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Issue Date: October 21, 2021

Anybody want a sand-witch?



Looks like our brief and beautiful Fall season is pretty much over for another year. We've had our first frost, at least in the Crivitz area, and the colored leaves have either been sent flying off to unknown destinations or onto lawns where they need to be raked up and disposed of.

Why is it that September, October, November and December seem to fly by so swiftly, while January, February, March and April drag on forever?

Years, lives, and balls of yarn have much in common - the closer you get to the end, the faster they unwind.



FALL CLEAN UP

Hope this year gives us a few more weeks of decent weather to deal with the fall yard and household cleanup chores.

As a suggestion, it's too early to be turning them on, but anyone who hangs Christmas lights now won't need to do it with frozen ears and fingers come December.



SEASON'S GREETINGS

Speaking of too early, remember when we complained if stores put out their Christmas displays before Thanksgiving?

It's not even Halloween, and many merchants not only have their Christmas items on the shelves, some even have their Christmas decorations up!

Bet those are the same folks who pack away their Christmas spirit before Santa delivers his gifts.



WITCHY RIDDLES

Anyway, Halloween is not quite two weeks off, and most folks who plan to do so have already put out their haunting season decorations. Nice that so many of them can be held over because they also tie in with Thanksgiving.

To add to your Halloween enjoyment, here are a few more riddles to toss out for conversation openers. (See answers just before Cookin' Time in today's column.)

1. Why do witches think they're funny?

2. What does a sorceress prefer to wear?

3. What did the bat say to the witch's hat?

4. What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?

5. What do you call a witch's garage?



MISNOMER

Recently wrote about former President Dwight David Eisenhower, and a lovely lady from the Town of Wagner was kind enough to set me straight on his name, which was actually President David Dwight Eisenhower. The former General Eisenhower was named "David" after his dad, and to avoid confusion, his mother called him "Dwight," hence the confusion.

Also, she mentioned that the plural for "bus" is often misspelled as "busses" when it should be "buses." The word "busses" means kisses. Easier to remember if you recall that it takes two to tango.



SHERIFF SCAM

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve has issued a warning about a new scam attempt that has come to his attention. People are receiving phone calls from what appears to be the Marinette County Sheriffs Office phone number stating they are Chief Deputy Hansen. The people called are told they failed to show up in court, and need to either go to the Sheriff's Office or pay $5,000 by phone. "Do not pay!" Sheriff Sauve warns. This is a scam! Do not send money; do not give out credit or debit card account information, social security number o any other personal information.



ON THE SOAP BOX

Kudos to Sen. Ron Johnson and other Republican legislators who have been holding the line against the ridiculous liberal $5.2 trillion federal spending bill.

Our government cannot spend this nation into prosperity. what they need to do is cut down on regulations and get out of the way.

Spending more than we take in will eventually catch up with us, just as it does with families that run their credit cards to the max and then have to pay the piper.

Any idea how much $1 trillion dollars is? Any idea how much $5.2 trillion is?

If we had a machine that printed dollar bills at the rate of one per second, it would take 31 years to print a billion dollars. It would take 31,688 years to print a trillion dollar bills. And it would take 164,891 years to print the 5.2 trillion dollars the liberal Washington legislators are trying to spend.

Scary, isn't it?

Would love to pay those elected officials to stay home and quit trying to ruin this nation for centuries to come!



FOREST PRODUCTS WEEK

Forest Products Week is this week, Oct. 17 through 23.Time to give some thought to the product that built Marinette County, and keeps it alive today. Forests in Marinette County are growing back faster than they are being cut. They provide employment for many, income to help pay Marinette County operating expenses, recreation for anyone who loves the outdoors, and clean air for everyone.

Gov. Tony Evers proclaimed the third week in October as Forest Products Week in Wisconsin to recognize forests' essential role in the state's environment and economy.

"The forest products industry contributes $24.5 billion in goods and services and provides $7.1 billion in value-added each year," said Collin Buntrock, DNR forest products team leader. "On top of the monetary contribution to the state's economy, the industry accounts for 3.8% of state output with 64,000 jobs directly contributed and represents almost 12% of total manufacturing jobs. In 31 counties, the forest products industry is one of the top ten employers."

Forests help store carbon, which offsets greenhouse gas emissions. Even after trees have been harvested and turned into forest products, they continue to retain the carbon they stored while living.

Contrary to what city-bred environmentalists would have us believe, trees are a wonderful crop, and much as I love venerable old trees, forests must be harvested regularly to keep them healthy and producing.



CLEANUP TIME

Spring and fall are the big seasons for cleaning up in the home and in the yard. Sometimes folks who clean up their own yards think little or nothing of messing up woods and waysides. Costs money to go to the landfill, you know.



TRASH CANS

Speaking of trash and cleaning up, if you have trouble with smelly trash cans (and most of us do), try using kitty litter. Get the kind that advertises odor control, and sprinkle some directly into the bottom. Then line the can with a plastic bag, and sprinkle in about another cup of the kitty litter. Do this part whenever you put in a new bag, but change the litter at the very bottom of the can only when odors convince you that washing it is mandatory.



DIET TIME AGAIN

This is almost the perfect time of year to start a diet - if there is such a thing. We've got six weeks before Thanksgiving and the temptation-filled holiday season.

Weather is usually fine enough to get outdoors and get active, which increases the benefits of any diet. Winter doldrums have not set in.

Healthy fruits and vegetables are plentiful and relatively cheap. (If anything is cheap these days.)

If you diet now, there's a chance you can relax and enjoy holiday treats, still fit into your favorite New Year's outfit, and be ready for beach wear should you be lucky enough to fly South with the snowbirds at some point of the winter.

There! Are those reasons enough?



AMBITIONS

Don't like winter. Never did, except for sledding and ice skating, so this story strikes home with me.

"Mommy," the little guy asked, "What can I be when I grow up?"

Mom, anxious to instill a positive attitude, replied, "Honey, you can be absolutely whatever you want to be if you try hard enough. What do you think you'd like to be?"

"Well," the youngster decided after brief consideration, "I guess I'll be a bear!"

Good choice, kid.

If I were a bear, right about now I'd be fat and sassy and ready to settle into a cozy cave for a long winter's nap. I would sleep through the cold months and awaken sleek and svelte in Spring. If there were babies they'd be born while I hibernated and be half-grown by the time I woke up. Then I'd have a perfect right to growl at my inlaws, the neighbors, and my mate, and swat the cubs if I felt like it. I could eat to my hearts' content all summer, because getting fat is what bears are supposed to do, and I'd know another long winter's nap was right around the corner.

Yeah! I wanna be a bear too!



RIDDLE ANSWERS

1. Every time they look in the mirror, it cracks up.

2. A bewitching outfit.

3. You go on ahead. I'll hang around for a while.

4. A sand-witch.

5. A broom closet.

Now, before you start throwing those tomatoes, make a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Might be the last chance this season for really good tomatoes, so why waste them?

COOKIN' TIME

Cook up some Halloween fun and invite every ghost and goblin you know. These recipes are good even if it's not Halloween.



MUMMY DIP

This recipe comes from the folks at Kraft foods, and they really do know a lot about good eating.

1 package (16 oz.) frozen pizza dough, thawed

1 egg, beaten

2 sticks string cheese

2 black olive slices

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup Ranch Dressing

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained

1 green onion, sliced

1/2 cup finely chopped red peppers

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Assorted crackers, pretzels, chips or raw veggies

Pat the dough into a 12x6-inch oval on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Indent dough, about 3 inches from one end of oval, for the mummy's head, and push it up a bit in the center to give him a nice fat tummy. Let rise in warm place 20 min. or until doubled in volume. Heat oven to 375F. Brush dough with egg. Press olive slices strategically into the head as eyes. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped lightly. Pull apart string cheese to make about 16 strips; arrange on bread for the mummy's wrappings. Bake 1 to 2 minutes, or just until cheese is melted. Do not let it brown. Cool completely. Meanwhile, mix the sour cream, dressing and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended. Refrigerate for at least half an hour to blend flavors, or until ready to serve. Shortly before serving time, use a sharp knife to cut off the top of the mummy's belly and body. Save the top. Use a small, sharp knife to scoop out bread from the center, leaving a thin shell on bottom and sides. Cut the reserved bread into cubes or save for some other use, for example bread crumbs. When it's time for everyone to gather, fill the Mummy's tummy with spinach dip, and let a little spill out over the side. Partly cover with the cut-off bread top. Serve with any assortment you choose of crackers, pretzels, baby carrots, celery sticks, or other raw vegetables.



VAMPIRE PUNCH

Here's a scary treat for the kiddies. For their parents, add vodka or perhaps cranberry or cherry liqueur.

Punch:

1 gallon cranberry juice

1 gallon orange juice

1 cup raspberry sherbet

Vampire Eyes Cubes:

Grape or cranberry juice

Seedless green grapes

Vampire Eyes Cubes: Half fill large muffin cups or regular ice trays with juice. Freeze until slushy, about half an hour. Push a grape into the center of each cup. Refreeze until solid. To make the punch, simply mix the juices together. Add the sherbet, softened, and stir until it disappears. Before serving, add the Vampire's Eyes Cubes.



SHRUNKEN HEADS

This is very good even if you don't carve the faces. Tastes a bit like apple pie without the crust.

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon apple pie spice

Dash of salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

4 small to medium size Gala apples

Lemon juice

Caramel ice cream topping

Ice cream

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter a baking dish, preferably glass or ceramic. Wash and core apples, then cut in half lengthwise; brush cut sides with lemon juice. Carve a face on each apple half. Place apples cut side down in baking dish. Combine the brown sugar, melted butter, spices and salt in a small bowl. Brush this mixture over all sides of each apple half, and fill the face cutouts. Pour any remaining brown sugar mixture over apples in dish. Bake 18-20 minutes until apples are tender. For each serving, place a scoop of ice cream in bowl, drizzle with caramel topping, and top with an apple half.

The Country Cousin

Thought for the week: "God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me." - Author Unknown

(This column is written by Shirley Prudhomme of Crivitz. Views expressed are her own and are in no way intended to be an official statement of the opinions of Peshtigo Times editors and publishers. She may be contacted by phone at 715-291-9002 or by e-mail to shirleyprudhommechickadee@yahoo.com.)


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