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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Cowboy Beans with Hotdogs

1 pkg Hot Dogs, sliced (12 to 16 oz) I use all beef
1 lb Hamburger
1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
3 tbsp yellow mustard
1/2 cup molasses or maple syrup
55 ounce baked beans, Bush's Original
3 cans pinto beans (15 ounce)
3 cans white beans (great northern)

In skillet  Saute onion & ground beef  When Hamburger about half way done add in sliced hot dogs. If using skillet transfer to crock pot after meat is done cooking.
To crock pot add beans. Then add brown sugar, ketchup, mustard & molasses. Stir. Put on Lid and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. 

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Watermelon Month

When I was growing up nothing seemed to make the day better than a cold slice of watermelon on a hot day. My dad would often call us to the back yard where he had a large melon waiting on us. There was no silverware or plate needed no we all ate the large slice that we wold receive leaving only the rind behind. Perhaps you have such stories like mine. 

Now that you know a bit of my history concerning watermelon let me share a bit of history about the melon itself. Watermelon is thought to have begun around the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. In fact a relative melon still grows there but it is has a bad bitter taste and possesses a lot of seeds. Perhaps it was a surprise to those that first raised watermelon that it tasted so grand because the melon is thought to have been cultivated for the water it possess. 

Travelers in ancient days would carry watermelons with them rather than water. It may have been easier to know that there was water in the melon rather than having the water where all could see. Egypt nearly 5,000 years ago was the first recorded use of the watermelon. In fact seeds from a watermelon were found in the tomb of King Tut. Thus for thousands of years the watermelon has been working on its taste getting sweeter as time went on. 

The watermelon may have first been cultivated in Africa but thank goodness it did not stay there. China and other parts of Asia by the late 9th and early 10th century had started to grow watermelons as well. There is also thought to be a trade route that went from Egypt to other Mediterranean countries where trading ships helped spread the good taste of the melon. African slaves and British colonist would help originate the watermelon seeds in the United States. 

  • more than 1,200 varieties of watermelons are grown all over the world in 96 countries
  • watermelons come in shapes of oval, round as well as flesh colors ranging from yellow to red. 
  • watermelon is the most consumed melon in the U.S.
  • July in National Watermelon month
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Monday, July 6, 2020

The Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Perhaps you have heard of the name Charlie Daniels before. I know to me I have been a fan of his since childhood. This was not easy as my parents did not like him because as Christians they thought he led a bad example. However, Daniels was a great musician and it turns out a great man as well.


Earlier today it was reported that Charlie Daniels left this Earth after suffering a stroke.


Born Charles Edward Daniels on October 28th, 1936 he grew up in Wilmington North Carolina. His family was very musical and he had chances to practice music at the Pentecostal church as well as local bluegrass bands. Charlie enjoyed the rhythm & blues of country music that he would listen to on the radio. Perhaps you would be interested in finding out more about his early life and you can do this by reading the forward of the book Tobacco State League.

After graduation from high school Charlie Daniels would form a band


He would thru his band gain the opportunity to play with other stars like Elvis Presley. Thus helping to seal his fate as a famous musician not just a singer but a fiddle player as well. Charlie Daniels was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2002,[7] the Grand Ole Opry in 2008,[8] the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009,[9] and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.[10]

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What is a Grahamite??? Enjoy a Piece of Ice Box Cake as you are about to find out

Have you ever wondered where some of the most common foods in your cabinet came from originally??? Someone had to have started the first. One of the most common items in our cabinet are graham crackers. You may be like us and enjoy graham crackers as a snack of sorts. Perhaps though you may be surprised to find out that graham crackers gained their name as they are made with graham flour.

What is graham flour?? Graham flour is named after Sylvester Graham who was an advocate for dietary reform. Graham hated seeing the nutrients such as germ and bran being discarded. Germ and bran are discarded in the making of white bread. Graham believed that the American diet had been changed due to the Industrial revolution and that included the making and milling that took short cuts and took out many of the nutrients from the grain. Rather than continue on the current milling path he wanted to make changes that would keep more of the grain in pact. Thus creating graham flour ---- yes it was what made up graham crackers. 

The followers that believed in what Dr. Graham was doing were known as Grahamites. The grahamites began the first vegetarian diet in America. Graham flour, graham crackers and graham bread was created during this movement. Graham Crackers also became a major ingredient in the ice box cake. An icebox cake is an easy summer dessert that requires no baking 

  • 19 oz graham crackers
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • 3½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 banana, sliced thin
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt

  1. Cream powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt with the heavy cream in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until the cream mixture holds stiff peaks.
  2. Spread a thin layer of heavy cream mix in a 9x13 pan just to coat the bottom.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Prepare for that picnic

Many this week will be planning their 4th of July activities. Many will plan a cook out where the grill will be in use. Others will plan to pack a picnic. Whatever it is that your family plans to do here are some tips to help you from getting food poisoning:

  1. Cold food should be packed in a cooler with ice. Be sure to keep the cold dishes below 40 degrees to ensure that bacteria does not have a chance to grow. Dishes such as meat, poultry, and seafood need to be packed frozen this way they will stay colder longer. 
  2. The cold food cooler should be kept closed. You may want to use one cooler for perishable cold foods and another for drinks. This way when the cooler is open to get a drink the perishable food is not exposed to warm outdoor air temps. 
  3. Keep meats, poultry, and seafood wrapped and away from foods that will be eaten raw like fruits and veggies 

Now that we have went over how to keep your food safe thus keeping you well and able to enjoy the day. Food however is not the only thing that may threaten the fun you have on your outing. We all know summer is hot and the sun can do damage if we are not careful. The best way to stay safe is using sunscreen with an SPF 15+. You may also be more careful by wearing a shirt,  hat and sunglasses. In addition when the sun is at its peak hours seek shade to relax in. 

If you have ever been outside at any outdoor events you may realize that pests can deter a good time as well. Repellants or pesticides will help keep your area free of unwanted insects. When purchasing these products look for those items labeled child and animal safe. Removing any standing water will help rid the lot of mosquitoes. However, if you see a swarm of bees or wasps call the pros

Have A Safe and Fun Summer

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Mr. Postman Thank You

July 1st is a holiday that celebrates that individual that goes thru the heat, snow, ice, sleet and other terrible weather to deliver our letters and packages. Its high time that we celebrate those individuals and offer them a Thank You!!!! My father was a rural route carrier and enjoyed his job, meeting people and driving his route. Perhaps the best time that he was thanked by those that he delivered to was during the Holidays where they would gift him with all sorts of goodies. 

There have been many famous individuals that have worked as postal employees during their life time. Three presidents were at one time or another an employee of the postal system. These presidents included Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and Harry S. Truman. Benjamin Franklin himself was the first Postmaster General in the America's. Other famous individuals included Bing Crosby. Walt Disney and Rock Hudson. Perhaps it would surprise you as it did me that Charles Lindbergh was an airmail pilot. 

The mail person is an individual that is seen in our neighborhood and has always been a fixture that we expect to be there. Did you ever stop to think how hard these men and women work to deliver you the packages and letters that you receive?? Postal workers walk an average of 4 - 8 miles a day carrying a bag full of letters and packages. Thousands of postal workers around the USA deliver mail six days a week. Today, don't forget to thank your postal worker. 

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