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GLAZY BARBECUE SAUCE

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Here's the barbecue sauce recipe I told you I would share.

I don't even know where I got this recipe.

It was in my cookbook, the one where I write all of our favorites.

I had never even made it before and yet for some reason I wrote it in my cookbook as a favorite.

The thing is after I made it, it is a favorite and it turns out the recipe is exactly where it should be, in my book of favorites.

If you have even been to the American Legion or some place around your town that has chicken barbques you will find this sauce is a lot like the ones they use.

It isn't thick, it doesn't coat heavy like a lot of the store bought sauces do, it's almost like a glaze and you really can't even see it on the meat but oh my can you taste it.

I hope you will like it.

1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup bacon grease
1 tsp. tabasco sauce
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tbsp.  sugar
2 tbsps. worchestire sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder.

Simmer for ten minutes.
Cool and …

WE ARE ALL GONNA GET A FLAT ON THE ROAD AND IN LIFE AND IT'S OKAY

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Did you ever have get a flat tire?

It usually doesn't take long to know you have a flat.

There's that bumpy, uneven ride you start noticing.

It might even be another driver sees it and tries to let you know by waving and motioning.

Once you know you have a flat, you're pretty much stopped.

You can't continue on until you deal with it.

You are going to have to find a safe place to pull over, you can't just stop anywhere.

Then you are going to have to get out and look and see exactly where its at and how bad it is.

You will have to find the spare if you even have one.

Then you are going to have to find the jack.

At some point you are probably going to have to get down on the ground.

You are probably going to get some road gravel and dirt on you and you very well might break a sweat from getting the lugs loose and tugging on the tire.

Eventually you'll  get it fixed and you'll get back on the road, only this time  the ride will be different

It'll feel smoo…

BROKEN DOWN VEHICLES, FAIR PROJECTS AND GROWLING DOGS

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I've driven a lot of old cars and trucks and vans in my day.

I've been stranded along the road when they broke down and I've been stranded in parking lots when they failed to start.

We had one old truck that had a big hole in the floor board, practically no brakes, windshield wipers that once turned on would not go off and the windows would only roll part way down.

This was the truck the kids and I delivered tomatoes in.

When we got to the end of the road the kids would start saying, "Pump mom" because I had to pump the brakes.

This was the truck we took 4-H projects to the fair in.

Four kids and myself in a truck with windows that wouldn't roll down and we are  in the middle of July, oh and the window wiper switch got hit so they were going back and forth and it was sunny and ninety- five degrees out.

Heidi had her cake she was entering on her lap all the kids and me were in the front seat of the truck, remember we are hot and crowded and in a hurry.

We had…

I'M NO MA INGALLS

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You know how much I admire Ma Ingalls, Caroline Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie.

It didn't matter what happened, no matter how bad the deal or how stressed out Pa was she held her tongue.

When she saw what happened or after Pa, told her what happened she would  nod her head or she would just sit quiet.

I know that is exactly what she should have done.

Her example is great.

Pa didn't need her telling him how it would be okay, he didn't need her telling him what he did wrong or what he could do different next time.

He needed for her to be still.

She needed to give him time to deal with it within himself.

He needed time to think and to process.

We had a situation like this just last week and it's the very reason I know I'm no Ma Ingalls.

I had been mowing over at Lost River, I was almost done and Mark said he would take over.

He accidently hit a gas line.

He got down and looked at the line.

It scared me to death.

I started saying, "We better call the gas…

THE CAR HAS TURNED INTO THE DINNER TABLE AND WE CAN GO WITH THAT

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You know I love the dinner table.

You know I'm all about cooking and eating.

And you know every time I get the chance I am going to promote that.

But hopefully you also know.... I know where we are today.

I know life if different now, and as nice as the kitchen table and the family all  around sounds...it's hard to get it done.

Soooo....we find ourselves running through the drive-thru on the way  home from practice or work.

Or we pull a frozen pizza out of the freezer and pop it in the oven.

That's all okay.

You see one way a family is built is around a  meal, not the food.

The two are not the same.

The time is more important than the menu.

If you have to eat in the car...then eat in the car but make sure the radio is off, don't let the kids be watching a movie, don't be on your phone.

Eat and talk.

You can have the dinner table atmosphere in the car.

Don't think that a number one off the fast food menu on a Tuesday or a frozen pizza on the table on Tuesday is…

SANDWICH RING....IT COULD NOT BE EASIER!

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The Sandwich Ring got a big response.

Several of you asked about how to make it so I'm gonna to tell you.

It's so not hard.

It looks impressive but it's for the beginner cook.

Here's what you need.

2 tubes (11 ounces each) refrigerated crusty French bread dough
Bottle Italian dressing
1/2 pound sliced deli ham
1/4 pound Swiss cheese, halved
1/2 pound sliced deli Roast Beef
1/4 pound colby cheese, halved
1/2 pound sliced deli turkey
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
sliced black olives
sliced jalapeno peppers

Take the two loaves of dough and put them seam side down on a greased pizza pan, forming a large ring and pinch the ends to seal it.
Then take a sharp knife and make eight fairly deep slices across the top of the bread.
Brush the top of the bread with Italian salad dressing.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
When it's done let it cool for at least 15 minutes

When the bread ha…

IF LIFE WAS SPENT IN BILLS WE WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THE BANK AND MAKE CHANGE

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How are you spending your life?

That's a big question and when we think of our life we tend to think of it as a whole.

And of course that's right but it's important to keep in mind that a whole life involves lots of pieces.

I heard a preacher tell a story and he said it like this,  "We think of time as like a $100.00 bill and we are going to lay it down all at once and buy something.
One big thing and we're done.

But that isn't how it works really.

In reality we all have to go to the bank and cash that bill in for a bunch of change.

For the most part we go through life spending change as far as time goes.

We spend a little bit listening to a hurting co-worker.

We spend a little more when we come home, get supper and hurry back out to he funeral home to support a friend.

Then there are those cupcakes for school, you shell out a little more time.

You want to sit down and put your feet up but you know mom would love a call from you so you  give her a call. Ching,…

WHEN YOU WANT YOUR HUSBAND TO THINK YOU ARE SWEET SPIRITED, YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO BE SWEET SPIRITED

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When Mark and I were first married, he had a bad temper.

He got mad a lot quicker than me.

I was the laid back one.

Years went by and Mark mellowed and I hardened.

I would just look at him and think, "Go ahead, make my day."
(I never saw that movie but I have heard that line)

One day I was doing dishes and listening to the radio.

A man was talking about his wife and he said she had such a sweet spirit, she spoke sweetly.

I stopped washing the dishes.

I wanted Mark to be able to say that about me.

In the past he would have, but somewhere along the way I got grouchy and not so sweet spirited.

I decided it was time to get back to myself.

It didn't take long to get my first test.

Mark calls me a lot during the day.

I was working on something and he called me, I saw it was him and I thought, "I just talked to you."

I was going to answer the phone one way, but then I remembered the man with the wife who had a sweet spirit, a wife who spoke sweetly.

So I answered swee…

Raisin Pie....AN OLD FASHIONED FAVORITE

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Some of you requested the Raisin Pie recipe so here it is.

I had never had a raisin pie until I married into the Gray family.

Mark loved them and when I was given a bridal shower before we married, everyone was asked to bring a recipe.

Marilyn Losson brought this one.

I have to admit as a young wife I let it sit in the recipe box for a little while but once I took it out, it just kept coming back out.

Mark's grandpa Gray loved a raisin pie and so we took this over to his house often and of course we took a half gallon vanilla ice cream along with us.

When Lucas came in the other day and saw this on the counter he said the first thing he thought of was Grandpa Herman.

The girls aren't crazy about this pie but Lucas likes it and he likes it with ice cream too, so I'm thinking it's a Gray man thing.

Okay, so here we go, the recipe is.....

2 cups seedless raisins
2 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. vinega…

WOODSTOVES, WELLS AND LAND

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Sometimes you look back on the things your parents said and realize how right they were.

Dad always said a man needed a piece of land. He said if he has land he can take care of his family and provide for himself.

He also said a man needed a flue and a good woodstove.

When I was a girl we had a tornado and we were without electric for over a week.

It was early April and still a little cool but we were warm because we had a woodstove.

Mom cooked all our meals and made coffee on that stove.

We never went without and we didn't have to call on anyone to help.

When the big blizzard came and we were without power for a long time our pipes didn't freeze, we didn't freeze and we had plenty to eat thanks to the woodstove.

The same is true of a good well.

If you have a stove you can cook and stay warm and if you have a good well you can get water, now it might not be easy since everything is hooked up to the electric pump but still, push come to shove, you can get water out of that…

BIRDS MAY NOT WORRY BUT THEY DON'T JUST SING ALL DAY EITHER

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I've had cause everyday this week to be  outside at Lost River between three and four in the morning.

It's a beautiful time to be out.

It helps a person get perspective on things, some thing about stillness and a dark sky filled with stars sorta puts you in your place.

I think a lot of stuff when I'm out there.

I think about my family, I think about you all, I think about food, I pray for people who pop into my mind.

This morning I thought..."I'm cold."

So I got back in the truck.

You thought I was going to say something good didn't you?

Anyway, that is what I thought, so I did get in the truck and I turned the radio on.

There was a man talking and I don't know who he was but he was talking about worry.

He mentioned the verse in the Bible that says, "Birds of the air do not sow or reap."

That's in the book of Matthew and of course we know one of the things that passage teaches is that its of no use to worry.

The man on the radio said, he…

GIFTS FROM GRANDMOTHERS

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My grandmother's were  two completely different types of women.
Both of them wonderful and I loved them immensely.
One of them has passed away and one is still living.
One always had birthday cakes for us and the other one didn't.
One always had big Christmas dinners and one of them didn't.
One bought us gifts fairly often, one didn't.
It didn't matter to me.
As a child I don't think I even realized it.
All I knew was they both loved me.
I loved so many things about each of them.
I remember one Christmas I got an electric blanket and a Minnie mouse wrist watch.
I adored it. The blanket was yellow and the watch was white. I received many gifts from that grandma but that stands out in my mind.
I didn't get many gifts from my other grandma but I didn't care. She didn't drive and things were just different.
But I do remember the gifts I got from her. One day I was at her house and she asked me to go into the front bedroom with her.
She had me sit down on…