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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, February 4, 2002

Our nice weather made me think about years ago when spring came. I drove over to Cresco one day last week and what a nice smooth road since they fixed it last fall. Years ago when I was a kid and when spring came, you did not get to Cresco til the weather was so hot it would dry up the terrible wet spots and holes in the road. One farmer was kept busy just pulling cars out all day long. It wasnt just 139, but all the roads in the country. Weve got two months of winter left and could get snow yet, but it could never get as bad as years ago on our roads
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Old Uncle Henry asked that Aunt Agatha sing, Amazing Grace at his funeral. He always claimed his wifes singing could wake the dead, so figured maybe Auntie could do the same thing.
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A minister went to see a woman whose husband had just passed away. Was your husband covered by insurance? the minister inquired. Oh, no, the widow replied, Just his nightshirt.
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Its hard to make ends meet when theyre so far apart.
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Work for the Lord. The pay isnt much, but the retirement plan is out of this world.
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Not everyone repeats gossip - Some improve it.
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Those who only sample the Bible - never acquire a taste for it.
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Prayer should be as natural as breathing.
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Life itself cant give you joy,
unless you really will it,
Life just gives you time and space
Its up to you to fill it.
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Birds build their nests, rear their young, and make their annual flights to other climates, but so far as is known, no bird ever tried to build more nests than its neighbor, and no fox ever fretted because he has only one hole in the earth in which to hide, and no squirrel ever died of anxiety lest he should not lay up enough nuts for two winters instead of one, and no dog ever lost sleep over the fact that he did not have enough bones buried in the ground for his declining years. So many people put the emphasis upon the wrong thing - like keeping up with the Jones.
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If you rub the skin of a chicken with mayonnaise before baking, the skin will get crisp and brown.
You can blend a sprinkling of instant coffee granules into your brown gravy, it enhances the flavor and color. For beef or pork gravy add a dash of chili powder.
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Water Facts
1. It takes 1,500 gallons of water to process one barrel of beer.
2. The surface of the earth is 80% water and 97% of this amount is ocean and/or salt water.
3. Of the balance 2% is frozen leaving just 1% or less as fresh water to sustain many needs.
~Until next week, Annabelle

Mandarin Orange Cake Dessert

2 cups flour
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt (scant)
2 cups drained mandarin oranges

Mix and bake in a 9x13 pan at 350 until cake springs back.

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
6 T. butter
6 T. milk
Boil for 3 minutes. Poke holes in cake and pour hot frosting over it slowly. Serve with a little Cool Whip or cream on top.

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