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Country Cousin

Issue Date: November 7, 2019

Shirley Prudhomme

Slow when there's snow....

Daylight Savings Time is here, Halloween has come and gone, and winter is definitely upon us! We've had our first snowfall of the year, but fortunately the heavy snows that fell just south of TiMESland during the past week managed to miss us.

SAFE DRIVING

Sheriff Jerry Sauve commented at this week's Public Services Committee meeting that folks apparently need to learn each year how to drive on slippery roads, and issued a warning for everyone to slow down when the snow falls.

He said the recent slight snow caused some slippery conditions on roads and caused a few accidents, particularly one in the Town of Peshtigo. Town of Peshtigo Fire Department came to help at a highway collision there and a passing vehicle slid into the fire truck.

SAFE DECORATING

Some folks are starting to decorate for Christmas and preparations are underway for the annual Gathering of the Clans for Deer Season, Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays.

When decorating, public safety officials advise everyone to discard lights with bare wires, frays or kinks; not overload electric circuits or extension cords; keep electrical cords from being trapped against walls by keeping some space between them and furniture pieces, and not place electrical cords or wires under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas.

For outdoor decorating, be sure to use only light strings and electric cords that are designed for outdoor use.

Use fire screens around the fireplace, and be sure bedding, clothing and other burnable items are at least three feet away from space heaters if you choose to use them.

If you haven't done it yet, check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors to be sure they are working.

SAVE YOUR SKIN

Cold weather brings special problems for skin. We all have been told repeatedly how important it is to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated in hot weather, but it's easy to forget that staying hydrated becomes even more important, and more difficult, in dry winter air.

Why is it that we'll spend untold dollars buying beauty products to keep our skin from drying out, and then neglect the one thing that probably helps most - keeping it hydrated from the inside out? All we need to do is drink lots of water, and that's pretty much free, unless we choose to buy it.

Go ahead and use the lotions and potions, but remember that they'll be a lot more effective with help from drinking plenty of water.

That said, if you're going to spend a lot of time outdoors, even in winter, protect exposed skin with sun screen.

Treat hands and feet to a good moisturizer, especially if you spend a lot of time working or playing outdoors. This advice applies to men as well as women. Males may not be as concerned about how their hands look, but letting the skin get so dry that it cracks and splits is painful for either gender.

Helpful ingredients to look for in a cold weather skin lotion include water, glycerin to speed up the hydration process, and paraffin to help keep the moisture in.

LOVE DINOSAURS

If you're fascinated by dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, visit the "Dino Days" exhibit at the Marinette Community Rec Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. For a $5 admission fee you get to see lots of fossils and fossil replicas, and they're promising lots of educational hands-on activities. No charge for kids under age 3.

ON THE SOAP BOX

Was recently sent the following piece found on the "Educating Liberals" web site:

"From 1999-2014 Ukraine donated more money to the Clinton Foundation than any other foreign country.

"Biden Pelosi, Kerry & Romney all have children working for Ukrainian gas companies.

"And all the people I mentioned want Trump impeached. Are you connecting the dots yet?"

Haven't verified this statement elsewhere, but have reasons to believe it's is true. Will be glad to print a correction if anyone can prove it is not. It was posted on Twitter on Oct. 18.

And speaking of the impeachment proceedings, two laws on the books before Donald Trump was elected require the United States President - whoever he or she may be - to assure that our taxpayer dollars are not being used to pay for graft in nations that they are sent to. So now, because Democrats were determined to from the day he was elected to thumb their noses at the voters of this country and get Trump removed from office, he's being impeached for carrying out one of the very legitimate and necessary duties of his office.

Until liberals manage to get our Constitution changed to their liking, this country still has three branches of government - Executive, Legislative, and Judicial - and more than a few members of the Legislative branch should remember and respect that they have differing authorities and responsibilities, but they do not...especially when they have a political agenda to carry out!

YOUNG HUNTERS

Wrote last week about a 10-year-old hunter who borrowed a rifle from grandma and went out and shot his first buck. Didn't mention whether or not there was an adult with the young man while he was hunting and that worried Ron Holmes, an Amberg Town Supervisor who has been a Hunter's Safety instructor for nearly two decades.

He wanted to make it clear that by Wisconsin State Law, any young hunter taking advantage of the Youth Hunt season must have not only completed Hunter's Safety, but must also be within arm's reach of an adult mentor, with only one firearm or bow between them. During regular hunting season, any hunter under the age of 14, Hunter's Safety graduate or not, must be accompanied by a responsible adult mentor.

Holmes said for very young potential hunters, passing the Hunter's Safety classes is not that easy. The written material, and the written tests, are designed for students who read at the 6th grade level. In order to complete the course, the youngster must be able to read and comprehend the text material, read and correctly answer the test questions, and show that they are physically capable of handling the weapon. Holmes said not all 10-year-olds can do all these things.

WHO WAS PRESIDENT?

A reader from Goodman last week sent an e-mail declaring that that comments in this column about Barrack Obama being president when Osama Bin Laden was killed were incorrect. She criticized President Donald Trump, which is her privilege, but also said: "Better check you facts. Barack Obama was not president when Saddam Hussein was captured; it was George W. Bush. I agree the death of al-Baghdadi was something to celebrate, but considering all the bad things Trump (I hate to even call him my president) has done, I cannot give him much credit"it was the military whom I give credit to.  How do you think Trump's outrageous behavior affects our children? They see him ranting and raving at his rallies, name calling, lying, belittling people, promoting violence, and criticizing anyone who doesn't agree with him. He makes a fool of himself, and he is a poor example of how a president should act!!!!"

That said, she has every right to declare her dislike for Donald Trump,  but needs to check her facts regarding the capture of bin Laden. Several very reliable sources, including Wikipedia, history.org and newspaper headlines from that day state bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, at his hideout in Pakistan and that Obama was indeed president. Planning had begun long before Obama became president, but he was in office on the day it happened, and he was the one who was able to declare: he declared, "Justice has been done!"when he announced the good news that Osama Bin Laden, the fanatic head of the terrorist group al Qaeda, was dead.

Both times the task was completed by U.S. special military forces with no American lives lost. Personally, I believe strongly that the heroes who completed the tasks, as well as the person holding the office of President who authorized the projects, deserve all the praise and thanks they can get, and probably lots more!

COOKIN' TIME

SAVORY SWEET CHICKEN STUFFING CASSEROLE

Chicken is on sale for really great prices at local supermarkets right now, and apples remain a good buy even though frost has ended the local harvest. Stuffing shouldn't be saved for Thanksgiving - enjoy versions of it anytime. Back in Victorian days, ladies decided "stuffing" was too vulgar a term to use for anything having to do with food, so they started calling it dressing. Today, most of us aren't quite sure which is right, but apparently there is no difference. It's just semantics. Anyway, whatever you call it, it's good! This dish is quite easy to make, relatively low cost, cooks fairly quickly, and requires little clean-up. What more could you ask??? For a great meal, serve with canned chicken gravy, pickled beets and perhaps green beans cooked with bacon and onions.

1/4 cup half-and-half

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

salt and ground black pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

4 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix

2 cups chopped apples, peeled or not, your choice

1/2 cup dried cherries

1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided

2 chicken cutlets

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

Buttery flavored cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle chicken cutlets with paprika, rosemary, salt, and pepper and set aside. In a 12-inch nonstick, oven-proof skillet over medium heat melt the butter and then add the onion, celery, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Turn off heat. Add chicken broth and then stir in the stuffing mix, chopped apples, dried cherries, and 1/4 cup of the chopped pecans. Beat together the half-and-half, egg, and sage and stir into contents of the frying pan. Without pressing down, smooth off contents of the skillet and place seasoned chicken cutlets on top and press down until the tops of the chicken are even with stuffing ingredients. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chopped pecans over the top and lightly spray with cooking spray. Place skillet oven and bake about 30 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Serve warm.

BROKEN BREAST CHICKEN

To do this correctly, you need either a 2-part broiler pan, or a baking sheet and a rack to go over the top of it. Recipe is for a chicken that starts out whole, but I think it would work out quite successfully with a quartered chicken instead.

2 sweet potatoes, sliced very thinly

2 potatoes, sliced

1 large onion, sliced

Salt and pepper

1 (2 to 3 pound) roasting chicken

2 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste

Pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

Paprika

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease the top and bottom parts of a broiler pan with cooking spray. Place chicken, breast side down, on a work surface. Cut along both sides of the backbone with a kitchen shears from top to bottom and remove the backbone. Flip chicken, spread it open, and push hard enough on the breast with your hands to break the breast-bone.Layer the sweet potatoes, potatoes, and onion slices in the bottom of the broiler pan. Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste and spray with cooking spray. Put the top of the broiler pan over this and spray with cooking spray. Place the chicken on it, season with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil. Place in pre-heated oven and roast about an hour, until juices run clear or an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, reads 165 degrees. Remove chicken to a platter and vegetables to a serving dish. Let chicken rest about 10 minutes before slicing.

SWEET POTATO SPICE CAKE

4 large eggs, room temperature

2 cups sugar

2 cups canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups shredded peeled sweet potatoes (about 2 medium)

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Frosting:

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13x9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, spices and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture. Stir in sweet potatoes and walnuts. Put into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. For frosting, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended and then gradually beat in confectioners sugar until smooth and fluffy. Spread over cooled cake.

The County Cousin

Thought for the week: It was Winston Churchill who said: "There are only two places where socialism will work: In heaven, where it is not needed, and in hell, where they already have it."

(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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