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Today's Features

  • It seems we are in the middle of yet another "situation," as my husband calls it, served up by Mother Nature.

    At present we are right in the middle of the mess out at the farm. No electricity, no phone line, no heat, and no water.

    We can manage well enough inside with the fireplace, kerosene heater, camp stove, down comforter and strategic water rationing (with supplements brought in from town).  Outside is a different story.

  • Here are a couple of hot and hearty dips, great for a party.

    They can be made up ahead of time and kept warm in a crock-pot or chafing dish.

    The Pizza Dip is an old recipe. I remember my mom serving it with breadsticks back in the early 60s.

    The Reuben Dip is terrific on rye crackers or toasted party rye bread.

    Enjoy!

    Pizza Dip

    1 lb. lean ground beef

    1 medium onion, chopped

    3 c. tomato sauce, pizza sauce or meatless spaghetti sauce

    1T cornstarch

    1 1/2 t. fennel seeds

    1 1/2 t. oregano

  • The ice storm of 2009 will go down as one of the worst if not the worst on record, with that said soon if not already electricity will be restored, water will be restored, clean up will begin, and we will go about our lives as if nothing happened.  However there is still a nagging long-term problem, trees! The scars from this storm are going to be troubling us for years.  We will be cutting down and pruning up trees of all sizes and ages.

    This is only going to cause problems down the road!

  • I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14 by friends, family and most importantly, lovers.

    In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic Saint became a commercial success.

  • I haven't had a lot of news articles lately mainly because it's winter and I don't have a lot to say. But recently, I had a question that made me think. Which is the best houseplant?

    Obviously, that is up to debate because most people have their favorites. There are people that love African violets, those that love cactus and those that just love anything tropical looking. But I sat down one day to ponder just which is the one best houseplant.

  • We received a call last week concerning an abandoned dog living on the Calvary side of Lovers Lane. The caller stated that this dog had been left behind by a family that had moved out. We were also informed at this time that the dog was a female, and she had a litter of seven pups. She had also been hit by a car and her left front leg was permanently damaged. So we're talking about a stray dog with pups and on top of all that she was a three legged dog, not exactly the ideal dog to adopt out.  

  • This week's recipes are from my odds and ends file (pile.)

    The Swiss Broccoli Casserole is one I tried a few months ago. It received mixed reviews. Everyone said they liked it, but a few felt they liked the traditional cheddar (or Velveeta) rather than the Swiss cheese.

    The Pineapple Muffin recipe also ended up in the odds and ends, though I'm not sure why. They are delicious, a great addition to any meal.

    Everyone seems to like them.

  • Do not be confused, Flower is the first name (she only goes by one name like Cher or Madonna) of our resident skunk this year. I haven't actually smelled her around the farm lately, I smelled someone else on my way home one evening. It was a welcomed warning smell so we can be prepared.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike Flower, I just want to be on alert when the mating season begins.

  • The Save the Animals Foundation has had funds donated recently to assist pet owners with spays and neuters during the annual Spay Day USA event. Low cost spay/neuters will be offered.

    The promotion begins Feb. 1 and will continue as long as funds are available.

    Male cats will start as low as $29, female cats as low as $39.

    Alterations will include a Rabies vaccine. Dogs will start as low as $50 and will also include a Rabies vaccine. Additional vaccines will be offered at discounted prices. These prices are for uncomplicated surgeries only.

  • I got this chicken cobbler recipe from my hometown newspaper in Illinois.

    If you need an easy, tasty casserole that is an entire meal, this is a good one. Just add a salad and you're good to go.

    It reheats well the next day and if you don't like cornbread, substitute a biscuit-type topping or even puff pastry.

    I've added one cup of sliced mushrooms, one-half cup of sour cream and one-half teaspoon black pepper to the original recipe. You can leave them out if you want.

    Dianne Sanders' Chicken Cobbler

    1 large onion, chopped