Ru­ral liv­ing: patches on patches

Wiarton Echo - - FORUM - BON­NIE ASHCROFT

The On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice ride pro­grams have be­gun and it is a bless­ing when a charge is laid, pos­si­bly pre­vent­ing a fam­ily tragedy hav­ing to be en­dured. There have been so many fa­tal road ac­ci­dents in the news which have killed more than one fam­ily mem­ber. Any ex­tra cost of the OPP RIDE pro­gram would be well spent to help pre­vent sad­ness es­pe­cially at the Christ­mas sea­son.

Re­mem­ber to say “thanks” to the po­lice of­fi­cer if you are pulled over for a check. Do use good judge­ment when driv­ing at this sea­son.

Big shop­ping days have passed with “black Fri­day” and “cy­ber Mon­day.” Re­mem­ber it helps the econ­omy to have those shop­ping sprees. It can be fun, a so­cial time with a friend and good ex­er­cise when you think of walk­ing that is re­quired.

The fun time now is bak­ing, with all the Christ­mas good­ies to bake or make. Those gin­ger­bread houses are a long time tra­di­tion.

But­ter is an im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent to make cre­ate that gourmet taste on our tongues. With soft but­ter and sugar are creamed air is used to cre­ate ten­der­ness and lift when these are the first in­gre­di­ents for cakes or cook­ies. If the recipe calls for melted but­ter use it in loaves and brown­ies. Do let the melted but­ter cool to room tem­per­a­ture first though. Since most of the wa­ter con­tent has been re­leased in the melted but­ter process the prod­uct is dense, soft and flavour­ful.

When a recipe calls for grated but­ter in dough never let the dough feel warm to your hands and be sure to han­dle as lit­tle as pos­si­ble. Re­mem­ber those yummy pas­tries that melt in your mouth.

If the recipe calls for un­salted or sweet but­ter do keep it in the freezer as it can spoil more quickly and there is noth­ing worse than ran­cid but­ter. The sweet but­ter con­tains less mois­ture so more con­sis­tent re­sults are seen. It was so great to run cream in the food blender to make our own but­ter at one time. But­ter­milk made the most yummy tea biscuits and some peo­ple liked it to drink as well.

Ru­ral liv­ing of­fers so many fun things to do. It is win­ter so frozen cow patty dis­cus games are now on.

When feed­ing on a windy day we try to keep hay chaff from blow­ing down our col­lars or climb­ing up the stack of hay for some rea­son, dec­o­rat­ing one’s clothes with hay bits. Barn spi­ders have had a healthy growth dur­ing the sum­mer months and now is the time to walk into one ac­ci­den­tally. Work­ing out­doors, ac­ci­den­tally in­ject­ing one­self with wormer. Some of you must re­mem­ber the days though when ev­ery house­hold mem­ber got worm treat­ment fall and spring and how ter­ri­ble it tasted. Even a spoon­ful of sugar wouldn’t help that stuff and now it seems that this is un­heard of?

Soon laneway driv­ing will be a snow­drift slalom ski to jump the ve­hi­cle over the drift.

Ru­ral peo­ple must have been the rea­son for the cre­ation of lined cov­er­alls for warmth. There is one thing for cer­tain the home­maker cer­tainly threw out many a pair of jeans that couldn’t hold another patch and never thought of the dol­lars go­ing to waste. If the back of the jeans were so-so they would be cut out to be used for fu­ture patches. A patch upon a patch was con­sid­ered neigh­bourly. Now those jeans are worth a small for­tune.

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