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Deer May 22, 2012

THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!


Please be careful!!! Look what can happen!!!!

Some things to remember about deer:

  1. Don't swerve to avoid the animal. If you try to avoid the animal you can lose control of your Vehicle.
  2. Deer frequently travel in groups and many times single file.
  3. Most deer accidents occur during the fall, between

5PM – midnight and in the early morning hours, but can happen anytime of the year and anytime of the day or night.

  1. If you see deer slow down and blow your horn to alert the deer.
  2. If you do hit a deer, call the police. They will make sure the deer is off of the highway and fill out an accident report for your insurance. They do not charge for this service.


Deer cause over 200 deaths each year and over $1 billion in property damages. It has been reported that there are approximately 1.5 million deer hit by vehicles a year.


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"Its What's For Dinner" Jan 11, 2012

Last April, for health reasons, I gave up all foods containing starch. This sent me on a quest for recipe ideas that would work for me, but could also be enjoyed by my family. There are many wonderful bloggers out there that got me started, but along the way I realized how easy it was to go into the kitchen see what I had available for meats and veggies and just go with it. My husband, mom and a few close friends have encouraged me to share these recipes. They are written down and starting to pile up, still unshared. With all the New Year's resolutions for dieting and exercise, it seems like an approriate time to start sharing.
While Jonathan was home he asked for Turkey Burgers. I had purchased some ground turkey, but we ran out of time before he had to be back at school for track practice. So last night I got around to making Turkey Burgers and this is what I came up with. We'll call them Mini Meatloaves because burgers gives the idea that you need a bun. Remember, we are striving for better nutrition here. No bun.....Please!
Mini Turkey Meatloaves
2 1/2 # ground turkey
1 egg
1/3 cup each of chopped onion, green pepper and red pepper
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp salt
generous sprinkle of pepper
Mix well and shape loosely into 8 patties on a cookie sheet coated in olive oil. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. While these are baking, combine:
1/2 cup real mayo
1 to 2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp basalmic vinegar
generous sprinkle of salt and pepper
Coat the top of each pattie with the sauce and bake until the sauce browns up a bit. Maybe 10 more minutes.
Great sides would be steamed broccoli, green leafy salad and fresh pineapple. Enjoy!

Grain Bin Freezing and Bursting -- Loss Prevention Suggestions Feb 18, 2011

Farmers Alliance noticed an increased frequency of a somewhat unusual loss phenomenon in Kansas. Because this is relatively new to them, they contacted an expert on loss prevention that measures for this type of loss.

According to Dr. Kenneth Hellevang of the Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

Department at North Dakota State University,

“Frost and ice may form on grain bin vents at temperatures near or below freezing.

Moisture from the air condenses and freezes on the cold metal surfaces. The

accumulation can seal the vent so air cannot fl ow through the vent. A fan used for grain

drying and aeration develops pressures of 4 to 6-inches of water. This is about 21 to 31

pounds per square foot pushing on the roof. Even though this seems like a small pressure,

it is a total force of about 21,375 pounds on a 36-foot diameter bin. This amount of force

will damage the bin roof.”

He added,

“To properly manage stored grain, it is necessary to operate fans on bins at temperatures

near or below freezing. We recommend that you consider advising insureds to leave

the fi ll hole or access door on the roof, or both, open as a pressure relief valve when

operating the fan at near or below freezing temperatures to minimize the potential for

damaging the bin roof.” 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Feb 11, 2011
Here are some fun facts we found about  Valentine’s Day:
 

• Many believe the 'X' symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn't write their names signed in front of a witness with an 'X.' The 'X' was then kissed to show their sincerity.

• Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future spouse.

• In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."

• In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
 
• The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.
 
• In the US, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts.

Share these fun facts about Valentine's Day with a friend. Your sweetie might be especially interested in the last item. 

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