Pepper Chicken/Inez’s Clippings

It’s Sunday and time for another one of Inez’s Clippings. Grandma was often the butcher at the farm. It was nothing for her to head out to the chicken barn and grab a good looking hen (or rooster who was guilty of being too ornery) and take care of business –all the steps including plucking the feathers and readying it for the dinner table. I was never privy to learn the method as I was not considered old enough. I can honestly say I’m ok with that 😉 I saw enough meat prep of all kinds to satisfy my curiosity.

On a recent doctor visit, I was told to eat less red meats in an attempt to lower the cholesterol. I’m guilty of being an honest to goodness carnevore and his instructions are going to be tough. After all we live in the middle of the Farm Belt and I reitterate the fact that meat is my favorite staple.

So with all that in mind, we used up some garden produce this weekend, starting with some lovely sweet bell peppers in a Pepper Chicken dish. Chicken is on the ‘good’ list. As long as it’s not deep fried.

The step-by-step photos are in the slides below. Notes: #1-We double recipes sometimes so we can have leftovers and use up extra summer vegies. #2-The link for the recipe is here. #3-The recipe states beef and as I stated above, we substituted chicken. #4-Another difference is we added julienned celery. Crunch is important….to us at least.

  • Our rice is cooked in beef broth. Chicken or vegetable broth works too. FYI the beef broth is cholesterol free
  • Mushrooms are sauted first. This is not on the website's ingredient list.
  • Adding the peppers and onions next.
  • The sauce is whisked and ready to add later
  • Vegies removed temporarily to cook up the chicken
  • Reintroduce the vegies and add sauce

To keep this gluten free, it’s important to watch soy sauce, oyster sauce and spice labels.

Plated Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry

Thanks for dropping in this Sunday!

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Sleep Deprivation/Inez’s Clippings

Sleep deprivation is a thing for many people. In our home, it happens to a couple of us—present company not included. I happen to think that my job is one of those that helps you get a good night’s sleep after the day is done. I am thankful for that. This is not to say that those who have sleep trouble aren’t working hard enough. A good night’s sleep is a mystery to many as apparently it’s a challenge to successfully treat.

You have to admit that Grandma’s clipping below is pretty cute.

I just love Grandma's sense of humor!
I just love Grandma’s sense of humor!

This weekend while everyone in Sedalia and the surrounding area is at the Missouri State Fairgrounds (working/riding rides/seeing a concert,eating corn dogs and cotton candy), I’m here at home working on a project for some good friends. They have recently moved but we have a common friend (our daughter) who will transport the project for us once it is completed. In short, I spent Saturday cutting soccer jerseys.

Of all the marking tools I’ve researched, I found these are the best for quilting. Just don’t use the orange. For some reason, it doesn’t wash out the best. As a daycare provider, ask me how I know this. 😉

Hard to see in the second pic, but I’ve pinned the opening closed prior to cutting.

Some factors to consider when making someone a jersey/t-shirt quilt is that the shirts are not replaceable. For this reason, it’s taken me some time and contemplation on how to best begin. If you have a project someone has requested, definitely do the homework first so there are no regrets later. As in carpentry, measure twice, cut once. Don’t let it deprive you of sleep.

Block Cutting Complete
Block Cutting Complete

Stay tuned for the completed quilt in an upcoming post. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!

The Water Dipper/ Inez’s Clippings

First the clipping….

The Water Jug

In case you are unaware, a “Hane” is a piece of iron attached to the collar of draft horses pulling a wagon. Water jugs were the way to transport water back in the day before the beginning of the Convenience Store. No water bottles, Tervis’s, Thermos bottles, etc. And everyone shared from the same container. Germs? No there were no germophobes in existence. At least not in our neck of the woods.

But we didn’t have a water jug per say. We had a metal dipper. It hung by grandma’s sink and anytime you needed a good swig of water, just grab it and fill it up. That fresh well water pumped right to the sink was ice cold and always hit the spot. Ice cubes? Nah. The only time you needed ice was in your tea or when you were making ice cream.

I searched high and low for a photograph showing that enamel covered metal dipper. After all, the kitchen was always the gathering place for the women folk. We kids knew exactly where they’d all be hanging out. But I only found a couple photos of the kitchen and they’re not taken at the correct angle so you can’t see the infamous dipper. But I want you to see the photo I found anyway as it shows a Norman Rockwell-ish moment in 1969 with my mother reading and Great Grandma sitting while resting her feet. In the kitchen with no tv, no radio, no cell phones, no computers. Just togetherness.

My mother Eileen and Great Grandma Hunter
My mother Eileen and Great Grandma Hunter

Daily Smiling/Inez’s Clippings

I don’t know if my grandmother ever contributed any stories of her own to newspapers while teaching back during her teaching days, but I definitely know from my own personal experience that kids can and will say things that make you smile on a daily basis. It’s probably why she was drawn to cutting out the ‘funnies’ from the newspapers.

Before I share Grandma’s clipping for this week, I wanted to share a bit about our week during storytime. As a regular activity, we talk about stuff related to the story of the day and I have kept track of several of these over time. This past couple weeks, we had an Insect Theme goin’ on and the question I posed to them went like this….

If you found a beehive on the ground, what would you do? Why?”

  • Owen(age4) “Put it back up–Because the bees will be sooo happy”
  • Hunter(age 4) “Go in the house–Because they will sting you.”
  • Owen yes we have 2 Owens (age 4) “Don’t be around it–Because they will sting you”
  • Bella (age 2) “Be afraid! –I don’t know & my daddy afraid & my mommy afraid!”
  • Jonathan (age 2) “Run away to my house, no a different house–Because I don’t like bees!”
  • Miles (age 5) “Scare it away — Cause I don’t like bees.”
  • Hudson (age 5) ” I would pick it up and put it back and wait for more bees to come back — I don’t know why”
  • Ben (age 7) “Leave it alone & walk around it — So I don’t get stung.”
  • Sawyer (age 7) ” Leave it alone so I don’t get stung and walk off”

So to reassure everyone out there, we had further discussion of how to handle this situation and also about the benefits bees provide to our environment. In addition, I just want to say that the next generation is going to be OK. They have empathy, caring hearts and are wonderful little people! So, if this didn’t make you smile, maybe the funnies coming up will…..Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!!

Tree Toad Tongue Twister/Inez’s Clippings

Though faded with age, I have my grandmother’s handwriting in this example of her saved pieces.

It’s pretty hard to read even with the filter possibilities I tried…so here’s a clearer version.

Tree Toad Tongue Twister

A tree toad loved a she toad
That lived up in a tree.
She was a 3-toed tree toad
But a 2-toed toad was he.
The 2-toed tree toad tried to win
The she toad's friendly nod;
For the 2-toed tree toad loved the ground
that the 3-toed tree toad trod.
But vainly the 2-toed tree toad tried
He couldn't please her whim;
In her tree toad bower
with her V-toe power
the she toad V-toed him.

In the poem, it described a ‘She Toad’ who loved her sanctuary, as most women do. And she didn’t want to be bothered with the ‘He Toad’. Where is Your happy place?? Here’s Mine in pictures. Crazy Anne II quilt is ready for binding….

Another KC Star quilt for the books. Note: Some call this pattern Wheel of Fortune but I’m referencing the 1949 version as you can see in the photo from The Kansas City Star Quilts Sampler by Barbara Brackman. And just think, this quilt top came from Facebook marketplace in a tub of scraps for $15. About as good as it gets!! Yep, time spend quilting is synonymous with me in my sanctuary.

Doctorly Advice/ Inez’s Clippings

Inez’s Clippings is a page on my blog with entries based on a small yellow box of collected newspaper clippings belonging to my grandmother Inez Hunter. Click the ‘Inez’s Clippings’ tab above to read more entries as they are published. Thanks so much for visiting!

The world is full of medical advice these days and everyone is Googling to see what is wrong with them or someone they know. I often wonder what folks from days-gone-by would have thought of this access to so much information. Most people tend to want to look for freebies whether rich or poor. You can’t blame them with the cost of living. A little glimpse this Sunday of my grandmother’s humorous view on the topic of Something for Nothing.

Advice from the Doctor
Advice from the Doctor
Grandma at Home around Christmastime
Grandma at Home around Christmastime

Sunday Funny/ Inez’s Clippings

Inez, Eileen and puppy
Inez, Eileen and puppy

Grandma Inez was as fond of animals as she was of children. Pictured here with my mother you can sense she’s about to speak while my mom focuses on that pup. She instilled a lot of love in all of us for animals. If there are cousins who didn’t own a pet of some kind, I can’t recollect it.

Smiling came easy for her along with her gentle laughter. Being a woman of great faith and very knowledgeable in the Bible were also things in which she was known for. The following clipping is a familiar example of her sense of humor. I hope you’ll enjoy!

Brothers? lol
Brothers? lol

A little about the clippings and photo….. ELKO is a photography developer from the 1940’s out of Kansas City, Missouri. Photo was taken in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Grandpa’s duty station) during WWII. The newspaper clipping origin is unknown except that my grandma was boarding in various homes during her tenure as a one-room school house teacher in Iowa. Most likely from local papers of the area during the years between 1925-ish through the 1930’s.