Front Porch - Nov/Dec 2013
Farm Bureau Matters, Randy Veach; Thinking Out Loud, Rodney Baker; Taste Arkansas, Tara Johnson; Mississippi River State Park; Home for the holidays, P. Allen Smith; DIY, Build a rod case, Rural regional health care; Bacon-wrapped Dates Stuffed with Almonds and Feta.
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I also serve on the Fast Access countryside in the late 1930s. It was a life- for Students, Teachers and Economic Results changing experience. (FASTER) Committee, formed by Gov. Mike A similar sensation swept in with telephone service to rural Arkansas, On the Cover — The St. Francis and Mississippi rivers flow together in a landscape of picturesque wetlands on the easternmost edge of Arkansas’ newest state park, Mississippi River State Park. The park was 50 years in the making and was primarily funded through the 1/8 of 1 percent conservation sales tax. Send comments to: email@example.com 6 3 4 Mississippi River State Park Keith Sutton Farm Bureau Matters Randy Veach Thinking Out Loud Rodney Baker 14 Taste Arkansas Tara Johnson 16 Garden Home Design 20 22 24 P. Allen Smith Do It Yourself Monte Burch Health & Safety Jennifer Victory In the Kitchen Tayla Tate Boerner Rhonda Whitley at firstname.lastname@example.org Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Farm Bureau Center P.O. Box 31 • Little Rock, AR 72203-0031 Fax: (501) 228-1557 Please provide membership number. pcipublishing.com Created by Publishing Concepts, Inc. For Advertising info contact David Brown • 1-800-561-4686 email@example.com Beebe because of his strong support for adequate bandwidth. mandated in the 1930s by the Federal From my view, our state has a lot of Communications Commission (FCC), work to do to bring equal and adequate though it was many years before access was broadband services to our schools, businesses available for many. In the early days we and rural communities. Agriculture and shared a “party line,” and each home on that our rural communities are codependent. party line had a distinctive ring. Without access to adequate broadband our The goal of the FCC’s Universal Services Act then – and remains today – was to ensure all Americans, regardless of where rural communities will not succeed. Nor will agriculture. In the 1960s, one farmer averaged feeding they live, receive quality telephone service at 26 people. Today, that one farmer feeds 155 reasonable rates. people. We’ve been able to do that because of A combination of government incredible expansions in livestock and crop involvement and entrepreneurial vigor was yields, driven by research and technology. needed to bring those technologies to people With the world’s population expected who had been without something that was to reach 9 billion by 2050, technology commonplace in the larger communities in innovations, including broadband, will play our state. a vital role in feeding the world. We face a similar situation in 2013 with Without access to adequate broadband, broadband access in Arkansas. Our state some of our schools seem as isolated as the ranks at or near the bottom in national one-room schoolhouse of my grandparents’ rankings of digital learning and broadband generation. Today, distance learning access. TechNet’s 2012 Broadband Index capabilities can provide any student, listed Arkansas 50th among all state for regardless of location, access to the best broadband access. The rural nature of teachers and subject matter. Arkansas compounds the problem. For address changes, contact: and state leaders from both the public and “lights came on” in rural Mississippi County, If the future difference makers for That does not mean to imply all of Arkansas are to come from Arkansas, we need rural Arkansas is a broadband wasteland. to do everything we can to ensure our school Ritter Communications and South Arkansas systems are delivering what they need. Telephone offer some of the fastest Adequate broadband is central to that goal. connectivity speeds in the country in some We should use the Universal Service Act of Arkansas’ most rural areas. But there as a template for broadband coverage and are large parts of our state where adequate ensure that our citizens, regardless of where broadband access is still a vision. they live, can receive quality broadband I was fortunate to be part of the recent service at reasonable rates. To do that will, Connecting Arkansas Internet Conference. once again, be a life-changing experience. There, the challenges of delivering high- God bless you and your families. God speed Internet to all Arkansans were bless our farmers and ranchers. And God debated, along with how local, regional, bless Arkansas Farm Bureau. Front Porch I arf b .com b 3 Thinking Out Loud Front Porch Arkansas Farm Bureau © 2013 Official membership publication of Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Front Porch is mailed to more than 200,000 member-families. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Included in membership dues. Arkansas Farm Bureau Officers: President Randy Veach Manila Vice President Rich Hillman Carlisle Secretary/Treasurer Tom Jones Pottsville Executive Vice President Rodney Baker Little Rock Directors: Richard Armstrong, Ozark Troy Buck, Alpine Jon Carroll, Moro Joe Christian, Jonesboro Terry Dabbs, Stuttgart Mike Freeze, England Bruce Jackson, Lockesburg Johnny Loftin, El Dorado Gene Pharr, Lincoln Rusty Smith, Des Arc Allen Stewart, Mena Mike Sullivan, Burdette Leo Sutterfield, Mountain View T Ex Officio Sherry Felts, Joiner Brent Lassiter, Newport Janice Marsh, McCrory Brian Walker, Horatio Executive Editor: Steve Eddington Editor: Gregg Patterson Contributing Writers: Ken Moore, Keith Sutton, Chris Wilson Research Assistant: Brenda Gregory ADVERTISING: Contact David Brown at Publishing Concepts, Inc. for advertising rates. firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 221-9986 Fax (501) 225-3735 Front Porch (USPS 019-879) is published bi-monthly by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, 10720 Kanis Rd., Little Rock, AR 72211. Periodicals Postage paid at Little Rock, Ark. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Front Porch, P.O. Box 31, Little Rock, AR 72203. Issue #89. Publisher assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation reserves the right to accept or reject all advertising requests. 4 by RODNEY BAKER Executive Vice President, Arkansas Farm Bureau This issue of Front Porch coincides with practices. There is a growing attitude that the beginning of my tenure as executive public opinion should trump science and vice president of Arkansas Farm Bureau. I’m property rights, and we must be ready to grateful and appreciative for the opportunity stand solidly with our family farms on these to continue serving this organization and its issues. The recent controversy surrounding members. the good folks at C&H hog farm in Newton I grew up in a farm family in northeast County and court decisions on endangered Arkansas, served as state FFA president, species are examples of issues that can be earned undergraduate and graduate degrees skewed by outside forces. in agriculture. I have been fortunate to live To equip ourselves to face these out my passions with the Arkansas Farm challenges, we must embrace changes in Bureau for more than 36 years, most recently technology that allow us to effectively leading the lobbying and advocacy efforts. connect with the public, as well as our own The column title, Thinking Out Loud, is a reflection of how I operate with those I membership. We must also remain acutely aware that am closest to. I usually arrange thoughts in our greatest strength is our members, our my mind, while at the same time sharing county Farm Bureau organizations. Many them with others. It’s a process that has been already do a great job. Now, more than helpful to me. ever, it’s essential we all attend and actively So indulge me, if you will, while I think out loud. participate in our county board meetings, annual meetings, and legislative functions. My vision of the future of Farm Bureau Our best work is done at the local level. is an organization that continues to reflect These efforts are critical to the success of our the beliefs and purposes on which it was organization. They’re also opportunities to originally founded, but recognizes and is develop and equip local leaders. Additional equipped to meet the challenges of our participation, training and attention to detail rapidly changing society. will result in stronger, more effective county Farm Bureau exists to represent and serve you. To do this we effectively must organizations. I’m optimistic about the future of be prepared to meet your needs and Arkansas Farm Bureau. The work we do to expectations. improve conditions for farmers and ranchers The challenges we will face are complicated by the shrinking population is a part of our DNA and always will be. The ability of the farming and ranching of farmers and ranchers and successive community to feed, clothe and provide generations farther removed from the land. shelter to our state, our country and much Many of our challenges are familiar but of the world is one of America’s greatest will continue to grow in momentum and strengths. It’s noble work and something for complexity. which we should all take great pride. Let’s Public concerns about the environment continue the good work of this organization, and food safety are easily manipulated by embrace our challenges and prepare ourselves alarmist groups against modern farming to meet the future. Front Porch I arf b .com b craft your holIday adventure isten to live performances of acoustic Southern mountain music. Visit with artisans creating handcrafted heirloom treasures. Meander through the beauty of the ever-changing herb gardens. Enjoy the home-style fare at the Skillet Restaurant. Relax in comfort in one of the Cabins at Dry Creek. Experience the adventure and challenge of Loco Ropes. The Craft Village is open through November 30th for your holiday shopping enjoyment. Register now for one of our holiday events. Upcoming Events November 7-9 • Annual Fall Bluegrass Festival 2 8 • Thanksgiving Day Buffet and Gospel Concert with Pam Setser and Joni Bishop 29 • Christmas Concert with Pam Setser and Joni Bishop December 13 • Ozark Christmas Feast and Dinner Theater M O U N T A I N V I E W, A R K A N S A S Cabin Reservations: 800-264-3655 • Information: 870-269-3851 • OzarkFolkCenter.com Front Porch I arf b .com 5 Mississippi River State Park 6 F ro n t P or c h I a r fb.co m Crowley’s Ridge gets a new park Story and photos by Keith Sutton T Arkansas’ newest state park, Mississippi River State Park, is predominantly on the southern end of Crowley’s Ridge and briefly borders the Mississippi River where the St. Francis River enters the “Father of Waters.” The park takes in some of the unique geological features of Crowley’s Ridge, a special place that the big river helped birth. The Delta of eastern Arkansas Open for business Opened this spring, the visitor center at Mississippi River State Park provides educational exhibits for guests, who come to study, observe and explore the Arkansas Delta, the Mississippi River and Crowley’s Ridge. looks as flat as a tabletop except for this narrow 200-mile-long band of rolling hills locals call “The Ridge.” It arises north of Missouri’s bootheel and bisects Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, St. Francis, Lee and Phillips counties in Arkansas before ending near Helena. No other place in the Natural State is like it. If you visit Crowley’s Ridge, you can see this ancient history exposed in tall, beautiful bluffs sheltering gravel-bottomed creeks. A walk through the woods is like a hike in the Appalachians. Rock maples and tulip poplars grace the hogbacks and hollows. Lady’sJAMESON Architects PA and Switch Photo slippers, ginseng and bloodroot blossom in spring. The lyrical notes of songbirds enliven the woodlands. Rainbow darters flitter in creek riffles where softshell turtles forage and frogs sing. Deer, raccoons, bobcats and other mammals forage on the forested hillsides. Front Porch I arf b .com 7 establishment, Village Creek SP in voted to partner with the U.S. Forest Cross and St. Francis counties was Service (USFS) to develop the park opened. This brought into the public within St. Francis NF. This led to trust a much larger tract of Crowley’s a memorandum of understanding Ridge — almost 7,000 acres. In between ASP and the USFS signed that Crowley’s Ridge was a place fact, Village Creek is the largest of Nov. 22, 1999, and the two agencies of great natural beauty that should Arkansas’ 52 state parks, providing began formulating plans for the new be protected for future generations. extensive opportunities for camping, park. Efforts began in 1933 with the wildlife watching, fishing, swimming, establishment of 291-acre Crowley’s boating, horseback riding and other national forest will comprise Ridge State Park (SP) on the original activities. Five trails totaling seven Mississippi River SP, including the homesite of Benjamin Crowley, miles allow hikers to explore the recreation area on 625-acre Bear the pioneer homesteader for whom unique geology, abundant wildlife Creek Lake near Marianna; the the ridge is named. Today, visitors and unusual plant communities of access area at Horner’s Neck Lake, still use the native stone-and-wood Crowley’s Ridge. an oxbow on the national forest’s State parks on Crowley’s Ridge Arkansans realized long ago facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the park’s earliest years. Swimmers bathe in waters from a spring once used by Quapaw Indians. Wildflower and eastern edge; the access area at Mississippi River State Park The state parks just mentioned the confluence of the St. Francis and Mississippi rivers, also on the east side; and the recreation area on 425-acre Storm Creek Lake birding enthusiasts enjoy hiking on were established following a north near the national forest’s southern Dancing Rabbit Trail. Anglers try to south progression. Perhaps it was end. Some projects are completed, their luck in the park’s 31-acre fishing to be expected then that the next foremost among them the new lake. park on Crowley’s Ridge would be 12,208-square-foot information and created even farther south, this education facility. Inside, visitors Fish Commission built 640-acre Lake time in Lee and Phillips counties. can enjoy interactive exhibits Poinsett on Crowley’s Ridge near Mississippi River SP, first proposed about the area’s wildlife, plants, Harrisburg. Lake Poinsett SP was almost 50 years ago, was dedicated history and geological features. The established on the lake’s northern on May 16 this year. It eventually facility offers access to the half-mile end in 1963, complete with scenic will encompass 536 acres within Trotting Fox Trail, an amphitheater camping and picnicking facilities on 22,600-acre St. Francis National for outdoor programs and Ranger 132 wooded acres. Most visitors come Forest (NF), including upland tracts Pond for fishing and aquatic for the superb fishing, casting for on Crowley’s Ridge and wetland exploration. An adjacent multi- Poinsett’s abundant bream, crappie, areas adjacent the Father of Waters. purpose building allows groups to In 1960, the Arkansas Game and bass and catfish. In 1966, this area was proposed meet here and serves as a discovery Lake Frierson SP in southern as a state park, but the idea was center for visitors and students. Greene County joined the line-up dropped due to lack of funding. Interpretive programs are offered, of public lands on Crowley’s Ridge The concept for a park adjacent too, including guided hikes and in 1975. The park originally was the Mississippi wasn’t forgotten, kayak tours. built for day use only and offered however, and in 1973, the state only picnic sites, a boat ramp and legislature authorized development Bear Creek Lake has been renovated, restrooms. Facilities have since been of Mississippi River SP. It wasn’t and now features 14 campsites with expanded to include a visitor’s center, until 1996, however, when water/electric/sewer hookups, three campsites, pavilions and nature trails. Arkansas voters passed a 1/8-cent walk-in tent sites and a bathhouse. The 335-acre lake is home to a variety conservation sales tax to help Two new courtesy docks here of sportfish, and the park is renowned fund park projects, that efforts to provide easy access to the lake. for the beauty of its many blooming find a park site began in earnest. The adjacent day-use area includes dogwood trees in spring. On May 20, 1999, the State Parks, picnic sites, swimming, a boat ramp Recreation and Travel Commission and the mile-long Bear Creek Lake A year after Frierson’s 8 Several separate sites in the F ront P orch I arf b .com Beech Point Campground on Hortus Ltd. Crappie catch An osprey feeds on a crappie caught in Bear Creek Lake. Wildlife watchers can observe a varied assortment of creatures that live in Mississippi River State Park and St. Francis National Forest, including common animals such as deer, turkeys, raccoons, squirrels and dozens of bird species. Front Porch I arf b .com 9 Nature Trail. The U.S. Forest Service will continue Facilities at Storm Creek Lake soon its role in the resource management will be renovated, too, with plans of the forest, including timber to construct an enclosed pavilion, and wildlife management, habitat restrooms, new parking and lake-access improvement, wildfire suppression and facilities, and more. law enforcement. Arkansas State Parks According to State Parks Director will continue improving facilities, Greg Butts, “Arkansas State Parks is constructing new ones and managing experiencing one of the most exciting these recreational facilities, including stages in its history. Mississippi River park maintenance, law enforcement State Park is an important part of this. and interpretation/education.” Building a connection between phone callers with ease! Dial 7-1-1 and communicate with any caller – 24 hours a day! Arkansas Relay is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled. This service allows TTY (text-telephone) users to communicate with standard telephone users through specially trained relay operators. For more information, contact Jeff Prail, Account Manager 501-221-1285 (Voice) email: email@example.com (Email) visit our website: www.arkansasrelay.com Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Supervisor Judith Henry said, “The partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Arkansas State Parks should be very evident to the public when visiting Mississippi River State Park. Our staffs will work side-byside here, committed to managing these outstanding natural and Captioned Telephone (CapTel ) Service – Talk, listen and read! ® recreational resources on the St. Francis National Forest and making the collective national forest and If a person with a hearing loss has difficulty hearing on the phone, not anymore! 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Other marks are the property of their respective owners. 10 Front Porch I arf b .com only national forest that touches the Mississippi River.” Fishin’ in the park Two park lakes — 625-acre Bear Creek Lake near Marianna and 425-acre Storm Creek Lake near West Helena — serve up excellent fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, bluegills, redear sunfish, crappie and catfish. Do YOU know what health insurance options are available for you and your family? Community Health Center Locations Let Community Health Centers serve as your “guide” and assist YOU in enrolling in a qualified health plan in the new Health Insurance Marketplace! Find Us Online: To locate a Community Health Center near you, call 1-877-666-CHCA or visit CHCA website at www.chc-ar.org facebook.com/CommunityHealthCentersofAR twitter.com/chc_ar Front Porch I arf b .com 11 World of wonder I visited Mississippi River SP recently Later, I drove several hours along mink hunting the shore of a pond. scenic roadways that meander through Every habitat bristled with birds: with nothing more than a fishing pole, a the park and national forest, including flycatchers, vireos, warblers, tanagers, camera and binoculars. It was a memorable portions of the Great River Road, egrets, hawks, doves, hummingbirds, day. Crowley’s Ridge Scenic Byway and woodpeckers, swallows, wrens, Audubon’s Great River Birding Trail. chickadees and more — 34 species in Bear Creek Lake, I caught dozens of fish, Wildlife was everywhere, from wooded all. At Storm Creek Lake, I watched including a 4-pound largemouth bass, ridgetops to the river bottoms. I saw an osprey catch a crappie. Great blue several jumbo bluegills and redear sunfish, several whitetail does with fawns, herons were feeding young in nests and two whopper crappie that wound up on a solid-black fox squirrel, a mother on Horner’s Neck Lake. Near the my dinner plate the next day. raccoon with three babies and a sandy shore of the Mississippi River, I Casting a spinner from the shore of photographed a docile yet intimidating canebrake rattlesnake. As I was about to leave the park, an amazing sight stopped me: fields of yellow flowers that had attracted More Bang for Your Bucks RTV1100, RTV1140, RTV900, RTV500 Utility Vehicles thousands of swallowtail butterflies. Never have I seen so many of the gorgeous insects. I spent several more hours in the park photographing them. Together, flitting from flower to flower on wings of black and gold, they created an unforgettable scene. A visit to Mississippi River State Park can be like that. Surprises await around every corner — good surprises that will make you want to return again and again. Getting There To reach Mississippi River State Park from Interstate 40, take Exit 239 near Forrest City and follow Ark. Highway 1 south to Marianna. (Alternatively, from Helena, take Ark. 49 west to Walnut Corner, then Ark. 1 north to Pick your options: Diesel or gas, two seats or four. Open air or factory-installed cab. Whichever RTV you choose, you’ll get more bang for your buck… with a utility vehicle that works hard today and holds its value tomorrow. Marianna.) From Marianna, follow Ark. 1B to Ark. 44 (Great River Road/ Crowley’s Ridge Parkway) and go 3 miles southeast to the visitor center, or 6 miles to the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area. Family Owned For more information, visit www. arkansasstateparks.com/mississippiriver/ or phone (870) 295-4040. 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With that “lost week,” I know if I don’t keep on top of it, I’ll really get behind. Not getting stuff shipped to me on time is my pet holiday peeve. It always happens with at least one gift. This year, I have a plan to stay organized and make this holiday season easier. Try it, and let me know how it goes, or post your holiday time-saving tips on our Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/ ArkansasFarmBureau) Step One Note all of your holiday parties, Plan ahead Create a menu for any dinners or parties you might be hosting at least two weeks in advance to give you time to take advantage of any grocery store sales. dinners and any other events on your smart phone calendar. Also, make up making you scramble to get a parties you might be hosting. This reminder notes if you need to buy a potluck dish ready in time. allows time to take advantage of hostess gift, a new outfit or bring food. Then, set reminders for those events on your computer or email. There’s always at least one event that sneaks 14 any sales at the grocery store and to Step Two check with guests about possible food At least two weeks in advance, create a menu for any dinners or Front Porch I arf b .com allergies to take into consideration. Once the menu is finalized, gather time as possible. How to $ave on Thanksgiving dinner Step Three expensive, especially if you’re the opportunity to have face-time supplies and make as much ahead of Thanksgiving dinner can be During November, write down who provides the food on our plate. It’s simply so accessible, we take it for granted. Many people don’t have cooking for a crowd. This time of with a farmer, but it’s farm families names and addresses of those you’re year is special, and I struggle to save like mine who carefully raise turkeys, sending cards or gifts. If you’re money, because I want everything rice, apples and many other foods we planning to send gifts, brainstorm perfect. So, I spent some time love. Corporations aren’t caring for ideas during November, so you aren’t thinking about a few ways to cut cost animals and making decisions about trying to find something last minute. without sacrificing quality. crops, it’s American farm families. When possible, I’ll casually bring up Some friends ask their guests to Keep them in mind this season and, b items I think the person would like bring their favorite dish to dinner. and gauge their reaction. Another This is a great idea. Everyone gets at good idea is a homemade gift. Cookies least one thing they like, and it’s a are a favorite in my family, and we great conversation starter. In fact, it Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Taste Arkansas often send tins of cookies to family would be really fun for everyone to blog. For recipes, videos and farmer members. bring recipe cards for their dish to profiles visit www.tastearkansas.com pass around. today. Step Four The designer in me loves wrapping Tara Johnson is a contributor to Another way to lower costs of your meal is buy store-brand items paper. I like buying two to three instead of brand name. Often, different rolls with some kind of these products are exactly the theme. For example, one year I did same with different packaging. I’ll winter white with three different admit there are a few brands I’m patterns. Buy wrapping paper early. fiercely loyal to but not many. In December, the selection starts if you can, thank a farmer. My favorite tip is to make the to get picked over. Plus, if you buy most of leftovers. Use leftover wrapping paper early, you can wrap as turkey and cranberry sauce for you buy presents to avoid a marathon turkey and cranberry sandwiches. wrapping session later. Use leftover dinner rolls to make 1. Make sure to thaw your turkey completely before cooking. sliders. Have leftover mashed Step Five Have fun decorating your home. potatoes and gravy as a side with another meal. Don’t just eat the Don’t make it a chore. Plan it like an same meal until the leftovers are activity with hot cocoa and holiday gone, get creative and make new cookies. Give yourself plenty of time recipes. and include the family members. These are memory makers, and this time of year is all about family and close friends, so enjoy it together. Finally, remember to slow down 3. Skip basting your bird, it can make the skin soggy. Thank a farmer This holiday season, thank a farmer. The hardworking men and and try to stay stress free. This is the women in agriculture use skills part I have trouble with the most. handed down for generations, Sometimes your casserole gets a little new technology, good old crispier than you intended. Sometimes fashioned ingenuity and elbow your decorations might break. 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Volunteering is also a great way to 1 cup buttermilk Combine all the remaining help organizations get through the ingredients in a mixing bowl, and holidays while giving back to your pour the mixture into the unbaked community. 1 unbaked pie crust, 9-inch Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil, and lightly grease the foil. Stir the pecan halves, light-brown sugar and dark corn syrup together pie crust. Scatter the chopped glazed pecans evenly on top of the pie filling. While the food, music and Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 4 minutes, for 12 to 15 minutes or until the glaze thickens. Remove the pan from the oven decorations provide everything or until set. Let the pie cool on a needed for a festive season, what wire rack before serving at room matters most is being able to share temperature. it all with my family and friends. I in a small bowl. Spread the mixture out on the jelly-roll pan and bake, 5. Family and friends share this time of year with those 4. Philanthropy closest to me. We share laughs, I’m always mindful of my many blessings. This is a great time of year delicious meals and memories of holidays past. to remember your blessings, and and spread the pecans in a single support a charitable organization. layer on wax paper. Let the pecans Many organizations allow you to cool completely, separating them make a donation in someone’s with a spoon as they cool. name. What a meaningful gift. Front Porch I arf b .com Season’s greetings and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous New Year. b 17 CELEBRATE AT THE GARDEN HOME! TOURS NOV 8, 15, 22 DEC 12, 13, 19, 20 $90 per person The Garden Home Retreat at Moss Mountain Farm in Roland is decked out in all of its holiday finery, and youâ€™re sure to find inspiration for your own holiday home! 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Cut the pipe to the correct length using a hacksaw. b Materials Then carefully sand all cut edges Plastic PVC plumbing pipe — length and diameter to suit extremely smooth. Matching PVC end caps (2 required) Plastic pipe can cut, so you might want to wear leather gloves while sanding. Using PVC glue, fasten one or one smooth end cap and one threaded end cap with matching threaded joint end cap in place. Sand the inside of PVC glue the second cap so it will slide on and Hasp (1 optional) off the pipe easily. If you want a non- Screen door handle (1 optional) secure transport case, simply use a pair Small bolts & lock nuts to fit hasp & screen of eye hooks and a small bungee cord to hold the end cap in place. Or use door handle Foam or felt (2 small pieces required) a threaded end cap with a matching threaded joint glued to the PVC pipe to 20 Front Porch I arf b .com Gregg Patterson T Transporting rods, especially long Rod protection Transporting fishing rods can sometimes be a hassle. 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To add a twist to the inspired by one of my favorite Southern marmalade and miso soy would make event, each team could use one secret Living party recipes, Bacon-wrapped plywood taste great! ingredient. With only 45 minutes to create Almond-Stuffed Apricots. Our first It’s that good. an appetizer dish, competition was intense. stumbling block — the pantry had no I was part of the winning team led Rock, our dipping sauce made with orange The saltiness of Petit Jean bacon and apricots. Instead, we substituted dates crumbly feta paired with sweet dates and by Kellee Mayfield of Lake Village. Kellee then put our heads together to produce sweet orange marmalade proved to be a came prepared for cooking battle, arriving the winning dish using Arkansas Petit delicious combination and possibly even with a box of tricks including our team’s Jean bacon and other ingredients. (I can’t better than the original apricot recipe that secret ingredient, miso soy, along with disclose specifics, but a bit of bartering was inspired it. decorative napkins and serving platters. necessary to secure the feta cheese from Every southern girl knows presentation is an another team.) Bacon-wrapped Dates Stuffed with Almonds and Feta Ingredients This appetizer will be a crowd pleaser at your next holiday gathering. Place on wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once to brown each side. • 12 slices bacon, cut into halves • 24 dates (according to package instructions) to make ½ cup. Add to • 24 whole raw almonds, unsalted marmalade and heat in a small, microwave-safe bowl 1 minute or • feta cheese crumbles until blended. • 3-4 green onions, chopped Arrange appetizers on a serving platter. Drizzle with dipping • 1 cup orange marmalade sauce and top with chopped green onions. 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