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Feb
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The Farm Wife

 

Herb Gardening

One of my goals for 2019 is to establish an herb garden that I can use for culinary, creative and medicinal purposes. I do grow a few simple herbs, such as basil, rosemary and bay leaf, and have grown others, such as parsley and oregano, but I want to grow a larger variety. Since I don’t know all I need to about growing herbs, the first thing I did was head to my bookshelf. On it, I found this book by Melissa Snyder.

As the sub-title suggests, this book does help you with all aspects of herb gardening. I especially enjoy the section on the different types of herb gardens. She gives a brief description of type – such as tea, dye, medicinal, cosmetic, fragrance and cutting – and also gives you a list of the herbs to grow for each category.

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Wed
13
Feb
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Did You Know?

From time to time the towns of DeSoto Parish have been mentioned but several have asked that an article just on these towns be compiled. The history of the towns of DeSoto is interesting and this writer thinks you will enjoy.

Mansfield, the parish seat if government, was determined by the La. legislature in 1843 and incorporated April 15, 1847. Several names were suggested such as Jackson and Ferdinand however, Thomas Abington gave a very interesting speech for the name Mansfield. Lord Mansfield of England, the only British leader that supported the original 13 colonies, was chosen as the name for our parish capital. The first post office was in 1844, a few months after the Keatchie post office. Mansfield’s most noted historical happenings were the Mansfield Female College that was open from 1854 to 1930 and the April 8, 1864 Battle of Mansfield.

Wed
06
Feb
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Ketchup or Catsup?

How do you pronounce this famous American condiment? It probably depends on where you’re from – kinda like the different pronunciations of ‘Pee-Can’, ‘Pa-Con’, or ‘Pee-cOn’ . AND we Louisianans love to make fun of Yankees saying ‘Cray-fish’ instead of ‘CRAW-Fish’ as God intended.

Anyway, February’s National Geographic had a big article on “How Ketchup Made Food Safer” by Deborah Blum. She belives that we don’t really know where the name came from but, perhaps, from a 6th century Asian sauce made from fermented fish and called “Ke-Tsiap” (Ga- Aaak!). She reports that our “Ketchup” first came on the market in the late 19th century but it was a thin sauce made from tomato scraps and thickened with anything from ground pumpkin rinds to apple pumace and dyed a deceptive red or put in colored glass containers to hide the appearance and condition of the contents.

Wed
06
Feb
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Did You Know?

As a person gets older history becomes more important in their life. Many people are most interested in a certain phase or time period of history while others like the accurate facts of history. Then there are others that have an interest in all phases of history. Today’s article will please those individuals who like snips of history in many categories. The following facts about DeSoto Parish cover the period from its beginning to the present.

I. Governor Alexander Mouton, father of Gen. Moulton of Battle of Mansfield fame, in 1843 created DeSoto Parish from Natchitoches Parish and Caddo Parish. Roughly the north half of DeSoto was from Caddo and the south half from Natchitoches.

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Wed
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Jan
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Did You Know?

History is in many forms and today’s article takes on a whimsical form yet is about one of our true icons of the mid 1900’s - Burma Shave. They introduced in 1925 a different and unique method to advertise their products. Originally a liniment and aftershave made from “Ingredients from the Malay Peninsula and Burma”. It grew into the top shaving creams through a series of road side signs that entertained the children and adults all over America.

Wed
30
Jan
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Basil Lime Trout! by Van Reech

While trying to decide what to cook for a Saturday dinner Susan and I agreed on Healthy, Simple, and Something we could cook together. While knocking several ideas around she asked me if I had any original recipes that I created that would fit the bill? After thinking a minute I remembered one I’d done back when I lived in Baton Rouge and suggested my Basil Lime Trout. She suggested a real Caesar Salad side and adding a Chardonnay we were on!

Wed
23
Jan
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Did You Know?

In considering local history our neighbor to the south is a must for us to consider. Sabine Parish has been a good neighbor to DeSoto since 1843 and the founding of the two parishes. Sabine was organized two months before DeSoto and it was taken solely from Natchitoches Parish whereas DeSoto took the southern half from Natchitoches and the north from Caddo Parish which was organized in 1838 from Natchitoches. There was some exchange of property with Sabine that straightened the southern boundary line of DeSoto.

Wed
23
Jan
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Intrepid Treasure Hunters!

If you stop and think about it treasure comes in many forms. I’ve told you about the two dreams I had about finding treasure and you may remember that after the first one I did find a child’s hidden treasure box of keepsakes – not a chest of gold or pieces of eight but surely a treasure to the little kid who buried it back in the day. In fact the old penny and nickels that were in the box were valuable to me because I collect coins and the Buffalo Nickel is my favorite of all!

Thu
17
Jan
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Holiday ‘Reefs” by Van Reech

Now that the holidays have passed I am doing what many are doing – putting up the decorations for next year. My Mother always said that it was unlucky to leave them up past New Years’ Day and I use that impetus to get myself started on the packing up. Surprisingly it’s not as bittersweet as it should be because I don’t put up as many things as I used to …. No outside house lights, no big decorated trees or Christmas villages and Manger scenes.

Wed
16
Jan
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Along the Way

When my husband was a little boy, he had two miniature schnauzers named Pesky Paddy O’Hare and MissBehaving Kate. So when we decided to get our first family dog in September 2015, my husband suggested a schnauzer.

I began doing research on where to find a miniature schnauzer in the Shreveport-Bossier area, and I came upon Many Minis in Benton. Ginger Dean-Boukhari is the breeder, and I soon found out that she was loving and knowledgable about both miniature schnauzers and Yorkies.

On Sept. 7, 2015, we drove to Many Minis to pick out a schnauzer puppy. Ginger had three males left from that particular litter, and they were twelve weeks old. When we drove up, two black puppies with white chests, and one smaller gray puppy ran toward us.

 

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