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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 m  HFRAi D-7FmiNri.roM I WpdnesHay^ August 24, 2011 | 5  For breakinfl news, sports and traffic follow us on Twitter ONtwBrtunftltHZ  il  Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan at factbodccpm Sign up for e-newsletter by visiting the Herald-Zeiting online: herald-zeitung.coni  WINTER  PROSAPIO  If you can, learn to can  Columnist Winter Prasa^ìiG writes from the front tines of motfiertiood  Get the ead out  This was the year it hit me: Sch(X)l su[)|)ly lists have gotten (ompletely out of contr()l.  Cjranted, with our own budget tightening, I'm a wee bit more aware of the [)fi( e of things, but when I realized I had to buy 72 pencils tor my fourth-grader, something sna|)fK*d inside. Something filled with lead and with a pink rubber to[).  We walked out of the store with a re( eipt that was three feet long. This is no exaggeration, A yard long. In addition to the 72 pt'nx ils and 15 eraser tops (a ratio that still perpU'xes mi‘), I hail items on my list that seemed more janitorial than scholastic. Pa[)er fowt'ls. Bleach-based wipes. TissLie boxes.  These are not new items on our annual s( hool sup-pl\' list, we've been buying these things for years. It's just that this year if hit me.  There ts no way my ( hi Id is using 72 pencils b(‘fore May, not unless she's using lead to repave the parking lot. And 12 glue sti( ks:* Is she going to wallpaper the cafetenai' Is it possible that she will go through Kvo f)er-manent markers in nine months^  Frankly, I don't trust my oldest daughter with a miniaturt' permanent marker, I'm not surt' it's a good ifiea to have these full-size versions floating around for fourth-graders to get their hands on.  CVranted, the blame for this madness ri'ally doi'sn't belong at the door of our little sc hool. Budgc'ts h.ive been so fight tor so long, schools have had to rc'ach out and get creative to sfcx k up the c lassroom. Fvc'n the PTA can only sell so many cookies and wfaf)ping papc'r  And given our state's budget cuts I'm t'ven more nt^rvous about whaf will be on NFXT year's supply list.  1 can imagine we'll be asked to pick u|) a c ase of toilet i)a|)er and a mop. Maybe we'll havt' to resfoc k the nurse's office with bandaids — Transformers for the boys, Barbie tor the girls — and a few boxes of aspirin. The cafeteria probably will need some new spatulas and extra na[)kins for spaghetti days. How about fuel cards for the buses^ Or laint for the kindergarten lallway^  Fortunately I have an idea on how to deal with it it the school supply list gc*ts any longer I'm going to suggest that next year we just bring the whole class over to our house.  I could use a few extra pencils.  Saturday Ni^ht  Brandon Rhydkk  %  September 2ncJ  Thk Texas jAMivi Band  IValuriii}! membfrs of Strait’s .4ce in the Hole Band  Septcmbct 3rt| ik 4tb  Charlie Robison  September XHb  Paul Thorn  i>rui'iit‘hall.t«>ni ■  The economy and a return to "what grandma used to do" are being cited as two of the reasons why class participants recently found themselves making bread and butter pickles and fresh salsa at the Comal ('ounty Extension Office.  Martha loyce, Comal (ounty extension agent, family and consumer sciences, was teaching the sc'conri half of a series on how to can and dry f(X)ds.  "I have a little farm with my sister and her husband," Bec ky Pinkerton said, "I’m growing my own vegetables. My parents and my grandparents canned their v(*getablc*s and fruits. I want to get back to what they did,"  Cindy Waechter joined the class lx*causc' she want-ckI to follow the "waste not, want not" rule.  "I've always had a garden, and we've always grown more than we could use," she said. "My husband (Dave) grew up on a farm in Iowa. They canned everything — vegetables, fruit from their fruit bushes. They even canned meat."  Donna Welch said she wanted to learn alx)ut f(X)d [)reservation for another reason.  "Because of the economy, pcH)[)le are more worried about food shortages now, and want to grow' and ()rc*serve more of tneir own tood," she said.  Another reason for the class is that a few things have changed since Grandmother C iinned, loyce said, especially in the way of food safety.  "Remember when you would o[X'n up <1 new jar oi homemade jelly and there would be that layer of paraffin on top?" she asked. "That's not recommended anymore. They were finding that mold gets under the paraffin. The mold has fingers, so it rcMches all the way through the jelly"  The ft'chnic^ue, now, for making homemade jams and jellies rec uires k\iving  I /4 ine h heac  space at the  top when plac ing the lid on top and placing jars in a hot water bath.  Some shortc uts have lx*t‘n dc'veloptxl in the can-  ning  Ba  U^URA MeKENZIE Herald Zeitung  Donna Welch, left, and her sister Becky Pinkerton slice pickling cucumbers during You CAN Do It. a canning class Aug 17 at the Texas AgriLite Extension Service.  Bread and Butter Pickles  BETTY TmOR  Betty Taylor is a Herald-Zeitung staff writer Contact fier at  btaylor@tierald-zeitung.com   Easy to Prc'serve", The University of (]eorgia Coof)er-ative    Extension  t www.uga.CHHu , $18), Ball's Blue Book Guide to Prc'-serving (Alltrista ('onsumc*r Products), and www.fresh-preserving.com.  • • • • • Athaiie's Granola  {From "So Lisy to /Ve-serve" The University of C'.wrgij (()c;/x*r.?i/ve Extension)  4 cups rolled oats 2 cups nuts, mix favorites lite almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans  3 1/2 pounds pickling cucumbers (about 14 small to medium)  21/2 cups vinegar (5% acidity)  2 1/2 cups sugar  1/4 cup Bail® Bread & Butter Pickle Mix — Flex Batch 2 Ball® Quart (32 oz) Fresh Preserving jars with lids and bands  I’repare canner, jars and lids according to manufacturer's instruc tions ( ut (‘nds off cucumbers. Cut into T/2 inch slices. Combine vinegar, sugar and Ball Bread and Butter Pickle Mix in a medium saucepan.  EHeat to a boil. Pack slices into jars. Ladle hot pickling liquid over slices, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles.  Wi[)e rims. Center lids on jars.  Apf)ly bands and adjust to fingertip tight. Process in boiling water canner tor 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. For best flavor, allow pickles to stand for 4 to 6 weeks.  1/3 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup honey 1/2 cup vegetable oil  1    teaspoon vanilla  2    cups diced dried fruits such as pears, apples, apricots and raisins  Stir the oats and nuts together. Bake in a large shallow' pan in a 350 degree oven for 15 minute's. Mix the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and Salt  thoroughly. Combine the honey with vegetable oil and vanilla, mixing well. When oats and nuts are removcxi from the ovc‘n, stir in the brown sugar and flour mixture.  Then blend in the honey mixture, combining thoroughly with the dry mix. Spread evenly in the shallow fían. Return to the oven  for 10 more minutes, or until golden, stirring once or twice while baking. Transfer to a large bowl or coo!, shallow [)an and let cool.  Add the dried truits of your ( hoice. Pack the well-cookc'd granola in airtight containers. Store in the refrigerator tor the* longest shelf life.  )rocess too.  I, the same people who invented the canning jars, has come out with a new line of pickling and seasoning condiments. Ball Bread & Butter Pickle Oanules Mix shortens the amount of ingredients nc‘ed(‘d just as Ball Fiesta Salsa Mix dek'tes the need for cilantro when making salsa.  For something different for an after-sch(K)l treat, try fruit leathers, loyce had made Mango Fruit Leather for the c lass.  "If you don't have a fcx)d dehycirator, you can use the oven," she said.  For more on canning and preserving food, go to "So  if ifou suffer from Tail Afitr^ts 1/01/ mtii! be efujibfe to pnticipnte in a stUiiif of an imfestißatkynal product, (¿ualrfied participants uHif be compensated up to i 170.00 for time and travel.  ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY SERVICES  Air Conditioning & Heating  RESIDENTIAL AND COM REPAIRS. INSTALLATION & RE 210.844.3612  $30.00 Diagnostic Fee No Overtime Rates No Travel Time Fees  ^We Deliver Quality Service'  Restore  SHOP - DONATE - VOLUNTEER  Comal Habitat Blow Out Sale!  Open to the public!  207o Off ail new cabinets S colors • All types 6 sizes You cannot beat these prices!  Habitat for Humanity Restore 1269 Industrial Drive New Braunfels, Tx  830 625-7005 Tue-Sat 8;30AM-1:00 PM  HEW BRAUNFELS FIREFIGHTERS PIPES & DRUMS  WHAT: BBQ Plate Fundraiser (Door prizes end Silent Auction)  WHEN: Saturday, August 27th 10am-6pm  WHERE: Bubba's Big Deck in Gruene, Tx  $5 minimum donation per piqte  This event seeks to support our efforts in paying tribute to follen Firefighters, EMS, Police and our ArmeckForces both locally and regionally. Our "not-for profit" organization's core values are to play traditional bagpipe and drum music at funerals for civil servants os well as celebratory events throughout the community.  Contact: Mike Hayes at 830.491.2404 texasf iremike @ yahoo.cbm  •com  Pick-up or Pelivery AND We Install!  HOURSs Mon-Sat 8-5:00 • Closod Sunday C830) 627-8873 • 190S0 1-3S S, (i«t sid«)   

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