Head Cheese Without The Head

Want to make some headcheese but don’t have a head or other bits and pieces of meat. Try this recipe.

4 pork hocks
4 deer shanks or 2 moose shanks or 2 caribou shanks
salt
pepper
garlic salt
onion salt

Cut the meat off the bones and into very small pieces before placing the meat and bones into a large pot. After covering with water, add salt, pepper, garlic salt and onion salt. Cover. Boil slowly until well done and any remaining meat falls from the bones. When done, pour into loaf pans and cool well. When it sets, it will slice nicely and is very good for sandwiches.

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The Bungee Jump

Ronald and Ronald Jr. were bungee jumping one day when Ronald Jr. says, “You know Pop, we could make a lot of money running our own bungee-jumping service in Mexico.”

“I don’t know,” Ronald said, “no one is supposed to do business in Mexico. But, I’ve been thinking about building a tower down there for a couple of years now, so I’m sure that doesn’t apply to us.”

“This is a service, not a business, but we’d better do it before they build that thirty foot wall.  I know what we’ll do,” says Ronald Jr., “I’ll run the business and you’ll look as clean as a newly changed baby’s bottom.”

So the two, mainly Ronald, put their money together and bought everything they would need – a tower, an elastic cord, insurance, and so forth.

Upon arriving in Mexico, they set up on the square of a small town. As they constructed the tower, a crowd began to assemble. Slowly, more and more people gathered in the square to watch them at work as seeing gringos work in Mexico wasn’t a common sight.

At last, the tower was complete and the bungee cord was installed. All was ready. Ronald put on the harness, attached himself to the bungee cord and jumped. He bounced at the end of the cord, but when he came back up, Ronald Jr. noticed that he had a few cuts and scratches. Unfortunately, Ronald Jr. wasn’t able to catch him; he fell again, bounced, and came back up. That time he was bruised and bleeding. Again, Ronald Jr. couldn’t catch him, and Ronald fell again and bounced back up. That time he came back pretty messed up, with a couple of broken bones and nearly unconscious.

Luckily, Ronald Jr. finally caught him. “What happened?” he cried. “Did we miscalculate? Was the cord too long?”

Ronald said, “No, the cord was fine, but what the heck is a ‘piñata’?”

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Garden Perennials

When I think about gardening, I think of vegetables while others may think of flowers. Most vegetables are annuals that must be planted each year resulting in more work for you. But, many food plants are perennials, coming back year after year, meaning less work and time in replanting. A few vegetables, some herbs and most fruits fall into the perennial category. They won’t last forever, but will yield for many years saving you the time and work of replanting each year. Here are some of the more common garden perennials for your consideration.

  • Vegetables – asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke and rhubarb
  • Herbs – catnip, chives, fennel, garlic, horseradish, lavender, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, spearmint and thyme
  • Fruits – blackberries, blueberries, currants, elderberries, figs, goji berries, gooseberries, huckleberries, grapes, raspberries, strawberries
  • Tree fruits – apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears and plums

Remember, some of these suggestions may not grow in your climate zone. Check before planting….

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Flax Seed Flat Bread

Are you looking for a good source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids? Do you enjoy baking such things as biscuits, pancakes, muffins and breads?

One ounce of flax seeds contain 0 mg. cholesterol, 6 g. protein, 4 g. fiber, and is a particularly good source of a variety of antioxidants and minerals. The best way to get the most nutrition out of flax seeds is to buy the whole seed and grind it as you need it. It can be ground in a blender. Here’s a recipe for flat bread made with flax seed.

5 eggs
1/2 c water
1/3 c melted butter
2 c ground flax seed
2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Lightly beat the eggs, then mix all ingredients together. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. Sweetener and flavoring may be added is so desired.

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A Strange Looking Sheep

Now mind you, I have nothing against blondes. After all, the Pickle Queen could be a blonde if here hair color was a couple of shades darker. But this story wouldn’t be the same if I changed the facts.

There was a blonde from Sioux Falls who was sick and tired of being ridiculed for being blonde, so she decided to fix it by dying her hair brown.

The next day, as she was driving along a country road near Miller, she saw a shepherd with his flock. She decided to see if she could pass as a brunette and if indeed gotten any smarter. She pulled over to the side of the road, got out of her car, approached the shepherd and asked, “If I can tell you how many sheep you have, could I have one?”

The shepherd thought this was an unusual request, but agreed.

The blonde looked at the flock, thought about it for a minute and said, “One hundred and sixty-two.”

The shepherd, shaking his head in disbelief, said, “You’re right! Take your pick of the sheep to take home with you.”

She did, and as she was putting it into the trunk of her car, the shepherd stopped her and said, “If I can guess your real hair color, can I have my dog back?”

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Spanish Roast

If you want to fix a good beef roast for supper but don’t have the hour or so of time ahead of the meal to prepare one, here’s a recipe using a slow cooker you will want to try.

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 (4 pound) beef chuck roast
salt & pepper to taste
1 vegetable bouillion cube
1 c boiling water
1 (4 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
1 medium onion, quartered and sliced thinly
1 (15 ounce) can whole black olives, drained
2 Tbsp chopped fresh garlic
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and brown the meat on all sides. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a slow cooker. Dissolve the vegetable bouillon cube in the boiling water and pour into the slow cooker. Mix the pepperoni, onion, black olives, garlic and tomatoes and pour into the slow cooker. Cover and cook 4 hours on High or 8 hours on Low.

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Overwieght or Obese Children

I’ve seen some headlines somewhere recently where our government is going to dabble in the question of our children being obese or overweight. I didn’t read any further as I believe that what ever our government thinks they are going to ‘improve’ upon dies a slow lingering death unless it is something that improves our ‘leaders’ lot in life.

I think most people would agree that obesity or being overweight is a significant health problem in our children in the United States today. Go to any fast food restaurant, mall or just walk down the street and you’ll see kids who fit into either of these categories.

Childhood obesity can lead to difficulty in breathing, sleep apnea, poor self-esteem, depression and bullying. Looking at the long-term affects you’ll find an increase risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, stroke and several different types of cancer. Other adult-related issues include high blood pressure and prediabetes causing problems earlier in life.

Body mass index (BMI) is used to measure children’s weight-for-height status. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has specific growth charts according to age for boys and for girls because body composition varies as they grow and develop ( for children 2 to 19).

  • Overweight – BMI between the 85th and 95th percentile for children of the same age and gender.
  • Obesity – BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and gender.

Here are some risk factors that affect weight gain in children.

  • Diet – If your child regularly consumes foods that are high in calories, fat and sugar, they are likely to become overweight.
  • Family factors – As a parent, do not choose high-calorie convenience foods for your family. You can influence your child’s eating and exercise behaviors by being a good example.
  • Family history – If your child comes from a family of overweight people, it is likely they will also gain weight, especially if high-calorie food is always available and exercise isn’t encouraged.
  • Lack of exercise – Physical activity burns calories. Watching television or playing video games is more likely to lead to weight gain as physical activity is limited.
  • Psychological factors – Coping with problems, dealing with emotions such as stress or fighting boredom may cause your child to overeat and gain weight.
  • Socioeconomic factors –  Children from low-income backgrounds are at greater risk of becoming obese if they lack resources for healthy eating and exercise.

I realize that we don’t have complete control of all of these risk factors, but I want to encourage you to control the ones that you can.

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