I Know Something Good About You

Pickle Queen found this poem while sorting teaching materials. I thought it was worth sharing.

I Know Something Good About You

Wouldn’t this world be better
if folks whom we meet would say
“I know something good about you,”
and treat you just that way?

Wouldn’t it be splendid,
if each handshake, good and true,
carried with it this reassurance:
“I know something good about you.”

Wouldn’t life be happier,
if the good that’s in us all
were the only thing about us
that people would recall?

Wouldn’t our days be sweeter,
if we praised the good we see;
for there is a lot of goodness
in the worst of you and me?

Wouldn’t it be fine to practice
this way of thinking, too;
you know something good about me,
I know something good about you.

Author, Unknown

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Truth About Married Life

While visiting with Crusty over coffee at McD’s the other day, he mentioned that their third daughter had gotten married last month. He told me that his wife, Softy, had asked each of their daughters to write her with the truth about their new married lives. To avoid embarrassing their respective husbands with intimate details of their sex lives, she had asked them to use newspaper advertisements as a secret code.

The first had written back after a week of marriage with the simple message: “Maxwell House Coffee.”

Softy had checked the newspaper and found the Maxwell House advertisement that said: “Good to the last drop.”

Their second daughter sent a message after the second week of marriage that read: “Rothman’s Mattresses.”

Softy paged through the newspaper looking for the Rothman’sĀ Mattresses ad. She was very happy when she read, “Full size, king size.”

Crusty said they had just gotten a note from their third daughter that was married last month. It read simply: “British Airways.”

It took Softy a little while to find the British Airways ad in the paper, but she was very pleased when she read, “Three times a day, seven days a week, both ways.”

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Elephant Tracks

Call them elephant tracks or elephant ears, they’re good eats!

1 c scalded milk
4 tsp shortening
1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 pkgs dry yeast
1/2 c lukewarm water
2 eggs, beaten
5 c flour

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water. Combine milk, shortening, sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Add yeast and eggs. Stir in part of the flour and BEAT VIGOROUSLY, (this is important) and add rest of flour. Dough should be soft. Turn out on well floured board and let rise 10 minutes. Roll dough to about 8×12 inches, about 1/4 inch thick. Brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixed together. Roll up like jelly roll and cut in 1/2 inch slices. Roll and slice on waxed paper covered with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Turn slices over and over, rolling each side until very thin. Put on greased baking sheets and let rise 30 minutes. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately.

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Chill Hours

You’re thumbing through the newest seed/plant catalog you’ve just received and decided that you may want to plant a peach tree or two this spring. While looking at the varieties available you see: Contender ‘Needs 1,050 chill hours’, Elberta ‘Needs 850 chill hours’, TruGold ‘Needs 600 chill hours’, etc. The first thing that runs through your mind might be ‘What the heck are chill hours?’ You’re in luck. Here’s the story on ‘chill hours’.

It widely known that the Southeastern states is the best area in the U.S. to grow peaches. But growing peaches is not as easy as one might think. The most important item in establishing a peach tree, or a peach orchard, is correct variety selection. Over the winter, each variety of peach or nectarine must collect a set number of hours of temperature being below 45 degrees. They will not begin the blooming process until this set number of hours has been accumulated. Once the pre-determined number of chill hours has been accumulated, they will start to bloom rapidly. Thus, while a low chill hour variety tree will grow quite well in the Northern states, its blossoms and buds will almost always be frozen and the chance of fruit ruined by the frost.

As the temperature varies from year to year, the total accumulation of chill hours will also vary. If the required number of chill hours below 45 degrees is not reached, peaches and nectarines will not set fruit or if they do, it will be very sporadic. Along the Gulf and Centeral Atlantic coast states, select varieties with a chill range of 350 to 650 hours. For states north of these areas, select varieties with 700 or more chill hours so they will bloom later in the spring. Check with your local extension office for publications that show the number of chill hours for all areas of each state. On line, go to http://www.extension. org and select the link to your state and area for the exact number of chill hours required.

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Can You Relate to This Poem?

I remember the corned beef of my childhood,
And the bread that was cut with a knife,
When the children helped with the housework,
And the men when to work, not the wife.

The cheese never needed a fridge,
And the bread was so crusty and hot,
The children were seldom unhappy,
And the wife was content with her lot.

I remember milk from the bottle,
With the yummy cream on the top,
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from a freezer or shop.

The kids were a lot more contented,
They didn’t need money for kicks,
Just a game with their friends in the road,
And sometimes the Saturday flicks.

I remember the shop on the corner,
Where biscuits for pennies were sold,
Do you think I’m a bit too nostalgic?
Or is it, I’m just getting old?

Bathing was done in a wash tub,
With plenty of rich foamy suds,
But the ironing seemed never ending,
As Mum pressed everyone’s ‘duds’.

I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap if I swore,
Anorexia and diets weren’t heard of,
And we hadn’t much choice what we wore.

Do you think that bruised our ego?
Or our initiative was destroyed?
We ate what was put on the table,
And I think life was better enjoyed.

Author, Unknown

Diabetic Baking Powder Biscuits

Besides being a waffle lover, I’m also attracted to baking powder biscuits. Here’s a good recipe for other diabetics as well as all baking powder biscuit enthusiasts.

1 c all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
6 Tbsp milk

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. With a pastry blender cut in butter or margarine. Add milk and stir until flour mixture is dampened.Drop batter on lightly greased cookie sheet (1/4 cup measure). Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Diabetic Waffles

Being a waffle lover and a diabetic, I was overjoyed to run across this recipe for diabetic waffles and want to share it with others.

1-1/2 c sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 c skim milk or dry milk
Sugar substitute equal to 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 c water
3 Tbsp melted butter or margarine

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl beat eggs, skim milk, sweetener, water and melted shortening until smooth. stir together egg and flour mixture until all flour is wet and batter is almost smooth. Allowing 1/4 cup batter for each waffle (makes around 10 waffles).

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