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19th Hole Sauce Recipe

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Leave a comment

My friends Jim and Starr Ramsey gave me this recipe many years ago and we usually have some on hand. glitter iphone case 7 Jim and Starr were the ultimate grillers; grilling 3-4 times a week, no matter what the weather. It didn’t matter if there was a foot of snow in the winter, Jim would brush the snow off the grill and start a fire with real charcoal (not briquets!). This sauce may also be called Sitzmark sauce. You will find some other recipes on line, however this is a simple, easy to make recipe and you may already have most of the ingredients in your cupboard. We keep the left over sauce in our refrigerator for a month or more. 8 plus case iphone disney It can be used as a condiment on all kinds of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. We normally use it on grilled cheeseburgers on toasted english muffins. Lamb burgers are especially good! I still have the recipe as I copied it down almost 40 years ago. carging case iphone 7

19th Hole Sauce Recipe from Jim and Starr Ramsey

19th Hole Sauce Recipe from Jim and Starr Ramsey

Ingredients: 1) 1/2 Cup of water 2) 1/4 Cup of vinegar (White or Cider) 3) 2 Tablespoons of oil (we use extra virgin olive oil) 4) 1 1/2 Cups of Ketchup (we use Heinz) 5) 1 Bay leaf 6) 1 Teaspoon of sugar 7) 2 Drops of liquid smoke 8) 1 Teaspoon of salt 9) 1/3 Cup of finely diced onion 10) 1/2 Teaspoon of paprika
Combining the Ingredients

Combining the Ingredients

A very colorful mix of spices!

A very colorful mix of spices!

Putting it all together: 1) Combine all the ingredients into a small sauce pan. It really doesn’t matter what order the ingredients are added. 2) Over low heat, gradually bring to a simmer. Cover and let it simmer for at least a half an hour. 3) Stir every couple of minutes to keep from burning on the bottom of the pan. 4) Check to make sure the mustard seeds are soft enough to bite into without being hard. 5) Ready to serve warm or cold. 6) Save the unused portion in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Simmer and stir on low heat for at least 30 minutes

Simmer and stir on low heat for at least 30 minutes

The good old Revere Ware sauce pans!

The good old Revere Ware sauce pans!

Tips: 1) If you have never used Liquid Smoke, there are several brands which can be found in a grocery store. phones cases for iphone 6 You only need a drop or two to change the flavor of a recipe, so a bottle will last you a long time. 2) Revere Ware. iphone 8 bamboo case My mother always used Revere Ware, which is cookware made with lightweight stainless steel or stainless steel with a copper bottom. iphone 6 case guinness If you don’t burn what you are cooking, these pans are easy to clean and last forever. I prefer to use the old style Revere Ware that you can buy used on Ebay at a reasonable price. I have all the high priced gourmet cookware, but I always seem to cook with the Revere Ware when it comes to sauce pans or large 6 and 8 quart pans. The older Revere Ware is not “non-stick”, so you can use metal spoons for cooking and “Scotch-Brite” pads for cleaning. We primarily use this sauce on hamburgers and cheeseburgers. We especially like the combination of Cheeseburgers, Sharp Cheddar cheese slices, with 19th Hole Sauce, on a grill toasted english muffin. iphone 7 plus phone cases torro
Grilling the burgers with toasted English Muffins and Sharp Cheddar Slices!

Grilling the burgers with toasted English Muffins and Sharp Cheddar Slices!

A little sauce on top and underneath the burger!

A little sauce on top and underneath the burger!

We usually eat our burgers with other common “Picnic” foods, no matter what time of year. We try to get some vegetable in our diet at the same time.

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Fall Food Plots – Trying New Seed Mixes

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Leave a comment

We haven’t planted new food plots since 2014 and it is time (Summer 2017) to plant some fall annual food plots in preparation for perennial food plots in 2018. We have a half acre of three year old Imperial Whitetail™ Brand Clover which needs to replaced in 2018 with at least an acre of Whitetail Clover. This late summer (August 5th) we planted six seed mixes from the Whitetail Institute. We have found reliability and innovation with Whitetail Institute products and seldom try other brands. Seed selection is one of the most important aspects of planting food plots. This time we are planting Pure Attraction®, Ambush®, Winter Greens™, Beets & Greens™, Tall Tine Tubers™ and Imperial Whitetail Oats Plus™. These are all annual seed blends and should be killed during the winter in this western New York location.

3 year old neglected Imperial Whitetail Clover food plot

3 year old neglected Imperial Whitetail Clover food plot

We started in June preparing for this planting with a late burn down. I say late because of very rainy spring weather. We did not apply the first application of glyphosate until the weeds were about 18 inches tall in most places. We used a heavy rate of glyphosate to control perennial weeds, with quackgrass being our biggest concern. bambi phone case iphone 7 plus We made a second application about the third week of July. To attempt to control quackgrass, you must make a second application when it re-grows following the first application. Since we are planting fall annual food plots, we will have another opportunity to control the quackgrass, if it regrows. We will make another burn down application next spring, before we plant our perennial planting of Whitetail Clover.
Food plot "Burn Down" number two

Food plot “Burn Down” number two

When we look at food plot seed blends in advertising and online, we get an idea of what is in the package, but to know exactly what is in the package you must read the Seed Label on the package you purchase. The seed label is required by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). iphone 8 tough case This label will tell you the specific varieties, percent pure seed, germination percentage, origin of the seed (state), percent weed seed, percent inert matter, germination test date, amount of noxious weeds, container weight, etc. Here is the seed label information for the varieties in the seed bags we purchased: These seed mixes contain a high percentage of coating material which is very important to the germination and weight distribution of the seed as it goes out a broadcast seed spreader. It is better to ensure that the seed you plant will grow than to purchase uncoated seed that may not germinate in adverse conditions. The coating is All-Vantage containing RainBond which will also helps water adhere to the seed in dry conditions. Tall Tine Tubers: We like Tall Tine Tubers which we have grown before. The turnips provide foliage for the deer to eat after a freeze in the fall and the turnip “bulbs” to eat throughout the winter and early spring. Tall Tine Turnip – 55.24% Purple Top Turnip – 10.48% Other Crop – 0% Weed Seed – 0.05% Inert Matter (includes 34.18% Coating Material) Beets & Greens: This is the first time we have planted this seed mix. We are excited to see how the sugar beets in this mix preform. We have grown the other plants in the mix previously including Radish, Kale, Rape, and Tall Tine Turnips. It appears to be a mix that will nourish deer in late fall and possibly through winter and early spring. We had difficulty calibrating our hand held seeder to spread this seed because of the size difference between the larger beet seed and the smaller brassica/turnip seed. iphone cases iphone 6 When we opened the seeder up to accommodate the beet seed, it let out too many brassicas. We feel this was the cause of our planting too much seed on a smaller area than the 1/2 acre intended. We may need to look at other seeder options. WINA 412 Radish – 25.59% WINA 210 Kale – 18.87% Trophy Rape – 18.26% Newbie Sugar Beet – 14.81% Tall Tine Turnip – 2.95% Other crop – 0.05% Inert Matter – (includes 19.04 % coating material) Weed Seed – 0.05% Winter Greens: This is a good all around annual fall food plot mix. We have planted this previously. The deer will come in to eat it after a frost or two. In our area in western N.Y. State, it will be consumed from about mid Oct. iphone 7 plus case with cover until it gets really cold in mid January, maybe longer if there is snow cover. The deer will dig through the snow for it! WINA 210 Forage Kale – 24.32% Premier Forage Kale – 24.28 % Dwarf Essex Rape – 4.44% Trophy Rape – 3.29% Dwarf Siberian Kale – 3.28% Purple Top Turnip – 0.79% Other crop – 0.05% Inert Matter (includes 34.2% Coating Material) Weed Seed – 0.08% Ambush: This is a new seed mix for us and we are anxious to see how the lupines, peas, Alex Berseem Clover, sugar beets and Annual Ryegrass do in this mix. Our initial impression is that this mix germinated slowly, and the Alex Berseem Clover, and lupines germinate and develop slowly. Since the pea and lupine seed are large seeds and the percents in the seed mix are derived by weight, there are really not many lupine and pea seeds that have an opportunity to germinate. We’ll have to see how it looks in October and how much the deer feed on it. In our case, we may also need to change our planting procedure to make sure the bigger lupine and pea seeds are covered with more soil to get a higher germination percentage. Amiga White Lupine – 25.88% WINA 204 Peas – 19.80 Lumen White Lupine – 15.97 Whitetail 906590 Oats – 11.96 Alex Beseem Clover – 9.88 Newbie Sugar Beet – 5.98% DH-3 Annual Ryegrass – 4.99 Other crop – 0.05% Inert Matter (includes 5.10% Coating Material) Weed Seed -0.06% Pure Attraction: This is a new seed mix for us. cheap iphone 7 plus phone cases We really like Whitetail Oats and this was an attractive mix to us since we wanted to combine some other seed types with our oat planting. One of the attributes we like about the “sweet” oats is that the deer will start eating it almost immediately, where we have to wait for frosts for many of the “greens”. Whitetail 906590 Oats – 38.89% Whitetail 105069 Oats – 35.87 Fridge Triticale – 12.34% Bolero Peas – 4.41% Brundage Wheat – 3.72% WINA 210K Forage Kale -1.045 Premier Forage Kale – 1.04% Dwarf Essex Rape – 0.225 Tall Tine Turnip – 0.22% Trophy Rape – 0.14% Dwarf Siberian Kale – 0.14% Other Crop – 0.07% Inert Matter (includes 5.10% Coating Material) Weed Seed – 0.07% Imperial Whitetail Oats Plus we have planted previously several times. I do not currently have the seed label for the seed we planted, but I can add that later. The majority of this seed is uncoated oat seed. We really like this product! The deer feed on it almost immediately and will continue to feed on it until it is frozen out in our area. It continues to grow and the deer keep it pruned almost down to the ground. Due to abnormal growing conditions and our first time experimentation using a UTV as a cultipacker, we chose to over seed our entire planting this year with a half rate of the “sweet” oats. So far, this has proven to be a benefit, although we did get excellent germination for almost all our seed mixes.
Imperial Whitetail Oats over-seeded at half rate over all plantings

Imperial Whitetail Oats over-seeded at half rate over all plantings

Our planting process this year included two burn-down applications primarily to control perennial quack grass, followed by three discings, planting, then fertilizing. We would like to have incorporated the fertilizer in with the discings, however with approaching rains we wanted to make sure we had the seed planted, and germination confirmed before we committed to purchasing fertilizer. We also felt we probably had enough phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) to get the plants going. iphone 7 orange phone cases There might be an advantage of making one late heavy N-P-K application after germination verses a split application of an early N-P-K application followed by a later Nitrogen (N) application. Ideally you would make the two fertilizer applications. We’ll see how big the turnips and sugar beets get by November 15th?
Imperial Whitetail Oats Plus germinating!

Imperial Whitetail Oats Plus germinating!

We try to follow the seeding rate on the package, usually I purchase 1/2 acre bags of seed. Sometimes it is a challenge to get the rate correctly and achieve optimum spacing between plants. If the seeding rate is to close, you get a lot of spindly plants. If it is too thin, you get gaps which allow weeds to get established. Particularly with turnips, radishes and sugar beets, if they are planted too thickly, the root bulb will be small. For these rooting plants you want them planted thin enough to grow big “bulbs”. Having enough fertilizer will also help grow big bulbs if the plants have enough space.
Always exciting to see good germination and plant spacing!

Always exciting to see good germination and plant spacing!

An example of planting too thickly

An example of planting too thickly

We had one area that we decided to turn into a food plot late in the summer and it only received a mowing and one burn down application. It was very trashy even after it had been disced about 4 times. We planted extra seed and oversewed it with the “Sweet” oats. It appears to have had good germination and we expect this plot to do well.
Good germination in a really trashy area!

Good germination in a really trashy area!

After germination it is great to watch the plants get established and in some cases fight for light and dominance with their neighbors. If you can’t get your seeding rate perfect, it’s better to plant extra seed than not have enough planted in our opinion.
Oats and Brassicas getting established! Tillering - Sinking roots!

Oats and Brassicas getting established! Tillering – Sinking roots!

Our most shady/secluded plot getting established!

Our most shady/secluded plot getting established!

We have one newly cleared area where we have cut down relatively large trees to expand our food plot area and to let more light in on or existing plots. We have cut the trees, harvested the firewood, burned the branches and have planted this area for the first time. This creates the need to disc the soil and plant around the stumps. We do not plan to remove the stumps and all our food plots have stumps in varying stages of decay. catterpillar iphone 7 case
Planting around the stumps!

Planting around the stumps!

We have planted about 2 1/2 acres of food plots this year, some is planted in between rows of english walnut trees that we have planted. We have our first nut on a tree this year! We did not plant blocks of the same seed mix types, but alternated seed mix types in about 30 foot bands throughout the plots. In previous years we have planted in blocks which resulted in some plots being pretty bare after the deer at almost everything. With this approach all the plots should have something growing throughout the entire hunting season.
Multiple Food Plots with Multiple Seed Mixes Planted

Multiple Food Plots with Multiple Seed Mixes Planted

With the food plots established and the expectation that big bucks from all over will come to flock into these food plots, we decided to build a simple hunting stand to overlook about 2/3 of the plots. At the very least it will give us a place to sit, out of the rain, in a comfortable chair while we watch the show.

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Letters to My Mother sent by Dad – January, 1945

Posted on June 11, 2017 by Leave a comment

Fred Kitson circa late 1944

Fred Kitson circa late 1944

Dad once told me “My time in WWII was the most exciting 6 months of my life and for me it is like it happened yesterday” He never really talked about it until he was about 75 years old. Initially it upset him to talk about it and he would often breakdown in telling a story. Once he got comfortable about talking about it, he kept remembering more stories to tell and wanted to share his story. Dad (Fred Kitson) trained at Camp Wheeler in GA. Dad and I visited the area around Camp Wheeler in 2006. The camp no longer exists and very little information is available. Some of the camp is now a residential and business area. The letters are from my father to my mother Jeanne Ruth White Kitson.
Mom and Evelyn Jeane circa first half of 1945

Mom and Evelyn Jeane circa first half of 1945

(This photo was taken in the side yard at my grandparents house sometime in the summer of 1945 after my father came back from Europe.) 1944 12/2 – Daughter Evelyn Jeanne is born in Buffalo, NY 12/7 – Finished training as Infantry replacement for mortar and machine gun 12/9 – Furlough 12/19 – Furlough ends 12/31 – Boarded the Queen Mary at NYC; 18,000 including buddy Melvin Lau. The Queen Mary sailed January 1 – January 7, 1945. Duration of sailing 5 Days, 16 hours, 44 minutes. Speed 26.63 Knots. Normal Troop Capacity 15,000. Dad said the ship had 18,000 loaded. 1945 1/7 – Landed Gourock, Scotland; boarded train for South Hampton, England; traveled through the night under black-out conditions. 1/8 – Boarded U.S. Navy landing ship tank (special ship for unloading tanks and other military vehicles and equipment); traveled across the English Channel to Le Harve, France. 1/12 – Left Le Harve in boxcars; 33 men in each car with full field pack and duffle bag. 1/14 – Arrived at Repo Depo at Metz, France. 1/16 – Loaded on truck at dusk with other infantry replacements The rest of this account is told in first person as my father told it to me or has been written in the letters he wrote. Occasionally, clarification comments will be made by the author to add additional detail which will be in parentheses: 1/17 – Sometime during the night Melvin Lau and I heard our names called out and we jumped into the road and were led into the basement of a damaged schoolhouse. The basement was illuminated with burning rags stuck into wine bottles filled with gasoline; black sooty smoke filled the air. We had joined Company D, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment of the 87th Infantry Division of the Third Army under General Patton. We never saw him! We subsequently learned that this division had been committed to action for the front on December 25th 1944 in Leige, Belgium at the Battle of the Bulge. When we joined the men in our squad, on Jan. 17th (23 days later), only one half of the combat force was left. The others were either sick, wounded or dead. We replacements were welcomed into the machine gun squad with genuine appreciation. Camp Wheeler trained 1000 replacements per week. To fill the Queen Mary it was necessary for 18 other replacement camps around the country to supply 1000 men each to fill the ship with 18,000 men and probably some women. Can you imagine the logistics of assembling 18,000 infantry replacements from around the country to load on to the Queen Mary; one man at a time walking up the gangplank? We were told that loading men had been going on for 24 hours prior to the time we loaded and we left about 30 hours after we loaded. sushi iphone 6 case This was the first and last time I spent time in New York City, on New Years Eve.
217 Glenridge Road, East Aurora, NY, circa 1935

217 Glenridge Road, East Aurora, NY, circa 1935

(My grand parents lived at 217 Glenridge Road in East Aurora, NY. Mom stayed with my grandparents while Dad was in Europe. The house had recently been built and only small trees surrounded it by 1945.) 1) This is the First Letter written after his first night on the ship. Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Clarence L. iphone 7 case kenzo Brauton, 2nd Lt. (cursive signature)? U.S. Army Postal Service 13/Jan/1945 From: Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Hello Dear Jeanne, I love you and hope you and our precious baby are feeling all right. I am fine and will be quite a way from home when you get this. I am writing this while at sea. Without a doubt you will be wondering how I like the boat ride. The first night out to sea was rather rough. After evening chow my stomach rolled quite a bit, but I managed to keep it down. A good many boys were less fortunate and tossed up everything. We haven’t rolled much since the first night, and I have felt quite good and haven’t missed a meal. The meals are pretty good and we eat just twice a day, which is enough as we haven’t much to do. I am anxious to know how the baby is coming along. I’ll bet she is growing like a weed. How is her rash? Does she still look like her Daddy? I hope her mommy is feeling good and getting along all right. I have buddied up with a fellow from Minnesota whose name is Mel Lau (Melvin) ( Dad and Melvin Lau became life long friends). He is married, but has no children. He is the same age as I. We chum together most of the time and I enjoy his company a great deal. iphone 8 case rock We have a P.X. on the ship and we can get what we need. Incidentally cigarettes are 5 cents a pack on the ship. We received nifty Red Cross packages which contained the following; carton of cigarettes, deck of cards, pencil, writing paper and envelopes (which I am using), a pocket reader of short stories, life savers (lime), sewing kit, soap box, and soap, and shoe laces. All this came in a useful cloth bag with a drawstring on top. It’s a nifty gift and we appreciate it. Red cross women also gave us coffee and donuts and candy just before we boarded the ship. (I am pretty sure this got dumped shortly after arriving in Scotland, as they had to carry so much and this would quickly become dead weight. Dad said they learned very quickly to travel light.) I haven’t seen Bob Jones yet, but I have seen several of the other boys on the ship. I saw Gates the farmer and asked and asked him if he got the manure pile moved, but he said no, but he did get is pig and bull butchered. Let me know if you received the Western Union money order which I sent from the P.O.E. (Port of Entry?). That was the only way I could send it because of censorship. Our ship is very beautiful and we have a good stateroom. It is a former first class passage room, with nine bunks in it. We have a lavatory with bathtub, and an extra wash stand in the room with beautiful mirrors which make shaving very easy. Hot and cold running water. We have a good bunch of fellows in the room which makes it very agreeable. I would like to tell more about the ship, but as you know everything form now on will be censored. (Dad said that there was a rotation of the bunks and meals. I believe he said 3 rotations. Each soldier got 8 hours in the bunk. He previously mentioned in this letter they got two meals a day. I believe this information was not included because it would have disclosed troop numbers and would have been censored) I am writing this in the recreation room, and one of the boys is playing very beautifully on the piano. If the writing is any poorer than usual, it is because of the rolling of the ship. This letter will be censored on the ship and will start back shortly after we hit the dock, (Gourock, Scotland), so you will get it as soon as possible. It will soon be chow time Darling Jeanne. Good Afernoon. I love and adore you and Evelyn Jeanne. Many hugs and kisses. Your truly, Fred May God Bless You both abundantly. 2) I believe this is the second letter. No envelope. On United States Army stationary. (Since he knew no mail would be mailed back to the states until the ship docked in Scotland, he may have combined letters and not have been too concerned when they were posted while on the ship.) Hello Dearest Jeanne, Here’s hoping you are feeling O.K. when you receive this darling. I am feeling fine and wish I knew that you and the baby were as well as I am. We are still at sea and the weather is still about the same and the boat is rolling very little. I was on the top deck this afternoon and got quite a kick out of watching the water roll by, which is just about all you can do. It was very breezy up there and the salt spray felt stingy as it blew into the face. Last night I was in the bunk at 7:30 and I read quite a bit out of my pocket reader before lights out. We have reveille at 6:00 AM, chow at about 9:00 AM, and 5:00 PM, and lights out at 10:00 PM. In between time we go up on deck and read or just loaf. They frequently have movies on the deck, but I haven’t bothered to see any. In the evening we can get a canteen cup full of pop for 15 cents. It tastes pretty good particularly because the ships water doesn’t have a good taste. I still haven’t missed a meal and furthermore I don’t expect to. Tonight we had potatoes, corned beef, bologna, carrots, turnips, pickles, bread, butter, cheese, coffee, and an apple. It was all very good and I enjoyed it. We eat out of our mess kits, which saves a lot of dish washing for the K.P.S. (kitchen patrol?) I am anxious to know all about you and the baby and know you will let me know as soon as possible. My best wishes and prayers are with you constantly. I love and adore you precious Jeanne. May God Bless You abundantly. Good nite My Love, Your Sweetheart Fred 3) From: 12 January 1945 (United States Army Stationary) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Clarence L. Brauton, 2nd Lt. (cursive signature)? At Sea Hello My Darling, I hope you and the baby are feeling good and want you to know that I am feeling very good. The sea has been very calm and we haven’t rolled a bit today. Mel and I spent a couple hours today on the deck cnjoying the fresh air and shooting the breeze. We talked about home and our love ones whom are keeping the home fires burning for us. Naturally our conversation centered on our wives and he told me about his and I very proudly told of my wonderful sweetheart. We talked of our courtship and carried right on to the present. I’m sure that we both enjoyed it tremendously. He is very happily married and you surely know I am also. It is wonderful to have you dearest to think about and think of our happy life together. It is also good to think of the future when I can come home and enjoy you and our loverkins, Evelyn Jeanne Good night darling, I love and adore you. Take good care of yourself and Evelyn Jeanne, and I’ll take good care of me. All my Love, Fred, May God Bless You. 4) From: (Sent V-Mail) Pvt Fred Kitson Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred V Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Clarence L. Brauton, 2nd Lt. (cursive signature)? Hello Darling Jeanne, I love you with all my heart. Jeanne think of you and our precious baby constantly. I hope you are well and our baby are both feeling well and happy. I am fine and have been enjoying our trip quite a bit. You are without a doubt quite concerned about me, but please don’t make yourself unpleasant by worrying over me as you have a great big job with the baby, and I am all right. You and Evelyn Jeanne are my precious loves and I miss you much but I have perfect memories and look forward to making our wishes come true. God Bless You. All My Love, Fred 5) This is the 5th letter. No envelope. Appears to have been combined with the previous letter. At Sea. Hello Dearest Jeanne, I just wrote a V-mail, but it is too small to really say anything, however I did want to write it as you will get it quickly. I had expected to write air mail, but there are no stamps available. After I get set on shore someplace, I will use airmail regularly. I am still at sea and seem to enjoy it more all the time. Today has been very bright and the sea is calm. I spent a couple of hours today on the top deck just looking around with my buddy Mel from Minnesota. We had exceptionally good chow tonight; beef stew, lima beans, potatoes, spiced ham cold cut, stewed figs, bread, butter, cheese, jam, and coffee. Last night we had an entertainment in or most beautiful dining room. We have a ship orchestra made up of talented passengers. A tenor soloist sang a song from the operetta Student Prince. iphone 6 phone case male It was very well done, and of course brought back fond memories. Two accordionists also played a couple of polkas. The orchestra also played several tunes, including “Paper Doll”, “Shiek of Araby”, and “In the Mood”. It all sounded very good and we enjoyed it, but we must admit it sort of made us homesick. I surely was lucky to have had that short time at Christmas, and enjoyed it to the fullest extent. It was a thrill of a lifetime to walk into the bedroom and see you feeding our beautiful Evelyn Jeanne. shockproof marble iphone 7 case You are very beautiful Darling and I enjoyed looking at you and realizing that you are really mine. I am very happy and proud to have you as my sweetheart, wife, and mommy of our precious baby. You looked as pretty or prettier as you always have in spite of the fact that you had just recently given birth to our little lovekins. I realize in part at least what you have gone through to bring our baby here and I assure you I appreciate it all. It was the greatest thrill of all to hold the baby and realize that she is ours. I’ll bet she looks quite a bit different now than she did when I left. Here’s hoping she continued to sleep through her two o’clock feeding. Good nite Dear Jeanne, I love and adore You; 4 bushels May God Bless You Your Sweetheart Fred 6) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (V-Mail) (Date unreadable) (France – must have arrived and started his way across Europe) (no date) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Lt. Burnsca (cursive signature)? Darling Jeanne, I know you haven’t received much mail, but rest assured I will write when I can. I haven’t received any mail yet and surely look forward to some, to learn how you and our lovekins are doing. I know you have written, it just hasn’t caught up with me. I have passed through bombed cities, and they are absolutely ruined. We are extremely fortunate that our cities haven’t seen bombs. It’s quite cold here and the ground is covered with snow. We sleep in a warm building and have good warm clothes. Where we are staying wan an extremely beautiful place before the war. Good afternoon Darling. I love and adore you. May God Bless You. All My Love. Fred 7) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (V-Mail) (France)(no date) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed Army Examiner – Anthony M. Schina, 2nd Lt. (cursive signature)? Hello Dear Jeanne, Here is hoping this fins you and the baby in the best of health. I’m feeling alright. We are sleeping in an old building which the Nazis formerly occupied. We have a stove and bunks in the room. Chow is exceptionally good which is very important. I have been using my French (which he took in high school) to a good advantage. The kids on the street beg for “cigarettes pour papa” and “chocolate pour bebe”. Everyone is extremely ill clothed. Everything they have is old and warn. I love you Darling. Please don’t worry about me. God Bless You. Your Sweetheart, Fred 8) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (Somewhere in France) (V-mail) (no date) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Lt. Burnsca (cursive signature)? Hello My Darling, I’m hoping that you and our precious baby are fineand not too worried about me. I am fine and dandy. I have seen a lot this war torn world and am happy that my loved ones oar in the U.S.A. Have a good anniversary day, (I think their anniversary was on Jan. 18th) and I hope and pray we can be together on the next one. I love you truly dearest and think of you and our loverkins always. God Bless You and Evelyn Jeanne and give you courage. (Keep your chin up precious Jeanne. I adore you. (Assigned to 3rd Army) (General Patton). Your Sweetheart and husband, Fred 9) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (Luxembourg) (V-mail) (Jan. 20, 1945) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Lt. Bumgardner (cursive signature)? (I believe this is the location of Dad’s first combat where he started taking fire from the enemy) Hello My Darling, I love you precious and hope you and Evelyn Jeanne are feeling fine. I am O.K. and have been assigned to the 87th division. I am with a good bunch of fellows and living in and old school house. Its fairly comfortable and well heated. It’s been quite cold with about 6 inches of snow. I think of you and the baby constantly and am anxious to hear how you are doing. I’ll bet she is growing fine as I know her mother is taking good care. Take good care of yourself Jeane and I will do the same. May God Bless You and Keep You. All My Love. Fred. P.S. I hope your family and mine are all feeling good. 10) Pvt Fred Kitson 42096197 (Luxembourg) (V-mail) (Jan. 30?, 1945) Inf.Com. B. 2nd Plat. a.p.o. 15705 % P.M. N.Y.N.Y. To: Mrs Fred Kitson 217 Glenridge Road East Aurora, NY, USA Envelope: Passed – Army Examiner – Lt. Milton C. Sherrl (cursive signature)? Hello My Darling, I hope you and Evelyn Jeanne are fine. iphone 8 plus case bohemian Jeanne, I am O.K.. We are quite busy and I don’t get to write often, but I will write when I can. We had quite a treat today and had the opportunity to take a shower and get clean clothes today. We are well taken care of, and get good chow and usually sleep in a warm building. aston villa iphone 8 plus case This afternoon I made a pan of delicious apple sauce which the boys are enjoying a great deal. I love you dearly Jeanne and keep hoping and praying that you and the baby are all right. I am extremely thankful that all my loved ones are in the U.S.A. and haven’t suffered like the civilians have here. Take good care of Our Baby. I pray for us all often and assume?(not clearly written) you do to.

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Detail your car once a year!

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Leave a comment

This blog is for “do-it-yourselfers”. If you aren’t going to get yourself a little dirty, stop reading now! This process will take the better part of a day to complete. So, pick a nice day, get out some headphones and listen to some good music while you make your car like new again. (or almost just like new) Your car is many times the second biggest consumer of your pay check after paying rent or a mortgage. Making a car payment, insuring, paying for registration renewal, property tax, maintenance, gas and oil changes all add up. It pays to take care of your car to extend the life of the vehicle Keep it looking good, and preserve it’s resale value.

Not a bad looking truck for being 12 years old!

Not a bad looking truck for being 12 years old!

There are several cleaning tasks that should occur several times a year, such as rinsing and washing the “road film” off, vacuuming the inside, removing trash, cleaning your windows, etc. anker case iphone 8 plus But, you can protect your vehicle for a whole year of weather damage by detailing your care once a year. The first step is to clean the vehicle. Never use a detergent on your car paint!! My first advice is not to use soap, detergent, or have your car run through a car wash ever again, unless you live in the snow belt and need to do this during the winter months. Soap, detergent and the cleaning products used when running your car through a car wash, remove the polish that we are suggesting you apply. If the wax is not removed, it will last for a full year or longer. To renew the finish to a nice shine, wash the vehicle with only water. We run water and wash the vehicle surface with a clean rag, dislodging the road film while we wash and rinse. We do the same to the wheels. When this is done, we dry the car with a clean rag, twisting it to remove excess water in between drying one area at a time. You can also use a chamois. If you happen to have a “wringer”, that works well to remove excess water from either a chamois or a wet rag. We recommend you purchase a package of cloth baby diapers which are very durable and can be used for years. You may have to buy a package of ten diapers. When you dry the water off the clean vehicle, you will also remove any dirt or road film that you missed when you rinsed the car.
Products to detail your car or truck

Products to detail your car or truck

Next, it is time to really clean the outside of the car by removing bugs, tar, grease, etc. that gradually accumulate during the year. Most of this type of accumulation will occur on the lower portion of the vehicle. iphone 8 cases by snugg We use a bug and tar cleaner to do this. There are quite a few brands to choose from we like Turtle Wax® brand. We use an old T shirt to do the wiping or we purchase similar work cloths at an auto parts store. We use a rolling stool or short bucket to sit on while we do this. You gradually move around the vehicle cleaning each little speck and blotch until everything is removed and the surface is ready to accept the polish. minnie mouse iphone 6 case We then polish the vehicle one section at a time and wipe it off one section at a time. We use Nu Finish® once a year polish. We have used many brands over the years and always come back to Nu Finish. It is inexpensive, sold all over the place, easy to apply, easy to wipe off, and leaves a beautiful shine that will last a year. iphone 6 case the sea It is important to do a section at a time and then wipe it off about 15 minutes later. Occasionally, if you wait longer the polish is a little more difficult to wipe off. If you don’t wait, it comes right off easily. It dries very quickly after it is applied. We like to use micro fiber cloths to wipe off the wax. When you are finished with them, you can wash and dry them, and use them another time. It is best to polish your vehicle in the shade. When polishing in the direct sun, it makes any polish harder to wipe off, because it dries very quickly and starts to harden. Be sure to clean and polish all the painted surfaces on your vehicle. heart iphone 6 plus case There are additives in the polish that clean the paint similar to what a detergent would have done.
Surfaces need to be protected at least once a year!

Wax and polish the vehicle in the shade!

After polishing the vehicle, we use both ArmorAll® protectant wipes and a spray container. We use the wipes on the dash and all the plastic pieces around the seats, doors, accents, beverage holders, etc. on the inside of the vehicle. We also use the wipes on outside plastic pieces. We use the spray bottle and a rag on larger surfaces like mud flaps and to blacken the tire walls. In some cases, we clean the tire walls before we use the ArmorAll on them. ArmorAll contains silicone which seals the plastic from air and water, and protects the plastic from the harmful effects of the sun.
Apply ArmorAll® to plastic pieces to protect them from the weather

Apply ArmorAll® to plastic pieces to protect them from the weather

If you ever have a vehicle that is seldom driven and you want to extend the life of the tires from dry-rot, remove them from the vehicle and spray a liberal coating of ArmorAll all over the tires. iphone 6 case gear4 This also works well to preserve a spare tire. Be sure to wash all your windows, inside and out, your outside mirrors and your rearview mirror. We like the aerosol type window cleaner and always try to keep a can in the car along with a roll of paper towels. We have observed a gradual accumulation of “haze” on our inside window surfaces and are always amazed how much clearer the windows are after having been cleaned.

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Seed, Fruit Trees, and Plant Catalogs

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Around the end of the year and certainly in the month of January, seed catalogs start arriving in the mail if you are on the mailing list. We have received these catalogs for many years. It is a great source of entertainment for us to read through these catalogs and watch as new and improved varieties appear and other less popular varieties disappear from these catalogs. Seed catalogs are a great source of information about when to plant, how deep to plant, harvest date, and many other tidbits of information that help you successfully grow the seeds. Catalog seeds many times have more seeds in the packet, for the same or a lower price, compared to retail store packets. One misleading designation on many of these catalogs is that the seed is non GMO. This is a non issue with probably 99% of the catalog listings. GMO crops are mostly limited to major agricultural crops like corn, soybeans, cotton, alfalfa and a few other crops which would be unlikely to be grown in a home garden. We are not aware of any GMO sweet corn commercially available through a seed catalog. vrs iphone 7 case You can basically ignore the GMO issue in these catalogs. Additionally, there is no evidence to support that GMO crops are harmful to humans. checkered iphone 6 plus case We are supporters of GMO crops!! GMO crops are necessary to feed the total world population!

R.H. Shumway's

R.H. Shumway’s

R.H Shumway’s Catalog Fulfillment Center 334 W. iphone 8 plus case textured Stroud Street Ste. 1 Randolph, WI 53956-1274 800-342-9461 www.rhshumway.com Each different seed catalog company seems to specialize in some aspect of seed sales. iphone 8 plus pig case Some these companies not only offer seeds for commercial vegetable producers as well as home gardeners. Some specialize only in home garden seeds. In the commercial catalogs, not all the seeds are offered in packet sizes for home gardeners.
Stokes Seeds

Stokes Seeds

Stokes Seeds PO Box 548 Buffalo, NY 14240-0548 800-396-9238 www.stokeseeds.com Harris Seeds has a great catalog for both commercial producers and home gardeners.
Harris Seeds

Harris Seeds

Harris Seeds 355 Paul Road P.O. Box 24966 Rochester, NY 14624-0966 800-544-7938 www.harrisseeds.com The Totally Tomatoes seed catalog focuses mainly on tomatoes and peppers.
Totally Tomatoes & Seeds n Such

Totally Tomatoes

Totally Tomatoes 334 West Stroud Street Randolph, WI 53956 800-345-5977 www.totallytomato.com Seeds n Such is a small catalog that offers a variety of seeds with an affordable combined offer packet price and a good number of seeds per packet.
Seeds n Such

Seeds n Such

Seeds n Such PO Box 1 Graniteville, SC 29829 803-663-1501 www.seedsnsuch.com One of the benefits of buying through the mail or ordering on line from a seed catalog is that there are sometimes more than one packet size. You also have a great deal more variety choices. Sometimes there are early order discounts or quantity discounts.
Vermont Been Seed Company

Vermont Been Seed Company

Vermont Bean Seed Company 334 W. Stroud St. Randolph, WI 53956 800-349-1071 www.vermontbean.com Some seed catalogs do a very good job of explaining how to grow each crop category. These tips can make a big difference specially if you are a beginning gardener, although long time gardeners can learn too. This is very true if you are going to plant something you have not grown before. Additionally, seed catalogs usually have a section dedicated to products and gadgets that may help you grow better or accomplish tasks more efficiently.
Territorial Seed Company

Territorial Seed Company

Territorial Seed Company P.O. iphone 8 minnie mouse case Box 158 Cottage Grove, OR 97424-0061 800-626-0866 www.territorialseed.com This is the first year that we have received a seed catalog specializing in organic seeds. slim iphone x case Although we feel that the benefits of organic gardening are greatly exaggerated, it is good to have seed a company attempting to meet the demands of this growing market. Seeds of Change PO Box 152 Spicer, MN 56288 888-762-7333 www.seedsofchange.com
Seeds of Change - organic seeds

Seeds of Change – organic seeds

Most gardeners that purchase seeds also have an interest in planting small fruit and fruit tree transplants. Stark Nursery acquired many of the varieties that were previously sold by Miller Nursery in Canandaigua, NY. lighting phone case iphone 7 Miller Nursery ceased operations about two years ago. We have been a big fan of Miller Nursery as well as Stark Nursery.
Stark Bro's for Fruit Trees

Stark Bro’s for Fruit Trees

Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards Co. (Apples, Peaches, Apricots, Pears, Grapes) PO Box 1800 Louisiana, MO 63353 800-325-4180 www.starkbros.com Another of our favorite nurseries in Nourse Farms. In our opinion, Nourse is the preferred supplier on the east coast for strawberry, raspberry, and other small fruit and vegetable varieties including rhubarb, horse radish, and asparagus.
Nourse for small fruit plants

Nourse for small fruit plants

Nourse (small fruits, asparagus, rhubarb, horse radish) 41 River Road South Deerfield, MA 01373 413-665-2658 www.noursefarms.com
Indian Berry & Plant Co.

Indian Berry & Plant Co.

Indiana Berry & Plant Company (Strawberry, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Grapes) 2811 Michigan Road Plymouth, IN 46563 800-295-2226 www.indianaberry.com Park Seed Co. 3507 Cokesbury Road Hodges, SC 29653 800-845-3369 www.parkseed.com
Park Seed

Park Seed

Burpee W. Atlee Burpee & Co. 300 Park Avenue Warminster, PA 18974 800-888-1447 www.burpee.com Ball Horticultural Company 622 Town Road West Chicago, IL 60185-2698 800-879-2255 www.ballseed.com/webtrack Adaptive Seeds 25079 Brush Creek Road Sweet Home, OR 97386 541-367-1105 www.adaptiveseeds.com Botanical Interests 660 Compton Street Broomfield, CO 80020 877-821-4340 www.botanicalinterests.com Burgess Seed & Plant Co. 1804 E. Hamilton Road Bloomington, IL 61704-9609 309-662-7761 www.eburgess.com ChilePlants.com (seasonal) (plants not seed) (best selection of eggplant varieties) Cross Country Nursery PO Box 170 199 Kingwood Lockdown Road Rosemont, NJ 08556 908-996-4646 www.chileplants.com Companion Plants (herbs, dyes, culinary, medicinal) 7247 N Coolville Ridge Road Athens, OH 45701 740-592-4643 www.companionplants.com Dixondale Farms (onion plants)(Yello Granex “Vidalia” onions) PO Box 129 Carrizo Springs, TX 78834 877-367-1015 www.dixondalefarms.com Grandpa’s Orchard LLC (fruit trees) PO Box 773 Coloma, MI 49038 877-800-0077 www.grandpasorchard.com Irish Eyes Garden Seeds (potatoes) 5045 Robinson Canyon Road Ellensburg, WA 98926 509-933-7150 www.irisheyesgardenseeds.com
Johnny's Selected Seeds

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Johnny’s Selected Seeds 955 Benton Ave. Winslow, Maine 04901 877-564-6697 www.johnnyseeds.com J.W. Jung Seed Co 335 S.

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Soil Temperature – Soil Thermometer

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Soil Thermometer One of the first things I learned as an agronomist, was the importance of soil temperature. Almost every seed has a specific temperature range where it will germinate best. If the soil temperature is colder or warmer than that temperature range, the seed may not germinate at all. iphone 6 plus cases black This applies to both desirable plant seed and weed seed. iphone 8 plus cases for girls A soil thermometer can be purchased most easily online. There are now a large variety of options to choose from, but the inexpensive simple “dial and probe” soil thermometer is still as good any any. They are durable and can be left in the soil for months. Just be sure to put it where it won’t get stepped on! Two examples of weed seeds that are sensitive to soil temperature in a lawn and landscape environment are common crabgrass and poa annua. Crabgrass germinates when spring soil temperatures rise to 55 degrees or above in the top 1-2 inches of soil. Poa annua germinates in late summer when soil temperatures fall to 70 degrees or below in the top 1-2 inches of soil. rechargable case iphone 7 This is very important if you are applying lawn a herbicide which needs to be applied prior to the germination of these 2 weeds. The soil temperature needs to be closely monitored to make the decision when to apply. The same is true for vegetable or flower gardens. beach phone case iphone 6 It is important to read your seed packet or seed catalog information to glean the soil temperature range for the germination of the seed you wish to plant. An example of this is the difference between tomato seed germination and eggplant germination. Tomatoes need 60-70 degrees, and Eggplants need 75 to 80 degrees. charger phone case iphone 8 Fertilizers are broken down in the soil by soil microorganisms. Soil microorganisms and fungus organisms are more active at higher temperatures as long as moisture is present. Certain microorganisms thrive in different temperature ranges; some at 40-50 degrees, some at 50-60 degrees, some at 70-80 degrees, etc. In order for the fertilizer to be broken down, the microorganisms need to be active to convert the nutrients into forms usable by the plants. personalised iphone 8 case Did you ever notice mushrooms suddenly appearing in the fall all at once. This is an indication that the temperature and moisture conditions were just right to make them grow. The take home message is that for a small investment in a soil thermometer, you can increase your ability to manage your soil related actives where knowing the soil temperature will make a difference.

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Baked Ham

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One of our favorite ways to eat ham is a home cooked, baked ham with cloves and pineapple. Several times a year, half and whole hams are placed on sale with a significant price discount. Easter is a common time for ham to go on sale. underwater case iphone 7 These hams can be cooked when purchased or frozen for use months later. The meat of a baked ham has a flavor similar to deli ham which is very expensive. However you can bake a ham yourself for about 75% less per pound. Baking and preserving a large ham is relatively simple and easy to do. iphone 6 lanyard case These hams are already fully cooked, but are normally cooked a little more to add flavor.

Ready to remove pineapple slices & cloves - then slice

Ready to remove pineapple slices & cloves – then slice

When selecting a half ham you may notice two different types of ham shapes in the packaging. A whole ham is originally cut from the pig with the portion connected to he hip on one end (butt end) and the part connecting to the knee on the other end (shank end). When they cut a whole ham in half to be packaged, the shape of the half ham will look a little different depending on which half of the ham you are looking at. The bone inside the ham will look different. The ham cooks and tastes the same, however if you cook a lot of hams, you may develop a preference. The simplest way to prepare a baked ham is to follow the simple directions on the package, by taking off the packaging, placing it in a baking pan, and putting it in the oven for the specified amount of time, at the specified temperature. Usually baking at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes per pound. A fresh ham would need to be completely cooked for a much longer period of time.
Whole cloves

Whole cloves

Our recipe is for a ham baked with cloves and pineapple, which adds a clove spice flavor and a sweet pineapple juice flavor enhanced with honey. A clove is the dried flower bud of a tropical tree, grown in the Maluku Islands, India and Pakistan, with the botanical name Syzygium aromatic. We purchased Kroger® brand cloves which were of very high quality. These cloves were half the price of the branded clove products for the same or better quality. iphone 8 plus ted baker case
Typical pre-cooked baking ham

Typical pre-cooked baking ham

Ingredients 1) One half or whole ham with package and plastic “bone” guard removed 2) Whole cloves 3) One can of pineapple slices, juice set aside (although you could also use pineapple chunks) 4) Honey 5) Toothpicks (we were out of toothpicks and substituted popsicle sticks broken in half and carved to a point)
Inserting whole cloves into the ham

Inserting whole cloves into the ham

Putting it all together 1) Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees 2) Place the ham in a baking pan flat side down 3) Insert the cloves an inch or two apart evenly spaced all over the surface of the ham 4) Attach the rings of pineapple with a toothpick evenly spaced over the ham 5) Combine pineapple juice with some honey as a glaze to baste on the ham as it cooks (optional) 6) Place the ham in the oven and bake per directions, 15-20 minutes per pound at 325 degrees 7) Baste 3-4 times with the pineapple/honey juice as the ham cooks 8) When done, remove the ham from the oven, take off the pineapple slices and remove the cloves 9) Wait about 10 minutes before slicing, (however it will be almost irresistible not to sample small bits of ham and pineapple)
Adding pineapple rings to the ham

Adding pineapple rings to the ham

We liked adding the pineapple/honey juice basting liquid. You could also do it with just the pineapple juice alone. It does create a sweet tasting accumulation of meat juices in the bottom of the baking pan. We used these meat juices to make a nice ham gravy to be served over mashed potatoes. When the ham is out of the oven, let it cool down for about 10 minutes. While you are waiting you can remove the pineapple and cloves. If you are going to make gravy from the meat juices, now is the time to transfer the ham to a serving platter. iphone 8 case baby pink Next drain the meat juices into a sauce pan for making the gravy. We served our dinner with ham, pineapple slices, mashed potatoes and ham gravy, with asparagus. bape phone case iphone 7 plus It was delicious!!
Ham dinner!

Ham dinner!

Preparing to store leftover ham We always have leftover ham and enjoy eating it in a variety of dishes, from simple sandwiches to omelets, scalloped and au gratin potatoes, pizza, split pea soup, etc. We prepare “chunk” ham, sliced ham and diced ham. The first step is to go through each piece separating the chunks along natural separation points. iphone 6 plus cases ringke Next we trim away the fat and any other undesireable pieces. We save the bone for making split pea soup. You could also add the bone to mustard, turnip or collard green preparation.
Preparing leftover ham for storage

Preparing leftover ham for storage

Depending on how much ham is left and what cuts are available, we prepare the ham accordingly. When in doubt, we freeze the ham as a chunk, which can be thawed later. Using this method, we have a lot of options for using the ham in the future.
Sliced ham for sandwiches, diced ham for various recipes

Sliced ham for sandwiches, diced ham for various recipes

We package the ham according to our expected use. Since we use the ham a little at a time, our packages are small. We make sure that our packages are labeled with the date. It is important not leave the ham in the freezer for more than 1 or 2 months, according to foodsafety.gov.

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Choosing a Sprayer for Your Small Farm Needs

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On our small farm we needed a sprayer for multiple uses, including several acres of food plots, an acre of orchard and the capability to correctly spray herbicides, fungicides and insecticides in field and orchard conditions. You will not find this type of sprayer at your local supplier and may have to special order such a sprayer. These sprayers will also cost about five times more than an inexpensive herbicide sprayer. This additional cost can be justified if the versatility is required for your operation. full cover case iphone 8 camo

Hardi BNL 50 Estate Sprayer

Hardi BNL 50 Estate Sprayer

If you are only spraying herbicides or other products that do not need high pressure and high water volume per acre, an inexpensive boom type sprayer is all you need. Some systemic insecticides or fungicides could also be applied with this type of sprayer. Today a lot of food plot sprayers are mounted on the the back of ATVs and UTVs for this purpose. However, if you need to apply contact fungicides, insecticides, miticides or other products that need to be applied with high water volume and high pressure to obtain thorough coverage, you will need a more sophisticated sprayer to achieve this goal. For spraying a small orchard it will require high water volume and high pressure to get up into the trees and achieve complete coverage of all the leaves, fruit and branches. This requires either an air-blast sprayer or a high pressure gun sprayer. The air-blast sprayer is the most efficient choice, but requires purchasing a completely separate piece of expensive equipment. A high pressure gun sprayer can be added to a boom sprayer as an accessory for a small orchard. With a gun sprayer your mobility is limited by the length of the hose that is attached to the sprayer. iphone 7 phone cases griffin For spraying small fruit crops like strawberries, or low height vegetable crops like broccoli, pumpkins, potatoes, etc., a high water volume, high pressure sprayer is required in order for the spray material to penetrate the leaf canopy and undersides of the leaves of these crops. Products such as fungicides, insecticides, miticides require high water volume and high pressure. Herbicide products do not require high pressure or high water volume. You will need to understand the capability of the available pumps that can be mounted on your sprayer and choose the proper pump to supply the water and spray pressure you will require.
Adjust your boom height so the spray pattern achieves good coverage

Adjust your boom height so the spray pattern achieves good coverage

If simply spraying pre-plant, pre-emergence, or post applied herbicides or other products that require low pressure and low water volume a basic boom sprayer is all you need. iphone 8 plus apple case red These sprayers are available normally from local suppliers and are relatively inexpensive. They usually come with flat fan nozzles for applying herbicides.
Adjust your pressure to meet the needs of your situation

Adjust your pressure to meet the needs of your situation

Maintenance for sprayers is relatively simple. Keep the sprayer inside, if possible. Storing the sprayer inside helps reduce exposure to moisture and sunlight. Sunlight will fade the paint and will contribute to the gradual degradation of the hoses. Moisture encourages rust. Keep any mechanisms that require lubrication greased or oiled at least annually. When overwintering in climates with freezing temperatures, the water in the sprayer pumps and lines should be replaced with an antifreeze mixture as required by the manufacturer. There are a variety of nozzles that are available for sprayers, depending on what you need to spray. iphone 6 wolves case For herbicides, the flat fan nozzles that come with the sprayer are probably all you will need. If you are applying other products, hollow cone nozzles or other types of nozzles may be required. Accessories are also available such as a diaphragm check valve for drip free shut off, which shuts the nozzle off at below 10 PSI (pounds per square inch). This feature stops the nozzle from dripping once it is shut off.
Choose nozzles that fit your needs

Choose nozzles that fit your needs

Most boom sprayers have folding booms and this is a great feature for storing the sprayer. The outside booms fold up and criss-cross on the back of the sprayer. bmw iphone 6 plus case
Features: Orchard Spray Gun, High Pressure & Folding Booms

Features: Orchard Spray Gun, High Pressure & Folding Booms

When you add additional equipment like a sprayer, disc, or bush hog to the back of a sprayer it adds weight to the back which must be counter balanced on the front. We have added weights to the front bumper of our tractor. Other options are to add a fluid inside the front tractor tires or add weights to the front tractor wheels. If you choose to add fluid to the tractor tires, a qualified tractor tire dealer can do this.
Adding weight to the front of the tractor

Adding weight to the front of the tractor

Always read agricultural chemical labels, tractor owners manuals and equipment manuals prior to attaching and using an agricultural sprayer.

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Gaspe Bread

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In the early 1960s, I traveled with my family on a two week vacation trip from Buffalo NY, through New England, north through Maine into the Canadian Province of Quebec to the Gaspe Peninsula. We returned to Buffalo by crossing the St. Lawrence river further into Quebec, passing through Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and back home. The Gaspe Peninsula, at that time, was a very rural area inhabited mainly by fishermen and small agricultural communities. The area was very economically depressed and families sold home made souvenirs, bake goods, hazel nuts, and wooden sailboats along the roadside to make extra money. French is the native language in the Province of Quebec. This was before interstates and fast food restaurants. We were camping in a small tent trailer pulled by the family station wagon. phone cases iphone 7 plastic There is a famous and beautiful rock formation just off shore near the town of Perce which is a tourist destination. It was a wonderful, once in a lifetime trip!

Typical family Gaspe bread oven along the road, circa 1961

Typical family Gaspe bread oven along the road, circa 1961

We traveled a two lane road that followed the shore of the North Atlantic Ocean. Families along the roadside and the occasional souvenir stand, sold fresh baked bread, baked outside, in an outside “pizza” oven. It seemed like almost every house had an outdoor wood fired oven. Near the oven, you would see fresh baked bread and possibly loaves of dough rising in the warm sun. The loaves of bread would be set out on a table for sale. As I recall, purchasing the loaves was self service, and after selecting your loaf to buy, you simply put your payment in a box or a coffee can. This bread had a wonderful smell and flavor, being crusty on the outside and moist on the inside. We would have purchased sliced ham, bologna, or extra sharp cheddar cheese to make simple sandwiches with this bread. It was delicious!!
Gaspe oven and bread for sale, circa 1961

Gaspe oven and bread for sale, circa 1961

Recently I went on a quest to find a recipe for this bread, but could only find one, photo copied from an old 1961 newspaper article. The article was not printable. I have copied this recipe and have reproduced it here. iphone 6 front and back case rubber The article noted that there were numerous recipes used by many Gaspe bread makers and this is just one example. iphone 7 plus silicon case apple After baking the bread, it has the same smell, flavor and texture that I remember. The full recipe makes two loaves. I added a list of ingredients for one loaf. The only adjustment is to shorten the baking time for the single loaf to maybe 30-35 minutes. My sister suggested using the left over “potato” water from the mashed potatoes. We tried that and it worked just fine. Just be sure to let the water cool enough so it will not kill the yeast. Homemade Bread From The Gaspe By Cecily Brownstone (Retyped from the original article by Mark Kitson 3/15/2016) Lakeland Ledger, Thursday, October 5th, 1961
Fresh baked and ready to cut

Fresh baked and ready to cut

Gaspe Bread 2 Loaves 2 Cups very warm water (105-115 degrees) 3 packages of yeast 1 Cup lukewarm mashed potatoes 2 Tablespoons sugar 1 Tablespoon salt 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine 7 Cups (about) of sifted flour 1 Loaf 1 Cup very warm water 1 ½ packages of yeast ½ Cup lukewarm mashed potatoes 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 ½ teaspoons salt 1 Tablespoon butter or margarine 3 ½ Cups of sifted flour
Luke warm mashed potatoes

Luke warm mashed potatoes

In a mixing bowl, stir water and yeast together until yeast is dissolved. luminous case iphone 7 Add lukewarm potatoes, sugar, salt, butter and 2 Cups of flour. Beat two minutes at medium speed on electric mixer or 300 vigorous strokes with a spoon. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn out on a lightly floured board and knead until elastic – about 10 minutes. (The dough will be slightly rough and dull looking). Place in a greased bowl turning once to grease all sides. Cover and let rise in a warm place (80-85 degrees), that is free from draft, until doubled in bulk – about 30 minutes.
Let the dough double in size

Let the dough double in size

Punch down dough, cover and let rise again until doubled – about 20 minutes. harris tweed iphone 6 case Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape each half into a ball. iphone 7 juice case Press into two greased 8 inch layer cake pans and let rise again until doubled in bulk – about 20 minutes. iphone x glass case Bake in a hot (400 degrees) oven about 40 minutes (30-35 minutes for a single loaf). Remove from pans and let cool on wire racks away from a draft.

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Ramps

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Leave a comment

Separated from the soil and ready to clean

Separated from the soil and ready to clean

Ramps (also called wild leeks) (Allium tricoccum) are a forest plant which grows in “patches” in the eastern United States. iphone 6 cases rose gold marble Our ramps grow in the mainly deciduous forest of western NY state. The ramps are in the onion family and taste similar to cultivated onions and garlic. We are fortunate to have them growing on our property, however we only harvest a few every couple years. iphone 8 guess case They are really a novelty, in our opinion, for culinary use. iphone 7 gel case personalised This year we incorporated them into venison cheeseburgers and they were quite good. Some gourmet celebrity chefs could probably convince you they were the best tasting thing since Kale, but it is basically just a wild onion, and tastes like an onion.
Ramps growing in the Spring in the western NY forest

Ramps growing in the Spring in the western NY forest

We do enjoy seeing them grow in our forest, and we are glad they are a continuing part of our environment. They flower and go to seed shortly after they pop up in the spring. Then they go dormant, die back, and disappear from the forest floor until the following Spring, when they reappear. We believe mother nature has timed their life cycle this way because they come up before the leaves are on the trees, take advantage of the sunlight, and then go dormant after the trees are in full foliage. The spring is usually a damp time of year and the summer can be dry so the ramps survive this way by being dormant when the soil is dry and the other forest trees suck up all the available moisture. Energy and moisture is saved in the onion like bulb. iphone 7 rose gold case marble
When first dug, the roots are intertwined with the soil

When first dug, the roots are intertwined with the soil

The ramps reproduce from seeds. The plant flowers in the early summer by sending up a leafless flower stalk. After the foliage has gone dormant, the plant flowers and seeds develop, falling near the mother plant later in the summer. Not every plant will flower. The seeds germinate when conditions are right in late summer or early fall. Not all the seeds will germinate and live. This year we were lucky and the soil was quite dry when we dug our ramps. The soil crumbled away from the roots easily after we dug one shovel full. We separated the soil so it would stay in the woods. spigen iphone 7 plus cases red We tried to cut the roots off, but it seemed easier to just “snap” them off. A single ramp plant can be many years old and develop a root “stub” which is relatively easy to snap off.
Hauling the Ramps back to the kitchen

Hauling the Ramps back to the kitchen

Since the ramps are quite a way out in the woods we took our tractor and wagon to go harvest the ramps. avengers iphone 6 case Now we are ready to take them back to the house and the kitchen where we will prepare them to eat.
Ramps ready for your favorite recipe or fresh chopped in a sandwich or salad

Ramps ready for your favorite recipe or fresh chopped in a sandwich or salad

If you should happen to go out to the forest to harvest some ramps, please remember this is a wild plant treasure that does not reproduce easily. It is important not to harvest more than 30% of the “patch”. That way you will always leave more than you take. Not every year is a good growing year for the ramps so it is important that you leave enough so the patch can continue to grow. If you want to make the effort to go back to the patch in late summer to harvest seeds and plant them, you may be able to start another patch in another spot in the forest. iphone 8 black silicone case In some locations the ramps are being over harvested and are in danger of being eliminated from their home range.

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