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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • Posted April 10, 2015
What would I do without my microwave? It is a true lifesaver. But it does take some special considerations. Check out this information from the USDA’s food safety website. Microwave ovens can cook unevenly and leave “cold spots,” where harmful bacteria can survive. For this reason, it is important to use the following safe microwaving tips to prevent foodborne illness.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • Posted April 10, 2015
Who among us has not participated in shenanigans associated with April Fool’s Day, either as a perpetrator or an unwitting victim? I sense only “ayes” in response. Remembrances of long ago foolishness typically are warm and welcome, even if we were “pie-in-the-face” victims, perhaps responding with lip-quivering—or maybe even tears—during real-time “pranking.” At the risk of unduly citing personal experiences—really, the only kind I’ve ever had—two “up close” famil ...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • Posted April 10, 2015 • Photos
Back in the 1960s John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. He went on to do many great things. He became a Senator. Then at the age of 76 he returned to space in the Space Shuttle. It just goes to show that becoming a “Senior” doesn’t mean that you have to stop doing marvelous things if you just persevere.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • Posted April 10, 2015
Seventy-four million. 74,000,000. That’s a lot. That’s an estimate. Not for how many stars are in the sky. Or how much money you’ll inherit. It’s an estimate of canines. Yep. An estimate of pet dogs in this country. And y’all know what dogs do. Each pet poops three-quarters of a pound a day. (Kinda gives “Quarter Pounder” a whole new meaning.) That’s an approximate figure. Imagine having to run that test. Hmmm, let’s see. Watch where you step. Or as Grandma wo ...
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
This is a quick, easy bread that requires no kneading. You do have to plan ahead a little bit, but it's a snap to put together. You make up the dough the night before, let it sit out on the table top until you get home from work the next day, then slap it in the oven.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
Honestly, I would not have expected to hear of a college in California releasing a study that placed hunting in a favorable light. Sure, there are some fine people in California, but they have long been outnumbered by the granola types, the fruits, nuts, and flakes, who disagree with me on most important subjects, and are therefore wrong. But the University of California at Santa Barbara recently came to the conclusion, after some research involving hunters, that hunting causes a sudden rise i ...
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, March 24th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 32 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Mike Murphy was responsible for the program and he spoke about Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted and his brother made a saddle trip through Texas in 1854 and Olmsted recorded the trip in a book, "Journey Through Texas."
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
“Put on your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it.” Oops, I guess not! Those days of Easter frocks are gone. Now, the designer jeans and tees are the thing. Actually, when you look at the fashions of today compared to fifty years ago, we’ve come a long way.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
In my last article, I mentioned the law enforcement of London during the 1940”s and the favorite was a former ranger, Bud Weaver. Tade Black loaned me a book, The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution, giving the history of the Ranger groups from 1910 to 1920 and this was a time in history that the U.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
INSULIN is the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels within the body. Diabetes is the most well known condition involving insulin; however, insulin resistance is a more common condition affecting 25 to 30 percent of all Americans. Insulin resistance is a precursor to type II diabetes. Normally, insulin FACILITATES the use of blood sugar by the body.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
The bluebonnets are bustin’ out and the birds are back—it must be spring! If you’re one of those people like me who want to know the names of all the rest of the wildflowers we see and which birds we’re seeing at our feeders and in the pasture, then you may want to come in and borrow some of our books.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
We finally have a full week of “spring” and the bluebonnets are beginning to show themselves. In the next few weeks there will be a variety of other wildflowers making their appearance and the trees will be budding out in green. It seems that the long cold spell is finally broken, even if we do have a few more cold days ahead, and the moisture that made so many days gray during the winter has left the landscape ready to give a good spring show.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
If you’re like me, you try to eat healthily, but sometimes those tasty fresh fruits and veggies go bad before Brooke and I can get them all eaten. About 40 percent of the United States food supply (1,500 calories/ person/day) goes uneaten. Discarded food in homes and foodservice accounts for 60 percent of this total food loss and is mostly avoidable.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
I have to say one of the best parts about cooking in a Crock Pot is that after you have worked all day, when you get home supper is ready. One of my family’s favorite recipes has a Mexican flare. It is perfect for serving around the kitchen table or on your patio. Texas Tamale Pie ¾ cup yellow corn meal 1 cup milk 1 egg slightly beaten 1lb.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 3, 2015
Concern shouldn’t rise to the level of secession from the union, but adopted Texan Tony Romo—as well as home grown luminaries Willie Nelson and Matt McConaughey--failed us miserably. The trio squandered opportunities to shore up Old West images on Jimmy Kimmel’s TV show aired nationally for an entire week from Austin during its South by Southwest Festival. I mean there were “slam dunk” chances for these guys--and others--to “slather up” all things Texan.