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  • Seafood boil offers a fun, tasty ways to prepare shrimp

    Spencer County native and former resident James Allen Cox found his recipe for Farmer’s Seafood Boil at the Texas State Fair.

    “I picked this up at the Texas State Fair over twenty years ago, and it has not failed me yet,” said Cox. “It is an easy one pot meal.”

    Cox reads this paper online and decided to share one of his favorite recipes with his hometown.

    The recipe was created by the Texas Extension Service.

  • Potato what?

    What do mashed potatoes and martinis have in common? Not much unless you attended Terri Cooper’s Mashed Potato bunco party in February. It was Cooper’s turn to host the monthly bunco club, and she thought it was time for something a little different.

    “I felt like we were all tired of winter and tired of the same old thing,” said Cooper. “I wanted to do something fun to get us out of the winter blues.”

    Cooper told all of her guests to bring their favorite martini glasses and dress in ‘50s attire.

  • Turn Valentine's Day into a celebration of familial love

    Valentine’s Day has an unusual history in our household. I do not expect flowers or candy, and I generally do not get them. In all the years that my husband and I have been together, I think I have received flowers for Valentine’s Day maybe once. It is not that I do not like getting flowers. I just prefer not to get them at holiday prices.

    I go get a box of candy occasionally, but even then my husband gets more brownie points for buying it on sale than he does for bringing it to me on the “correct” day.

  • Dip into delciousness

    Terri Cooper grew up with the apple dip recipe that she serves to her children. Her mother got the recipe from her aunt and she said it is possible that it originally came from her great-grandmother.

    “Mom used it for an after school snack for Sunday afternoons,” said Cooper. “Basically it was a way to get us to eat fruit and it works. It works for my kids too.”

  • Praline Apple Bread a decadent treat

    Marlene Stark discovered a new favorite recipe when she opened her Southern Living magazine before Christmas. The pecans and apples in the praline apple bread drew her to the recipe.

    “I crave apples,” she said. “I love to bake during wintertime. I happened to have the ingredients on hand.”

    Stark has made the bread about 6-8 times since she came across the recipe a little over a month ago. She baked some of them in smaller aluminum pans to give to neighbors for Christmas.

  • Making memories

    Are you running out of things to do to entertain your children during snow days? Are you getting cabin fever and need to find something to do to change the scenery, but you can not get out of your driveway? Try planning ahead for the next snow day with these ideas.

    Have a plan before the meteorologist ever announces the first snowflake. Make sure to have all the supplies and directions for several activities already purchased and set aside for the first call of “Mooom! I’m bored!”

  • Sweet potato dumplings a church potluck favorite

    Sweet potato dumplings have become a favorite dish at Adina Milburn’s home over the past few years. She was first introduced to it at a potluck dinner at her church, Highview Baptist Spencer Campus.

    Angie Melton brought the dumplings and Milburn liked them so much that she asked for the recipe.

    The sweet potato dumplings call for sweet potato patties, but sweet potatoes can be used.

    “Angie originally told us to use sweet potato patties,” said Milburn. “It’s so much easier to use the patties.”

  • 2011: Resolve to make your one-word resolution

    It’s a new year, and many people are making their New Year’s resolutions. I have always had trouble keeping resolutions for more than a few weeks. It seems like too much, too fast. There’s so much expectation surrounding them that they become easy to break.

    A few years ago, I heard about a different way of making resolutions called One Little Word. The concept is to choose one word that becomes your focus for the entire year. The word reminds you of your goals and intentions.

  • Whipping up an old-fashion dessert:

    Charlotte russe has been in Judy Broyles’ family for several generations. She knows her grandmother, who she never knew, made it and taught the recipe to Broyles’ mother but is not sure how her grandmother learned the recipe.

    “It was tradition for it to be our Thanksgiving dessert,” said Broyles, who has been making the dessert for 51 years herself. “My daughter and granddaughter are making it now too.”