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Monday, August 29, 2022
Milliron Monday: Church of the Good Shepherd 50th Anniversary Memory Book
Friday, August 26, 2022
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Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Dutch Oven Cooking in the Great Outdoors by Sandra Russell
Dutch Oven Cooking in the Great Outdoors
Last week I opened my big mouth to volunteer to cook for an outdoor party/reunion in October. I haven't used my Dutch ovens at all in recent years and I have 4 or 5 of them? Yikes! I did used to cook in these cast iron wonders frequently. At one time I even cooked a small turkey outdoors in the snow for a Thanksgiving. I cooked in a Franklin Woodstove and at a Pioneer's Celebration at Tar Hollow State Park. But like I said, it has been years, so my confidence can only be improved by doing a couple trial runs before October.
I intend to try stacking two of them for two pans of cornbread (never cooked them stacked but have seen it done). Apple crisp or a cobbler in one, and for old times’ sake and really delicious eating, will do a beef dish. Basically will be cooking a full meal. Maybe do some bean soup as well.
Anyhow, this recipe is one of my own. I actually made this dish for a Cinco de Mayo party about 15 years ago. Here it is…
You will need a ten-inch cast iron Dutch oven, some charcoal briquets and lighter fluid, a hook to lift the hot ashy lid when the food is done and some serving ware.
3 or 4 lbs. of sirloin tip
1/2 cup of Cabernet Sauvignon or other dry red wine
3 cloves of garlic
1 large onion chopped
Marinate the meat for a few hours or overnight in refrigerator with a teaspoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of honey, 1 Knorr brand (only) beef bouillon cube
A couple fresh basil leaves or a shake of dried basil
Drain a small can of pinto beans, (hominy might be good, too)
Add a can of diced tomato with green chilies drain lightly
To cook this, start a fire in a sand pit or bare area of ground and put about 10 charcoal bricks in a stack, light these and when burned down and glowing set the bottom of the Dutch oven on those to heat...reserve another small pile of about 15 charcoals and light those off to the side to 'stoke the fire' and to add to the lid later (just helps prevent lighter fluid from running where it shouldn't).
Once the pot has warmed a minute, add all the food ingredients, top this with the cast iron lid and place your reserved hot coals on top to cover the lid, pile them up, make sure the lid is on level when all gets hot this will make a seal. (It's a good idea to have a pot lid lifter, or a small crowbar and a whisk broom to brush off the ashes and lift the lid when the food is done).
After cooking about an hour, add half a lb. of Monterey Jack or Colby Cheese to the food, put the lid back on and heat an additional 20min. Serve with guacamole and chips black olives, chopped onion...etc.
Monday, August 22, 2022
In Memory: Jerry Hartley 1935-2022
Sunday, August 21, 2022
The Parade of the Hills by Sandra Russell
The Parade of the Hills
The Nelsonville Parade of the Hills opened last Wednesday, the 17th of August. This historic celebration (in its 72nd year!) marks the summer's end and is a rite of passage of sorts for those returning to school. This celebration is not a fair, it's not about agricultural harvest, no one is selling a pig, or judging pickles, though I think there is a pie contest? I know there have been in the recent past. This celebration reflects the traditions of the harvest time, but that the summer workers, shifting for the fall workers? I know the brickmakers and potters of this region used to 'snowbird' to Florida in winter and return in the spring.
I think this celebration marks the end of summer as a sort of 'goodbye and see you later'! Also, even the name; parade of the hills, suggests an isolation from one another that is especially true in winter rural areas. See you later, as in when it thaws. Many people did not have the opportunity to gather much anyhow, except maybe close neighbors helping one another or family get togethers for weddings or 4th of July. The idea of a parade is very glamourous in such isolation and is a chance to be friendly with communities nearby, that are little known, maybe never been there...so, that's what Murray City is doing.
So, that's the band [see illustration] from Logan (the Logan Marching band is a favorite of mine, and I didn't go to that school). There is a beauty pageant where smiling waving girls from tots to teens play dress up for serious wins! Scholarships and great opportunities to participate as a graceful and patient citizen. There is a fiddling contest that draws many folks. When I was a child I came to the parade and the fiddle contest was the big draw...the square was packed with hooting and hollering for the favorites…and they were not wanting for talent. The contest is now indoors and there is a nominal fee. It's probably still good to watch and hear, but entirely more "indoorsy" than when I was young. Also, not done in more than fifty years I'm sure; when I was about ten, a thrilling horserace took the square...any sort of horse who entered could run it.
Everything was spontaneous...want to fiddle? Get up there- got a pony to run...start here with the rest of em. I just was reading about the Parade of the Hills history, and it seems the festival is more than 72 years old, because formerly did not include the beauty pageant or a parade and was a combination of a school reunion, a baseball game and a carnival. The local civic groups decided to add monies and events to the whole as a way to fund a Christmas charity and so the "Parade of the Hills" was born in 1950 from another annual gathering called the "Hocking Valley Festival". I did not find as yet the beginnings of that event. But it is interesting to me that this sort of festival, simply of regional neighboring towns began and continues to go on. The contest between festival Queens should be looked into. Of course Jackson has the Apple Festival, and Circleville has the pumpkins, but still agriculture, even to stretch a bit is the "Moonshine" Festival (corn). But the Parade of the Hills is just that. The people of these communities show themselves and people want to see them.
Editor’s Note: Sandra submitted her story prior to the Parade of the Hills, but we’ve been a wee bit behind. Mark your calendar for next years’ event! Visit the Nelsonville Chamber of Commerce website to see all of the exciting events in southeastern Ohio’s premier hometown.
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Monday, August 15, 2022
Milliron Monday: Equine Nutrition
Monday, August 8, 2022
Milliron Monday: Underground Railroad
|Jody at the "Negro Den" on Milliron Farm|
August 3, 1997 The Athens Messenger Photo by Chad Stiles
Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Monday Creek Publishing Digest August 2022: Featured Author Joy S. MillerUpton
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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Ranch Wife Ramblings: An Interview with Selena Bradshaw
|Selena Bradshaw - Ranch Wife Ramblings|
Photo by Dee Dodson
By Gina McKnight
SB: I was one of the really lucky kids! My parents had horses before I even came around. I have been around them from day one! So, I don’t really remember my first encounter, I do however remember my first solo riding adventure! I had a little miniature horse and I remember my dad putting me on bareback and all was well until we started to trot and then I promptly bounced off the side. Needless to say I was definitely not a natural!
SB: We have A LOT of horses on the ranch right now, most of them are bucking horses, we raise about 10 babies a year and have three different studs. But I’ll introduce you to my main saddle horse string!
SB: I am such a sucker for a good horse! I love all of the horse show classes! However my very favorites and favorites to show in myself are the Working Cowhorse, Reining, Cutting, Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail and Ranch Pleasure.
Sounds like fun. Horses all day, every day! Congratulations on your accolades. As
a ranch wife, what is your go-to for motivation and inspiration? How do you
stay fit and energized?
SB: I am a sucker for motivational quotes! I think that my favorite thing about Facebook other than getting to keep up with friends and family is finding those little gems of inspiration all typed up pretty. I am always saving them on my phone, it’s full of them!
SB: Oh, goodness! Our day varies so much each day and especially during different seasons and sometimes I am on the road working horse shows. However, right now we are done calving spring calvers and have just finished working all of them (giving vaccinations, castrating the bull calves, worming and fly spraying them). We have a few months before we start calving out fall calvers which will find us spending most of our day horseback checking cows and pushing calves to the shade so they don’t overheat in the summer heat.
SB: My husband and I work together so much that we know what each other is thinking or going to do next without having to say anything which makes working together really nice, especially when things are a little dicey. It also helps that my husband is an amazing hand around horses and cattle and he keeps things running pretty smoothly! However, you always find yourself with that one pesky animal that doesn’t want to corporate. We recently got out of raising bucking bulls, so luckily we don’t have as many standoffs anymore.
SB: It depends on where the animal goes. Each bronc and bull carries our ranch brand, the stuk B, and then a letter and number that identifies each animal. We have had some broncs and bulls get sold to contractors for the PRCA and the PBR and we are able to follow those horses and bulls because each time they get drawed by a rider we are able to see who got them and how they were marked. It has also been fun with social media because lots of times we can look up the guy that drew them and see the video of their ride! Last summer when I was working the Colorado State Fair horse show, a mare that we raised had drawn up in the reride pen of the rodeo going on there and although she didn’t end up getting used I was still able to go see her and it was really neat! When they go to the amateur rodeos we will see them pop up on videos and pictures which is always fun! I have also halter broke a few that didn’t want to buck and instead went on to careers as riding horses and I love when the owners send me pictures and updates on how they are doing.
SB: The biggest advice that I can give to women that are seeking my lifestyle is that you can do it! It’s not the easiest but it’s worth it and if I can do it so can you!
SB: To me horsemanship is a person that is constantly working to improve their connection with the horse. I believe that to have horsemanship you have to constantly be working to get better. I also feel like horsemanship expands from how you take care of your horse all the way to your riding. I feel like a lot of people skip over the care of their horse and that’s a main part of being a horseman. From what you feed your horse, to grooming and healthcare, all of that is just as important as how well you ride.
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|Photo by Dee Dodson|
|Photo by Dee Dodson|
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