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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
30
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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Wed
09
Jan
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Did You Know?

Someone recently asked how the topics were chosen that I write about each week. It took a few moments of thought to give an answer – even after giving an answer it wasn’t necessarily a correct and certainly not a complete one.

Several years ago John Blanchard, editor of the Mansfield Enterprise, knowing my interest in history, encouraged me to write about the history of Mansfield and DeSoto Parish. This has always been my main focus - “Preservation of the history of our area.” Mansfield and DeSoto Parish didn’t just happen – it was the result of brave men and women working to make it the good place that it is. We also have a great nation and the same thing that made DeSoto Parish great made our nation great.

Wed
09
Jan
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Bruschetta

I sure hope everyone had a safe and happy new year’s celebration, a big pot of lucky “Hoppin’ John” AND let me be one of the first to say, “Happy New Year” - Let’s make 2019 the best ever!

With all of the holiday’s heavy eating and rich dishes (yes, I’m looking at YOU cornbread dressing and pecan pie!) I was thinking some kinda lite anti-pasta type dish would be good. The ‘Pampered Chef’ had a nice sounding different dish called “Pasta Bruschetta” that I tried and want to share with you.

I did a little research and found that ‘Bruschetta’ is a popular anti-pasta in Italy and Spain and is served over different meats or vegetables, pasta or grilled Panini style bread slices. The most popular uses tomatoes like this recipe does. The ‘Pampered Chef ’ wants you to add spaghetti that’s been broken in half to a rapidly boiling pot of chicken broth and cook until almost done (al dente) then drain and sprinkle with a little olive oil on top and set aside.

 

Wed
09
Jan
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DeSoto Krewes Prepare for Mardi Gras Season Celebrations

With the Epiphany on January 6, or “Twelve Days of Christmas”, climaxing the Advent/Christmas Season, DeSoto Parish residents are ready to join Louisianans statewide for the Carnival season, ending with Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday. The Christian holiday is full of celebration in preparation for the upcoming Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Lenten is a time of fasting and religious obligations, with many indulging in richer, fatty foods before the fasting, or giving up of a favorite item, for Lenten sacrifice.

Wearing masks and costumes, plus having parades and parties, are images that all come to mind when the word “Mardi Gras” is heard. While Logansport has held Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras parades and parties since 2002, Mansfield began participating in the fun season in 2015.

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