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Notes from a Country Kitchen


Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, August 27, 2001

Wasn’t that a wonderful rain? I hope things will look better as the lawns were getting pretty brown. I guess we shouldn’t worry about the lawns, but think of the farmers and their struggle in this hot weather. I remember when I was a kid and the pastures got dried up, dad would then cut a bunch of corn and haul it down by the barn for the milk cows to eat and they thought they were in heaven, eating those green stalks of corn. dad would cut the stalks off as he said it was too dangerous for us kids using the big corn knife. Then we hauled the corn home in the old pick-up and scattered it in the cow yard for them to eat. Those were the Good Ole’ Days.
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Chuckle

An old farmer rounded a curve on a country road and crashed into an oncoming car driven by a city-slicker salesman. As the men sat at the edge of the road waiting for the police, the old farmer turned to the salesman and said, “You look a little shook. I have a bottle of whiskey in my truck. Want a drink?” The salesman said that might help his nerves. He took a long pull on the bottle, handed it back and said, “Well, old-timer, are you going to have a drink, too?” “Yep,” the farmer said as he put the cap back on the bottle, “but I think I’ll have mine after the sheriff leaves.
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Some friends are like your shadow - you see them only when the sun shines.
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I go to what’s called a family physician - He treats mine and I support his.
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One reason you can’t take it with you is that is goes before you do.
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A Christian should always put a saucer under his cup, because his cup runneth over.
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Life itself can’t give you joy, unless you really will it. Life just gives you time and space - it’s up to you to fill it.
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Rules for Today
Don’t lose your head -
you may need it.
Keep cool - even in
hot weather.
Don’t spread rumor -
it doesn’t need your help.
Watch your talk - horse sense is seldom hitched to a wagging tongue.
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True Facts of the Bible
1. What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? (Psalm 117)
2. What is the longest chapter in the Bible? (Psalm 119)
3. Which chapter is in the center of in the Bible? (Psalm 118)
4. Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118.
5. Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118.
6. Add these numbers up and you get 1188.
7. What is the center verse in the Bible? (Psalm 118:8)
8. Does this verse say something significant about God’s perfect will for our lives? The next time someone says they would like to find God’s perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of His word! Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the Lord then to put confidence in man.”

Now isn’t that odd how this worked out - or was God in the “center” of it?
~Until next week, Annabelle

Zucchini Marmalade

2 lbs. zucchini
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
1 can (13-1/2 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
1 pkg. powdered fruit pectin
5 cups sugar
2 tbls. crystallized ginger, finely chopped
Peel zucchini and cut in thin slices, about 7 or 8 cups. In a large kettle, add zucchini, lemon and orange peel and crushed pineapple. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer uncovered until zucchini is tender, about 15 mins. Add powdered fruit pectin, place over high heat and bring to a boil. Stir in sugar and ginger, bring to a full rolling boil again, boil hard 1 min. stirring constantly. Remove from heat, skim and stir, cool slightly about 5 mins., laddle in hot, sterilized jars and seal. Makes about 5 half pints. (P.S. You can us 2 scant tsp. of dry ginger instead of the crystallized)

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