Bern's Eye View

By Bernadine Hildebrant

Halloween is over for another year, and what innovative goblins, witches, etc. I had 66 of them. My son Mike gave out the treats this year. I stood by and watched as the various trick or treaters came by my house. Desirae Domonoske was one of the cutest I saw. She was a scarecrow and let me take her picture. I'll bet many kids had tummy aches as most of them had pretty full sacks. Most of the Halloweeners were very polite with their “please and thank you.” Good teaching, parents!

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Thanksgiving Feasting When the Halloween pumpkins are gone

And the leaves have all fallen to ground,

When the air has turned windy and cold,

Then Thanksgiving will soon be around.

Thoughts of loved ones all feasting together,

Pleasant pictures from past times appear

To dwell in each heart and each mind--

Then Thanksgiving is finally here.

The kitchen has scrumptious aromas,

The dining room looks oh, so fine.

Decorations with pilgrims and turkeys,

And now we are ready to dine!

First the napkins are placed on our laps;

Now for the prayer for the meal to be blessed,

Then we stuff the good food in our tummies,

And we hope for it all to digest!

We wish you a Thanksgiving you'll never forget,

Full of love and joy - your best one yet!

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Mike and I are having Thanksgiving dinner at my house, then to watch the Vikings WIN the game against Detroit. Then, up to Kathy and Glen's house for that delicious pumpkin pie she is so famous for. Weather is no problem as I always have my relatives and friends eager to get me to where I'm going. I think I am going to lose a bet with Father Ince on when to expect our first snow of the season. I guessed November 11 and Father guessed December 13. But then, of course, he most likely has a direct line to Heaven. Time will tell!

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When you get tired of pumpkin pie, I have this great pumpkin bar recipe. I added a bit to it, which I'll reveal at the end of the recipe.

Pumpkin Bars

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup salad oil

1 15 oz. can of pumpkin

1 cup flour

1 tsp. soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. cloves

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Mix the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Sift the dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture. Mix well and pour into a greased and floured 12 by 18 by 1 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Frosting: One 6 oz. pkg. cream cheese; 3/4 stick butter; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1 Tbsp. cream or milk. 4 cups powdered sugar. Beat cheese, butter, vanilla and cream or milk until smooth. Add powdered sugar until correct consistency to spread. Cut into 2 by 3 inch bars. These freeze well. Makes 36 bars. (Now I'll tell you my addition to the pumpkin bars. I looked in my refrigerator, spied a large apple and 15 baby carrots. My brain started into gear and told me these might be good and different in the pumpkin bars. Soooooo, I peeled the apple, washed the baby carrots, and threw them all into my blender, turned it on for about three minutes, or until all was blended together, mixed them with the pumpkin mixture and placed the whole thing into the pan and baked it. What a delightful smell, and equally delightful taste. You can also use vanilla ice cream instead of the above frosting recipe.) ENJOY.

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I received the following from Allan Wilcox. It was too good not to share with you!

1. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks. (Celery - never heard of it).

2. Cure for headaches. Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. (Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink! All your pains will go away!)

3. Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. (Leftover wine??????? HELLO!!!!!!!!!!)

4. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. (Buy mashed potato mix. Keeps in the cupboard for up to a year.)

5. When a cake mix calls for flouring the baking tin, use a bit of dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake. (Go to the bakery. They'll even decorate it for you.)

Thanks, Allan! Send me some more.

A Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Enjoy the day and all the food. Don't forget to feed the birds so they can enjoy the holiday also!!!

P.S. You know you're getting old when: your childhood toys turn up in antique malls with huge price tags on them!! (How True!!)

BH