July 30, 2014

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Great turkey recipe just in time for Thanksgiving Day Print E-mail

ROSANNA BAUMAN

Rosanna is Old German Baptist Brethren and lives in rural Kansas. Rosanna, age 25, is an organic farmer, writer and teacher who writes a weekly column for oasisnewsfeatures.com each Wednesday. The Brethren church is similar to the Amish in many ways, but they are more permissive with technology and photography. Rosanna and her family also raise turkeys for Thanksgiving.

Rosanna's family recipe for turkey is simple:

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Mix Up Your Holiday Meal with Cranberry Roast Chicken Print E-mail
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A Bountiful Thanksgiving Tradition Celebration Print E-mail

Tucked between the two monster sized holidays of Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving receives far less attention. But Thanksgiving is a very important holiday, especially in the busy lives of Americans.

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"Turkey Talk" Print E-mail

When November rolls around, turkey becomes more than just another option at the deli counter.

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Figuring the turkey-to-person ratio Print E-mail

Once turkey weight is determined, then be sure to use a thermometer to accurately tell when the bird is cooked correctly.

Thanksgiving holds different meanings to different people. Some feel it is a day for being generous or giving thanks through unselfish deeds. Others feel it is a time to sit around with family sharing stories of the year. Still many others simply look forward to the day for football. No matter how you view Thanksgiving, one thing is for sure, filling up on turkey is an integral part of the holiday.

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“Hypocrisy” Print E-mail

All of us are probably guilty in one way or other of being a bit hypocritical. One could ‘boil down’ the meaning as, “An attempt to be what one is not,” or putting on a false appearance of virtue or religion.

We find pleasure in directing this weakness on politicians, preachers, school teachers or anyone who is visible and is caught in a weak moment.

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Easy-to-follow holiday entertaining checklist Print E-mail

One of the best parts about holiday entertaining is spending quality time with friends and family. If you’re rushing around trying to cook and prepare everything, your food may taste great, but you’re missing out on a key element of the season -- togetherness.

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"The Country Doctor" Print E-mail

Young folks may be a bit confused when one tries to describe a ‘country doctor.’ The closest picture I can give is ‘Doc Adams’ on the old TV western show “Gunsmoke.” Doc was pleasant, honest, and always ready to help every time a woman was having a baby, when a father had been kicked by a mule and ended up with a broken leg, or a child with a case of pneumonia or whooping cough.  He was always called after a gunfight to attend the wounded or dead.

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Just a Pinch - Pecan Perfection - Tiny Pecan Pies Print E-mail
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Sadie Hawkins Day, November 13 Print E-mail

Sadie Hawkins Day, which is always on November 13, is a holiday that originated from a cartoon. In Li'l Abner, Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch's earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins. The "homeliest gal in all them hills," she grew frantic waiting for suitors to come 'a-courtin.' When she reached the age of 35, still a spinster, her father was even more frantic - about Sadie living at home for the rest of her life. In desperation, he called together all the unmarried men of Dogpatch and declared it "Sadie Hawkins Day." Specifically, a foot race was decreed, with Sadie in hot pursuit of the town's eligible bachelors - and matrimony as the consequence. It seems likely that the concept's origins lie in an inversion of the myth of Atalanta, who, reluctant to marry, agreed to wed whoever could outrun her in a footrace.

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