Retire Where??? the Deep South

This is the 5th in a series of places to live or retire.

You can retire to the Deep South where…
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. “Y’all” is singular and “all y’all” is plural.
3. “He needed killin” is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
5. Everything is either ‘in yonder,” “over yonder,” or “out yonder.” It’s important to know the difference, too.
6. Bar-B-Que doesn’t always mean pork or beef.

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Hunter’s Booya

If you like to hunt both waterfowl and big game animals and would like to try a different combination of meats, here is a recipe for you. It’s ideal for a wild game feed.

Hunter’s Booya

4 wild ducks, cleaned and halved
6 lb. venison
2 lb. cubed pork
2 1/2 lb. soup bones
4 large sliced onions
2 c. parsley sprigs
1/2 c. dry split peas
1/2 c. lima beans
1/4 c. salt
2 tbsp. pepper
2 tbsp. garlic salt
1 tbsp. dried crushed basil
1 tbsp. dried crushed oregano
1 tsp. dried crushed savory

In a very large kettle, combine meat, ducks, soup bones, onions, parsley, split peas, lima beans, and seasonings. Add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 4-5 hrs. or until the meat is tender.


3 c. diced carrots
3 c. diced celery
1 large head red cabbage, coarsely chopped
3 c. diced rutabaga
1 c. diced green pepper

Simmer covered for 1 hr. Add-

3 – 28 oz. cans tomatoes, undrained
3 – 15 1/2 oz. cans cut green beans, undrained
2 – 10 oz. pkg. frozen peas
2 – 10 oz. pkg. frozen whole kernel corn

Simmer covered 1 hr. more. Serves 30-35 generously.

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Did You Know??? #3

1. An earthworm has five hearts and no eyes.
2. Organically grown roses, pansies, tulips, violets, and hollyhocks are all edible.
3. There are 1,690 different species of rodents.
4. Nearly 75% of lettuce grown in the US is grown in California.
5. If your lawnmower won’t start, spray WD-40 into the carburetor/air cleaner and pull the cord.
6. You can eat garlic leaves and use them just like chives.
7. Harvest garlic when 75% of the leaves are dry and brown.
8. Add a pinch of table salt to the water in a vase of flowers to prolong the life of the flowers.
9. The most common bird in the world is the starling.
10. A baby robin will eat up to 14 feet of worms each day.

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Piquant Meat Loaf

Tired of the same old meatloaf recipe? Here’s a different one. You can use wild game, beef, pork, poultry, or any combination there of.

Piquant Meat Loaf

1/4 c. dry bread crumbs
1 c. milk
1 1/2 lb. ground meat
1 onion, chopped and parboiled
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. sage or poultry seasoning

Soak crumbs in milk and add meat, eggs, onions, and seasonings. Pack lightly in greased loaf pan. Spread with sauce and bake from 1 hr. to 1 1/4 hrs. at 350 degrees F.

Sauce: combine 4 tbsp. brown sugar, 5 tbsp. ketchup, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard. Pour over meat loaf.

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Retire Where??? Maine

This is the 4th in a series of places to live or retire.

You can retire to Maine where…
1. You only have 4 spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco.
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than 1 recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than 8 buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.
6. Your idea of an outing is going to a lobster fest.

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Eonvrye Taht Can Raed Tihs Rsaie Yuor Hnad

Only great minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting.

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too.

Can you raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnaturd waht I was rdanieg. The phanonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdraig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a phoerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by itstlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed tihs, see if a firned can.

Morse Code is this way, too. The great code operators didn’t separate the letters, but actually heard the words or in some cases entire sentences.

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Crawdad Boil (Crawfish)

It must be crawfish season down south as a lot of places are having their annual Crawfish Festivals. If you’ve never had these little creatures before, here is a recipe.

Crawfish Boil

2 dozen or more Crawfish

Bring a kettle of salted water (1/2 cup salt to 1 gallon water) to a rolling boil; pop in the crawfish and simmer until they turn a deep red. Break off the tails; serve like shrimp and let each one shuck out their own meat. Serve with melted butter flavored with lemon juice and just a hint of mint. Some people like to suck out the heads before shucking and eating the tails. (Check the game laws of your state as some require a fishing license to gather crawfish.)

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