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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, July 9, 2001

What a wonderful day, Sunday, the weather was great. I just couldnt believe what a difference 12 hours could make. Saturday, June 30th was a very hot, humid day - but the next day Sunday, July 1st was nearly 40 degrees different. My family and I went to Winona to the Steamboat Days and it was almost chilly. They have a big parade and it was great, almost 3 hours long and people!! I had never seen that many at a parade. After it was over we all walked back (two blocks) to my daughter Karens house for our picnic, as Ed had put a 10 lb. chicken on the grill. Thanks Vickie and was it good. Of course we had potato salad, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, you name it and we had it. By 5:00 p.m. we were all starved, so eat we did and enjoyed the parade, the food, visiting and the beautiful weather.

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During the childrens Christmas play at church, Joseph asked the innkeeper if he and Mary could have a room. No, we have no room, said the child playing the innkeeper. Then he forgot his next line, so he quickly added, But why dont you come on in and have a drink.

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Ole says that Lenas mother is obsessively neat. He says, She even puts the newspaper under da cuckoo clock.

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If your mind should go blank, dont forget to turn off the sound.

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Dont count the days - make the days count.

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Watch out for the guy going up the ladder, you might meet him on your way down.

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When people over seventy-five get married, the guests dont throw rice, they throw vitamins.

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Sure Thing
Each year brings cut new calenders
In every kind of shape and size
But whatever calendar you choose
It will not change how fast time flies

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~Muffin tins make excellent ice cube trays. The larger cubes last longer. Put them in a punch bowl or take along on picnics.

~Place unripened tomatoes with other fruit, especially pears, to speed up ripening.

~Sweet corn ears are ripe and ready for harvest when the top of the cob is round, not pointed.

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A Goat Story
Bill bought a goat;indeed he did-
A highland goat, just for the kids,
This highland goat was feeling fine.
Ate three shirts right off the line.
Bill got a club and broke his back
And tied him to the railroad track.
The Sioux line train was passing by-
This poor old goat was doomed to die.
He gave a shriek, a shriek of pain,
Coughed up those shirts
And flagged the train.

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When estimating the amount of paint needed for the job, always remember to add the 10 percent youll get on yourself.

~Until next week, Annabelle

Pretty Peach Jam

8 medium peaches, cut into wedges
1 small unpeeled naval orange, cut into wedges
2 cans (8 oz. each) crushed pineapple, undrained
12 maraschino cherries
3 tbls. maraschino cherry juice
2 pkgs. (1 3/4 oz. each) powdered fruit pectin
10 cups sugar

In a blender or food processor, cover and process fruits and cherry juice in batches until smooth. Transfer to a large kettle, stir in pectin. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar, boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Pour into jars or freezer containers. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Cover and let stand overnight or until set, but not longer than 24 hours. Refrigerate or freeze.

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