Homemade Mouth Wash

The Pickle Queen hates it when I try to make something rather than purchase it. Must be the Dutch in me! If you want to be frugal and healthful at the same time here is a recipe for homemade mouth wash that I found and thought that it may be of interest to my readers.

1/2 c water
2 tsp baking soda
2 drops tea tree oil
2 drops peppermint oil

Mix all ingredients together and keep min a dark place or a dark glass bottle.

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Potato Chip Cookies

Two favorite things of many kids of all ages are cookies and potato chips. Here’s a recipe that combines these two cravings.

2 sticks butter, softened
2/3 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 c flour
1/2 c crushed chips, your choice

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the flour and crushed potato chips and mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

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Pass The Collection Plate

I’m sure that somewhere in my nearly 1,100 posts I’ve mentioned the fact that there are more churches around here than there are in, let’s say, Chicago. I don’t know where this ‘bible belt’ is that gets talked about, but if we’re not in it, we must be close to it. Heck, I just found out where the Mason-Dixon line is. A small church across the river has been struggling with offerings, like many small churches everywhere do. Last Sunday morning the pastor announced, “Now before we pass the collection plate, I’d like to request that whoever stole the chickens from Farmer Hatfield’s chicken coop please refrain from giving any money to the Lord. God doesn’t want any money from a thief!”

A church member who helps count the offering told me it was the best offering in years. Perhaps that preacher is on to something.

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Fruits and Vegetables

With all the vegetative plants out there for our consumption, it’s no wonder some of us have trouble telling which plants are fruits and which are vegetables. After all, we want to be accurate when we tell our children to eat their fruits or vegetables.   On 25 October I listed the major ‘groups’ of vegetables and some of the common vegetables within these groups. Here are the major groups of fruits and some of the common fruits within these groups.

Berries – Strawberries, Fraises Des Bois, Blackberries, Raspberries, Golden Raspberries, Blueberries, Huckleberries and Cranberries

Citrus – Lemons, Meyer Lemons, Limes, Key Limes, Oranges, Blood Oranges, Tangerines, Mandarins, Satsuma Mandarins, Grapefruits and Pomelos

Melons – Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Galia Melon and Watermelon

Stone Fruits – Apricots, Pluots, Cherries, Sour Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, White Peaches, Plums and Apriums

Tree Fruits – Apples, Pears, Asian Pears, Pomegranates, Quinces, Figs, Persimmons and Hachiya Persimmons

Other Fruits – Rhubarb and Grapes

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Bacon Cornbread

Back in February of 2016 I had a post on Potato Cornbread. Here’s another recipe for a variation of plain ole cornbread. The Pickle Queen eats cornbread whenever she has it set in front of her, while I can either partake of it or not. But, put bacon in it and now you have something.

1 c corn meal
1 c white flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1 c sweet milk
1/4 c diced bacon

Sift flour, measure, and sift with the baking powder and salt. Add the corn meal. Combine with egg, milk and bacon which has been crisped. Add the dry ingredients. Fill well-oiled muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

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An Unlucky Bull

I’ve noticed that out here in Virginia there is no set calving season for farmers with a beef herd. Just as many calves hit the ground in late summer and fall as there are during the traditional spring calving season. This account happened a short time ago near Luray.

A local farmer had loaded his prize black Angus bull into a truck to move it from the bull pasture near his farm to a rented pasture where his cow herd had spent the summer. Coming down a hill on state highway 340 just west of Stanley, a tire blew out and sent the truck into the ditch, overturning when he tried to pull it back onto the highway.

State trooper Miller is known to have what he thinks is a secret hiding spot nearby to watch for speeders, luckily was at his ‘post’ that morning. Upon getting the call, being nearby, he arrived shortly at the scene of the accident where he found the bull with two broken legs. Using his service revolver, he went ahead and put the bull down.

Coming around the vehicle, trooper Miller found the farmer lying on the ground. With his revolver still in his hand, he asked the farmer, “Are you okay?”

Onlookers at the scene are reported to have said that the man jumped to his feet and while brushing himself off said, “There’s nothing wrong with me, officer, nothing at all!”

Evidently, he knew trooper Miller all to well.

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Vegetables and Fruits

With all the vegetative plants out there for our consumption, it’s no wonder some of us have trouble telling which plants are fruits and which are vegetables. After all, we want to be accurate when we tell our children to eat their vegetables or fruits.   I’ll try to list the major ‘groups’ of each and some of the common vegetables or fruits within these groups. I’ll do the vegetables in this first post and the fruits in a second post.

  • Beans & Peas – Shell Beans, Edamame, Fava Beans, Green Beans, Long Beans, Wax Beans, Romano Beans, English Peas, Snow Peas, Sugar Snap Peas, Pea Shoots
  • Cabbage & Other Crucifers – Broccoli, Gai Lan, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli Rabe, Green Cabbage, Red Cabbage
  • Leafy Greens – Delicate Lettuces, Sturdy Lettuces, Arugula, Spinach, Chicories, Treviso Radicchio, Chard, Kale
  • Roots and Tubers – Starchy Potatoes, Waxy Potatoes, New Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Beets, Beet Greens, Carrots, Parsnips, Celery Root, Turnips, Rutabagas, Radishes, French Breakfast Radishes
  • Squashes – Zucchini, Squash Blossoms, Yellow Squash, Pattypan Squash, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Delicata Squash, Pumpkin, Kabocha Squash
  • Stalks, Shoots & Bulbs – Celery, Fennel, Asparagus
  • Onions & the like – Onions, Sweet Onions, Garlic, Green Garlic, Leeks, Green Onions
  • Vegetable Fruits – Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Pickling Cucumbers, Sweet Peppers, Padrón Peppers, Chiles, Dried Chilies, Avocados, Eggplants
  • Other Vegetables – Mushrooms, Sweet Corn, Artichokes, Baby Artichokes

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