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Friday, December 19, 2014

PIERRE'S "THE BARK" - LET'S NOT FORGET CHRISTMAS PET RECIPES

My Mom had a Christmas Dinner to go to yesterday and she had another one today. So, I took over the computer.  Don't forget that pets would like goodies for Christmas, too.  Today, I am giving recipes for pets.

MINTY BREATH TREAT BISCUITS FOR DOGS

2 Cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Teaspoons peppermint extract
1/4 cup cornmeal

Place first 4 ingredients in medium bowl.  Blend with a whisk.  Add oil, water, honey and extract.  Mix well.  Knead 1 minute.  Sprinkle half of the second 1/4 cup cornmeal over a sheet of waxed paper.  Place dough on waxed paper.  Sprinkle remaining cornmeal on top of dough. Roll out to 1/4 thickness.  Cut with 2 1/2 inch cookie cutters or cut into rectangles.  Place on sprayed baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

SUSHI FOR CATS

1/3 cup rice, uncooked
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 Cup carrot, grated
1 (6 oz) can tuna, drained and flaked
1/2 teaspoon brewer's yeast

Cook rice in broth with oil.  After about 15 minutes, but before all the liquid is absorbed, add grated carrot.  When liquid is absorbed, set aside.  Cool, mix with tuna and sprinkle with brewers yeast.  Yields 2-3 servings.  Keep unused portions refrigerated.

Dogs get biscuits.  Cats get sushi.  Can dogs eat sushi.  That sounds good !!!

GIANT NATURAL PINE CONE FEEDER (FOR THE BIRDS)

1 Large Natural pine cone
hard vegetable fat or chopped beef fat
wild bird feed (or chopped peanuts, sunflower seeds, millet etc.)

Heat and melt hard vegetable fat or chopped beef fat in a pan.  Add wild bird feed.  Fill pine cone.  Allow mixture to partially set on the cone, then cool in refrigerator.  When hardened, hang outside in your favorite tree or post.

Hope you enjoy making these recipes and that your pets enjoy eating them.

MERRY CHRISTMAS,

PIERRE


Thursday, December 18, 2014

NEW YORK HAITI BENEFIT AUCTION - JUNE 19th and 20th, 2015

NEW YORK HAITI BENEFIT AUCTION

I got this the other day and thought I would let you know.  I know that is over six months from now, but there are things that are happening sooner you might be interested in.  I got a new Canon scanner,  printer and copier - and I don't know how to save things on it.  Happening dates are kind of out of order, but that is the way the letter was printed.

2015 AUCTION DATES
June 19, 2015  4:30-7:30 PM Dinner, 6:30 PM Cattle Auction & 6:00 pm Misc. Auction
June 20, 2015  6:00-9:00 AM Breakfast, 8:00 AM Auction Starts

PANCAKE BREAKFAST BUFFET FUND RAISER
SATURDAY, APRIL 4. 2015, 6:00-10:00 AM
At Benton Fire House, A family breakfast outing!

QUILTING DATES:
February 4 and 5, 2015 Quilting at Benton Fire House
February 25 and 26, 2015 Quilting at Finger Lakes Fellowship Center 
NOTE: New Quilt Sizes:  Full: 98x108 Queen 103x122 King 118x118 or 120x120

I believe the Finger Lakes Fellowship Center is in Seneca Falls, New York.  Also, note the change in sizes for new bed quilts.  

BUS TRIPS
Florida HBA Sale, Sarasota, Florida, January 14-21, 2015
Kentucky HBA Sale (Christian County), Mary 15-17, 2015

Now the Florida trip is what I would love to go on.  Be down to Florida at Pinecraft and see the Haiti Auction at the same time.  

I have names and phone numbers of people in all sorts of departments for the Haiti Auction in New York State.  If you need any of them, just let me know and I will e-mail them to you.  I know this is a while away, but it gives us a chance to save up our money and plan ahead.

JEAN'S SPINACH SQUARES

1 pkg. chopped spinach or fresh (frozen)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 beaten eggs
1 Cup milk
1/4 Cup melted butter
1/2 Cup chopped onion
1 lb. grated cheddar cheese

Cook Spinach and drain.  Mix dry ingredients.  Add eggs, milk, butter.  Add onion, cheese, spinach.  Pour into 9" x 13" pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until browned on the top.  Let stand.  Cut into squares.






Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHRISTMAS DIPPY DAY - DIP RECIPES

Jean: Someone asked for dip recipes so this is the day.  These come from Anna, Marilyn and myself. Let's have fun with this.  If you have a dip you would like us to have, just put it on comments.  Let's be dippy today.

 GARDEN VEGETABLE HERB DIP

1 container (16 oz) Breakstone's or Knudsen 2% Milkfat Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped broccoli
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
2 Tablespoons finely chopped green onion
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 envelope Good Season Italian Dressing Mix

Place cottage cheese in blender or food processor container; cover.  Blend on low speed until pureed.  Spoon into medium bowl.  Stir in remaining ingredients; cover.  Refrigerate for several hours or until chilled.  Serve with assorted fresh vegetable dippers or Nabisco Crackers.

HOT CHIPPED BEEF DIP


1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
2 Tablespoons milk
1 2 1/2 oz jar chipped beef - finely chopped
2 Tablespoon onions finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped pecans (if desired)

Blend cream cheese and milk and chipped beef.  Mix remainder of ingredients except pecans with the creamed cheese mixture. Saute chopped pecans in 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter.  Sprinkle over top.  Bake 350 degrees - 20 minutes.  Serve with crackers.

SHRIMP DIP

1 7 oz can shrimp, drained
1 stalk celery, chopped finely
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 medium onion, chopped finely
mayonnaise, enough to moisten

Break shrimp with fingers.  Add other ingredients.  Mix in mayonnaise.  Fix ahead and refrigerate.

CORNED BEEF DIP

1 1/3 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
2 Tablespoons parsley flakes
2 Tablespoons dill  weed
2 3 oz package corned beef
2 loaves rye bread

Combine all ingredients except bread.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  Cut 1 loaf bread into small bite size pieces.  Cut center out of other loaf of bread creating a basket type effect.  Cut centers of loaf into bite size pieces.

CURRY DIP

1 teaspoon curry powder
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 hard cooked egg
2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Mix all ingredients with mixer or blender.

BEAU MONDE DRESSING

Beau Monde is a spice that you should be able to get at your grocery store.

1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon dill weed
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon Beau Monde
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix together and let set in refrigerator for for 24 hours to enhance flavor.  Serve with vegetables.

ARTICHOKE DIP

1 can artichokes in water, quartered and drained
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
dash of Worcestershire
dash curry
(I sometimes add a bit of small cooked shrimp if I have it)

Combine all ingredients.  Bake in small casserole at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

CLAM DIP

8 oz cream cheese
7 1/2 oz can clams
1 Tablespoon juice

Soften cream cheese.  Combine all ingredients.  (Reserve extra clam juice to add later if dip becomes thick).  Refrigerate for several hours.

HOT PECAN DIP

1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons melted butter
8 oz softened cream cheese
2 Tablespoons milk
2 1/2 oz dried beef, chopped
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 small onion grated
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup sour cream

Mix pecans and butter.  Set aside.  Thoroughly mix cream cheese, milk, dried beef, green peppers, onion, pepper and garlic powder.  Fold sour cream into mixture.  Put in 9" baking pan.  Sprinkle with nut mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

NOW LET'S GET DIPPY WITH YOUR DIP RECIPES.



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

This has been a messed up day, Monday.  Anna had promised some friends she would go to a quilting today.  My back is out again and I can't get to the chiropractor until tomorrow, Tuesday.  So I am putting a recipe on today and will try to get Anna on later in the week.  She has someone new she is trying to get on here and we think you would like her post.  This is another southern recipe that Anna got a Pinecraft.

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

1 (2 1/2 lb) can sweet potatoes , drained (fresh sweet potatoes can be used)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat ingredients together in mixer or food processor until smooth.  Pour into greased 2-quart casserole.

TOPPING

1 cup coconut
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup self-rising flour
1 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup butter or margarine melted

Mix ingredients together and spread on top of sweet potatoes.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

ELMER AND ANNA'S FIRST SNOW IN THEIR NEW HOUSE & EDWARD'S SQUASH APPLE BREAD

Well, we had our first serious snow in our new house.  We had no problems with the house although we turned on our gas heat for the first time.  But when the snow started, it kept coming and coming.  All day Wednesday, I kept the area from the house to the barn clear so I could take care of the horses, cows, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats.  The snow kept coming and coming.  I made it to the barn on Wednesday night.

When we got to bed, Anna asked me where our sleigh was - then I remembered it is in the barn at our old house.  This ment we would have to go over there, get it down, and clean it before we could use it.  The last thought I had before I went to sleep was how bad the snow was going to be in the morning when I had to get to the barn to take care of the animals.  Now we have a plow that we hook two of our horses to and I stand in the back to direct them as they plow.  That was in the upper part of the barn at our house.

Anna and I woke up to the sound of an engine drive plow in our driveway.  Anna thought maybe it was some truck going by.  I told her it was a snow plow.  She asked me if I hired a snow.  I told her I didn't hire anyone.  We looked out the window and there was a field tractor in our yard with a snow plow on the front of it and it was clearing our driveway.  Both of us got dressed and I went out to see who it was and why they were there.  It turned out to be Thomas from David and Jean's house.  He, Edward and Michael had gotten jobs cleaning out driveways during the winter.  As he passed our house and knowing my height, he decided to clean the driveway out for us.  I offered him pay, but he refused.  After he did ours, he went next door and did Hannah and her husbands driveway.  Still he refused money.  Anna said she knew one thing he would accept and told him he was staying for breakfast.  So, he ate his second breakfast of the day at our house.

After Thomas left, John showed up thinking he would be helping me shoveling but there was no need.  So John helped me milk the cows and feed the animals.  He had eaten breakfast at home.  So he and I went over to our old house and got the sleigh over to our house.  Thomas, Michael and Edward were each over to our house at least once that day plowing our driveway and Hannah's so we could keep doing our chores.  When Michael came one time, he said Jean had said to clean the snow off the greenhouse as the weight of the snow could damage it.  After he said that, he went out and did it. Once he left, Anna and I kept an eye on the greenhouse.  When it got a great deal of snow on it, I would go clear it off the top.

We believe that during the winter the ground rests.  The snow forms like a blanket over the ground.  Many farmers (Amish, Old Order Mennonite and Englishers) believe that God puts something special in snow that makes the soil better for growing.  What we believe is in there, I don't know.  Whether it is nutrition or some other we don't know.  That is why many farmers, myself included, like to plow under one of the last snows of the winter.  I don't know if I plow it because I believe something special is sent in snow or in tradition.  But I do it.

Late Thursday, the snow slowed coming down.  Thomas was there Friday morning to plow us out and Hannah's out.  One thing we enjoy about Thomas is he can always eat - even if he has just eaten.  He doesn't seem to gain weight.  So Anna fed him another breakfast.  She also sent some baked goods that she had made on Thursday home with him for Jean, David and the rest of the family.  We teased him that we hoped some made it home. He said they would.  They did as Jean called us to tell us they arrived and her family enjoyed them.

Things seem to be back to more normal now.  We got over 10 inches of snow.  The snow is still on the ground and every once in a while we get light flurries.  I guess we are suppose to get more later in this week. We are wondering if we will get a white Christmas.

Trust God's Wisdom,
Elmer

EDWARD'S SQUASH APPLE BREAD

3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
3 Cups sugar
1 Cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2/3 Cup water
2 Cups squash (cooked and mashed)
1/2 cup black or English walnuts
1 Cup chopped apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.  In a separate bowl combine oil, eggs, water, squash, nuts and apples - blend well.  Add to dry ingredients and mix well.  Pour mixture into 2 large loaf pans or 3 small ones.  Bake 60 to 75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

SPARK OF DIVINITY CONGREGATION, PALMYRA, NY & ANNA'S CORNBREAD DRESSING

The Spark of Divinity Congregation has recently rented the building that was known as the Garlock House.  I can tell you more about the building than I can about the religion.  I do know that the Spark of Divinity Congregation was in one of the Main Street buildings that was burned out in our May, 2013 fire.  Until they rented this building and moved in - they went to their church in Newark, NY.

The building was built for and lived in by O. J. Garlock who founded Garlock Packing Company in our town.  Garlock Packing Company has been sold, but is still the largest business in our town and many of the people in our town and village work there.

After Mr. Garlock passed the building was turned into the Garlock House Restaurant.  There use to be apartments upstairs that were rented and the restaurant was on the first floor.  It lasted for many years until the people that owned it, retired.  After that there were several restaurants in there.  For the last several years the upper floors were rented, but the restaurant was vacant until it was remodeled into offices - but did not get rented.  Finally Spark of Divinity Congregation rented it this year for their religious services.

ANNA'S CORNBREAD DRESSING

Someone asked for cornbread dressing.  Jean, Marilyn or I couldn't remember if we put it on or not.  Marilyn said she will have to go through and write down every recipe.  Anyway, here is one I got when we were at Pinecrest, one time.  It is a southern recipe.

CORNBREAD DRESSING

3 cups cornbread crumbs
3 cups white bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 eggs
3 cups chicken stock, enough to moisten crumbs well
1/2 cup butter melted
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

Mix all ingredients together well and stuff into turkey or bake in a covered dish along with turkey or chicken.

NOTE: If you like more celery and onion add it. You may also want to add some chopped bell pepper.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

WINTER FARMS AND FIELDS - HOLIDAY SAUSAGE PIE

Thought you might be interested in seeing some of the local farms and fields now that the snow feel.  Plan on going and taking more pictures tomorrow - if the weather holds.

JEAN'S HOLIDAY SAUSAGE PIE

1 9" unbaked pastry shell
1 lb bulk pork sausage (medium spiced)
1 lb small, whole fresh mushrooms, cleaned (may used canned mushrooms)
1/2 Cup minced fresh parsley
2 eggs
1 Cup half and half
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt

Crumble sausage in large skillet and add mushrooms. Cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until mushrooms and meat are lightly browned and all liquid from mushrooms has evaporated. Drain off any excess grease.  Stir in the parsley.  Beat eggs with half and half and Parmesan cheese, blend in mushroom/sausage mixture and salt.  Pour into the unbaked pie shell.  Arrange mushrooms so that any stems are turned down in liquid.  Bake in preheated 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is well browned and filling is set.  Let pie stand about 10 minutes before serving.