Category Archives: Meals of Interest

Supper Time!

Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Chicken, Acorn Squash and a touch of Cranberry Sauce. And … Strawberry Shortcake for Desert. That should do it.

Breakfast And a Game of Crib

Port Loring Toast with Mikes Maple Syrup.

Homemade Pizza

Ready for the oven. My wife’s favourite Pizza. Hmm, Good! Oh alright, you can have a piece too. Sheesh.

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Chili Over Lettuce

This one of our favourite meals that my lovely wife puts together.

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Homemade Pizza

My wife also makes a great pizza using most of all our own veggies, spices and herbs. I have to tell ya they sure are gooood!! It’s no wonder my pants don’t fit all that well these days. Not complaining mind ya.

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Cabbage Roll Supper

My wife makes real tasty Cabbage Rolls a few time a year using fresh cabbage and tomatoes fresh from our garden.

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Meat Loaf Supper

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Homemade Bread


Just opened another jar of our tomatoes we grew last year. Sure tasty this time of year.

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Lunch Time

Worked up an appetite cleaning the snow from our driveway this morning. Bake Potato, Piece of Pickerel I caught last year, and a bit of Broccoli with a cheese and tomato topping. Should hold me till supper.

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Long Day

Going to have supper. Homemade Potato Soup mixed with a lot of Fresh Veggies, watch a couple old Gunsmoke TV Shows and relax. Can’t get much better than that!

Last Night’s Supper

Took this picture of a new crib table I made with our New year’s supper sitting on it.

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Food Deals This Week


My wife said the other day that I should go on a Diet, so thinking about that, I bought one of these new Forks. The reviews say you will lose five pounds in one week.

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In store special this week

My wife and I picked up a few of these when we went to town yesterday. I thought we would give them a try for supper tonight.

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The Best Way To Make Banana Bread

Hi folks, my lovely wife made me some Banana Bread today. You know, a lot of people today are making Banana Bread the wrong way. For years now, these so-called experts are saying that you can use the Old Black Bananas to make the bread. Makes me laugh a bit, as years ago the lady that raised me used to say. “When Bananas are Black, they are Rotten.” And she would throw them out for the chickens to eat. Truth be told, she was right. The best bananas to use are when they are just starting to turn yellow, with a touch of green still in them. Also, they are much healthier for you, and a lot easier on the stomach. Give it a try sometime, you will be glad you did. Here is a picture of a loaf my wife made for me this morning. GW

Banana Bread

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The Good Old Days

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I Asked My Wife What’s For Supper

I guess I’ll take it.

Lemon Pie

My Lovely Wife has been busy this morning, making me a homemade lemon pie from some fresh lemons. Sure looks tasty, and will get into that a bit later on today. I’ll even have a piece for you!

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You Can Reach George Walters at; [email protected]

Homemade Onion Soup

Lunchtime! My lovely wife is making me some Onion Soup with dumplings. Pretty tasty. According to my charts, it takes 3 Hours to digest. Should hold me till supper.

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You can reach George Walters at: [email protected]

Lemon Cheese Cake & Chocolate Cake

Here are a couple old recipes, that might get your mouth to watering.

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You can reach George Walters at; [email protected]

Old Venison Roast Recipe

I have a few old recipes that I thought I would share with you now and then. Some date back into the 1800s. Enjoy!

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You can reach George Walters at; [email protected]

Supper Time

Would you like one? My son Craig is making supper. Click on the picture to get your mouth watering.

Award Winning Maple Syrup

Breakfast. I am watching my Carbs, but now and then I like to indulge, and what better to do that with, than Mikes Award-winning Maple Syrup. Made right here in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada.

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Lunch Time

Lunch Time. I am starting to think that maybe my lovely wife is trying to add a few inches to my waist line. Hmm, but it does look tasty. Home made bread too. She can whip things up so quickly, and the best part what she makes tastes and looks good too.

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Halloween Treats

Oh, alright, we do have some treats for the young ones later on too.

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Rice Crispy Squares

So my sweet tooth got the better of me today and my lovely wife made up some Rice Crispy Squares. Easy to make, and I am thinking there will be a few left for Halloween too. Maybe. And as you know there are no calories there to speak off. Right?

Home Made Bread

So I got a hankering for some home made bread. The wife being such a nice wife made me some LOL. Along with some Cinnamon Rolls and a few buns thrown in for good measure. I am watching my waist line these days, so these should help things out a bit.

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Morning Report Oct 12/19

It’s a rainy day here for us in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. Not the greatest weather to start off a Thanksgiving Weekend. But not much we can do about it other than make the best of it. Yesterday my lovely wife and I went to North Bay and had supper at Lott 88 with our son Karl. Had a great meal a bottle of fine wine and to top things off a piece of Baileys cheesecake. Can’t get much better than that. After supper, we picked up a few things at the grocery store and came home arriving back in Port Loring around 7:00 PM. Seems no matter how we try going to North Bay takes a full day. Today I have a bit of shop work to do with a few people dropping by to pick up orders. It will be a full day. On another note we had to turn the oil furnace on this morning to take the dampness out of the house. Feels good too. I don’t like to start the wood furnace till it gets freezing. I still have to till up my veggie garden yet, but I am waiting till the leaves are all down as I like to put them in the garden before tilling. Makes for a really nice fertilizer and soil rejuvenater come spring. Temperatures waking up were sitting at 9.8 C | 49.64 F. With that I am off for my morning cup of coffee and a bite to eat.

Hunting Times


Major Times
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Minor Times
6:00 PM-8:00 PM

If the rain eases off, hunting should be pretty good today. I give it a 3-Star Rating out of 5. Good Luck and Stay Safe!

Hunting Times


Major Times
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Minor Times

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

If the rain eases off, hunting should be pretty good today. I give it a 3-Star Rating out of 5. Good Luck and Stay Safe!

Home Baked Bread

I took some pictures of our homemade bread we made today. Turned out great, and will have a taste shortly.

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So thinking a bite to eat is warranted. Salmon lettuce sandwiches and a bowl of home made tomato basil soup, all from our own vegetable garden. On another note, I managed to get our car washed this morning, and wiped down. After lunch, I will put a coat of wax on the old feller. Sure is a nice day for it.

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Supper Time

Here is a picture of our supper for tonight that my lovely wife made. Two meat pies with leftover roast mixed with all kinds of vegetables. Sure tasty. Also, some fresh broccoli from our garden, with a dip which just makes you want to eat more.

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The best Foods To Eat For Breakfast

  1. Top of the List : Oatmeal is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains beta gluten, which is a thick, sticky fiber that helps a person to feel full for longer and may also lower cholesterol. Also, great for lowering blood pressure.
  2. Eggs Some people think that eggs are unhealthful because of the amount of cholesterol they contain. However, research has shown that the dietary cholesterol from eggs has only a minor impact on bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), in the blood.
  3. Nuts, eating nuts is another excellent way to get enough protein. Nuts also contain antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, and heart-healthful fats.
  4. Coffee also offers other health benefits due to its antioxidants, which help fight inflammation.
  5. Berries Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are an excellent way to start the morning. They are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain disease-fighting antioxidants.
  6. Flax seeds The health benefits of flax seed include lowering blood levels of cholesterol, improving insulin sensitivity, lowering blood sugar, and even protecting against cancer.
  7. Greek yogurt is another excellent source of protein to eat in the morning. Greek yogurt is thick and creamy and contains more protein than regular strained yogurt.
  8. Greek yogurt is also rich in calcium and contains probiotics that help support a healthy gut and immune system.
  9. Tea These teas contain some caffeine but not as much as coffee. Tea can also help a person stay hydrated.
  10. Cottage cheese is also rich in B vitamins, vitamin A, and calcium. People can eat cottage cheese by itself, or mix it with other savory foods, such as pepper and spring onions, or fruit or nuts.
  11. Bananas contain resistant starch. The body does not digest resistant starch, so it travels through the body unchanged, which helps support digestive health. Unripe bananas contain more resistant starch than ripe bananas, which have more natural sugars.


Just working away on my new book and stopping for lunch. The wife prepared a lovely meal which looks mighty tasty. GW

Nice Place to Eat

So my lovely wife, my son Karl and I decided to go out for lunch the other day for my sons Birthday. Had a great night truth be told, and a great meal. We decided to try Lot 88 Steakhouse & Bar in North Bay. Which turned out to be quite good. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a great steak. The nice thing about it is that they serve it on a Laval rock so you can take your time and cook it to your perfection. That is what my son and my wife had, I had one of their famous Burgers and a tossed salad. It was fantastic also. We finished our meal with a nice bottle of Beringer White Zinfandel Wine slightly chilled. Then for desert we had a piece of Cheese cake with a drizzle of Chocolate. Life can’t get much better than that! GW

Tarragon: A Herb of Kindness

Tarragon helps your body make red blood cells, which are, in turn, responsible for moving oxygen around in your body. Which I found helps in the prevention of cancer and many other diseases. The way it works is, lets take cancer; tarragon is a sweet tasting plant with a distinctive flavor of licorice. When cancer cells find the sweetness of tarragon it gobbles it up so to speak. In doing so the oxygen is taken into the cancer cells, and they are disintegrated,  Leaving the healthy cells to do what they are suppose to do, and gain strength. You don’t need a whole lot, a 1/4 teaspoon mixed in with a few pieces tomatoes is all that is needed. Once a day.  Or you can simply snip off a leaf or two from you garden, as it is easy to grow, and eat it.  Can’t get much better, or easier than that.


George Carlin’s Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ ‘ I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key.

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonnabe 16! And then the greatest day of your life! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30.  Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50, and your dreams are gone….

But! wait!! !  You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50, and make it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that, it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s, and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST   92.’

Then a strange thing happens.. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning.   Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s   family name is   Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love   , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
And, if you don’t send this to at least 8 people – who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

The Candy Stick Treat: Poem

Here is a story written for one of my stories by my friend Bob Bartlett.  Just one of many.  Very talented fellow.  Thanks Bob great poem.  GW



(1) Laura was cooking bacon and eggs,

The smell of fresh coffee filled the air;

Reg was getting ready for breakfast,

As George ventured down the stairs!


(2) George knew they were going on a trip to town,

When he saw a penny by his plate;

This was to buy a candy-stick for him,

So his breakfast he quickly ate!


(3) After breakfast he was out the door

And hitched up the buckboard and horse;

He was anxious to get started on their trip,

With the penny in his pants pocket of course!


(4) On the trip to town Reg would always ask George,

How he liked living with Laura and him;

George said he liked it there just fine,

As he looked out from under his hat brim!


(5) Reg and Laura were George’s guardians

And Reg was a very special guy;

He often knew what George was thinking;

In the blinking of an eye!


(6) George liked to talk with Reg,

Cause he felt like a grown-up man;

And he liked to spend time with Laura too,

In the kitchen with her pots and her pans!


(7) But George was eager to get to town

To make a visit to the hardware store;

So he could buy his candy-stick treat,

In a big jar just inside the door!


(8) Usually he only got just one candy stick,

But sometimes he got two or three;

When someone else would buy some for him,

It made George happy as can be!


(9) The big glass jars were really tall

And could hold fifty or sixty sticks;

They were all the colors of the rainbow,

So George could take his pick!


(10) Reg was never in a big hurry,

As he learned all the local news;

Or when George was making up his mind,

On which colors he would choose!


(11) Reg would sit on a keg of nails

And on his face there would be a smile;

As George picked out his favorite colors,

Even though it might take quite a while!


(12) Green was the color George liked the best

And red cherry would be his second choice;

Sometimes Reg would make a suggestion,

As he spoke in a helpful voice!


(13) But he let George make the decision,

Of which color it was going to be;

This would be his choice of candy-sticks,

Whether it be lime-green or the red cherry!


(14) Well, George was really excited,

When the owner took off the jar-lids;

He could then reach in for his candy,

In that town he was the happiest kid!


(15) Then he would hand over his penny,

To pay for his candy-stick treat;

He could hardly wait to get it in his mouth,

It was the sweetest thing he could eat!

(16) Then George and Reg would sit outside,

On the old bench by the store;

And George would enjoy his candy-sticks,

How could anyone ask for more?

(17) Reg would fill up his favorite pipe,

With the tobacco that smelled so sweet;

And George would savor his lime-green candy,

It was the end of a perfect day treat!


(18) That evening as they travelled back to the farm,

There was a smile upon their faces;

They were having a nice ride in the old buckboard,

As the horse was pulling on the ‘traces’!


(19) George looked forward to the trips to town,

It was a regular weekly event;

When they would hitch up the horse and the buckboard

And then down the road to town they went!


(20) The days of the horse and buggy are now gone,

You don’t see them so much anymore;

But George will always remember those times

And the candy-sticks at the hardware store!

Bob Bartlett,









Maple Syrup Surprise

With Maple Syrup Season approaching fast thought maybe you would like a recipe which makes a drink come alive.  For those that enjoy a bit of spirit now and then, that is.

2 ounces bourbon
One teaspoon maple syrup (I like the darker grade)
3-4 dashes of bitters lemon or lime.
Finish off with a couple of small ice cubes.
The next step is to sit back in a quiet atmosphere and enjoy. I would think two of these would relax anyone.

Benefits Of A Beer Now & Then


Interesting maybe I should pick up a case of Bud.

A few Benefits of beer

1. Beer keeps your kidneys healthy A Finish study singled out beer among other alcoholic beverages, finding that it was better for your kidneys. In fact, each bottle of beer you drink reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.

2. Beer for better digestion Beer and especially dark beer contains up to one gram of soluble fibre* in each 30 cl glass – unlike wine, which doesn’t contain any fibre at all. Fibre plays an important role in intestinal transit (a fibre deficiency can cause gastric and intestinal disorders such as constipation or diarrhea).

3. Beer to lower your bad cholesterol The fibre in beer can also help reduce your levels of LDL cholesterol, i.e. the “bad” type of cholesterol.

4. Beer can increase your vitamin B levels Beer contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12). A Dutch study found that beer drinkers had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 than their non-drinking counterparts, and levels that were twice as high as those of wine drinkers. Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B12, an anti-anemic factor not found in many foods.

5. Beer for stronger bones! A 2009 study concluded that the elevated levels of silicon in beer can contribute to higher bone density.

6. Beer as a cure for insomnia Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which are both in beer, can promote sleep!

7. Beer reduces your risk of a heart attack Beer drinkers have a 40 to 60 percent reduced risk of suffering a heart attack compared with non-beer drinkers.

8. Beer helps prevent blood clots The ingredients in beer help prevent blood clots from forming.

9. Beer boosts your memory According to studies, beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers.

10. Beer helps combat stress Researchers at the University of Montreal found that two glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety.

11. Beer as a cold remedy Drinking warm beer is an excellent cold remedy! When barley is warmed up it improves blood circulation and helps you breathe when you feel congested. It also provides relief for joint pain and boosts your immunity. So, how do you prepare it? Heat a bottle of beer in a double boiler and then add four small teaspoons of honey.

12. Beer makes skin more beautiful Good news for women! Certain vitamins in beer can regenerate the skin and have a positive impact on pigmentation. Your skin becomes smoother and suppler.

Dinner At Montana’s

    Food worth waiting for.

A Bit On Restaurants

Restaurants. Here is an place that I am sure that most of us stop at now and then.  Some more than others.  For myself I don’t get to eat out to much but every so often when I head into North Bay or down to see my other son in St Catharines we do enjoy a meal or two out.  Look forward to it.  I won’t mention any names here this morning as this blog isn’t meant to bring on pain to a person or business.  But after yesterday’s event I just had to say a few words.  First off I figure restaurants are like a cold or the flu.  If your sick you should stay home and not pass your sickness around.  At a restaurant if you can’t cook then you shouldn’t be passing food around as folks could get sick.  Anyways.  I had to have some tests done yesterday, had to fast and things and by the time I had this looked after my wife and I were starving. So we picked on an establishment that has been in business for a good many years.  Walking in music was playing and had a cozy feeling which we enjoy.  Ordered a simple meal with eggs over easy, two strips of bacon extra crispy, home fries with a touch of onions. They asked which kind of toast we would like and my wife said rye.  I myself took wheat.  Food came to the table and just by looking at it I knew right away we were in trouble.  First off the potatoes were so old they looked green and tasted even worse. Along with that they cooked them in lard or some kind of grease that tasted just terrible burned black almost.  Onions were half cooked and again covered with a type of grease that would choke a horse.  Toast was burned and no flavor.  Eggs were not cooked hardly at all covered with slime.  Then to top it off at the end of the meal which we didn’t eat they gave us a bill.  On the bill they even charged us an extra 49 cents for the rye bread the wife had.  Couldn’t believe it.  They did ask what we thought of the meal and me I just nodded.  Wrong move on my wife’s part as she said. “Would you really like the truth?”  They got it.  Nicely of course.  With that they didn’t offer to return our money and we left the meal sitting on the table pretty well as they served it.   Will we return.  Not even if I was starving which actually I was on that fine morning.  So thought I would share a bit of our day in North Bay Ontario.  My Opinion on the whole thing.  Folks if you can’t cook don’t open a restaurant.  The rest of the day was fine had a good time. GW

All About Beer

Some facts that have been thrown to the way side.  All about Beer!

It keeps your heart healthy

It helps you live longer

It helps and in getting the energy you are made of flowing more freely.

It is an aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s

It produces stronger bones

It can help in the prevention of type 2 diabetes

It is proven to help with stress and anxiety.

Hot beer served with a couple of teaspoons of honey makes for a great cold remedy.  According to reports the hops in the beer, when heated, help fight viral infections like the common cold. The active compound itself (humulone) could combat pneumonia and bronchitis-causing viruses. Hmm, not to sure on this one. Warm beer and me have never gotten along Ha Ha.

And one last biggie, Beer can protect against prostate cancer and breast cancer. Found in hops, the substance called xanthohumol blocks the excessive action of testosterone and estrogen. It also helps to prevent the release of a protein called PSA which encourages the spread of prostate cancer. Of course you should only drink beer within recommended limits – one to two pints a day for women, two to three pints for men.

In saying all this it has also been proven that some humans can’t drink, causes all kinds of problems, mentally wise which in turn can cause ailments of the body and grief to those around them. So care should be taken as with any medicine, including pharmaceutical drugs. Now, those that can, go get yourself a pint and enjoy.  Have a great day.

Great Write Up

Pretty Good Article

Wish I’d thought of this!

Elder Banking…  !

Shown  below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86

year old  woman.

The bank  manager thought it amusing enough to have  it published in

the New York Times.


        Dear  Sir:

        I am writing  to thank you for bouncing my check with which

I endeavoured to pay my  plumber last month.

        By my  calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed

between his presenting  the check and the arrival in my account of the

funds needed to honour  it..

        I refer, of  course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my

entire pension, an  arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for

only eight  years.

        You are to be  commended for seizing that brief window of

opportunity, and also for  debiting my account $30 by way of penalty

for the inconvenience caused to  your bank.

        My  thankfulness springs from the manner in which this

incident has caused me  to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed

that whereas I personally  answer your telephone calls and letters,

— when I try to contact you, I  am confronted by the impersonal,

overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless  entity which your bank has


        From now on,  I, like you, choose only to deal with a

flesh-and-blood  person.

        My mortgage  and loan repayments will therefore and

hereafter no longer be automatic,  but will arrive at your bank, by

check, addressed personally and  confidentially to an employee at your

bank whom you must  nominate.

        Be aware that  it is an OFFENCE under the Postal Act for any

other person to open such an  envelope.

        Please find  attached an Application Contact which I require

your chosen employee to  complete.

        I am sorry it  runs to eight pages, but in order that I know

as much about him or her as  your bank knows about me, there is no


        Please note  that all copies of his or her medical history

must be countersigned by a  Notary Public, and the mandatory details

of his/her financial situation  (income, debts, assets and

liabilities) must be accompanied by documented  proof.

        In due  course, at MY convenience, I will issue your

employee with a PIN number  which he/she must quote in dealings with


        I regret that  it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but,

again, I have modelled it on the  number of button presses required of

me to access my account balance on  your phone bank service.

        As they say,  imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

        Let me level  the playing field even further.

        When you call  me, press buttons as follows:


        #1. To make  an appointment to see me

        #2. To query  a missing payment.

        #3. To  transfer the call to my living room in case I am  there.

        #4 To  transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am  sleeping.

        #5. To  transfer the call to my toilet in case I am

attending to  nature.

        #6. To  transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at  home.

        #7. To leave  a message on my computer, a password to access

my computer is  required.

        Password will  be communicated to you at a later date to

that Authorized Contact  mentioned earlier.

        #8. To return  to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through  10

        #9. To make a  general complaint or inquiry.

        The contact  will then be put on hold, pending the attention

of my automated answering  service.

        #10. This is  a second reminder to press* for English.

        While this  may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait,

uplifting music will play for  the duration of the call.

        Regrettably,  but again following your example, I must also

levy an establishment fee to  cover the setting up of this new


        May I wish  you a happy, if ever so slightly less

prosperous, New  Year?

        Your Humble  Client

        And  remember: Don’t make old  people mad. We don’t like

being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to …. us  off.

Port Loring & District Sunset & Supper

Well thought I would share a Port Loring, Venison, Home Made Sauerkraut and Mixed Veggie salad supper, looking out at a Port Loring Sunset.  Both are pretty appetising  in my books. Click Pictures To Enlarge.  Enjoy, I know I am going to.

Old Mirror Lodge Restaurant

Some very good friends of ours is opening up their Restaurant for the season on Fathers Day and if you are in for some very good food, well this is the place to go. I should also say they have some very nice cottages too that they rent.    Sets in off the main land, surrounded by nature  and fishing at its best.  What a great spot to bring your Dad….. or Mother for that matter.  Everyone is welcome.  I highly recommend it and know you won’t go away disappointed.

Old Mirror Lodge Restaurant

opens up for the season 2011 on



June 18th and 19th, 2011

Penne al Arrabiata

Italian Penne with a spicy tomato sauce & herbs,

parmesan cheese, side salad,

Garlic bread


Can$ 8.80

Add a Pork chop = $ 7.45


Bolognaise sauce = $ 6.80

Plus taxes

Urs & Verena Bartschi and the Team welcomes you!

Old Mirror Lodge Inc. / Public Restaurant & Cottages

PO Box 40, 287 Toad Lake, Port Loring ON P0H 1Y0 Canada,

Tel. 705 757 2377 Fax 705 757 0261

Maple Syrup Time Here In Port Loring

Well it’s maple syrup time here in Port Loring, or should say will be happening in a day or so, as it is still a touch to cool.   Things will change quickly though as soon as the trees feel the power of the sun and temperatures climb up over the 30 degree mark.   Old saying is cool nights, warm days is what it takes to get the sap to flowing.   All next week looks pretty good.  Couple fiends of mine Mike and Dan are both out in their sugar bush tapping trees as I type, so in my mind that in itself couldn’t be a better sign of what’s to come.     I don’t do to much here myself but I do do up around four or five gallons a year, which is what we use here at our home.  Nothing is better than maple syrup poured over a stack of potato flap jacks let me tell ya.   Enjoy the season, I am.

Pass The Biscuits Please

My sister Barb sent my wife and I this article and I have to say it is right on the money. Thanks Sis.  Figured I would pass it along as it just might get some to do some thinkin’.    Used to happen to me and Reg back on the farm many years ago,when Laura the lady of the house set up the supper table.

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.  And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.  On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad.  I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!  Yet all my dad did was reach for his Biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night; but I do remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits.  And I’ll never forget what he said:  “Honey, I love burned biscuits.”
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned.  He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides… a burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!”
You know, life is full of imperfect things… and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else.  What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults and choosing to celebrate each others’ differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship..

So…please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burned one will do just

For those of you planning to cook a turkey . . .

For those of you that are planning on cooking a turkey this Christmas here is one of my favourite recipes.  Enjoy!


I thought this sounded good! Here is a turkey recipe that also includes
the use of popcorn as a stuffing ingredient — imagine that. When I found
this recipe, I thought it was perfect for people like me, who just are not
sure how to tell when turkey is thoroughly cooked, but not dried out. Give
this a try.

8 – 15 lb. turkey
1 cup melted butter
1 cup stuffing ( Pepperidge Farm is Good)
1 cup un-popped popcorn (ORVILLE REDENBACHER’S LOW FAT IS BEST)
Salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush turkey well with melted butter, salt,
and pepper.
Fill cavity with stuffing and popcorn. Place in baking pan making sure the
neck end is toward the front of the oven, not the back
After about 4 hours listen for the popping sounds.
When the turkey’s rear end blows the oven door open and the bird flies across
the room, it’s done.

And you thought I didn’t cook… Winking smile

Pumpkin Facts

Did you Know?

The largest pumpkin on record weighs 1,502 pounds and was grown by Nicholas Kuzmiak of Paletine, Illinois.

To get a rough estimate of the number of seeds in a pumpkin, multiply the number of fruiting sections in a field pumpkin by 16.

And my favourite, Mash cooked pumpkin and top with cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup for a sweet alternative to mashed potatoes.  Hmmmmmm good, makes my mouth water thinking of it. Click Picture to Enlarge!!!


Fred & Family

Candy Apples Waiting For A Home



Now You Have The Rest Of The Story

Now I know a lot of you folks out there would like to believe that this getting older doesn’t bother you.  But for me, well I am not saying getting older bothers me just certain things get to me once in awhile./  For Example.


Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder.
Somehow I feel better even though I have it!!

Recently, I was diagnosed with A…A.A.D.D. –
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden .
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills
on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think,
since I’m going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Coke I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Coke aside
so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

The Coke is getting warm,
and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke,
a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye–they need water.

I put the Coke on the counter and
discover my reading glasses that
I’ve been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter,
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when I go to watch TV,
I’ll be looking for the remote,
but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table,
get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:
the car isn’t washed
the bills aren’t paid
there is a warm can of
Coke sitting on the counter
the flowers don’t have enough water,
there is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can’t find the remote,
I can’t find my glasses,
and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all damn day,
and I’m really tired.

Jakes Restaurant, Port Loring Ontario, Great Food Let Me Tell Ya.

If your lookin’ for a good place to eat while here in Port Loring, here is the place to go. Jakes Place. Jake has been here for as long and one can remember dishing out food that makes any mouth get to watering. My favourite is his BLT’s don’t think they can be beat anywhere. Lots of other good food too though. Also Jakes Staff is to be commended as they look after your every need. So there you go, when them feelings of hunger strikes you, why not give Jakes Place a try. You will be glad you did. The flyer below is a special he has going on now. To enlarge click on picture. Oh…. and don’t forget to ask for one of his special menus, as once looked at, I am sure you will leave with a smile on your face.


What’s For Dinner?

So what’s for dinner?  Here today at our home here in Port Loring, I dug out a block of frozen spinach that we picked fresh from our garden earlier this summer.   Took the lid off a jar of home done up tomatoes, no additives and got them simmering on the stove together.  I gotta’ tell ya, if you haven’t tasted fresh tomatoes mixed with spinach, your missing out on a real treat.  The only other thing I like with it is maybe a touch of sea salt and a pinch of fresh ground pepper. I got to say, pepper is my weakness.  I also like my soups and things related boiling hot.  Not sure why, just been that way all my life.   So that’s what is on our plates or should say, in our bowls for dinner, along with a piece or two of home made bread.  What can be better?  Nothing, that’s what.  Again, all our hard work this past summer has paid off, and is now being enjoyed, along with being so………….good for ya.   Have a great day.

Goodbye Margarine, Hello Butter.

My lovely sister Barb sent me this bit of info and it just fortifies my way of thinking.  Remember this, what mother nature put here for us to eat, well that is good, what the Powers That Be put here for us, isn’t so good. My Opinion Only

Pass The Butter. Please.

This is interesting . .. .

Margarine  was originally manufactured to fatten  turkeys  When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put  all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their  heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get  their money back.
It was a white substance with no food appeal  so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter.  How do you like it?   They have come out  with some clever new flavourings..

DO  YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end…gets very interesting!

Both  have the same amount of calories.

Butter  is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8  grams; compared   to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase  heart disease in women by  53%  over  eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent  Harvard  Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in  other foods.

Butter  has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and
only  because  they are added!

Butter  tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of  other foods.

Butter  has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .

And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease .
Increases  total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and  lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases  the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers  quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response.

Decreases  insulin response.

And  here’s the most disturbing fact…. HERE IS THE PART THAT  IS  VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine  is but ONE MOLECULE away  from being PLASTIC… and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life  and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is  added,  changing the molecular structure of the  substance).

You  can try this yourself:

Purchase  a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded  area.  Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

*  no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it  (that should tell you something)

*  it does not rot or smell differently because it has  no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny  microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.  Why?   Because it is nearly plastic .  Would you melt your Tupperware and  spread that  on your toast?

The Benefits Of Fresh Farm Honey

Years ago Laura the lady of the house while I was growing up used to take me to the hives all summer long collecting the honey.   When home she would extract it with a device that Reg had made for her and in no time we were enjoying a treat that today only a few get to enjoy.  Honey has so many good things attached to it that most folks just take it for granted.  Especially none pasteurised honey.  Honey is like milk, once it has been pasterized it looses most of all its goodness.  Some say not, I say it does.  I have made up a list of what benefits honey can do for you  and figured I would share.  Take a look.

1. Instead of your morning coffee or tea, a drink consisting of a teaspoon of fresh ground cinnamon and raw honey to taste and one before bed on a daily basis was found to restore hearing loss.

2. Increasing the cinnamon to two teaspoons and following the same regimen as above, patients claimed they were cured of common arthritis.

3. Increasing the cinnamon to two tablespoons and mixing it in lukewarm water with one teaspoon of raw honey is said to relieve bladder infections in that this mixture will effectively destroy germs in the bladder.

4. A honey and cinnamon paste spread on your favorite breakfast bread, eaten regularly, reduces cholesterol. Your chances for a heart attack are diminished by clearing your arteries and increasing the blood flow in your veins.

5. With such a pleasant combination how could anyone complain of bad breath? Instead of your favorite mouthwash, try a combination of a teaspoon of honey mixed with cinnamon for fresh breath all day.

6. There are medical properties attributed to the sugar content in the honey that cause an increase in energy levels in senior citizens. An equal mix of raw honey and cinnamon, taken each afternoon increased their levels of energy and mental acuity.

7. A paste made of three parts honey, one part cinnamon, and applied to skin affected by pimples, or a paste, applied in equal parts, for skin infections such as ringworm, 8. eczema, and other types of infections were cured. Users claimed their skin was left completely clear and baby soft.

9. An unusual side effect of the users of the cinnamon and honey was weight loss. For those participating in the study, and consuming one cup of this mixture twice a day on an empty stomach before meals, weight loss was the end result.

10. The natural properties in raw honey that do not allow it to spoil arrest age and soften the skin; one teaspoon of cinnamon and four teaspoons of honey.

11. Raw honey may also be used to wash the face. A light amount should be distributed gently and rinsed thoroughly.

12. This remarkable drink has been used to aid in indigestion, 13. relieve upset stomachs, 14. relieve excess gas, 15. clear sinuses, 16. cure the common cold, and 17. cure the flu. Honey contains large amounts of vitamins and iron. These properties also help strengthen the immune system.

Who ever knew that two common ingredients could be so beneficial?

My wife has gone down three sizes with in six months from just enjoying a cup of fresh honey tea with cinnamon each morning.  Amazing huh?

Don’t Be Fooled When It Comes To Eating Properly

Things folks are going to have  to start realising is that all food isn’t good for you. My wife and I having farmed most our lives and supplying fresh vegetables, fruits and things to the public. you might say we know a touch more than most of what is really getting into the food chain. Not in a bragging way don’t think that,  just that we have dealt with these things most our life.  Food is life and it is something we can’t do with out and these huge companies know this and are now trying to take control of the farming industry.  And I should say they are doing a good job at it too, as most of all the small time farmers are gone.  What a shame, I always say a once self efficient country like Canada, now having to rely on other countries or huge corporations.  Just not right folks, and for your sake I am hoping more will stand up and speak out for what is right.

The chemical commonly used to ripen fruits commercially is ethephon (2-chloroethylphosphonic acid), which penetrates into the fruit and decomposes to ethylene.  This stuff in itself isn’t good for you.

You have to remember that when you see nice looking fruit from other countries like China and so on in the stores here in Canada, that they aren’t shipped to us ripened, they are shipped to us green. As if they didn’t they would all be rotten when they arrived. SO, if you pick fruit when it is green or not ripened in other words, all the goodness hasn’t been developed yet and in turn you are not getting the things that your body needs when you get to eating them.  Like take cows, chickens and pigs, they are pumped full of all kinds of chemicals, drugs and who knows what, so they grow fast and fat. Most never see the light of day, or for that matter even have a chance to take a walk around the barn yard. Some never get to put one foot in front of the other.  They say this is the only way they can feed the world.  I say that is crazy talk.  It all boils down to money.  If the old farmers were still out there in the fields like they were years ago, there would be lots of food for folks. You might have to buy it directly from them, or a fruit stand out by the road, or a farmers market, but at least you would be eating healthy and good quality food, food that does your body good.  Now the farms are pretty well owned or controlled by huge corporations and the ones that still owns their own farm. are told what they can grow, how much they can grow, what seeds to use, like generic and so on.  You call this farming?  I don’t I call this farming at all. I could tell you what I really think it is but I won’t as it wouldn’t help one bit.  So folks all that I can say is don’t buy food that is not in season here in Canada, support your farmers, speak out against these things like Generic food and seeds, pesticides and so on.  When our fruit and veggies comes into  stores buy up what you can and put enough away for winter. The way to do this, simple, get back into doing up preserves and things.  Sure it takes some time, but as I keep on saying. How much is your health worth to you. Most folks care more for their own car than they do their own body today.   Better yet get out there and plant your own garden. I figure if you own a bit of property there is no reason to not having something growing through the nice sunny days of summer. It’s all up to you.  My opinion only.

Generic Food & Seeds Say No

The thing folks are going to have to deal with and deal with it fast, is this Generic food that they are putting out there today.  Things is most just don’t realise what it is doing to us humans.   If you take a look at some of these big farms through out the USA you will see that they are owned by the Pharmaceutical companies.  Right there that should send up some red flags.   If this is allowed to get going which it is already, they will have control of what ever they want to put into your food. You won’t know what they are doing to you.  This is not a good thing.  I do see though that folks are standing up for what is right and some big companies are noticing. Like Wall-mart,  They are now heading out to the farmers that grow organic and talking to them. You can see on their shelves now lots of organic things which is a good sign.  Just need to get more.  The only one that can change this before it is to late, is you.  What you have to do is stop buying this generic stuff and go organic.  I know it is going to cost you a touch more, but what is your health worth to you.  Other ways is to grow your own, get out on a weekend and go to a farmers market.  Stop in and see a farmer and ask some questions like is your crops organic or is your meat, chickens and pork let loose to eat good old grass and things.  Free range they are calling them.   All kinds of things you can do, and if a lot of folks get to doing what is right, no matter how large these companies are, they will have to listen.  Just got to say no……………………… Generic, and don’t give in, your life might depend on it.  My Opinion Only

Good Old Fashioned Candy Apples

Well I gotta’ tell ya folks.  Candy apples  are my weakness.  Took a long time to come up with a good recipe so thought I would share. Only other tip other than the recipe is when it reaches 300 degrees on the candy thermometer, get to dunking your apples, and make sure you butter your cookie sheet that they will be sitting on.  What a great old way to enjoy Halloween and the kids love them.

Makes 4 good size apples.

2 Cups Of Sugar

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light or regular corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food colouring, (optional) Better than Food Colouring, Buy Bright Red Apples
  • 4 medium apples good size apples


  1. Line a cookie sheet with butter really good.  In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, corn syrup, and food coloring, if using. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-high. Insert candy thermometer and continue to boil until temperature reaches  300 degrees  (hard crack stage) takes about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, insert a wooden stick into the top of each apple, pushing about halfway through; set aside. When mixture reaches temperature, immediately remove from heat. Working quickly, dip apples in sugar mixture until completely coated and then move to  cookie sheet and let cool.  Now the best part comes into play.  A lot of slurping.

Home Made Horseradish, So Healthy For You Too

Well it’s that time of year again for making home made Horse Radish right out of your garden.  I had so many folks ask me how I make mine so………………….here it is.  Enjoy!

A simple recipe for plain ol’ home made Horseradish. I make a lot at once and I put mine in the fridge for 3-4 days then transfer all but one to the freezer. Note: Prep Time and Servings depends on the amount of Horseradish you have and want to make. I also recommend you make this outdoors or in a well ventilated area.

Cut roots into manageable pieces.
Scrape the outside of the horseradish roots until clean.

Drop into cold water after scraping to prevent discoloration.

Drain and grind up fine with a hand-grinder.

Add 1 tsp of salt to each quart, along with three table spoons of good brand name vinegar to each quart.

Cover and refrigerate for a few days before using.


If you so choose you can add a touch of sugar for taste, that part is optional.  Enjoy!

Food For Thought You Might Say

When eating any meal, start with the most bland-tasting foods first, and only move to sweeter or more savory foods later in the meal. This is a great way to train yourself to eat less of the more filling sweetened foods and more of the food basics like salads and vegetables which may not taste quite as exciting. Don’t make the mistake of eating a bite of dessert before the meal, because it really does “recalibrate” your taste and make non-sweetened foods seem ho-hum

Celery, Storage & How To Use It

Well time to start thinking of what lies ahead.  For example winter.  I know, you saying it’s to early, but it isn’t. Fact of the matter is, that this is the time things should be done up and put into jars like tomatoes,  beans, turnips, broccoli, well you can see where I am going.  One item which is on top of our list is good old celery, yep celery.  What we do for most parts is we save the leaves.  My wife she picks all she can, hangs them with a twine till dry and stores in paper bags. Come winter, I gotta’ tell ya, there isn’t nothing better for mixing with meat, soups, or spaghetti’s, just to name a few. Celery may also be dug out of the garden, with the roots
still attached which I do and placed in the basement or root cellar before the freezing temperatures occur.  Then set the plants on the floor and pack them together tightly. If kept moderately moist, the plants will keep 1 to 2 months.Now how hard is that.  Right, not hard at all.
Celery should not be stored with turnips or cabbage as the flavor of the celery will be tainted. The temperature of the storage area should be near 34 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity moderate. The roots should be in moist sand or soil. So………….there you go, now when them old north winds start to howl and you want something really tasty.  Make up a bowl of home made tomato soup and sprinkle on top, a few of them dried celery leaves. Hmm…………………….good.  No reason not to stay healthy all winter long.

Eat Lots Of Tuna If You Want To Get Sick

Food For Thought:

Tuna is one of the most toxic fish that we can eat.

All large fish fall into that TOXIC category! Tuna is one of the larger varieties and lives longer so it has more time to absorb mercury from the over abundant supply in our oceans.  And with all the junk that is in our lakes and oceans today, well lets just say we shouldn’t be eating to much tuna anymore.  No one to blame but ourselves either.

Here is a few places it comes from: Body powders, broken thermometers, burning newspapers and building materials, calomel lotions, cereals, congenital intoxication, cosmetics, dental amalgams, diuretics, fabric softeners, felt, floor waxes, fungicides, germicides, grains, industrial waste, insecticides, laxatives, lumber, manufacture of paper and chlorine, medications, mercurochrome, paints, paper products, pesticides, photoengraving, polluted water, Preparation H, psoriasis ointment, seafoods (especially tuna and swordfish), sewage disposal, skin lightening creams, soft contact lens solution, suppositories, tanning leather, tattooing, (contaminated water), wood preservatives.

Here is what it does to you: Adrenal dysfunction, allergy, alopecia, anorexia, anxiety, birth defects, blushing, brain damage, cataracts, cerebral palsy, poor coordination / jerky movements, deafness, depression, dermatitis, discouragement, dizziness, drowsiness, eczema, emotional disturbances, excess saliva, fatigue, gum bleeding and soreness, headaches (band type), hearing loss, hyperactivity, hypothyroidism, forgetfulness, immune dysfunction, insomnia, irritability, joint pain, kidney damage, loss of self- control, memory loss, mental retardation, metallic taste, migraines, nervousness, nerve fibre degeneration, numbness, pain in limbs, rashes, retinitis, schizophrenia, shyness, speech disorders, suicidal tendencies, tingling, tremors (eyelids, lips, tongue, fingers, extremities), vision loss.

Kind of makes one think huh?

Wild Raspberry Cake

Now is the time to pick them too and so good for ya.

1 3/4 c Flour
1/2 ts Salt
1 c White sugar
1 c Raspberries
1 ts Baking soda (dissolved in 1/2 cup milk)
2 Eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 c Shortening
1 ts Cinnamon  (Optional)

Sift together, flour, salt sugar, cinnamon. Cut in shortening. Then mix in soda, eggs, and raspberries. Pour into a greased pan and bake at 325F. for 1 hour.

Almost Maple Syrup

For those that can’t afford or get out to buy real maple syrup this spring.  Hers is a substitute.  Myself, I am in the process right now of making real maple syrup.  Tapped a few trees around my property, so shouldn’t be to long before I am having some of my wife’s home made pancakes covered with natures best.

1 c Brown sugar, Best to use raw sugar cane, tastes better and better for you.
1/3 c Water
1/8 ts Salt
1/4 ts Vanilla extract

In saucepan dissolve sugar in water. Add salt and boil for 1 minute. Add vanilla and mix well. Serve warm. Yield: 3/4 cup.

Acorn Squash, Pretty Tasty

Hm………Good,can’t wait till summer.

2 c Acorn squash (cubed)
2 ts Butter
1 ts Orange rind
1/4 c Orange juice
2 tb Sugar replacement

Cook squash in small amount of boiling water until crisp-tender; drain. Melt butter in saucepan. Add orange rind, juice and sugar replacement. Cook over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add squash; cover. Continue cooking until squash is tender.

Old Fashioned Fish Chowder

2 tb Vegetable oil
2 md Onions; minced
2 lg Baking potatoes; cubed
1/2 ts Dried thyme
1/2 c Turkey, fish or vegetable stock
1 lb Cod or haddock fillet
4 c Milk
1/2 ts Salt
Pepper; fresh ground
Paprika for garnish

Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy saucepan over low heat. Add the onions and saute for 10 minutes, or until golden but not brown. Add the baking potatoes (cut into 1/4-inch cubes), the dried thyme and the turkey stock. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

Add the cod or haddock fillet, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add the milk, salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and simmer 5 minutes, or until the mixture is thoroughly hot. Gently flake the fish with a fork into bite-sized pieces, then ladle the chowder into soup bowls. Sprinkle with paprika and serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

Old Fashioned Butterscotch Candy

2 c Sugar
1/4 c Light corn syrup
1/2 c Butter (1 stick) (use real butter only)
2 tb Water
2 tb Vinegar

Combine all ingredients in 2 qt. heavy saucepan. Stir and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, then reduce heat and cook at a medium boil, stirring as needed to control foaming to avoid sticking as mixture thickens. If sugar crystals form on sides of pan, wipe them off. Cook to the hard crack stage (300 degrees). Remove from heat and let stand 1 minute.

Meanwhile, butter 2 sheets of aluminum foil and place on 2 baking sheets. Quickly drop teaspoonfuls of butterscotch onto foil, making patties about 1″ in diameter. Space them 1/2″ apart. If candy thickens so that it will not drop easily, set pan in hot water until it is again workable. Makes about 6 dozen patties or 1-1/4 pounds of butterscotch.

Camp Potatoes Hmmm Good

4 Potatoes, sliced
4 Onions, sliced
4 tb Butter or margarine
10 oz Cheddar cheese, sharp
Salt & pepper to taste

Grease a large square of heavy foil. Arrange sliced potatoes on foil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with sliced onions. Add chunks of butter or margarine. Wrap and seal foil. Cook over hot coals on a grill until done (30 or 40 minutes depending on fire). Open foil and add thin-sliced cheddar strips. Cover again and grill for a couple of minutes, until cheddar melts. Only thing left to do is to sit back and enjoy!

Lazy Garlic Wings

2 to 3 lb. chicken wings
1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. basil
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce

Place chicken in crockpot, then add remaining ingredients. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

Remove from crockpot with a slotted spoon and serve with hot Italian or French bread.

Serves 8 to 10.

Secret Treat Molasses Cookies

/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup strawberry preserves
1 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg; mix well.
Beat in molasses. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and
ginger; add to creamed mixture and mix well. (The dough will be very
stiff.) Cover and chills several hours or overnight. On a lightly
floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut into 2-1/4-in.
to 2-1/2-in circles. Place 1/2 teaspoon preserves on half of the
circles; top with remaining circles. Pinch edges together to seal.
Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes
or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Combine glaze
ingredients and frost cooled cookies.


So………………. Good To.

5 dried jalapeno peppers
3 onions, chopped
3 tbsp. oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 cup flour
2 lbs. cubed venison
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 lbs. chopped green chili peppers

Simmer venison in oil for 30 minutes. Place in a crock pot with green chili peppers, onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers, and water to cover for 3 hours. Thicken the stew with flour, add lemon juice, and cook 15 minutes.

HINTS Making Venison Delicious

Here are some hints to make your next venison meal as delicious as it
should be:
Older deer will likely be drier and tougher than younger deer.
Cooking methods can be varied accordingly.
You can make almost any meat tender by cooking it in some water over
very-low heat until it is done. High heat toughens meat and may dry
it out.
Soaking meat in salt, vinegar and water for several hours will remove
the gamey taste.
To season venison, various combinations of marjoram, thyme, parsley,
garlic or onions may be used.
Marinades tenderize and enhance — and may disguise – game flavors.
The following can be used as marinades:
1. Vinegar, wine or wine vinegar (to cover a roast or steak.)
2. French or Italian salad dressing.
3. Tomato sauce, undiluted tomato soup, tomato juice (the acid of the
juice has a tenderizing effect on the meat).
4. Pickle, orange, lemon or grapefruit juice. Good hunting and
pleasant eating!

Cooking Tips

Some Good Tips Here

Bacon- Minimize bacon shrinkage by running bacon under water before

Beans -A tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda in a large pot of beans
while soaking them, the ‘flatulence’ caused by the beans is kept to a

Boiling eggs- Add a little salt or vinegar to your boiling water when
cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.

Boiling Over- Rub butter or margarine on the rim of a pot in which
you cook rice or macaroni and it won’t boil over.

Cakes-A cake will keep longer if you place half an apple in the cake
tin when storing.

Chocolate cake- Make a better chocolate cake by adding a teaspoon of
vinegar to your cake mix.

Corn- Don’t boil corn for more than 3 minutes. Place the corn
directly into boiling water, and do not add salt. You will find the
flavor is much better than cooking for 10 minutes or more. Corn will
never get soft, no matter how long you cook it-it will only lose its

Descaling fish- Soak fish in salt water before descaling and the
scales will come off easier.

Frozen Vegetables- A quick way to separate frozen vegetables is to
pour boiling water over them through a colander and then add them to
your casserole or pot to finish cooking.

Grating Cheese- To easily shred cheese, let sit in freezer for 30

Icing Tips- Add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda to your icing and the
icing will stay moist and prevent cracking.

Jelly Mold- To easily remove a jelly from the mold, lightly brush
mold with oil before pouring in the mixture.

Meatballs- When making a lot of meatballs a fast and simple method is
to shape the meat mixture into a log and cut off slices. The slices
roll easily into balls.

Pancakes -Adding a little sugar to the batter of pancakes and waffles
will make them brown more quickly.

Pie pastry -For flakier pastry, substitute 1 teaspoon vinegar for 1
teaspoon of the cold water called for in the recipe.

Ripening Fruits and Vegetables- A lots of fruit and veg found in
supermarkets today look ripe, but are hard as a rock. Put them in a
brown paper bag and hide the bag away in a dark cupboard for a day or
two. Use This is great tip for items such as avocados, bananas, kiwi
fruit, peaches, nectarines, and many more.

Salads -Serve iceberg lettuce wedges instead of torn salad greens to
save time making a salad.

Spaghetti Sauce- Put a pinch of bicarbonate of soda in spaghetti
sauce to remove the acid taste from the tomatoes.

Speedy Sauce- Instant sauces can be easily created by heating a can
of undiluted condensed cream soup (i.e. cream of tomato cream of
mushroom, cream of chicken, cream of celery, etc.).

Soups -To remove some of the fat in soups by add a lettuce leaf to
the pot. Remove the leaf after fat removal. Place a raw potato in
salty soup. The potato will absorb the extra salt.

Tenderize meat- One to two table spoons of vinegar with your meat
help tenderize it while you are cooking.

Vanilla- Make your own vanilla concentrate by placing 2 split and
chopped vanilla pods in 1 liter of vodka or bourbon. Shaking the
bottle once a day, let sit for 2-3 months, or until desired color.

Vinegar- used as a meat tenderizer. Add a tablespoon to water when
boiling ribs or meat for stews, and even the toughest meat will be so
tender you can cut with fork or will fall off the bone.

Vegetable colour- Add vinegar to the water when boiling vegetables to
retain color.

Wilted vegetables- Perk up wilted vegetables. Soak in 2 cups water, 1
tablespoon vinegar.

Wooden Skewers- When using wooden skewers for kebabs, soak in cold
water for 10-30 minutes to prevent them from burning.

Sweet Potato Fries

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges or strips
1 tablespoon olive oil
coarse salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Toss the potatoes with the oil, salt and pepper, then place in a single layer on a lightly-oiled baking sheet.
Bake 20 minutes, then turn and bake another 20 minutes, until soft inside and crisp outside (if you cut the fries very thin, you will want to keep an eye on them to prevent burning). Serve hot.  Regular Potatoes work good too just something about the sweet potato that gets my mouth to watering.  Enjoy

Old Fashioned Beef Stew

Real Tasty

One can also use a nice roast of venison, even more tasty.

2 lb Chuck roast, boneless; cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 tb Oil
1 large Onion; chopped
4 c Water
1 ts Salt, seasoned
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 tsp Salt; optional to 3 ts.
5 md Potatoes; peeled & cut into 1/2″ pieces, to 6 potatoes
5 medium Carrots; cut into 1/4″ slice
1 medim Rutabaga; peeled, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 c Celery; sliced 2/3″ pcs.
1/2 medium Cabbage head; finely sliced
1/3 c Flour
1 c Water, cold
2 tsp Sauce, browning

Place in an  oven over medium-high heat, brown meat in oil. Add onion, water, seasoned salt, pepper and salt if desired; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours. Add the vegetables; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender. Combine flour, cold water and browning sauce. Stir into stew; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.

Wild Raspberry Cake

Real Good For Ya Too

Also gets one out of the house and into Nature picking the berries.

1 3/4 c Flour
1/2 ts Salt
1 c White sugar
1 c Raspberries
1 ts Baking soda (dissolved in 1/2 cup milk)
2 Eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 c Shortening
1 tsp Cinnamon

Sift together, flour, salt sugar, cinnamon. Cut in shortening. Then mix in soda, eggs, and raspberries. Pour into a greased pan and bake at 325F. for 1 hour. Myself I don’t use  much Cinnamon.

Blueberry Pancakes, One Of My Favourite

Serving Size : 2 (increase as necessary)

3/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon real butter
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup blueberries, washed and drained
extra margarine for the pan

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Set the bowl aside. Melt the margarine in a small saucepan. Crack the egg
into a medium-size bowl, then add the milk and melted butter. Whisk until everything is well mixed. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Whisk again until both mixtures are blended together. Put extra butter in the saucepan and heat it on the stove top on medium heat. It is hot enough when the butter starts to bubble. Use a measuring cup or a small ladle to spoon the batter into the pan to make 4 pancakes. Put some blueberries on top of each pancake or inside. Cook your pancakes on medium heat until small bubbles appear on the top. Use a spatula to lift the edge of the pancakes to see whether they’re light brown on the bottom. When they are, flip them over.
Cook for another few minutes until the pancakes are light brown on the other side. Remove your pancakes and put them on plates.