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Wed
05
Oct

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Only three months after Harry S. Truman became president of the United States he met with two of the “Big Three” of Word War II – Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Many Americans had reservations about the “Clothing Salesman” from Missouri having the diplomatic skill to deal with such world power leaders. Truman entered the conference knowing they had giant issues to resolve: the political future of Eastern Europe, the fate of recently defeated Germany, the still ongoing conflict with Japan and etc.

“The Buck Stops Here” president realized he could not pass the tremendous responsibilities of the presidency on to anyone else. While in the conference a close aide eased into the meeting to notify the President that the White Sands atomic bomb test was successful. President Truman now had one of the greatest decisions in the history of man – to drop the Atomic Bomb or not.

Wed
05
Oct

Tips & Tales

Tips & Tales
Tips & Tales

It’s Squirrel Season, Y’all

Let’s get shakin’ and head to the woods!!

My favorite time of year growing up, squirrel season! I got to spend quality time with my dad, he would even surprise me at school to check me out early for an afternoon hunt. As bad as I was, I highly doubt my teachers minded (a few might have looked forward to me leaving.)

Opening weekend and usually the next included, my daddy’s friends around a fire talking about the hunt and how much work still needed to be done before their next outdoor adventure, deer season.

These fall weekends are when I first saw open-fire cooking first hand and I loved every minute of it. Today, looking back I smile realizing those guys were more interested in the hunt and eating than sanitation. Sometimes these camps didn’t have water much less soap. The squirrels were usually eaten with the same knife that skinned them only hours before. It was southern, it was country and it made memories.

Wed
05
Oct

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

The last thing you probably want to think about in the heat of the summer is planning for Christmas. But right now is actually the best time to do just that.

There is nothing worse than rushing around at the last minute, fighting crowds, and spending hours in the kitchen trying to do all the cooking and baking that will need to be done for the holidays.

Planning ahead for Christmas can be economical. It seems the cost of living is rising, but incomes aren’t. By having a holiday plan in place, you will know what you want and need to do and then be able to start shopping early.

This gives you a chance to shop sales, thrift shops, and other places for the items you will need at a reduced price. And by having it all planned out early, that means you can settle in to enjoy the holidays, instead of running ragged trying to get all those last-minute things finished.

Wed
28
Sep

Tips & Tales with Chef Hunter Lee

Tips & Tales with Chef Hunter Lee
Tips & Tales with Chef Hunter Lee

Crock’n and Rock’n

Let’s get shakin!!!

Happy Fall, time to get out the ole faithful crockpot y’all. That’s right, obviously you can use them all year long, but to me at least, crockpots are just made for cooler weather dishes. Don’t worry it’s still “homemade” and with a little planning it’s easier (and much healthier) than sitting in a drive through and getting takeout after work. I use mine at least once a week. We all know they are perfect for soups, roast, chili, country favorites at the camp, or a family dinner. Did you know you can also make a socially acceptable dinner for guest or even date night without judgement? Follow me!!! This one’s even WW and diet friendly!

Wed
28
Sep

The Farm Wife By Julie Murphree

The Farm Wife By Julie Murphree
The Farm Wife By Julie Murphree

Living a Simple Life may be the best way to go, but it can be hard work to stay on track. One way to stay focused is to keep your Simple Life interesting.

When we do something that is interesting, it holds our attention. It makes us want to do it even more. We find we are enjoying ourselves and the process.

Try these fun tips to keep your life interesting. Integrate them into your day or schedule. Just be forewarned! When you keep your Simple Life interesting, you may start searching for things that can help simplify your life even more!

Find Inspiration Start by taping a few Inspirational quotes or Bible verses in conspicuous places. Put them in on the wall next to your bed. Stick them on or beside the mirror in your bathroom. Tape one on the coffee maker.

Offer Compliments The key to offering compliments is to give positive inspiration and feedback. A false compliment is looked upon as insincere and is thought to have an ulterior motive behind it.

Wed
28
Sep

Did You Know? By Raymond Powell

Did You Know? By Raymond Powell
Did You Know? By Raymond Powell
Did You Know? By Raymond Powell

Theses area the 3 most important historical sites, in this writer’s opinion, in DeSoto Parish. This is an extremely challenging selection but here goes: The Battle of Mansfield and of Pleasant Hill fought on April 8 and 9, 1864 were the last two consecutive victories for the Confederates. The Battle of Mansfield with Confederate Gen. Richard “Dick” Taylor’s army meeting Gen. Nathanial Banks south of Mansfield. Most of the Confederate’s leadership was killed but French Prince de Polignac stepped forward to lead the victory and saved the State Capitol of Shreveport and the State of Texas. On April 9, the Confederate army continued to push the Union forces back to Grand Ecore to the waiting ships of Admiral Porter. This was the last defeat of the Union forces and one of its greatest defeats.

Wed
21
Sep

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

DeSoto Parish has had a long and happy relationship with its sister parish to the south, Sabine Parish. DeSoto has shared citizens, politics and even land with Sabine. Sabine Parish was organized in 1843 only a couple of months before DeSoto. Actually DeSoto’s southern border was originally a creek but a short time later a land swap between the two parishes created a straight line that followed a state section line.

Wed
21
Sep

Tips & Tales

Tips & Tales
Tips & Tales

Let’s get shakin!!!

Some will say gas is convenient, I would agree, but it can be about what you are cooking. I prefer to have both but now I have used a pellet grill but that will have to be a “Tips and Tales” of its own.

A true southerner will tell you there’s nothing like charcoal and if you are using gas, you aren’t country or just lazy. My ole dad instilled that in me till I was out of high school, at which point he went and bought a gas grill. I cherish our times grilling together and I also know learning on charcoal or open flame doesn’t have the forgiveness of a controlled gas grill and I probably learned much more. Getting that gas grill ole Benwood (my dad) admitted, he was aging, sometimes if we want a steak or veggies we want it without the work, this I can also relate to.

Wed
14
Sep

Bright Lights to Lightning Bugs

Bright Lights to Lightning Bugs
Bright Lights to Lightning Bugs

By Jann Franklin My Mom Doesn’t Mind-She Tells Me So All The Time

I think as parents it’s hard sometimes for us to determine when our kids are old enough to make their beds, tie their shoes, clean their rooms, etc. I’ve seen a lot of kids unleashed on the world not knowing how to make a budget, shop for groceries, do their laundry. I’ve also seen kids in Elementary School that don’t seem to be able to do much either.

Nathan’s best friend Kyle came over to play with him and Cameron. The boys took cans of soda in the dining room and started to build a master planned maze of highways for their cars on the table. I believe they were about eight years old.

Wed
14
Sep

Tips & Tales

Tips & Tales
Tips & Tales

with Chef Hunter Lee Let’s get shakin!!!

I will admit I’ve never been that big into Football and that might make me a bad Southerner BUT I do love LSU and I keep up with our teams here in the parish.

Football season in the south has and will always be the perfect time of year, even for me. It signifies fall, cooler weather, hunting season, holidays, and family and friends.

Going to a football party? Having people out to the camp for a fire? What ya bringin? For campfire get togethers or in the accidental event that someone forces me to go to a football party, one of my favorite “go-to’s” is the country slider. It’s easy, inexpensive, and tasty.

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