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More Stewed Tomatoes

Posted by olemike on 08/27/2012

This past Friday, Leona put up another 9 pints of stewed tomatoes.  That makes 33 pints so far for the summer – not a lot by some standards but enough to take us to next summer.  However, I think we will have at least two more cannings before the tomatoes are through producing.  Oh well, we can give them as Christmas gifts.

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Boonville, MO Day Trip

Posted by olemike on 08/19/2012

While I was in Missouri for my high school reunion, we (sister Phyllis w/husband Charles, cousin Linda and her husband Wendell)

took a day trip to Boonville, MO from Clinton, MO.

Clinton is located in central Missouri pretty close to Truman Lake.  I was raised in Osceola, MO and have numerous relatives who still live in the area.  We drove to Boonville to learn about some of our ancestors – primarily a woman named Hannah Cole.  Her granddaughter was my great-grandmother.  Hannah was one of the first white women to cross the Mississippi river heading west.  She was born in 1754  and died in 1843.  She is one of the more notable historical figures around the Boonville area in the early 1800’s.

Besides checking out the statue of Hannah Cole in the downtown area,

we drove by numerous old houses in town and took a few pictures of the Missouri river as well.  We also stopped by the graveyard where Hannah Cole is buried.

Boonville, Mo. is a beautiful old town with lots of historical significance.  It was a key trading area for people moving west.

During our drive through Central Missouri, we saw some beautiful country – fields of crops common to that area.  How about these “amber waves of grain”?

One thing that I was on the lookout for was an old decaying barn that hadn’t been used in years.  They have always intrigued me.  It was ironic that the best one we saw to take a picture of formerly belonged to my uncle who lived just up the road from us.

Another item of interest that I have a picture of is a “Quilt Barn“.  There are a number of these in the central Missouri area.  Check out this link for additional info.

One of the highlights of my Missouri trip was a tour of the Clinton Museum.  Wendell works as a docent there and he gave us a great tour.  Although we were not supposed to take pictures, I admit I did sneak a few.  Here is one that I couldn’t resist.  Have you ever heard the term “Going to hell in a handbasket?”  This is a handbasket used for just that purpose.  The basket was used to move bodies many years ago.

I was also impressed with the murals being painted on the walls on the Clinton square  Here are two pictures.  This guy is really good.

We also stopped by an Amish Grocery store.  While there, I took this picture of what I call the “Amish Motor Pool”.

Lastly, I would urge anyone interested in  things to see in  Missouri to check out the Katy Trail.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any good pictures to show.

Missouri is a beautiful state. If you are traveling across the country, you should check it out.  I’m proud to say I’m from the “Show Me” state.  And by the way, it is pronounced Missour-ah, not Missour-ee.  Well, some of us say it that way.

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Stewed Tomatoes

Posted by olemike on 08/14/2012

We canned more stewed tomatoes yesterday.  Our Roma plants are really producing.  One plant had 40 tomatoes ready to pick.  It was over 100 yesterday so we started real early.  We should have more ready to go in about a week.  We love doing things like this.  I’ve turned into my parents.

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Summer Squash Surplus

Posted by olemike on 08/07/2012

We have had so many Patty Pan and Zucchini squash we are about sick of them.  I took about 10# to the Salvation Army Food Bank yesterday.  I would hate to see them go to waste.  We have made zucchini bread, eggs, sausage, and squash scramble, zucchini relish, steamed squash, etc.  I need new ideas for how to use summer squash.  Any ideas out there in blogland?  HELP!

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