Friday, August 05, 2005

How to win a bale throwing contest

We just returned from the Douglas County Fair. It was great. Our kids were 4-Hers for years and this was the best fair then and still is now. Our neighbor placed third in the bale throwing contest. Here is his technique.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Weathering the weather

I try not to mention or complain about the weather too often. Although, Weather Bug is the first thing I check on the computer in the morning. The forecast is an important part of my day.

Over the years, extreme heat has not been difficult. As long as I have plenty to drink, I don't mind breaking a sweat. I spend about 5 1/2 hours driving nearly 100 miles during the hottest part of the day. I do not run the air conditioning as it would take a toll on my vehicle. I will say, without hesitation, I like the heat much better than cold. I guess I rather take clothes off to stay cool than layer on to stay warm.

Having said that, today was "one of those days." It was a pleasant drive with the windows down on the way to work. However, when I walked out of the post office to load my truck, the heat seemed to overwhelm or was almost suffocating. I couldn't make time as I moved through the route. The forecast had said a cool front was coming through and I know exactly when it arrived. It was as if a weight was lifted as the wind turned to the north. What a relief.

I had an great aunt that felt those new fangled air conditioners were bad. A body could cool itself. Maybe it is healthy to require our body to do its natural thing more.

In the early morning light these prairie hay bales look like space waste...or something.
Picture by Linda

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Homemade Ice Cream

Dan has Water Board tonight and it is his turn to provide refreshments. He usually takes homemade ice cream. We have made ice cream for years--probably since we were married 39 years ago because we received a White Mountain freezer for a wedding gift. I think we have worn out only two freezers and I don't think the first one was worn out, we just got lazy and purchased an electric one. We finally had to replace it several years ago. We thought we were going to have to sell the farm, as they say. White Mountain thinks their freezers are gold plated. At any rate, they are the best and it probably pays in longevity.

The recipe has varied over the years. I used raw eggs for years, until I decided it wasn't in our best health. Then I cooked a custard for a short while. I finally settled on a combination of the old raw egg and a pudding recipe made by a friend.

Homemade Ice Cream (1 gallon)
2 cups sugar
1 3.4 oz Jello Instant Pudding (French Vanilla or Cheesecake)
Dash salt
1/2 gallon whole milk
1/2 pint whipping cream (can use a pint for a richer mix)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Mix the sugar, pudding & salt with the whole milk gently with an electric mixer until dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients & mix. Pour into the freezer can and add enough milk (whatever you have) until a couple inches from the top. Set the can down in the bucket layer ice and salt until can is completely covered.

Monday, August 01, 2005

USPS Customer Appreciation Day

Tomorrow we are having cookies and lemonade at the Berryton Post Office to show appreciation for our customers' support. You are all invited!

I had to make cookies so I thought I would share one of the recipes that doesn't require heating up the house with an oven.

Peanut Butter Cups
1 cup margarine
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 lb. graham crackers, crumbled
1 lb powdered sugar
2 cups chocolate chips melted
Melt the margarine & peanut butter. Add the graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar. Press into a 9x13 pan. Melt the chocolate chips and spread over the top. Cool, cut into squares.