Hispanic Heritage

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month – Legacy Link-up

Meghan Villatoro
Meghan Villatoro www.restoreAmor.com

Please welcome, Meghan J. Villatoro as our guest writer this week as she shares about Hispanic Heritage Month! Meghan is a Marriage Blogger and Podcaster at RestoreAmor.com. She pairs her own experiences and her knowledge as a Marriage Coach to help Christian women who are struggling in their marriages. She has been married to her husband, Adán, for 15 years. And together they have four kids and another on the way. Originally from Long Island, she’s a New Yorker at heart but has lived in her husband’s native country, El Salvador, for over ten years. They are a multicultural family and speak fluent “Spanglish” in their home.

Then don’t forget to Join the Legacy Link-up below with your own heritage post.

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Have you Heard of Hispanic Heritage Month?

It’s a month-long celebration in the United States that runs mid-September through mid-October. September 15 was chosen, because it marks the Independence Day of 5 Central American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

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Just Peachy: Peach Recipes, Part Two

Hello! Welcome back to more “Just Peachy: Peach Recipes, Part Two”. It’s been a bit of a workout trying to find you some more peach recipes. Like I said last week, I can find a ton of recipes for apples, cherries, and even lemons… but not so with poor peaches.

We will kick off our peach recipes with Gloria Roemeling who got this recipe from Larissa Caspersen, who got this recipe from Jana Top, who to this from Evonne Top. Phew… this is a bit like Dutch Bingo, but Recipe Bingo instead. Enjoy!

Peach Dessert- Gloria Roemeling

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This recipe has THREE layers. Ready, set, go!


  • 40 Ritz® crackers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter

-Sidebar… Recipe gossip says that Larissa Caspersen makes a different crust. She makes a sugar cookie crust instead. So you could give that a whirl. I have no further directions about that… WAIT! I just received a text back from Gloria. Here are Larissa’s sugar cookie directions via text:

“Except for the bottom layer, I buy a tube of sugar cookie dough and press it into the pan, bake for 12 minutes, and let it cool. Then add the middle and top layers as the recipe says.”

Larissa Casperson

Middle Layer

  • 1- 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-8 oz. Cool Whip®

TOP Layer

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white syrup
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 c. water
  • 1- 3 oz. box Jell-O®
  • 6-7 peaches, peeled and pit removed, sliced


Mix crust together. Put in a 9×13 GREASED pan. Bake at 350° for 6 minutes, then cool. OR, you can go recipe rouge, like Larissa, and use a tube of sugar cookie dough and follow her directions above. Mix the middle layer and spread on COOLED crust. Cook the top layer until thick and add the peach Jell-O®. Cool until lukewarm. Add the 6-7 fresh peaches sliced. Spread this on top of the refrigerated middle layer. Place this all back into the refrigerator, chill well and serve.

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Peach Dessert- Kathy Nordmeyer, St. Genevive’s Catholic Church, “Country Cookery” cookbook, Rosary Society, 1983

  • 1 large can sliced peaches (1 lb. 13 oz)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 c. walnuts
  • 1 c. flaked coconut
  • 1 stick margarine (sliced thin)- I’m going to say butter, cause everything is better with butter- GO DAIRY!

Butter a 9×13 pan. Cut up the peaches into small pieces. Then put the ingredients in order as they are listed above. Making a layer of each item. Slice thinly the stick of margarine (or BUTTER) for the top layer. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes.

Peach Cream Pie- Irene Lahey, St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church….

  • 1- 9 inch unbaked pie shell
  • 3-4 peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup Coffee Rich® OR fresh cream
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla

Put the peaches into pie shell. Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour over peaches. Nuts on top are delicious. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350°. Serve with whipped cream.

Frozen Peach Slices

DO NOT SCALD the peaches. Simply peel, pit and slice. Make a juice of 3 cups of sugar, and juice of 4 fresh oranges. Stir juice and sugar well, mix juice, sugar and peach slices in a glass or granite dish( WHAT IS A GRANITE DISH?- I tried looking this up and didn’t find anything… hmm!), and allow to sit 2 hours at room temperature. Pack in freezer containers and freeze. These peaches are just like fresh peaches and can be used over ice cream cake or as a sauce.

I looked high and low for a peach cookie recipe to share, but sadly, I found nothing. But I can share the website and direct you there. Martha Stewart has a lovely “Fresh- Peach Drop Cookies” recipe. You can catch the recipe here. As usual, Martha always lends her baking talents to any fruit.

Coming Up!

I’ve had lots of fun scouring the internet, reading books, and collecting conversations about food. I hope you’ll be looking forward to some interesting topics coming up in what remains of 2021. I do have some “Friesland Stories” left to tell, along with some interesting foodie interviews, holiday cooking and baking fun, great foodie holiday gifts to give, Recipes of the Strange, Cheap Skates Corner, as well as an in-depth investigation in fermentation and much more!

I, as well as my editor and the rest of the “writing gang” sure appreciate your support of the Edgerton Enterprise. Without readers, we don’t have a paper. Thank you! Till next time. Here is to good food, good friends and a good life.

When Life Has Dealt You a Bad Hand

We tend to get this idea in our heads that Christian leaders have everything in perfect order; that they are always holding a good hand. We think that they have had a great Christian life and have never been tempted to sin or been through troubled times. But this is far from the truth. When we look through scripture we find that God oftentimes chooses the weak or the least expected to do mighty things for Him.

Where the Light Felll

I have said many times that we need to have more times of testimony. Times when we share about our troubles and weakness. And then also to share how God has gone through the fire with us. How can others be encouraged or know that God is an amazing God when we aren’t sharing these things?

As I picked up Phillip Yancey’s memoir, Where the Light Fell, I found the story of his life heartbreaking. But I learned some things in my reading that I will share with you today.

We cannot let our past dictate our future.

Philip and Marshall Yancey, watched their father die when they were very young. They were raised by their mother and “aunt” whom they never felt they could please.

We all have our stories to tell. People have hurt us, often in terrible ways. Perhaps we were born into poverty or places full of drugs, alcohol, and crime. Maybe we were treated poorly by parents, family, or even leaders. But God has a plan in mind. Consider Joseph when he told his brothers,

“You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.”

Joseph, Genesis 50:20

God is ready to take whatever life has dealt you and turn it into something good. Your experiences can make you empathetic toward others who have gone through the same things. Trust me, they are out there looking for someone that can lead the way out. You may be that person.

Romans 8:28 

Where the Light Fell @philipYancey
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I would like to leave a note here… I’m a seasoned Christian. I have learned to handle life’s challenges with God’s help. This does not mean that we don’t need occasional help from specialists, therapists that can help us through all the junk life has thrown at us. If you are struggling with depressions or having thoughts of suicide, please reach out for some help. Talk with a counselor or reach out to the suicide prevention hotline. They are there for you.

Test the Spirits.

Mrs. Marshall was heartbroken. She and her husband had plans to be missionaries, but when he contracted polio they followed the teachings and encouragement of the church leaders to reject treatment in the iron lung because God would heal him. He died two months later.

She continued following the instructions of this very conservative church to raise her children. And her harshness was hard for the boys to bear. Scriptures tell us to test the spirits. You would think, one could always trust what the church is telling you. But there are leaders and churches who are leading so many astray. We must vigilantly read the scriptures and pray for God’s guidance.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  1 John 4:1

Where the light fell
1 John 4:1
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On the otherhand, parents are doing the best they know in raising their children. Maybe we should give them a break.

Philip and his brother, Marshall were treated harshly by their mother. Disappointments in her life caused her to struggle all through life. Though she took direction from the church, it wasn’t always great advice. She was doing all she knew to do to raise her boys right but her frustrations came out as dissatisfaction and faultfinding toward her boys.

I know in my own life as I have grown and looked back, I can now see what was going on with my parents at times. I can see that what they said was not really directed at me. Sometimes, it was purely my own perception of the situation that was wrong.

When we realize this we need to have a little compassion. As we become parents ourselves, these realizations may come to fruition. When it does, this is the time to let go of the hurt and hatred so that relationships can be repaired.

Forgiveness is always the first step; and the sooner, the better.

It doesn’t really matter if a person comes and apologizes, we must forgive them. Otherwise, it will eat away at the soul. Unforgiveness does nothing to the instigator. It only drives you deeper into an unfulfilled life. (depression, anger, sin, and other things). Remember, Christ: He was wrongly accused, beaten, crucified, spit on. But what did he says from the cross before He died?

Forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Jesus, Luke 23:34
Where the Light Fell

Remember the parable Jesus shared about the Unmerciful Servant. We have been forgiven so much, so we ought to also forgive those who sin against us.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18

While our lives can have a direct influence on our children. It is still their own responsibility to find God and follow Him.

Parents, we need to examine our hearts as well. If we are getting out of control, it’s time to take a step back. Keep our mouths closed and stop from striking out. We do need to be willing to apologize to our children when we have been too harsh. Kids are resilient. And when we are willing to apologize, we will find that the situation is over and forgotten. But if these things keep happening, a child will retreat further and further. They will have difficulty finding it in their heart to forgive.

Though it is true that each child must come to God on his own, we can certainly create for them a more direct path to God. We need to do what we can to display the character of God before our children. We do have that responsibility,

Parents, don’t provoke your children to wrath.

Ephesians 6:4

And Proverbs 22:6…

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a Child

Rather, Let’s Hit our Knees in the Prayer Closet.

I just cracked open Hope McCardy’s book, 31 days of Praying God’s Wisdom for My Husband. In the first chapter, she shares how she was praying for success for her husband. She would constantly share her prayers with her husband. But he finally shared that this was causing extra stress on him. She learned that some prayers need to be silent prayers and kept in her prayer closet. She shared two principles that have been confirmed in her after decades of praying for her husband.

1. It is my responsibility to pray and pray and pray some more.

2. It is God’s responsibility to answer in His own time and in His own soveriegn way, and even when the answer is not to my liking, my trust must be in God and Him alone.

Hope McCrady, 31 Days of Praying God’s Wisdom for My Husband.

These truths apply to our children as well. I saw that the Yancey boys had a mother that wanted them to be missionaries since she didn’t get the chance. Then she began to push so hard. They weren’t able to live up to the task. So they questioned God and ran away from Him. Mrs. Marshal might have seen different results if she had gone into her prayer closet and prayed silently for her boys. (Remember The War Room Movie?)

Questioning is Not Always Wrong

Philip Yancey was always questioning his faith. What is Real? What is really a sin? He tested his teachers and mother at every turn. But in His questioning, he found the truth. He found a faith that he could grab onto and believe in. Not only that, he has been able to answer many questioning people through his books. His life and questioning of it gave him the knowledge to explain the truth to others that possibly, we who have always accepted the faith of our families cannot. Just take note of some of his book titles.

The Jesus I Never Knew

What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Prayer: Does it Make a Difference?

The Scandal of Forgiveness: Grace Put to the Test

WHY? The Question That Never Goes Away

Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?

I would like to thank Net Galley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I have given my review freely and with honesty.

Just Peachy: Peach Recipes

Alright! It’s my fault. I should have been “on the ball” when I saw peaches advertised at the store. I could have sent this out earlier to meet your peach recipe need. But, alas… I did not. Today, though, I am thinking about it, and isn’t that “just peachy”. Stay tuned for some peach recipes for the pile of peaches you bought.

Peaches are August’s favorite fruit. Lots of folks can’t wait to sink their teeth into a sweet ripe peach. I think the most fun is biting into a peach and letting the juice drip down. Georgia is known as the “Peach State” but South Carolina and California are the top peach producers.

Interestingly enough, peaches are still hand-picked. Once picked they are sent through a hydro-cooler, which is an ice-water bath. The ice-water bath prevents the fruit from ripening further. From there it goes into a “de-fuzzer” to remove all the fuzz. Each peach is sorted for size and blemished peaches are culled. Peaches make it from the tree to your local store in three days!

The average peach tree lives for twelve years and annually produces 66 pounds of fruit. Peaches were originally found in China, but we can thank the English settlers who brought the peach tree over on their second and third trips to America. Peaches are either “freestone” or “clingstone”. Meaning they either freely release the pit or the peach pit clings to the fruit.

Recipes to enjoy

Gather around friends. I have to be honest and say overwhelming, in most cookbooks, there is NOT a lot of recipes for peaches. Many recipes for apples (like a ton of recipes), pumpkin, and cherry, but the ole peach, like the cheese in the song “The Farmer in the Dell”, the cheese, or peach, in this case, stands alone.

Peach Jam- Kerr Home Canning Book, 1943

Cut well-ripened peaches into small pieces. Put into a large kettle without the addition of water. Cook slowly for about 20 minutes or until peaches are slightly softened. Measure peach pulp and for each cup of peaches add 1 cup of sugar. Return to fire and cook until of desired consistency. Pour into sterilized KERR Jars and seal while hot.

This next recipe comes to us via an un-named cookbook because somehow I lost the cover and the first 22 pages of the book. But I do know it was from Iowa, it has a light blue back cover. I’m thinking it was from a church group in Sheldon, Iowa, typed out on ye ole typewriter … that’s all I got friends.

Peach Coffee Cake- from the kitchen of Mrs. Wes Elgersma


  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 tsp. lemon flavoring
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. flour


Mix. Arrange 2 cups peaches on top and sprinkle with 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes. This is a large recipe. Put in a cake pan.

– Mrs. Elgersma sounds like she didn’t mess around with her baking. In almost military fashion you had better mix, arrange and bake! And side-note- it’s large use a cake pan. I got a good chuckle… I like recipe writers that are bossy.

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Fresh Peach Pie- from the “Recipes, Remedies and Hints”, circa 1982

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh mashed peaches
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Cook these four ingredients over low heat till thick and clear. Pour over peaches that have been sliced into a baked pie crust. Put in refrigerator several hours before serving. Top with whipped cream. Can use graham cracker crust.

Peach Sauce- Michele Bruxvoort


  • 10 peaches, skinned. You can either cold skin them and remove the pit or score each peach, drop them into a boiling water dip for 30 seconds, followed by a 10- second ice water bath, and then skin and remove the pit.
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice- I prefer fresh- squeezed, but if you don’t have fresh lemons use 1 tablespoon lemon juice concentrate. The lemon juice prevents your peach sauce from discoloring.
  • 1/4 cup sugar- I don’t like to sugar up my sauce. I like to have it as natural as possible. I suggest tasting your peaches first and decide. If they are a bit tart, then add a bit more sugar as you see fit.


Cut up your skinned peaches. Taking a large tall pot, fill the bottom with a little bit of water, add the cut peaches and bring them to a simmer over medium heat and cook them for 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally so they don’t burn to the bottom. Once cooked add them to your blender, or use an immersion blender and blend till smooth. Return the peach puree to the cooking pot and add the lemon juice and sugar. Reheat till the sugar dissolves, this will take approximately 10 minutes. After thoroughly reheating your peach puree, I pour into canning jars, seal, and process.

Friends! I ran out of space, but not peach recipes… so see you next week with some more peach recipes! Till then. Here is to good food, good friends and a good life.


How Kindness Leads to Redemption

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

Romans 2:4

God’s Nature is Kind, Tolerant, and Patient

The Amplified Version of Romans 2:4 describes the riches of God as “kind, tolerant, and patient; withholding His wrath.” Paul is reminding the saints of how God’s kindness led them to repentance. How He gently, drew the Romans to Himself, waiting patiently for them to turn to Him.

God is Long-Suffering

David knew of His patience and loving-kindness. It has been over a year when Nathan confronted his sin, David begged the Lord to restore fellowship with Him. The first thing David said was, “Be gracious to me, God, according to your faithful love; according to your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.” (Psalm 51:1

God’s Loving-Kindness is for Anyone

God did deal with him according to His loving-kindness and He still does for us. This kindness was not just extended to David but to anyone who would repent and turn from their sin.  My heart cannot grasp how good, kind, and patient God has been, not just to His own people, Israel, but for all of us.

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” –

Mark Twain.

Living Like Jesus Points Us to God

It is something that touches the soul of man. Our lifestyle will draw men to Christ. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “be kind… compassionate … forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you.

To the Colossians, Paul wrote, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders,.. Let your speech always be with grace, … seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person”.

Living like Jesus draws men to Himself. It causes one to “want some of that”. And when they ask us what is different about us, we should be “ready to make a defense… to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence”.

How to Have More Kindness

In conclusion, while kindness may come more naturally for some, true kindness is a Fruit of the Spirit. It develops out of our willingness to fully surrender to the Holy Spirit. In her book, Jesus in Me, Anne Graham Lotz writes,

“While you have the Holy Spirit within you, the cooperation of your full surrender, obedience, and faith is required to activate it.”

She quotes Dr. Alan Redpath, Moody Church,

“it is a moment-by-moment surrender to the moment-by-moment control of the Holy Spirit”

(qtd. Alan Redpath, The Making of a Man of God: Lessons from the Life of David,9)

It is a daily commitment to rise in the morning and give your day to the Lord. It makes all the difference.

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Rummage Sale Cookbooks I Couldn’t Resist: Part Two

This week we continue our adventure through “Rummage Sale Cookbooks I Couldn’t Resist” and tackle some great home remedies for skin and face. Some of these home remedies are, in a word, risky… so I wouldn’t suggest trying them. Simply enjoy reading what folks used to try as home remedies “long ago”. I guess it’s true what they say sometimes “the cure is worse than the sickness”.

We will kick off part two with some risky remedies …

Kerosene home remedies

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  • Kerosene cleanses and heals cuts and prevents infection.
  • Kerosene applied over any burn removes pain and soreness, and doesn’t blister.
  • Kerosene in water to wash out head lice.
  • If you stepped on a nail soak your foot in kerosene.
  • A teaspoon of sugar with just a drop of kerosene for a sore throat. Kerosene is good to heal small cuts or scratches.
  • Gargle with kerosene for a sore throat.

Now, I think it’s only fair to give you a little background on kerosene. Kerosene got its start in Persia, where they, according to the Grow Youthful website, “distilled crude petroleum fossil oil into hydrocarbon fractions, taking off kerosene, bitumen (tar) and other fractions”.

The Persian’s used kerosene for heating, lights, and medicinal purposes. I guess you could say it was their all-around “go-to” product. It is still used today by many poor “non-Western” countries where “Big Pharma” doesn’t have as much of a hold on the population.

Kerosene is powerful:

  • Powerful antifungal and antiviral
  • Treatment for parasites throughout the body. Eliminates parasites including worms in the blood and bowel.
  • Kills bacteria, especially mycoplasma (bacteria without cell walls). Eliminates pathogenic microbes from the blood and bowel. Especially useful for eliminating CWD (cell wall deficient) microbes while not harming normal gut bacteria.’

I think I’d be okay with dabbing some kerosene on ringworm, but not so sure I’d drink it… yikes! However, the jugglers/flame throwers are avid users of kerosene. But enough of kerosene! Let’s get to some facial treatments.

Beauty treatment home remedies

  • Take yellow carrots, scrape them and fry slowly in fresh lard till brown. Drain off the lard and melt 1 tablespoon of powdered resin. Stir well, put in a jar and when cool, mix in 1 tsp Sulphur. Apply each day. The cure will be speedy.
  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice with 1 tsp honey and rub into skin. Let it remain 20 minutes, rinse with warm water then cool water. Pat dry. Use daily until the condition improves.
  • Equal parts cumber juice and witch hazel. The mixture removes skin oils and as a bonus, tightens pores. Improve diet with Vitamin B-rich foods and Brewer’s yeast.
  • Don’t use soap if you have dry skin, instead increase vitamin A-rich foods. Wash with oatmeal milk and treat to avocado facials.
  • To get rid of warts apply milkweed milk or juice from a dandelion plant several times. It works, I know. – BTW the “I know” isn’t me… -M
  • Place one grain of flaxseed in your eye which will help push the object stuck under your eyelid out.
  • Use salt after having hands in dish or scrub water for a length of time. Try using salt to keep them smooth and white. First wash your hands with soap and water. While wet, rub with a handful of dry salt. Rinse with clear water. Do it constantly for pleasing results.
  • Almond meal to soothe sensitive skin: one handful of almonds in 1 pint boiling water, and let stand with lid on until skins shrivel. Then dry nuts overnight. Grind them into a fine meal. Apply with fingertips, rinse and pat dry.
  • Vanilla is good for sunburns.

A Few “strange things” for home remedies

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  • If a hot pad for children or a person is unsafe, heat a large catalog in the oven, turning a group of pages at a time until the entire book is heated through (an iron can also be used). This stays warm for hours.
  • Wind a string safely around the little finer to stop a nose bleeds.
  • For irritation of skin on open areas of the body such as arms, legs, and back… use a warm milk and bread wrap poultice with a gauze bandage, put onto irritated area and rewet with quite warm milk each hour or two. I do this about four or five times in about ten hours or so. The swelling and irritation will come out of the bandage. This is also very good to draw out a boil.

I hope you enjoyed our little dive into the “Remedies, Recipes and Hints”. Aren’t some of those home remedies dandy? Next week I will have some great peach recipes for you. I should have been more “on the ball” with peaches coming into Edgerton Food Center… better luck next year I guess. Till next time, here is to good food, good friends and a very good life.


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How to Know the Peace of God


You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.

Isaiah 26:3

I was born on a Wednesday.

The following Sunday, I was in church and nearly every Sunday since then. My family was one who found themselves at church every time the doors were open. We also had family devotions … often. Sometimes this was at breakfast, other times, in the evening before bed. Every summer, we attended Holiness Camp .. even though we had a dairy farm to run, these times were not ignored or skipped. But these things, in themselves, did not save my soul. They were instrumental, but I had to make the decision to follow Christ myself. Each person must trust in Christ. Each one must personally make the decision to follow Him. As it is often said,

“God has no grandchildren.”

You cannot enter heaven on the coattails of your parents.

Trusting in Christ Will Cause You to Know Peace.

I think it was Rev Kelsey at Bethany UMC in Canton, Ohio that would end every sermon with a prayer that said something like “If there is anyone who has not responded to your call to salvation, let him have NO PEACE until he does so.”  I did not appreciate this prayer. I felt it was an attack on me. Until the day I walked the aisle and gave my heart to Jesus.

During my teen years, a bumper sticker came out that said:

By then I had given my life fully to the Lord and I really could appreciate the fact that peace comes from knowing Christ. That prayer by my pastor has stuck with me and it’s a prayer that I use as I pray for my children and my siblings’ children, “That they may know peace”. I pray that God will give them no peace until they surrender their lives fully to him. I pray that the sin in their lives will become so distasteful that they cannot enjoy it. And, instead, it will recall to them the things they learned growing up. And that they will be drawn to the Prince of Peace.

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Rummage Sale Cookbooks I Couldn’t Resist

About two weeks ago I was at my neighbor’s rummage sale. As I weaved in and out of the crowd, I could spy a stack of books at the back of the garage. Trying to contain my excitement and play it cool (just in case there were other cookbook seekers) I moved as quickly as possible to the pile. SCORE! Add this pile of SIXTEEN cookbooks to the rummage sale cookbooks I couldn’t resist.

Top of the heap was circa 1982 “Remedies, Recipes and Hints” by the Pipestone County Senior Citizens. Towns participating in this fun cookbook were: Edgerton, Jasper, Holland, Pipestone, Ruthton, and Woodstock. Its cover is a lovely yellow with someone’s drawing of a “Maitre D'”. I believe this person contributed to the rest of the book’s artwork and that makes it special. All credit is given to the contributors.

Let’s begin with some great home remedies of yesteryear. The more I read about home remedies, the more I understand folks had to use what was available to them. In addition, going to the doctor was expensive and not close by. Some of the remedies seem very harsh, but wisdom and trial have produced some effective measures which may not be seen as “acceptable” in our time. Enjoy this trip through home remedies, and my occasional commentary.

-Disclaimer- I don’t recommend using these remedies. But you’re gonna do, what you’re gonna do. Carry on!

Colds/Chest Rub

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  • Coal oil, turpentine, lard, mix and rub on chest for a cold.- I guess the lard was redemption in this recipe.-M
  • Warm camphorated oil and rub chest and put on flannel clothing.
  • In a small jar, put equal parts of turpentine and lard melted together. If one shows a sign or hoarseness, give the neck and chest a vigorous rubbing with this homemade liniment.
  • Boil onions with milk together, drink the hot milk.
  • 1 cup water, juice of 1/2 lemon or teaspoon frozen lemonade and 1 teaspoon honey or sugar.
  • For flu and bad chest colds, congestion: Fry onion peelings and all. Put in cloth bag. Apply to chest and back. Relief very evident in several hours.- Probably the relief came for everyone in the house when you finally left!-M
  • Place 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and a little cream in a cup. Fill cup with hot water, drink and cover up in bed to keep body warm.
  • 1 tablespoon flour, mix 2 tablespoons dry mustard and 1 egg white to form a past. Add water to soften if dry and spread between two layers of cloth (muslin or white flannel)and place on chest for 30 minutes or more. But DO NOT LEAVE ON TILL SKIN TURNS RED.- Seriously, mustard is very powerful, you’d turn red quickly, followed by blistering. Be really careful.-M

Cough Syrups/Sore Throats

  • Mix three parts honey and two parts lemon juice. Put in a pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring often. When cool, take a spoonful in the mouth and let it slowly trickle down your throat. Just a teaspoonful of pure honey, slowly melting in your mouth will help a sore throat.
  • For coughs that won’t let up, try a cold wet cloth applied to the throat usually gives relief especially at night. Also, a spoonful of melted butter sometimes helps.- Take that Mary Poppins!-M
  • Do for colds. Make onion syrup. Slice onions in a small amount of water, simmer, and cool.
  • Boil 1-pint water, juices from 2 lemons, add four tablespoons honey. Drink as hot as you can.
  • Fry onion in lard, warp in cloth, wool is best. Pin around the neck while warm.
  • Two tablespoons of honey mixed with 1 tablespoon vinegar and stir well.
  • Take equal parts of lemon juice, honey, and water and dissolve it and drink it warm. Helps relieve cough and sore throat.
  • Two tablespoons medicinal glycerin. Cook one lemon for 10 minutes in a little bit of water. Squeeze pulp and juice into an 8-ounce measure. Add glycerin, fill the remainder of the measure with honey. (VERY GOOD).

Hiccoughs- hiccups

  • Suck on a slice of lemon.

Tranquilizing Nightcap

  • Mix one-ounce dry mint leaves (natures digestive), 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves (natures tranquilizer), and 1 teaspoon sage leaves (natures sleep producer). Mix and keep in a tightly closed jar. Use 1 heaping teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water. Let steep one minute. Strain. Sweeten with honey and sip. The amazing tranquilizing effect, with no side effects.- You brandy people were probably pretty disappointed with this one.-M

Friends! I am going to have to stop here, but we will continue next week with part two of some great home remedies. Till next time. Here is to good food, good friends and some interesting home remedies.

Fibro AFfects the Senses

5 Ways Fibromyalgia Pain Assaults our Senses

You probably know by now that someone with fibromyalgia is very sensitive to touch. Many times the slightest touch or the gentlest hug can cause great pain. I have had people tap me on the arm and it felt like that hit me with a bat. This pain lingers for quite a while before my arm will settle down. This is called Hyperalgesia. I have written before about how this pain feels. But there is more to the pain than this. Fibromyalgia is a sensitivity that extends to ALL the senses.

Fibromyalgia Pain – Making Sense of Other Neurological Issues

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1. Fibro and our skin

According to Very Well Health, there are actually 7 different types of pain that one can experience due to fibromyalgia. The first you may be aware of is Hyperalgesia. “Hyper” means excess and “algesia” means pain. This is when the level of pain is turned up. Messages are sent to your brain as saying the pain is much worse than it actually is.

Myofascial Pain is widespread muscle pain. It is “commonly described as a deep and gnawing soreness, stiffness, aching, or throbbing all over the body, including the arms, legs, neck, and shoulders—is a hallmark feature of fibromyalgia. This includes what is called costochondritis which is tenderness in the chest wall. I experience this just from getting an ultrasound breast exam.

Allodynia pain is an itching, burning, tingling, or numbness in the arms. Sometimes I have felt like I have a bad sunburn. Other times, I can’t stand for moving air to touch my skin. I can feel cold on a hot day.

2. Fibro affects our eyes

The way fibro affect my eyes is dryness and sensitivity to light. At times it feels as if someone has stuck a needle in my eye. Over time, it can affect your vision because you are squinting. It is important to see your eye doctor (ophthalmologist, not just an optician) on a regular basis. Don’t neglect your eyes.

3. Loud Noises are Painful to the Fibro Warrior

Noise can cause pain as well. One reason I had to stop working in the children’s department was that the noise level was too high and it hurt my ears. I can’t be in the same room while the vacuum cleaner runs either. Thank goodness, I have a husband who runs the vacuum for me!

Ringing in the ears and dizziness are also problems that can arise since your ears can affect your balance. Make sure you visit an ENT occasionally as well. Fibromyalgia and Hearing Problem: Fibro Affects your Ears – Women With Fibromyalgia (fibrowomen.com)

4. Our Nose Senses the Pain

Scented perfumes, detergents, and cleaning agents can make someone with FMS feel ill with everything from fatigue to nausea and headaches. Foods smells can also make the fibromyalgia sufferer so sick they don’t want to eat anything, or start eliminating certain foods from their diet, even if they are healthy items.

I can acquire a serious headache when women who love their perfume walk into the room. Some people cannot use anything in their home that has a smell: ie. candles, soap, air fresheners, cleaners. Attending church on Easter can be a horrible experience with all the Easter lilies.

Fibromyalgia and Sensitivities: What’s That Smell? (fibromyalgianewstoday.com)

5. The Mouth Senses the Pain

Sometimes, spices are too hot for me. It is strange that it is random. One day I can eat a pepperoni pizza just fine. Then the next day, the pepperoni burns my mouth as if I have eaten a hot pepper. Trust me, I haven’t eaten a hot pepper. 🙂

All the Senses Are Affected

As you can see, Fibromyalgia affects all of the senses. It can be pretty frustrating and many of these issues have no way to help the problem other than avoidance. I hope this helps you understand a bit more about the Pain Warriors Plight. Come back again for more explanations.

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Preserves – More Amazing Canning Recipes!

Let’s get started with more canning recipes. I sure hope you enjoyed the uniqueness of last week’s canning recipes. I don’t think these recipes will disappoint either. All credit is given to the KERR home canning book circa 1943. Enjoy!

Cherry Sunshine Preserves

  • 1-quart sour cherries
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup

PLACE a cup of cherries in saucepan and cover with a cup of sugar. Alternate the layers of cherries and sugar, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Thouroughly mix the corn syrup and bring fruit to boiling point. Boil 15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally. Pour into a crock* or enamel vessel* and let stand 24 hours, stirring occasionally. This will be much improved if the crock is covered with glass and set out in the hot sunshine for a day, stirring once or twice or turn the cherries over. Pour into sterilized KERR Jars without further heating and seal.

*Let’s quick talk about crocks and enamel vessels. I would be VERY careful about using any “old” crock ( ex:Redwing crocks) or enamel vessels. I would instead choose to use cooking pots that are “non-reactive”, meaning that when you place a liquid (like vinegar- acidic) into a reactive pot, the acid in the item encourages the metals in the pot walls to “leave” and become a part of the liquid. Leaving a metallic taste in your food item.

Non-Reactive cookware:

  • stainless steel
  • enamelware
  • glass

Reactive cookware:

  • aluminum
  • copper
  • brass
  • iron

Here are a few sites you can check into for help with using an old crock or enamel vessel:

Watermelon Rind Preserves

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SELECT melons with thick rinds. Peel off all green portions, using only the white part of the rind. Cut into small dice. Soak in mild saltwater overnight (1/2 cups salt to 1-gallon water). Remove from the saltwater and cook in clear water for about 30 minutes or until tender. Drain well. For 4 pounds of the melon rind: make a syrup of 9 cups sugar, 8 cups water, 4 lemons sliced, and add 4 teaspoons stick cinnamon, 4 teaspoons cloves (tie spices in a cheesecloth bag) Boil the syrup and spices for 4 minutes before adding the rinds. Add rinds and cook until transparent and clear. Remove spice bag, pour into sterilized KERR Jars, and seal.

-I am going to try this recipe as well. I bet you could use cinnamon candy-like “Red Hots”. Might be fun to serve at Christmas time?!

Next up, some fun tomatoes recipe and it is VERY unique, at least to me. I have NEVER heard of Tomato Butter. Get set for an interesting recipe!

Tomato Butter

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  • 4 quarts stewed tomatoes
  • 7 cups of light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice

COOK very slowly until thick. Pour into sterilized KERR Jars and seal while hot.

Pear Butter

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WASH pears. Do not peel. Slice. Add small amount of water to start cooking. Cook until very soft. Press through colander. To each cup pulp add 1/2 cup sugar. (Spices may be added.) Cook to a paste, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Pour into sterilized KERR Jars and seal while hot.

Peanut Butter

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  • 4 quarts Virginia peanuts
  • 2 quarts Spanish peanuts
  • 8 teaspoons salt

ROAST peanuts uniformly brown.- Side bar, here is an article and a great tutorial on how to roast peanuts:

Cool, remove red skins and tiny hearts. Use a nut grinder or finest blade of food chopper to grind peanuts. Add salt and grind 2 or3 more times until the mixture does not feel grainy between the fingers. Pack closely into clean KERR Jars, filling to within 1 inch of top. Put on cap, screwing band firmly tight. Process in water bath 60 minutes at simmering temperature (180° F.) The Virginia and Spanish peanuts must be mixed to prevent too much oil in butter. Make butter often rather than making a supply for several months.


AFTER straining the fresh milk allow it to stand until animal heat disappears. Pour into clean KERR Jars to within 1/2 inch of the top of the jar. Put on cap, screwing band firmly tight. Process in pressure cooker 10 minutes at 10-pound pressure, or 60 minutes in a water bath.

And last, but certainly not least is this unique dandy… BRAINS. Enjoy


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SOAK in cold water to draw out the blood. Remove membranes. Sear in hot fat. Season to taste. Pack into clean KERR Jars to within 1 inch of top. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of the pan gravy. Put on cap, screwing band firmly tight. Process in a pressure cooker, 60 minutes at 15 pounds; or water bath 180 minutes.

Friends! Won’t that be something? Canned brains at Christmas! I bust a gut at the “Season to taste.” There isn’t enough seasoning in the world that would get me to eat brains. No sir! I hope you enjoyed this “little taste” of the KERR home canning book circa 1943.

Till next time, here is to good food, good friends and a canned brains free life!