Rural living: patches on patches
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.