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Notes from a Country Kitchen


Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
Posted in Columnists

Annabelle Kvam Monday, November 26, 2001

There always seems like there is a lot of thing to do and get done before the hard frost sets in. Years ago us kids had to help dad, dig and pick up potatoes, a job I really hated. Mother was busy getting in her flower slips and getting the garden things dug and carried in. Another job was picking up ground cherries and I thought that was the most hateful job of all. First you picked them little things off the ground, carried them into the back porch, laid them on newspapers on the floor to dry and then when they were dry you had to chuck them - but when mother made a ground-cherry pie or opened a jar of sauce in the cold winter time it didn’t seem like a terrible job then after all.
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Chuckle
It was an election year, and a wet-or-dry issue was on the ballot. A candidate drove up to a dairy farm and greeted the farmer, “How are politics at your house?” the politician asked. “We’re badly split,” the farmer replied, “I’m a Republican, my wife is a Democrat, the baby’s wet and the cows are dry.”
. . . . .
Lena: Husbands are just like woodfire. I you don’t watch dem, day go out.

Brita: Yah, dat’s right, and dey yunerally make, “ashes” out of demselves.
. . . . .
Before you give someone a piece of your mind, make sure you can spare it.
. . . . .
Lord, fill my mouth with worth - while stuff. Then nudge me when I’ve said enough.
. . . . .
Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for.
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Labels
We’re labeled, “Senior Citizens”
And by rights,
‘Cause we’re over the hill,
I like to call us “Prime Timers”
‘Cause we’ve gone
And are going still.
We’re really active “Keenagers”
Or better yet, “Partners in Prime.”
We should call ourselves
“Groan ups,”
With our aches and
Pains all the time
When young,
We called them “Elders”
But today its “Groovey Grays,”
And I like “Golden Yuppies”
We’ve grappled with trails
All our days
We can laugh at all those labels
They have stood the time and test
But my favorite label is “Grandma”
That’s the label I like best.
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God’s mysteries

God’s wisdom is revealed in his arrangements of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains:
• Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.
• Each orange has an even number of segments.
• Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
• Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.
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Hints
Chopping or grinding raisins can be accomplished with less sticking to utensils if you soak the raisins in cold water for 15 minutes.
. . . . .
I you have a rusted bolt you can’t seem to loosen, try a drop or two of ammonia to get it moving.
. . . . .
Ask not for whom the bell tolls - let the answering machine get it.
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Holiday Fruit Cake
1 pkg yellow cake mix 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup applesauce
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp orange extract
2 cups dates (1 lb)
1/2 cup green candied pineapple cut up
1/2 lb whole red cherries
1 lb (4 cups) walnut pieces

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 275º about 2 hours.

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