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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Dec 14th, 2001
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, December 17, 2001

Was in the store the other day and heard some lady say, We are using paper plates this year for our Christmas dinner, saves on dishwashing. Hasnt things changed. I remember when I was a kid, Christmas dinner was so special and mother brought out the big white linen tablecloth and of course the best dishes we had. I always think, now days we have so much time - we dont have to pluck and dress a goose, make our own bread, make our own pies and cookies, make our own dressing from scratch and when our Christmas is over - no dish washer, we just heated the water, get out the dishpans and hop to it. Paper plates or good china - just have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your families, especially this year. God Bless each and everyone. Merry Christmas.
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A young doctor complained to an older colleague, Everytime I attend my service club meeting, somebody gets me in the corner and starts pumping for free medical advice. Its embarrassing, and I dont know how to stop it. No problem, the old timer said. I figured that out years ago. When somebody does that to me, I stop them with one word, undress.
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Ole had his will made out in a very simple way: Being of sound mind, I spent all my money.
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The older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school as a boy.
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Youve been around a long time if you can remember when a pie was set on the window sill to cool - not to thaw.
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Dont fret over what youd do with your time if you could live it over again - get busy with what is left.
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Most people couldnt start a conservation if the weather didnt change once in a while.
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Snowflakes are pretty
As you can see,
They always seem to fall on me.
I like them just the way they are,
Some look like a falling Star.
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Hints for wrapping form 1970
1. Wrap a loaf of bread or any kind of nut bread in plastic, seal it with a small wheat - weaving ornament on top.
2. Put candy in a glass jar, cover the lid with cloth or doilies.
3. Wrap a cookbook in fabric and tie with yarn and a wooden spoon.
4. Wrap children gifts in newspaper comics and add balloons instead of bows.
5. For women who enjoy sewing, wrap a gift in fabric and tie with a yellow tape measure, a red pincushion or thimble.
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The Robin
The Holy family was not alone when they took refuge in the stable at Bethlehem. A small brown robin, perched on a rafter watched the three magi present their gifts to the newly born Christ child. The bird seemed to sense that something unusual and wonderful was taking place, and noticed, after the departure of the Three Kings that the stable fire was dying, only a few coals smoldered as the Holy family lay sleeping. The small bird swooped down in an attempt to revive the dying fire. Flopping his wings violently, the small robin fanned the embers back to life scorching his brown feather a brilliant red. The legend also observes that is why the robin has a red breast and giving of ones self, like the robin did is the true spirit of Christmas.
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Quick Peanut Butter Fudge
4 cups white sugar 20 oz jar peanut butter
1 2/3 cups milk 7 1/2 oz jar marshmallow creme

Combine sugar and milk and cook over low flame until it reaches soft ball stage (235 on your candy thermometer). Turn off heat and add peanut butter and marshmallow creme, mix well and pour into foil-lined pans to cool. When cool cut into squares and pack in sandwich bags.

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