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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Annabelle Kvam Monday, February 25, 2002

Where does the time go? My son Marty and wife and my daughter Vickie were down to Canton, North Carolina visiting their daughter and niece, Desie and husband Nate. Vickie never forgets her mother when she is on a trip, but I said, Please dont bring me anything to hang on my walls, as they are full now. she brought me seven jars of jelly. They were Green Pepper - Moon Shine Jelly - Blackberry in Brandy - Sweet Potato Butter - Wild Elderberry - Wild Huckberry and a jar of Corn Cob Jelly. Guess Im like my mother, as she liked jams & jellies too. I have opened the Wild Huckberry and its so good. Thanks kids for always remembering me.
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As a new bride, Aunt Edna moved into the small home on her husbands ranch near Snowflake. She put a shoebox on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it. For 50 years Uncle Jack left the box alone until Aunt Edna was old and dying. One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important. Opening it, he found two doilies and $82,500 in cash. He took the box to her and asked about the contents. My mother gave me that box the day we married, she explained. She told me to make a doily to help ease my frustration every time I got mad at you. Uncle Jack was very touched that in 50 years shed only been mad at him twice. Whats the $82,500 for? he asked. Oh, well thats the money Ive made selling doilies.
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We cant all be nightingales - even sparrows sing.
When we have nothing left but God,
Well find that God is enough.
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It makes a difference, oh so much.
When working weary as you stand.
And someone comes along and says
Let me give you a helping hand.
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~ If soup tastes very salty, a raw piece of potato placed in the pot will absorb the salt.
~ To keep icings moist and to prevent cracking, add a pinch of baking soda to the icing.
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Too Many Ups
One farmer who decided to quit and do something else, offered this explanation: Too many ups for me. First, you have to wake up, then you have to get up. Next you have to wash up, feed up and hitch up. Then you have to catch up and keep up and when you check up, you find you have hardly enough to pay up. Thats when I gave up!
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Did you know that -
The parachute was invented more than a hundred years before the airplane. In 1797 Jacques Garnesin jumped out of a balloon 3,000 feet in the air. Louis Lenarmand, a Frenchman, designed it in 1783 to save people who had to jump out of burning buildings.
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Joe is an old farming dude whos not in a real good mood. The rabbits got in, where his veggies had been, and he cant stand hare in his food!
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Hash Brown Beef Pie

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, shopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. each, salt & pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables

3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes,thawed and drained
1 cup (8 0z.) shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg
1/8 tsp. each salt & pepper

In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic until beef is no longer pink, drain. Stir in tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, salt & pepper, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir in vegetables. Pour into a greased 9-in pie plate. Combine topping ingredients, spoon evenly over the meat mixture. Bake uncovered at 400 for 30 minutes.

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