Thursday, May 31, 2012

Burgundy crochet purse

This is the purse I made today, its burgundy and purples, the colors do not show very well in this picture.  The purse is 10 X 10. The strap is 30 inches long.  I plan to make a satchel next.

False Prophet

New King James Bible

Symbols and logos

The Triquetra symbol, the ancient symbol of the Holy Trinity seen on the cover of the New- King James

Bible, The Craft: A Witches Book of Shadows, the New Age book - The Aquarian Conspiracy, and

the television series Charmed. The symbol... has also been featured in the artwork of musicians such

as Mudvayne and Led Zeppelin (Zeppelin's most famous song is called "Stairway to Heaven."). Here it

is featured prominently on POD's "When Angels and Serpents Dance." The Triquetra symbolism is

also featured from different angles in in the logos for the Trilateral Commission, CERN and Intel. The

letter W is a representation of the trinity as well, as seen can be from the logos for the VW car and the

Wonder Woman comic character. It should be noted that W, is the 23rd letter of the alphabet. The

Trinity is also seen with the usage of the equilateral triangle, (as seen with Jay-Z's and Mudvayne's

logo) intertwined with the Triquetra. Equilateral triangle is 666. Each angle equals 60, 3 6s. 360 is 36.

All the numbers from 1-36 added up equal 666. 666 is the triangle of 36. The side of the equilateral

triangle formed by 666 is 36. 36 is the square of 6. 666 is therefore the union of the triangle and the

square. The international symbol for biological hazard features the Triquetra with a circle within

a circle, which points us to the Target logo, bringing us back to the target of observation the

Red Sun, the Blazing Star of the Sirius Star System.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Crochet purse

A friend of mine showed me a purse she had purchased at a garage sale.  I looked at it and thought to myself, I can make one of those.  Well I made the pattern up as I went along and this is the result.  I like it.  Now I want to make one in cammo and one in black and white. This purse is for sale for $25.00 and includes shipping in the USA. I can bill you via email if you leave your email in the comments.  Of course I will not publish it.

This ~N~ That

     I broke a tooth Saturday so yesterday I called for an appointment.  The specialist had suggested this tooth be pulled and so on so I was expecting to have it yanked.  Dentist instead did a partial root canal and gave me a built up filling that he said might last up to a year.  He is going to bill the insurance and take whatever they give him.  Nice man, leaves in a few days to finish his deployment with the Navy.
     We had company on Saturday and they brought us some beautiful jalapenos.  Today the girls picked all of ours and I am making Cowboy Candy right now.  I used this recipe :

     Jeff gave his notice for work and his last day will be June 8th.  Then on the 9th we leave for Arizona to visit his family before he starts his new job.  Better offer, better pay, we have to move.  I have been frantically looking for a new place to live.  I kind of want a house or trailer this time, we will see.  At least a little bit of land so we don't have to be in an RV park.  We will never find a park as nice as the one we live in now.

     Mollie is planning to move out of the house when she turns 18 in August and Joy is planning to move back to Branson I think.  Hannah is still under age and stuck with us.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A nest in a basket

My husband went out to ride his bike and found this nest in the basket on his bike.
A few days later this is what we found.

Mom flew over to the fence for a little bit but soon started scolding.

So Hannah left them alone.  I am not sure why the mother bird pushed the one egg out of the nest.

Missonary Update


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Brooke

My first child was born on this day so it makes it a special day for the both of us.
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Friday, May 25, 2012

missionary update

Orphans Unlimited, Inc

Hand In Hand With The Least Of These

MAY 25, 2012


Email in Mozambique is down again. If you have sent email to Brenda in the past few days she hasn’t been able to read it. If it is something you need a prompt reply to, please resend it to the Texas office, Brenda calls via our SAT phone each morning and I can relay emergency messages. (I pray by the time you read this blog the email service will be restored.)

Yesterday the final bags of beans were processed and stored away in the barns of Orphans Unlimited in Mozambique. One hundred ten (110) tons of beans will provide food for our children and foster mothers for the coming year with ample supply to feed those in the villages who are in need.

I tried to do the math on how many servings of beans is in 110 tons. Using my one pound bag of pinto beans as a measure to begin with , I estimated eight,(8) servings per each pound of beans. Brenda says the diet of the village people is based on beans, corn, some rice and the vegetables they can grow. Some years there are more rewards from their home gardens and some years none. So counting with my “pinto bean” scientific method there are enough beans to feed 1,760,000 servings*we are assuming U S Tons as the measure, divided by 365 days, divided by 3 meals a day, these beans will feed 1,607 people for a year. If beans are on the menu for 2 meals a day, these beans will sustain 2,411 people for one year.

We are so grateful for our summer missionaries who arrived just on time to help bring in the food harvest.Thanks to Don, Kaylan, David and Bryce.
There will be a one week pause in food processing before the corn crop buying begins. This week our team will have some time to work with the youth and share the Bread of Life, Jesus, with those who are spiritually hungry. Thanks to all the team for your labor and your vision as you adjust to life in the bush.
I am enclosing a precious picture of Brenda and one of the new baby goats. I hope you like it,too.

Thanks again for your continuing support. Without your prayers and financial provision Orphans Unlimited could never provide for these least of these.
Linda Ferguson

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Memorial Day History

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

General John A. Logan

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-B8172- 6403 DLC (b&w film neg.)]

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day."

On January 19, 1999 Senator Inouye introduced bill S 189 to the Senate which proposes to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30th instead of "the last Monday in May". On April 19, 1999 Representative Gibbons introduced the bill to the House (H.R. 1474). The bills were referred the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Government Reform.

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Visit our Help Restore the Traditional Day of Observance page for more information on this issue, and for more ways you can help.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cream of soup mix

Ingredients2 cups powdered non-fat dry milk3/4 cup cornstarch1/4 cup instant chicken bouillon (regular or low sodium)2 Tbsp dried onion flakes2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)

DirectionsCombine all ingredients in a recloseable plastic bag, mixing well.Equal to 9 (10.5 oz) cans of cream soup.

To substitute for 1 can of cream soup
Combine 1/3 cup of dry mix
 with 1 1/4 cups of cold water. Whisk until well blended.

Cook and stir on stove top or in microwave until thickened.
Add thickened mixture to casseroles as you would a can of soup.

Or just eat it! :-)


Store in closed plastic bag or air-tight container until ready to use. It does not have to be refrigerated.

Here is another recipe for cream of soup mix.
This is a bulk recipe to use in place of canned soups in casseroles, etc.

Mix 2 cups of nonfat milk

3/4 cup corn starch

1/4 cup instant vegetable bullion

2 tblsp. dried onion flakes

1 tsp. dry basil leaves

1 tsp. dry thyme leaves

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

To substitute for one can of condensed soup:

combine 1/3 cup dry mix with

1 1/4 cups cold water in saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened. Add to your recipe as you would one can of soup. Yield: Equivalent of nine cans of soup. Variations:

Mushroom soup: Add 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms

Celery soup: Add 1/2 cup minced cooked celery

Potato soup: Add 1 cup diced cooked potatoes

Vegetable soup: add 3/4 cup mixed cooked vegetables

Broccoli soup: add 1 cup chopped cooked broccoli

Asparagus soup: Add 1 cup chopped cooked asparagus

Wilted Lettuce

Slices bacon, Diced
3 Tablespoons cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons sugar
salt And pepper To Taste
1 Cup water
1 mess of lettuce from the garden, Room Temperature


Fry bacon and drain, reserving bacon fat. (Its quick to just slice some hunks of bacon off the end of the package, then it's already diced.) I am going to just use some bacon fat from the fridge.
Add water, sugar, salt and pepper to drippings and bring to a boil.
Add vinegar (to taste!) and cool mixture slightly. I will use Braggs vinegar, it is so good.
When ready to serve, pour hot dressing over the lettuce leaves that have been torn into bite sized pieces.
Sprinkle with bacon and toss. (Just be sure that lettuce isn't cold!)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My resume

1. My first job was working in an Orange juice factory,

but I got canned. Couldn't concentrate.
2. Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack,

but just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.
3. After that, I tried being a Tailor,

but wasn't suited for it -- mainly because it was a sew-sew job.
4. Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory,

but that was too exhausting.
5. Then, tried being a Chef - figured it would add a little spice to my life,

but just didn't have the thyme.
6. Next, I attempted being a Deli Worker,

but any way I sliced it... couldn't cut the mustard.
7. My best job was a Musician,

but eventually found I wasn't noteworthy.
8. I studied a long time to become a Doctor,

but didn't have any patience.
9. Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory.

Tried hard but just didn't fit in.
10. I became a Professional Fisherman,

but discovered I couldn't live on my net income.

11. Managed to get a good job working for a Pool Maintenance Company,

but the work was just too draining.
12. So then I got a job in a Workout Center,

but they said I wasn't fit for the job.
13. After many years of trying to find steady work,

I finally got a job as a Historian - until I realized there was no future in it.
14. My last job was working in Starbucks,

but had to quit because it was the same old grind.


Corn dogs

■1 cup milk

■2 medium eggs

■1/4 cup oil

■2 tablespoons sugar

■1 teaspoon salt

■2 teaspoons baking powder

■1 1/3 cups corn meal

■2/3 cup flour

■1 to 1-1/2 pounds hot dogs

■flour for dusting (about 1/2 cup)

■Hot Fat for Deep Frying

■Popscicle sticks

In a large bowl combine the milk, eggs, oil, sugar and salt. Mix it very well. Sprinkle in the baking powder, corn meal and flour. Stir it all up to make a slightly thick batter.
Take your hot dogs and dry them off on paper towels. Dust the hot dogs with flour, coating them completely. The cornmeal batter won’t stick to the hot dogs unless they are coated in flour. The batter just slides right off of the wieners naturally slick outsides. Shove popscicle sticks into the flour coated hot dogs. Set the hot dogs aside.
While all of this is going on, it’s a good idea to get your hot fat to heating up. You want the temperature to be about 375F. Allow the fat to preheat so it is almost smoking by the time you are ready to add the corn dogs.
Now, to coat the floured hot dogs with batter you have two choices. You can swirl the hot dogs in the bowl of batter until they are coated, and then drop them into the hot fat. If this is a little difficult I know of an easier way. Scoop some of your corn meal batter into a narrow jar or cup which is as tall as your hot dogs are long. Fill the jar or cup about 3/4 of the way full. Dip your hot dog into the batter while you hold onto the stick. Swirl the hot dog to coat it evenly. Be careful or the batter will overflow. Raise the wiener above the cup and let any excess batter drip off. Quickly place the battered dog into the hot fat. The fat will bubble up and cook the outside of the batter, making the corndogs the exact same shape as the ones you buy at the store.

Only fry a few corn dogs at a time. If the corn dogs crowd each other they don’t fry very well. I only fry 2 or 3 at a time. Turn the corn dogs when the bottom side is well browned. Use tongs to remove the cooked corn dogs from the fat. Allow them to drain on paper towels. Repeat the process, coating and frying a few at a time, until all of the corn dogs are cooked. Refill the narrow jar or cup with batter from your bowl as necessary. Continue until all the hot dogs are coated or until you no longer have enough batter to coat the hot dogs efficiently.

If you don’t want to waste any unused batter, it can be dropped by small spoonfuls into the hot fat, and fried until brown. Serve these along side the corn dogs.

If desired, you can make small corn dogs by cutting hot dogs into thirds, or quarters. Poke a toothpick up into the end of the hot dogs. Coat and fry them as described above. These are nice for fancy days, and for kids parties. Provide plenty of ketchup and mustard for dipping.

This recipe makes about 30 corn dogs.
I bought 3 packages of hot dogs with 10 to a package and this recipe made all 30.  I might have been able to make 1 or 2 more but I didnt have them so we made hush puppes with the little bit of left over batter.

Whoa there pardner

A friend of mine asked me to make a bib for her friend whose family is into rodeo.  The baby is a girl so this is what I came up with.  I am working on a second one with a different picture.  I will add that one to this post when I finish it.  These bibs are so nice because they are made from kitchen towels, this one from a bar mop towel and are easily washed.
This is the second bib my friend asked me to make.  Next up I will look for some fabric of fire trucks I think she wanted, I will have to ask her again.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Please dont just blindly follow the crowd, do your homework.

I was born in 1957 so the shots given were close to the ones listed for 1940, then when I had kids in the 80's there were more, but now look at how many there are, that is ridiculous.  Please don't give your children all these vaccines.  Educate yourself.

Banana Peels for what?

Use a Banana Peel to Relieve Itching from Poison Ivy, Mosquito Bites, and More

As we inch closer to summer, you're more likely to run into poison ivy, bug bites, and the other itchy ailments that come with being outside. Redditor xume points out that banana peels are a great homemade remedy for itchy skin.

If you get bitten by a mosquito or stumble into a bit of poison ivy/oak/sumac/whatever, rubbing a banana peel on the affected area can moisturize and neutralize some of the itching. Note that it will just alleviate some of the itching—it won't solve the root problem, like the oils that poison plants leave on your skin. It'll do great as a first step, but if you really want to knock out that rash, you should head to the store and grab some poison ivy soap (and save your banana peels for shoe shining and splinter removal instead).


Cinnamon and Honey

Cinnamon and Honey; Whoever thought?

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call 'turning to sugar'. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will "crystallize". When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. This will kill the enzymes in the honey.
Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:
HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.
ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.
BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.
CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.
UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals
INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.
PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.
SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.
WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before

breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.
FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.
BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!
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Monday, May 21, 2012

How does your garden grow?

 I am watering the garden this morning, this is a view of the tomato and pepper plants.
This view shows the okra bottom left then the squash and the tomatoes and peppers at the top.  Around here the folks are all harvesting all these already, my garden is behind.  Oh and to the right you can barely see some cucumbers.

Watch out for snakes

*** employee Mike W... was at home last Thursday night and was walking from his barn to his house when he was bit by a copper head snake. He went to the doctor and is still out from the snake bite. The picture above is a snake that was above the door where you walk into the office from the control room side at W..... Plant. Snakes or out and on the move, pay attention at work as well as at home so this don’t happen to you.

This is the door my husband walks through to go to the control room. Yikes.
My husband also said that the guys at work said to be careful around the plants in the garden as the copperheads like to nestle under the plants.

Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

Recipe by: Val Kyrie

Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup Grape Nuts Cereal

1/4 cup chopped nuts

1/4 cup sugar or maple syrup

... 1 teaspoon baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

scant 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

2 cups milk

1 large egg

1 tablespoon butter (melted & slightly cooled)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla

1-1/2 cups blueberried
Preheat oven to 375. Butter 8" square dish. In a bowl, mix together oats, Grape Nuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, & salt.

In another bowl, whisk together maple syrup (optional) I don't use. milk, egg, butter, & vanilla. Put dry ingredients in dish, cover with liquid, (thwack) on counter so that liquid will seep through dry. Scatter berries and nuts across top. Bake 35-40 minutes till top is nicely golden & Oat mix has set. Remove and cool on a rack. Serve with maple syryp or cream of choice.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cowboy Candy

Cowboy Candy
By Bev Dobson in Canning
* 3 pounds Firm, Fresh Jalapeno Peppers, Washed
* 2 cups Cider Vinegar
* 6 cups White Granulated Sugar
* one half teaspoon Turmeric
* one half teaspoon Celery Seed
* 3 teaspoons Granulated Garlic
* 1 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
makes 2 pints
Preparation Instructions
Wearing gloves, remove the stems from all of the jalapeno peppers. The easiest way to do
this is to slice a small disc off of the stem-end along with the stem. Discard the stems.
Slice the peppers into uniform 1/ 4 inch rounds. Set aside.
In a large pot , bring cider vinegar, white sugar, turmeric, celery seed, granulated garlic and
cayenne pepper to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pepper slices and
simmer for exactly 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peppers, loading into clean,
sterile canning jars to within 1/ 4 inch of the upper rim of the jar. Turn heat up under the pot
with the syrup and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 6 minutes.
Use a ladle to pour the boiling syrup into the jars over the jalapeno slices. Insert a cooking
chopstick to the bottom of the jar two or three times to release any trapped pockets of air.
Adjust the level of the syrup if necessary. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean paper towel dampened with white vinegar and fix on new, two-piece lids to finger-tip tightness.
SIMPLYPUT THE JARS I N YOUR REFRIGERATOR AND STORE THEM THERE. I prefer to keep thefridge space free so I can them. I f you wish to can them, follow the instructions below.

Note: I f you have left over syrup, and it is likely that you will, you may can it in half -pint or
pint jars, too. I t 's wonderful brushed on meat on the grill or added to potato salad or, or, or
in short , don't toss it out !

TO CAN, place jars in a canner and cover with water by 2-inches. Bring the water to a full
rolling boil. When it reaches a full rolling boil, SET THE TIMER FOR 10 MINUTES FOR HALFPINTS OR 15 MINUTES FOR PINTS. When timer goes off, use canning tongs to transfer the
jars to a cooling rack. Leave them to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours. When fully cooled, wipe
them with a clean, damp washcloth, then label.
Allow to mellow for at least two weeks, but preferably a month before eating. We never can
resist that long.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Missionary Update

From: "Brenda Lange"

Subject: Blog, May 17, 2012

“Saving a life”
My new team of visitors packed up and we drove out of Pemba at 5:00a.m. Sunday. We got to the house, unloaded the pick-up, and headed to church at 9a.m. Balbina, a foster mother, asked for prayer for our newest arrival, 3 month old Ortencia. One look at the baby told me she had serious malaria, so off we prayed and then rushed her to the hospital. Kaylan, a nursing student from Concordia in Austin went with me, getting her first experience in how we treat a semi-comatose malaria case.
The ER was quiet, and one of their best nurses was on duty. Ortencia’s finger stick malaria test was positive, and she was very dehydrated from the fever. The nurse sent a runner to fetch their best pediatric nurse, as he couldn’t get the IV started. We prayed. The Peds nurse got the IV in on the 2nd stick. PTL! Ortencia is semi-comatose, only slightly responding to pain. Quinine injectable is given, and she is watched carefully for seizures. Now we wait.
Two mothers are needed to watch over a baby in the hospital, so I rush back to the church which was just letting out. Finding Dominica, our Women’s Pastor, we locate another widow in our program willing to help out at the hospital. Fetching her some food, and 10 gallons (40 liters) of WATER we head back to the hospital. (The new water well we just drilled to help the hospital isn’t ready for use as the cement must harden for a week before the pump can be put in).
Now that the baby’s needs are covered, we have to find a 2nd mother to stay with the other orphans at Balbina’s house. She has older girls, so we just needed someone to keep them on schedule.

By this time, it’s late afternoon and Ortencia is now AWAKE and taking a bottle. We PTL for His mercy on this precious little one.
On Tuesday at noon, she was released from the hospital, looking her chipper self again.
We praise the Lord for her fast recovery, and for getting us home that morning fromPemba without delay, so that I saw the child in time to help her.
An infant under 3 months has little resistance to malaria, and things can turn critical very quickly.
The mother thinks the child is just sleeping, not realizing they are comatose, and death follows rapidly.
Few are saved once they reach the comatose stage, and we were very close to that.

We are very grateful for this miracle from our Lord, as we know HE is the Great Physician, and the ONLY ONE who can save those that man can’t. Such is the case with Ortencia. THANK YOU JESUS!

Fully loaded with cement, truck tires, and 2 huge “rear” tractor tires, Manuel drove the new truck into our mission station just after dark on Monday. Eric drove in just ahead of him with a fully loaded pick-up and trailer. The national capital is full of the supplies that aren’t available in our area. Eric took the team to a new shopping mall in Maputo that has a glass elevator and an escalator. The guys were shocked and wide eyed at the “stairs that moved” and the “box that went up and down”. The most they knew about was 4 story buildings with stairs. I’m sure they were called liars by their family that night when they told them the stories of what they say.

Tuesday was unloading day, and Eric immediately put the truck to work, bringing in 2, 7 ton loads of beans from the Mango Tree Warehouse.
(The new truck has a great spring l oaded seat, very comfy, even on bad roads, and you know how men can be with their new toys!)

So he put it to the test, and it got many “wows” as he drove through the village.
It is one sharp looking truck with a turbo engine, not even straining under a maximum load.
Jesus gave us this truck through a very generous family in Dallas, TX.

Saying Thank You to them hardly seems adequate, but we are MOST GRATEFUL for their sincere hearts for serving Jesus.
Their crowns are stored in heaven, as I know they gave sacrificially to make this happen.
We PRAISE THE LORD for ALL HE gives us through many generous donors, so that others may live and know the truth about HIM, the Alpha and the Omega!
Don Hitsman and Kaylan Vollmering arrived last Saturday, and have worked hard all week to get the warehouses and equipment ready for the massive processing and sacking of over 500 TONS of corn and beans. Our bean buying is almost finished. Our barn contains 90 TONS already! Another 20 TONS will flow in by the 19th to complete what is needed.
This Saturday, May 19th, I will pick up David Abel, Kansas State Un., and Bryce Vaughn, Nebraska State Un., (both Agriculture majors) who are also part of the food buying team.
A dear friend of mine, Dave VanderGriend, who is in the area on business, will meet us in Pemba on Saturday for a quick 3 day visit to observe our Balama program.
It is an honor to have ALL these wonderful people give up their personal time to bring the Love o f Jesus to the orphans and widows in our area.
Blessings to all of you and thank you for helping us to help those in need.
Bush Bunny Brenda and the Balama Team





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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Just a MOM?

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office,

Was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

'What I mean is, ' explained the recorder,

'do you have a job or are you just a ...?'

'Of course I have a job,' snapped the woman.

'I'm a Mom.'

'We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation,

'housewife' covers it,'

Said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself

In the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.

The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised,

Efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,

'Official Interrogator' or 'Town Registrar.'

'What is your occupation?' she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know.

The words simply popped out.

'I'm a Research Associate in the field of

Child Development and Human Relations.'

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and

Looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words..

Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written,

In bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

'Might I ask,' said the clerk with new interest,

'just what you do in your field?'

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,

I heard myself reply,

'I have a continuing program of research,

(what mother doesn't)

In the laboratory and in the field,

(normally I would have said indoors and out).

I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family)

And already have four credits (all daughters).

Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,

(any mother care to disagree?)

And I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).

But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers

And the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.'

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she

Completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,

I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3.

Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model,

(a 6 month old baby) in the child development program,

Testing out a new vocal pattern.

I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!

And I had gone on the official records as someone more

Distinguished and indispensable to mankind than 'just another Mom.'


What a glorious career!

Especially when there's a title on the door.

A good way to get tick(ed) off

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Glazed carrots to can

Glazed Carrots-Canned

By Jody Ellis McCarley in Canning

Yields 16 pints
approx. 10 lbs carrots

... 8 cups brown sugar
8 cups water
4 cups Orange Juice
Wash and drain carrots. In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water and OJ. Heat over medium, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Keep it hot; you don’t have to bring it to a boil. Pack raw carrots into hot/sterilized jars leaving 1 inch headspace. Fill jars with hot syrup, again leaving 1″ headspace. Tap to remove air bubbles. Wipe rim of jar with wet rag to remove any drips. Screw on sterilized lids. In a pressure canner, process pints or quarts for 30 min. at 10 lbs pressure.
*TIP: Wide mouth jars make it much easier to remove the carrots when ready to eat.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day to my mom

This is my beautiful mother and my youngest granddaughter.  Happy Mothers Day mom.  I love you.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The golden years

Several days ago as I left a meeting at a hotel; I desperately gave
myself a personal TSA pat down.
I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick
search in the meeting room revealed nothing.
Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car.
Frantically, I headed for the parking lot.
My wife has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the
My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them.
Her theory is that the car will be stolen. As I burst through the
door, I came to a terrifying conclusion.
Her theory was right. The parking lot was empty.
I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed
that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.
Then I made the most difficult call of all, "Honey," I stammered; I

always call her "honey" in times like these.
"I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen."

There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped,

but then I heard her voice.
"Idiot", she barked, "I dropped you off!"
Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come

and get me."
She retorted, "I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have

not stolen your car."
Yep it's the golden years.

And no this was not me, it was am email my mom sent to me.

Missonary update

From: "Brenda Lange"

Subject: Blog May 10, 2012

Date: May 10, 2012 9:02:25 PM CDT

So my blogs will be sent during the week till after May 20th.

This week, I’ll be picking up Don Hitsman, MI, and Kaylan Vollmering, TX. Both are coming to help with the food buying and processing so we can feed the 1,700 orphans in our care.


Due to a construction delay in completing the dorm kitchen, and a surprise delivery of 4x4 roofing beams, my carpenters were freed up to roof the goat barn this week. The corrals were completed last Saturday. On Monday, the carpenters loaded the 6 ton truck with roofing materials and de Bunny drove them to Rovuma village, 4 miles away. A women driving a big truck is unheard of in this country, so many heads turned, as Mama Brenda hasn’t been in the big rig for some months.

With Manuel, our truck driver, on the road with Eric to fetch the new rig, there was no one left but me. The carpenters hope to have the barn completed by this Saturday. Once finished, we can begin buying the remainder of the 70+ goats that were donated earlier this year.

We added 6 young females last week, when a teacher was transferred to another county, and needed to sell his herd quickly.

Present herd numbers 37.


With Capena and his team buying in remote locations, and Leona supervising the Balama buying at our barn, we have brought in 58 TONS in 10 days. 110 tons is needed to complete the job.


Eric reports that all is well on his 2nd day of their return. A missionary friend who helps us “network” in Maputo gave him a load to take to Chimoio, at their halfway point in return for paying the FUEL for the first 500 miles of our journey. THAT is a big blessing as big trucks get very thirsty. They delivered the load last night and will be crossing the mighty Zambezi River Bridge today (over 1 mile wide). I am very happy the bridge is finished as the ferry that use to be the ONLY crossing has been known to sink. Not nice.

Water Well Drilling Team is back in action and hopes to drill our Nacacca well this Monday.
I’m on my way to Pemba in an hour, so have to close.
Blessings from Bush Bunny Brenda and all the Balama Team!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Homemade Inhaler

Homemade Inhaler
To a regular-mouth pint sized jar add the following (always start with the lowest amount of each oil, and work your way up if & as needed):
1-3 drops peppermint oil

1-3 drops clary sage oil

1-3 drops rosemary oil

3-6 drops eucalyptus oil

1-2 drops lavender oil (optional, but nice)
When you’re ready, add about a half cup of boiling water to your jar. Cup your hands around the top of the jar & put your mouth &/or nose to your hands. Breathe in the luscious & potent steam.
*Be careful not to burn yourself with the steam. Be sure to use immediately, as once it cools, it loses the desired effect.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Make a bib from a kitchen towel

I like to make bibs from kitchen towels.  They wash easily and really cover the child to prevent messy stains on nice clothes.  I have made many of these bibs through the years.  Today I decided to make some bibs to take to Kastyn when we go see her on Wednesday.
This is a super short tutorial on making these bibs.
First buy a bar towel or kitchen towel.  Cut the towel like this and zig zag around the cut edges.

Next, fold the towel to make selves and either sew or pin.  I like to sew them.  Then I just crochet around the edges and make ties.  Today I went a little crazy and embellished this bib.  I have never made one so fancy.
Kastyn should look pretty cute while she is getting carrots all over her pretty bib.  I really like the way it turned out.
Then I crochet and embellished a red bib for Kastyn.  Notice the little butterfly on the shoulder.   I made it using #3 crochet thread.  I sewed the butterfly on really good so it doesn't come off.  I made the antenna from the yarn as well.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Missionary Update

Did you know...?
The Goat Project that began in 2011 has grown to almost thirty, 30, goats?

Thanks to your support we have the funds to expand the goat herd. We will build another barn to shelter the bigger herd as soon as time permits.
I haven't asked Brenda if she has told the goats about the plan for a new barn........

The goats seem to be expanding the herd on their own.

This little guy sure is healthy looking, and cute, too.

Blessings to you all,
Linda Ferguson
(at the Texas Office)





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Missionary Update

From: "Brenda Lange"

Subject: Blog, May 6, 2012

Date: May 6, 2012 1:33:40 AM CDT


Eric’s team drove out Thursday, facing a 4 day drive to Mozambique’s capital of Maputo, about 1000 miles south of us, on not such nice roads.

He will arrive this afternoon, May 6th, to pick up the new truck tomorrow, then load it with cement, truck tires, groceries, and other supplies that are not available here.

He hopes to be back around May 14th if all goes as planned. This big 7 ton truck will need 6 days to traverse the roads back to Balama.

Our 11 year old tractor badly needs 2 huge rear tires replaced, but a phone call revealed that Maputo had none in stock.

PTL because on Thursday afternoon, Eric was able to find them in Nampula, the city 7 hours south of us.

MAF in Nampula is storing them till his team returns with the big truck, as these huge 4.5 foot tall tires overwhelm a pick-up.

Most missionary groups network here, making it possible for God’s people to achieve the objectives He has given to all of us.

We PRAISE THE LORD for MAF and other missionaries who link arms with us.


These new believers in Christ, from the remote churches of Pequaria and Namara, will observe their first Holy Communion this morning.


Fernando’s older brother borrowed a bicycle on Wed. and took his little brother for a ride.

They live with their grandmother in one of our orphan homes here in Balama.

Fernando got his foot caught in the rear wheel spokes causing a bad sprain, as well as tearing off a large part of the skin and tissue of his right ankle, exposing his Achilles tendon.

The hospital treatment was not up to “par” as the Dr. is out of town, so I prayed and asked God how to treat such a serious wound.

His answer surprised me: “Treat it like a BURN with Silvadene”, which is a cream that helps skin regenerate and seals burns from infection.

Thanks to Blessings International in Tulsa, I have 3 tubes of Silvadene cream in my medical supply. We prayed that God would accelerate Fernando’s healing.

We were AMAZED to see that within 24 hours the wound had closed by 20 %. I’m doing twice daily bandage changes, and each 12 hours a remarkable improvement is noted.

What was a 3 inch X 2 inch wound is down to a 1 inch circle by yesterday with NO signs of infection (4 days after the accident).

There is no way Silvadene alone is doing this miracle healing.

I PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS MERCY AND PROVISION that allows us to help those who otherwise would suffer severe consequences or even death from problems like this.

My THANKS to Harold Harder, founder of Blessings International, for providing ALL our medicines, so that the multitudes can live to know who Christ is.


Many ask me what my “normal” work day looks like. My response is “there isn’t one”.

So I thought I’d share a bit of what went on last Thursday so you can better understand why we need more missionary help, and have to work 12 to 14 hour days from May to November.

Thursday, May 3rd was the first day of bean buying.

Bunny gets up at 3:30a.m.


Our BEAN BUYING TEAM loads the tractor with supplies, and heads out to the Mpaca village, the “bean growing capital of Balama”.

5a.m. (sun is rising)

Capena, driving a Land Cruiser, leaves 30 minutes later with his 4 man team and the huge scales for weighing feed bags.

(Capena is our Program Manager who organizes the village coops, distributes the feed bags, then weighs, inspects, and buys the 500+ TONS of corn and beans every year).

Eric and his truck fetching team leave at 5a.m.also.

5:45a.m. team devotions with the construction crews.

6a.m. Leona Philips, from S. Africa, and the newest member of our missionary staff, opens 3 warehouses where our food is processed and stored. Multi-tasking, she shows us her management skills as she simultaneously supervises:

1. Barn repairs (termite damage to 3 roofing support posts)

2. Maize mill grinding for our normal Balama food give out

3. Cleaning out and reorganizing of the construction supply warehouses

As the ONLY driver left in camp, I’m busy hauling the food to our Distribution Center for the weekly handout to 300+ orphans and widows (along with Linda and my Moz. staff) when I receive a Police Summons for 6a.m. (now what?)

I quickly organize all the construction supplies, hauling them to the dorm kitchen site, then race down to the police station (10 minutes late).

A drunk, who had stolen a door from one of our orphan houses the day before, had filed charges against me, saying I stole money and his cell phone from his house while the village chief was searching his home for the missing door on Wed.

We answer the charges with witnesses, and the case is thrown out, but it’s now put me 30 minutes behind in my work.

9a.m. Water well drilling team has completed the first water well for the hospital, but their drilling supervisor is very ill with malaria. He received treatment at the hospital, but needs a bed, as these guys sleep in their trucks. So we put him to bed in our men’s guest house, parked all 3 of their huge drilling trucks, and gave his 6 man team a shady spot to set up camp.

10a.m. Fernando (story above) shows up with his food injury needing a bandage change along with several other sick orphans. (clinic time)

11a.m. Helped Leona complete the warehouse clean up by hauling off the trash, then had lunch.

2-4pm, busy with construction and organizing supplies for the next day’s work.

4pm, Bean Buying Team returns—Leona gets the men to unload into the barn.

The Water Well Driver is worse, so I called his boss in Nampula, and Capena loads him into his truck and rushes him to the Montepuez Regional Hospital where they save his life with Quinine. Capena gets back at 7pm and we all finally get to settle down for the night.

WATER WELL DRILLING should resume later this week with the Nacacca church well, once their driller is strong enough to work.

THAT is a “typical” day in the life of de Bunny and her staff.

Blessings and thanks for your prayers. Remember, Eric is on the road till May 14th, so help us keep him covered.

Also, our food buying helpers arrive this Saturday, so I’ll be off to Pemba to fetch them.

(Don Hitsman, MI, and Kaylan Vollmering, TX fly out Thursday from the USA).

Bush Bunny Brenda and the Moz. staff

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ranch style dressing mix


2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons dried minced garlic

8 teaspoons dried minced onion

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons paprika

2 1/2 teaspoons parsley flakes

Combine all ingredients. Store in airtight container. To make dressing, combine 1 tablespoon mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk. Blend well. To make dip, combine 1 tablespoon mix with 1 cup sour cream. Blend well. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving with vegetables.


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Homemade cream soup mix


2 cups powdered nonfat milk

3/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup (or less) instant chicken(or Vegetable if you prefer) Boullion

2 tablespoons dried onion flakes

1 teaspoon basil leaves

1 teaspoon thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

To use in place of canned cream soups in casseroles or as a base for your own soups. Much lower in fat and salt than the canned versions. The trick is to have it made up ready to use! Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. To sustitute for one can of condensed soup: Combine 1/3 cup of dry mix with 1 1/4 cups of cold water in saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened. Add to casserole as you would the canned product.
Variations: Mushroom Soup: Add 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
Celery Soup: Add 1/2 cup minced celery
Potato Soup: Add 1 cup diced potatoes, cooked
Chicken Soup: Add 1/2 cup diced chicken, cooked
Vegetable Soup: Add 3/4 cup mixed vegetables, cooked
Broccoli Soup: Add 1 cup chopped broccoli, cooked
Asparagus Soup: Add 1 cup chopped asparagus, cooked
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Homemade cake mix-bulk


8 cups all-purpose flour

5 cups sugar

1/4 cup baking powder

1 tablespoon salt

2 cups solid shortening (that does not require refrigeration)

In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles very fine crumbs.
Divide mix into 5 equal portions (about 19 oz. or 3-1/2 cups each). Place in airtight containers; label. Store in a cool, dry place up to 6 weeks.

One batch makes five cakes.
To use:
Yellow Cake:
1/5 recipe Basic Cake Mix; 3/4 cups milk; 2 eggs; 1 teaspoon vanilla;

Preheat oven to 350 degreesF. Grease and lightly flour two 8 x 1-1/2 inch round cake pans. Set aside. In mixer bowl, combine the Basic Cake Mix and the milk. Beat at low speed of electric mixer till moistened. Beat 1 minute at medium speed. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Spread batter evenly in prepared pans.
Bake for about 20 minutes or till wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes.

Remove from pans; cool thoroughly on wire rack. Frost as desired.

Yield: 12 servings.
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Kitchen Bouquet


1/2 cup brown sugar

2 cups water

Put brown sugar in a pan on a slow fire and let it burn or parch, slowly stirring all the time. When it turns a dark brown, add water and stir well, and then bottle. Use a few drops at a time to color and thicken gravies and soups


11 calories, 0 grams fat, 3 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in fat.

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All purpose biscuit mix


6 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons baking powder

1 tablespoon salt

1 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening

Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Store in a container with tight-fitting lid.

For a healthier mix, make with 3 cups white flour and 3 cups whole wheat flour.

For Buttermilk Mix, add 9 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder to the basic mix.


167 calories, 9 grams fat, 19 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams protein per 1/4 cup mix.

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This All-Purpose Biscuit Mix recipe from CDKitchen serves/makes 7.5 cups

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Jiffy corn muffin mix clone


2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup yellow corn meal

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Combine flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix well with whisk. Whisk in vegetable oil and mix until dry mixture is smooth and lumps are gone.

To make corn muffins: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine above mixture with 1 egg and 1/3 cup milk. Fill muffin tins 1/2 full. Bake 15-20 minutes Makes 6 muffins.


Sometimes a recipe will call for a box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. Here's a clone recipe you can make at home.

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Dodge City Kansas

This is the town where I grew up.  The man in the black hat is my old friends sisters husband.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cake Balls

1 pkg. of Oreos ( crushed to powder)

1 pkg. soft cream cheese (8oz)

Mix both items together really well.

Roll into balls - normally half dollar size which ever size you prefer. Poke a sucker stick in them.  Then put then in the fridge to firm up.

While you wait.... Soften up the chocolate Almond bark (ready to dip). Sprinkle which your choice of toppings! Then cool again and enjoy!

Recipe by Christina Derixson