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Nov. 2, 2010 12:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 3, 2010 8:01 pm
We spent a few days with our son and his family. It was really nice to have a few days away from those things that have been occupying our lives, and to have a change of pace that we seldom get. It seems, the more responsibilities that no longer require our attention, three more fill each… MORE
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Oct. 24, 2010 8:37 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2010 5:57 pm
The recent two weeks have been fairly busy. I have put up mustard pickles, pumpkin pickles, zucchini relish and pickled peppers as well as freezing pumpkin puree and butternut squash. Our small patch has produced beautifully this year, and the local road stands have been moderately priced.… MORE
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Oct. 7, 2010 7:21 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2010 7:02 am
Here’s a link to Dan Lepp’s page at Caring Bridge. Southern Gma has posted an update for her bestest littlest friend, Kira Glock The radiation treatments ended Monday so the… MORE
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Sep. 22, 2010 8:32 am 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2011 12:03 am
Here’s a link to Dan Lepp’s page at Caring Bridge. Cindy has posted an update. Kira Glock’s link It was this time last year when I first felt those lumps. So much has transpired… MORE
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Sep. 16, 2010 9:34 am 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2010 10:39 pm
Here's a link to Kira Glock's website And here's one for Danny Lepp Danny and little Kira have some serious business going on and they need us to remember them with our… MORE
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Sep. 5, 2010 5:20 pm 
Updated: Sep. 13, 2010 4:34 pm
Thursday was the weekly interview by the doctor in charge of my treatment. He checked the areas that are showing signs of radiation burn and gave me some ointment to put on them. The areas are like a mild sunburn and sensitive to the touch but not very painful. He told me that the level… MORE
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Sep. 3, 2010 5:37 pm 
Updated: Sep. 11, 2010 12:12 am
September 03, 2010 7:26 PM EDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island early Saturday and caused widespread damage, but there were just two reports of serious injuries. Looters broke into some damaged shops in… MORE
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Aug. 30, 2010 4:14 am 
Updated: Sep. 4, 2010 12:06 am
We still need to keep SouthernGma and Kira in our prayers and thoughts! Here’s the links. If you want to read SouthernGma’s original post about Kira and all the supportive comments from the AR family, use this… MORE
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Aug. 25, 2010 11:37 am 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2010 12:49 am
In my last blog, I said I didn’t have any special diet. As things have come about, I would not have said that if I had read one very important chapter in the book the cancer center gave me. I did a big oops/uh-oh! I do have a special diet! A very restrictive diet! Because the radiation can… MORE
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Aug. 21, 2010 7:39 pm 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2010 6:26 pm
This week, my 15 yoa granddaughter is with us. I think she is wanting to log some hours driving a car so that she can get her level 2 learners permit. I suspect I’ll be caving in for her. Her Nana has already caved in a few times. The little stinker pulled a good one on me, too. (Making jokes… MORE
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Mike Harvey, daPITA

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Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
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About Me
At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog.
My cooking tragedies
Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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