a full closet is the same man who can’t find anything to eat in a full refrigerator
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Have you heard about the farmer who came up with an idea for a new crop? “His plan is to cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover.” said reports. “He figures then he’ll have a rash of good luck.”
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Best Ever Brownies

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
4 tbls. cocoa
Mix together in large bowl - set aside.
Bring to boil, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup margarine, 1/2 cup oil. Pour this over the above mixture and beat. Add 1/2 cup buttermilk, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. soda, 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour into a large greased jelly roll pan. Bake 325º 18-20 minutes.

Frosting
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 buttermilk
Bring to a boil and pour over a box (1 lb.) powdered sugar. Beat, add vanilla (Nuts may be added)

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