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Dad’s Family Famous French Toast


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4 eggs
1 Cup Milk
1 Tablespoon sugar
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together in a cake or pie pan. Lay bread into mixture, flip bread in mixture, move the bread to skillet, fry on both sides till lightly browned.

Optional: Sprinkle Ground Cinnamon on the skillet before putting bread on the skillet, Sprinkle Ground Cinnamon on bread before first flipping in skillet.

Make 12 to 20 pieces of toast, it depends how porous your bread is.

Winter has come!


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It was inevitable. The first “real” snowfall has started. We currently are expecting 4-8″ of the fluffy stuff. However, all you do is turn around and that changes.  We are very excited about this. Except maybe the kids. They are homeschooled, so no real snow day for them. We are looking forward to snow angels, snowball fights and hot chocolate this afternoon though. Who wouldn’t be?  We have our Dutch Oven ready, our closet full of camping gear and we are ready for whatever comes our way. Hooray for having 3 Boy Scouts in the family!!

It always amazes me though how people prepare for upcoming weather. My husband and I were watching the news last night and they were interviewing shoppers.  I laughed at the kinds of things they had in their carts. Applesauce cups, frozen waffles, etc. Not exactly essentials. What happened to cases of canned goods, dried goods, and peanut butter?  If the power goes out, are we to just keep our food out in the snow and then tredge in and out all day to gather the meals? While, of course,  letting out all the precious heat it took us all day to conserve.  I may not be an expert at weather preparedness, but can’t we rethink our misguided notions of what is actually needed if the time comes and buy smart? Or be stoked about the full pantry of food we can’t cook? Hey, I stocked up!

Holiday Traditions- Thanksgiving


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Thanksgiving is very big in a lot of households in this country.   However, I’ve noticed more this year that our family doesn’t put as much into it as I think we should.  I mean, we have a few things we do. For one, I like to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade while reading the ads for the Black Friday sales in my pajamas.  Of course, my Mother-in-Law and I go out to do a little shopping and then have lunch together the day after Thanksgiving.  It’s a girl thing.

I especially like making dinner in the Dutch Ovens outside.  We have had the juiciest turkey since doing it this way. This was our second time.  I couldn’t go back to the oven or roaster method.  This year we decided to cook our stuffing in a Dutch Oven as well. It was awesome!  Next year I look forward to adding more culinary creations to our rustic way of cooking.

We really don’t miss the stress of having a large gathering anymore. I used to want that when I was in my twenties and starting my own family traditions. I grew up spending the holidays with Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Grandparents.  However, my family hasn’t all been together for Thanksgiving since 1998 when my second son was a few months old.   I see very few of them throughout the year and everyone seems to like it that way.  Or at least no ones complaining.

Now, I rather make it extra special for those who matter most. Those in the family who genuinely get together with you all through the year and not just because it’s a holiday.

Do you have any suggestions of some fun family taditions we could try for next year?

Holiday Traditions- Halloween


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Our family is big on traditions.  It starts in October with Halloween.  Better yet, the preparation for Halloween. We always go to a pumpkin patch.  When my husband and I were dating we visited a pumpkin patch and have been going there every year since.  Shaake’s Pumpkin Patch is the best.  It is a real working farm that began as a 4H project and developed from there.  They offer a hayrack ride to and from the patches.  Animals to check out. Play areas for the kids, like a couple of playsets, on where you slide into a bunch of hay. A haybale maze and now a pumpkin launch using big slingshots.  Of course, lots of photo opportunities.  Not to mention all the crafts and food items.

We’ve done the same thing every year.  We start out wandering the grounds checking out the animals. They usually always have a young cow to get up and close with. We take our pics of how tall the kids are this year up against the giant measuring board.  The kids play some and go through the maze.  We did the pumpkin launch again this year, in which dad got in on it this time.  Very close to a free slushy!  We eventually make it to the hayrack and head out to find the perfect pumpkin.  It is hard to find the very best one among the sea of perfect orange.  However, we manage to each choose the best.  Getting them back to start is sometimes fun too.  This year a 12 or 13 year old lost her flip flop off the side of the hayrack and jumped off.  I had a good laugh about that one. She did too.  After weighing, paying and loading the loot we head to our final stop on the farm.  We get cider, slushes, and cookies at their concession stand.

We can’t think of a better way to start our fall.

What about you?

Big Tom Turkey


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Gaint White Tom Turkey
Gaint White Tom Turkey

We’ve decided to start our new venture and become farmers. So, during the spring of 2008, we bought 26 chickens and 2 Giant White Turkeys. Luckily, we ended up with 1 tom and 1 hen turkey.  So we decided to keep them instead of butchering them. We were hoping to get turkey eggs in the spring.  Last week my wife called me at work and said our oldest son thinks the hen turkey is dead. Since I only work a couple of blocks from home I went to check it out. When I saw the hen I thought ‘how could you think she was dead.’ She was on her back, feet in the air, not moving.  She IS dead. I don’t know what she died of, but when she was younger she was having trouble walking around and ended up with a severe wobble.  I think she gained too much weight when she was younger and her legs didn’t grow strong enough. After she passed I weighed her. She was 30 pounds. Needless to say, we won’t be having turkey eggs.

As far as our tom goes, He would strut around the brooder when he was very young. He is always hungry and does not care what is in his way. He plows through and steps on any chicken just to get to the food. Most of the time he is puffed up and strutting around. Last week he attacked our youngest son who is almost 3. That was a deal-breaker for the wife. With his girlfriend gone and him attacking the kids, not to mention the amount of food we go through,  we had decided to have him for Easter. However, the wife wants to wait and use him for ground turkey meat instead.  Since he weighs in at 51 pounds, I think that’s a great idea.

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Tax Poem


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I copied this out of an Oklahoma News Paper. I am not sure how accurate some of the last
paragraph is, but I like this poem

Eye opening email

At first I Thought this was funny…then I realized the awful truth of it
Be sure to read all the way to the end! Just amazing

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts
Anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams
and hollers,
Then tax him more,
Tax him till

He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid.

Put these words
upon his tomb,
‘ Taxes drove me
to my doom…’

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
It’s time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Privilege Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
Stale Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Use TaxUtility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians!’ They no longer represent us. And I still have to ‘press 1’ for English!?!?!?!?I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!!!! YOU can help it get there!!!! GO AHEAD – – – BE AN AMERICAN !!!