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BEHIND THE BARN WITH FARMER JOHN Mrs. P of Cambridge offers cleome flower seeds

Published: October 17, 2010 12:02 AM

Mary in Millersburg writes ... here is a milk gravy I hope you and your readers will enjoy. Our family loves it. Fry some bacon, set aside, take drippings and add a little chopped onion. Fry till clear, add some flour, mix well and brown slightly, then add cold milk stirring constantly until bubbly and consistency you like. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in broken up bacon and pour over bread or biscuits. (Sounds great ... Thank you. FJ)*****Ms. R of Baltic writes about the reader in Baltic ... Who wants to get rid of rats should get a couple good mouser cats ... our early born cats of this year are already getting young rats ... keep the mice and rats down ... always read your column.*****Mrs. P of Cambridge offers seedsThey sent cleome flower seeds ... if you want some send an SASE with your request and be sure to enclose your favorite fall or holiday recipe ... Thank you all ... FJ*****But we have more sharers this week -- BR of Millersburg sends wisteria and hibiscus seed, and JT of Canton sent me some more cosmos seed to share ... so sent your SASE with all requests ... we thank all the readers who wrote and/or helped this week ... FJ*****Health tips from recent studies according to Bottomline Health:Adding garlic to your diet may cut cancer risk from 33 to 61 percentGreen tea may cut heart disease risks in half and may have added benefits from cutting down on tooth decay, lowering cholesterol, and even may prevent cancer cells from forming ... (For me this is easy. I love garlic in foods like soups, tomato sauce, on hamburgs, even fresh eating it as I would a green onion. I also love green tea with a little honey and/or zero calorie sweetener and organic milk so hopefully these will help me and I hope you. FJ)*****Donna, another kind reader, shared this recipe ... Ham Rolls -- you need 8 ounce package of sliced ham, 1 8 ounce package cream cheese softened and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Mix softened package of cream cheese and walnuts together. Spread on each slice of ham, roll up and enjoy. This is something very easy to make and good to take to pot luck at church or for parties ... God Bless ... (Thank you friend, and enjoy that weather you are having ... we are having fall weather and I love it ... FJ)*****TP of Fostoria writes ...Dear Farmer John, I am a devoted reader to your column. I've never written before but as pumpkin season is upon us, I wanted to share a recipe with your readers. I have been a diabetic for several years now and I wanted to share my diabetic recipe that has been a favorite in my family, especially this time of the season. God Bless. Crustless Pumpkin Pie --1-15 ounce can of pumpkin, 1-12 ounce can evaporated skim milk, 3/4 cup egg substitute or 3 egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup Splenda (if using packets, use 16 packets), and nonstick cooking spray. Combine all ingredients and beat till smooth. Pour into 9-inch pie pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and then turn down to 325 for an additional 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with sugar free cool whip and you get a delicious dessert ... enjoy. (I did and thank you so much for a tasty fall treat ... plus pumpkin is good for us too ... FJ)*****Dear Farmer John, Tell PL of Pleasant City that our American Legion 257 of Loudonville sends boxes out each month to the servicemen in our area. Some things are beef jerky, potato chips, nuts, granola bars, slim jims, cookies, peanut butter crackers, to name a few ... They also include hand wipes, chapstick, phone cards and lately have been including toilet paper in each box as they need this stuff in the field. With the hand wipes, they can wipe hands and face without water. Hope this helps and just ask yourself if it was you what would benefit you more and you will come up with some great ideas too. JM of Greer, Ohio(Dear JM, thank you for helping our servicemen and thank you for helping us. FJ)*****Needs help from youFrom DY of Kidron -- Dear Farmer John, I would like tips from your readers and you on how to raise large pumpkins. I mean ones over 100 pounds ... I have tried and tried and never got one over 60 pounds. What am I doing wrong? Thank you ...Dear DY, More later after we see what readers offer. But two beginning tips ... you must have seeds from a large type pumpkin and you must keep vines watered. Readers can you help DY? If so please write me. FJ*****LB of Caldwell requested me to reprint this kind readers tips since it's that time of year!Dear Farmer John, I have two pumpkin tips for you and your wonderful readers. I have never written but thought it was time to do so. First, I keep pumpkins from fall till spring and here are a few tips to keep your pumpkins longer. Smaller ones keep up to 8 months and this year I still have one from last fall. It is still sound with no bad spots. I have never heard of one kept almost a year have you? Anyway the tips: Keep 4-6 inch stems on the ones you store and never pick one up by stem nor keep one that has been dropped or that has a soft skin. I pack cotton pillow cases with dry straw and store pumpkins on these in a cool room (mine is an unheated bedroom). Pumpkins touched by frost or pumpkins fertilized during growing season will not keep as well. I also let my pumpkins cure for a day in the fall after they are cut from vine, then wipe with a damp cloth of a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach to a pint of water. Dry and store. It works for me and I hope others find it helpful for them. The pumpkins that are not right for storage we can or carve for Halloween. One of the carvings my children like is to carve their name in the pumpkin and use a flashlight in it instead of a candle to make it last longer. Enjoy your column. Mary In Sugarcreek (See readers ... your tips just keep helping others. FJ)*****RF of Sarahsville sent me two sheets on items for soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan for CL ... if any other readers would like a copy of these please send a SASE and thank you RF.... more from you and LB of Caldwell next week. FJ*****Now is your chance to write me ... if you have a question, can help a reader, want to share a health or gardening tip, have a kitchen or cooking hint or maybe a good recipe, send to: Farmer John, P.O. Box 234, Groveport, OH 43125 ... remember this week that smiles and a kind word to others generate power. The power to make you feel good, and others feel better, and friends can help you live longer by being there for you or you for them ... enjoy your week and the fall season ... God Bless you all!

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