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Gertrude's thought's

Aug. 29, 2010 10:43 am 
Updated: Aug. 31, 2010 8:39 pm
Oh I just got back from a few days in Colorado with the hubby (who was on a business trip and I tagged along!). And they had little roadside stands with the most beautiful peaches I have ever seen!  I made him stop and we picked  up a lug of big gorgeous peaches to bring home.  But we had to… MORE
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Aug. 21, 2010 2:25 pm 
Updated: Aug. 22, 2010 12:41 pm
Fudgy Coffee Brownies 1 pkg (19.5 - 21 oz) chewy brownie mix 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup strong coffee 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips Lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan.  Set aside.  Prepare brownie mix, following pkg directions except stir in cinnamon and coffee for the water.  Stir in chips. … MORE
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Aug. 19, 2010 4:17 pm 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2010 9:37 am
Okay so here's my final tally from the fair, 1 purple ribbon for best overall preserved food(tomato soup), 1 purple ribbon for most baked goods entered, and 11 first place ribbons, and 12 second place ribbons. 1st place:  tomato soup, spaghetti sauce, decorated cookies, gift basket with fair… MORE
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Aug. 15, 2010 4:55 pm 
Updated: Aug. 18, 2010 4:59 pm
I am so excited because I just got back from the fair and I won two purple ribbons - one for most baked items entered (only the insane like me get this) and one for best overall preserved food for my homemade tomato soup! I can't believe it!  Out of all the preserved entered that they thought… MORE
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Aug. 13, 2010 8:34 am 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010 7:56 am
I don't know about any one else but I am so ready to cook some hearty meals, chilis, stews casseroles and such.  I want to settle in with a big bowl of corn potato chowder or chili and just dive in!!  I love fall with the apples cooking, and wienie roasts and hot chocolate and cider over a… MORE
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Aug. 13, 2010 8:17 am 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2010 7:02 am
Whohoo it's county fair time in Nebraska!  I love this time of year!  The smell of funnel cakes, corndogs, cottoncandy, caramel apples, popcorn, and livestock!  I have been up to my ears in baking for the fair.  I  was up yesterday and made cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, white bread, whole… MORE
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Aug. 11, 2010 11:09 am 
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010 12:10 pm
My daughter just turned 15 and started waitressing at the local greasy spoon.  Is it just me or does it seem like people don't tip like they used to?  She only makes $3.00 an hour so she needs tips to make up the rest and hardly anyone tips her!  She's friendly and she even waited on a whole… MORE
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Aug. 11, 2010 10:06 am 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2010 8:23 pm
I got up at 5:30 am to make all the different cookie doughs I am going to bake on Thursday for the fair.  I made white chocolate cranberry oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip, and a chewy cinnamon cookie dough.  I put them all in gallon ziploc bags and placed in the fridge.  All I have to… MORE
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Aug. 11, 2010 10:03 am 
Updated: Aug. 11, 2010 8:00 pm
What a wonderful day I had yesterday!  First my washing machine broke down and I had to hand rinse and wring out a load of towels, then when I got them hung on the line I took 5 steps and walked into a pile of doggie poo!!! Great way to start my day.  But while the hubby was cussing and… MORE
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Aug. 8, 2010 7:16 pm 
Updated: Aug. 9, 2010 3:34 pm
The hubby and I got up before the break of dawn and trudged out to the garden to beat the heat today.  We picked a 5 gallon bucket of tomatoes, half of a bucket of green beans, and two 5 gallons buckets of potatoes.  Then we proceeded to can the beans, and can all of the tiny, small potatoes MORE
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About Me
I learned to cook watching my mom and my Grandma's cook - who all are the best in the world! I have huge garden and I can a lot of stuff for winter. My daughter would'nt dream of eating a pie that was store bought! And we raise chickens. There is nothing that compares to farm fresh eggs. They just make your baked goods taste better.
My favorite things to cook
Comfort food! If it's fattening, chocolate or salty I'm in! I love to take leftovers and transform them into something wow!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always made sugar cookies with us kids at Christmas time and do the same thing now! I used to love to pick out a recipe and Mom would let me got to town in the kitchen! At Christmas I also make tons of candy's, breads, and cookies that I give away to neighbors and family for gifts.
My cooking triumphs
I love to enter canned goods and baked goods in the county fair! I have won quite a few ribbons! I recently had a recipe published in Nebraska Life Magazine's cookbook. I was so excited.
My cooking tragedies
One time I tried to make pierogies when I was about 15. Well I didn't realize how much a cast iron skillet would smoke when it got hot! I ended up filling the house with a lovely smokey aroma! I never have made them again! Another time I tried to make chicken satay, and my husband and daughter about gagged when they tried the sauce. As they said peanut butter doesn't go with chicken! But I loved it. They were scraping the sauce off the chicken. They won't let me live that one down!
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