Country CousinIssue Date: October 21, 2020
Demonstrate for Global Warming!
Anyone want to join me in organizing demonstrations intended to identify the people responsible for ending the Global Warming we had a few years ago and force them to give it back?
Ever since October arrived, we've been faced with unseasonably cold weather here in TIMESLand, including snow last week in some parts of Marinette County, including in our yard. We've had freezes in October before, but seldom in stretches that lasted so long, and now we have rain besides!!!
Maybe the Global Warming efforts should be aimed at stirring the climate change up a bit, instead of reversing it. If we could just get the powers that be to send some of our cold rainy weather to parts of the world that need it, everybody would be happier.
That said, recently heard on one of my favorite radio stations that "Today's weather is brought to you by God. Today's weather report is brought to you by Station WXYZ and the sponsors..."
That statement is a lot more true than much of what we're being fed by the mainstream media in today's world of political propaganda.
ON THE SOAP BOX HIDING THE NEWS
While growing up in the America of the Cold War years, was proud that our nation was free, we were not subjected to violent protests, we could trust the results of our elections, and our national news media presented us with accurate news sufficient for us to make our own decisions.
Now that has all changed. We were treated this past week to another example of the a news media - and social media - that appears to be controlled by big money people who feel that we common mortals are not intelligent enough to be given the facts and allegations and then draw our own conclusions.
Also to how biased reporting has become. President Donald Trump makes a phone call asking for investigation of possible corruption before American taxpayer dollars are released, and he gets impeached, after being impaled by every sling and arrow the media can throw at him.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden makes a public comment about demanding that a person investigating possible corruption be fired, and is on record as saying that it subsequently happened, and apparently that's okay. Even the Republican Party seems to be giving him a pass on that.
Now, what appear to be very damning e-mails from on a computer allegedly belonging to candidate Biden's son Hunter, are brought out, and the only news media that reports it is Fox News.
Never mind that the business deals referred to in those early 2017 e-mails - before president Trump took office - have since come to pass.
Not only has the mainstream media failed to publicize any of the alleged information, reports on those e-mails have been blocked from the major social media sources as well. The Internet - the social media personal communication that many of us thought would protect us from blocked information has joined the fight to keep us in the dark.
If this news blackout is allowed to continue, we can kiss our precious freedom and the American way of life goodbye!
With manipulated news, there can be no America as we have known it, and eventually we will be subjected to the tyranny that Socialism inevitably leads to.
Continue to be amazed that the Center for Disease Control and our national health experts, including the infallible Dr. Faucci, keep advising us only to wear masks and stay away from others, and no one seems to be issuing advice on how to keep ourselves healthy so we can avoid getting the coronavirus if we are exposed, or at least not get as sick if we do get it.
We all know that many who are diagnosed with Covid-19 suffer almost no ill effects, while others get very seriously ill and still others die... ten in Marinette County since reporting began in March.
Have learned over the years that some things help keep us from getting sick when colds and flu are going around, and wonder if there are some special secrets we could use to help our bodies fight off Covid-19.
Personally have had success warding off colds and flu with the contents of a supplement like Airborne, and/or higher than usual doses of Vitamin C, D (especially D-3), zinc ( must be kept under 40 mg daily), magnesium, B vitamins, and echinacea, and drinking tonic water.
Also have heard that other things help bolster the immune system against infections, particularly upper respiratory infections. They include elderberry, licorice, astragalus, garlic, curcumin, and other supplements that may offer immune-boosting properties.
Am not offering medical advice here, but am suggesting we might want to ask our doctors if these things, or anything else they could suggest, might help bolster our personal immune systems, or at least not hurt us.
These somewhat natural preventatives have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and more research is needed. Unfortunately, there is no big money for drug companies in proving they are effective, so the research probably won't be done.
Certainly do wish our national and international health authorities would spend less time and energy getting us to stay masked and isolated and put more effort into finding out what we can do to stay healthy. They haven't even been urging us to get plenty of sleep, fresh air and exercise, which we all know help tremendously with almost every health problem.
There have been tests showing low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of upper respiratory tract infections, including influenza and allergic asthma, so that could include Covid-19. It would be helpful to know for sure.
In addition to taking supplements, or perhaps instead of taking them, we could put more effort into serving healthy foods to ourselves and our families.
We've all heard since we were kids that we need to eat our green vegetables to stay strong. Remember Popeye and his famous cans of spinach?
Now green no longer has the corner on the nutrition market. They're advising us to eat other colors of vegetables, particularly red, purple and yellow ones, to get even healthier.
Yellow and/or orange vegetables include carrots, pumpkins, squash, etc. Red and/or purple vegetables can include beets, purple potatoes, kale, red-tipped lettuces, radicchio, red cabbage, red onions, red peppers, tomatoes and many more. And of course, fruits come in all sorts of colors, and carry their own wonderful nutritional value.
1. When the teenage ghost came in late, where did he tell his Mom he had been?
2. Who won the ghost race?
3. What did Marilyn Monroe's ghost say in her movie?
4. Who has an account at the blood bank?
Found a few really cool halloween recipes. If your family isn't going trick or treating a meal like this could make for a memorable Halloween. And if they are, what's wrong with a special scary meal to come home to?
BLOODY BAKED RATS
This Halloween entree will gross out and impress your dinner guests - first with its looks, and then with how delicious it is. Each diner gets a mini meatloaf with cheese in the middle (shaped like a rat) and baked in tomato sauce. When you cut yours open, gooey cheese will come oozing out. Garnished with a spaghetti noodle tail, carrot ears and olive slice eyes, these pests are sure to be a devilishly delectable dinner. Makes six to eight rats.
2 pounds ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 (1.25 ounce) packet meatloaf seasoning mix
1 cup cubed Cheddar cheese
3 (10 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 or 4 strands of uncooked spaghetti, broken in half
8 slices of carrot, 1/8-inch thick
3 or 4 pimento stuffed olives (smaller size work best)
Cooked spaghetti for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, bread crumbs, and meatloaf seasoning. Use your hands to mix until well blended. Measure out 1/3 cupfuls of the meat mixture and mold around a cube of cheese like a meatball. Shape into a point at one end and lengthen the body a bit by rolling between your hands. Place your "'rat'' into a shallow baking dish, and continue with the remaining meat. Insert pieces of uncooked spaghetti into the rounded end of the rats to make tails. Cut each carrot slice in half and place artfully in rat heads as ears. Cut the olives in half and put two into each head as eyes. If the eyes seem too big, make adjustments as necessary. In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Uncover the dish and continue to bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce to glaze the rats. Serve each rat on a spaghetti nest with some of the tomato sauce poured over it. Put remaining sauce in a bowl to pass.
ZOMBIE MEAT LOAF
If you don't like garlic, use sliced almonds as teeth.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup buttery round crackers, crushed
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 large eggs eggs
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 hard-boiled egg, cut in half
5 cloves garlic, cut into slivers for teeth
1/2 cup catsup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease the foil. Mix ground beef, onion, crackers, milk, Cheddar cheese, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and seasoned salt together in a bowl. Transfer beef mixture to the prepared baking sheet and form into a skull-shape, leaving holes for "eye sockets" and a "mouth". Place hard boiled egg halves into the "eye sockets", shaping the beef mixture around them to hold in place. Using a spoon or finger-tip, press out a "mouth" and press in slivers of garlic as teeth. Mix ketchup, brown sugar, and barbecue sauce together in a bowl until sauce is smooth. Spread half the sauce onto the entire beef mixture, including the "eyes" and "mouth". Bake in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes. Take out and stick in garlic slivers for teeth and brush with more barbecue sauce. Return to oven for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 160 degrees. Brush the remaining sauce over the meatloaf or serve on the side. This can be molded into any desired shape if you don't want a skull. Juices from ground beef may collect in the holes while baking and can be spread with a basting brush over the head after cooking. This will contribute to the "rotting flesh" effect.
HALLOWEEN ROASTED VEGGIES
Turn the vegetables for your Halloween meal into spooky treats with a paring knife and mini cookie cutters. Older kids will have fun helping. The amounts here will serve four very, very generously.
4 large sweet potatoes
4 large white potatoes
8 carrots, peeled
6 large red beets
4 tablespoons olive oil
Generous pinches of salt and pepper
4 teaspoons rosemary
2 heads garlic, separated but with skin on2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
Scrub the potatoes and sweet potatoes and cut them in half crosswise. Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop them. Cook for five minutes and remove. Drop in the whole beets and carrots and cook them for five minutes and remove. Cut the potatoes, sweet and regular, into half-inch thick slices, and use a cookie cutter or parking knife to turn the sweet potatoes into jack o lanterns and the white potatoes into ghosts. Cut the beets into half-inch slabs and cut into skull shapes or witch hats, whichever you like. Leave the carrots alone and call them fingers. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle on some of the oil. Pile on the veggies and drizzle with more oil and then sprinkle on the salt, pepper and rosemary. Toss to coat evenly. Crush the garlic cloves with the flat part of your knife or a garlic press and scatter them around evenly. Bake for 50 minutes, turning about half way though. Mix balsamic vinegar and honey and drizzle over the hot veggies and return to the oven for another 10 minutes or so, until they are tender and nicely browned.
Makes bout 40 eyeballs.
1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
12 ounces white candy coating, chopped
1 tablespoon shortening
40 milk chocolate M&M's, assorted colors
Red decorating gel or red food coloring
In a small bowl cream peanut butter and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and then gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Shape into 1-inch balls. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip peanut butter balls into coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper. Place one M&M, plain side up, on top in the middle of each. Let stand until set, and then use red gel to create "bloodshot" eyes. If you're using the red food coloring instead of gel, use a toothpick to streak it through the white coating before it hardens to get that bloodshot look.
POTATO PLUM DUMPLINGS
Makes 5 or 6 dumplings for dessert. They take about 10 minutes to cook, and half an hour all together to make them. You can claim they are mini-brains if you're having them for Halloween, but they're good without that claim, too. Great as a go-with treat for a Sunday brunch.
2 cups flour
1 cup cooked potatoes, about 2 medium potatoes
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
5 or 6 small purple plums, pitted (Italian plums work the best)
4 tablespoons melted butter for coating
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and roast the potatoes until knife tender, about 45 minutes. Cool the potatoes completely. Once cooled, force them through a ricer or peel and put in the food processor. Add butter, flour, egg, sour cream and salt and cinnamon. Knead well until a smooth dough emerges, being careful not to overwork the potato dough. Form the dough into 5-6 even pieces, depending on how many plums you are using. Flatten each dough ball and wrap it around a pitted plum. Drop dumplings in a pot of boiling water and wait for them to float. Once they float, cook for another 5 minutes. While the dumplings are cooking, melt the butter and toast the breadcrumbs in a pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. When the crumbs turn an even golden brown throughout, turn off the heat and add the sugar and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Remove the dumplings from the water, coat with the remaining melted butter and roll in toasted breadcrumbs.
This potato dough is very much just a sweetened version of gnocchi. If you have dough left after wrapping the plums, pinch off bits into boiling salted water. You'll end up with sweet gnocchi instead of savory. Try these warm with a bit of butter and apple sauce for a bedtime snack.
1. "Just hanging out with my ghoul friends."
2. "No body"
3. "Demons are a ghoul's best friend."
Thought for the week: Dear Lord, as this fateful election comes near an end, please grant this nation one more chance. Most of us have stood idly by for years as You were gradually kicked out of our schools, out of our courtrooms and out of our lives. This year, we allowed You to be neglected at Easter. Now we are at a turning point. Please guide those of us who have not already cast our ballots to make the choices that will lead us to again become the Christian nation that we once were, choices that may eventually halt the slaughter of unborn babies and allow celebrations of Christmas and Easter in schools and other public places. Help us understand that we can be good Christians and good Americans at the same time; that we can enjoy our own exhibitions of religious beliefs while we allow those who follow other religions the freedom to enjoy and display theirs. Please, please, set this nation on the path that will lead us back to You. Amen.
(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 email@example.com.)
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