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Notes from a Country Kitchen


Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, December 3, 2001

Dont the days and weeks go by fast. Thanksgiving has gone by and Christmas will be soon here. Right after Thanksgiving I start with my Christmas cards. I have always loved writing them out and putting a little note in them, especially those far away and tell them how things are going back here. I hope what happened September 11th wont get us all down as we have to keep up the Christmas spirit, after all do we remember what really happened on Christmas?
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To you
May the Giver of Gifts give Unto you that which is good,
That which is true, the will to Help, the courage to do;
A heart that can sing
The whole day through,
Whether the skies are
Gray, or blue
May the Giver of Gifts
Give these to you.
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Chuckle
At Breakfast, Grandma asked 4-year-old Susie if shed said her prayers the night before. Well, I started to Susie said, Then I thought God must get so tired of hearing, Now I lay me down to sleep, so I told him the story of the three bears instead.
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Sven: If it took 9 men 9 hours to build a brick wall, how much time would it take 6 men to build it?

Ole: NONE, because da 9 men have already done da vork.
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The Bible - like a Bank - is most helpful when it is open.
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Dont put off until tomorrow what you can do today; tomorrow there may be a law against it.
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Remember this December: That Love weighs more than gold!
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The gangs all here
To trim the tree.
Its such a lot of fun!
But when its time to take it down
Where is anyone!
. . . . .
A helping purse

Do you carry cough drops, pens, pencils, kleenex, small calendar, address book, telephone numbers, social security numbers, drivers license, check book, clean paper to leave a note, some string, safety pins, small scissors, nail clipper, hard candy, needle and thread, band-aids, scotch tape, small screwdriver and your favorite Bible verse.
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How about this?
While eating a typical dinner, the average person swallows 295 times - try counting them.
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When someone graduates from the McDonalds school for franchises, they are bestowed with a Bachelor of Hamburgeralogy.
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Wild elephants sleep only two hours in the middle of the night. This is not for safetys sake for they fear no predators, but must use the other 22 hours a day to find enough food to maintain their weight.
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Hints
Place an apple among stored potatoes. The apples give off enough ethylene gas to stop growth on the potatoes.
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Add about 1/4 cup leftover dill pickles vinegar to chili next time you make it. This gives a good and different flavor.
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Surprise Meringue
3 egg whites 1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp cream of tartar 1 cup (6 oz) miniature
3/4 cup sugar semisweet chocolate chips
1/8 tsp salt 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, salt and vanilla, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 5-8 minutes. Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake 300 for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets. Store in an airtight container.

Empty cake mix into bowl. Add applesauce, eggs, salt and extract. Beat three minutes until smooth and creamy. Combine fruit and nuts with the flour and mix well. Stir into batter. Bake in slow oven 275 about 2 hours.

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