Thursday, October 18, 2012

Spooner Advocate Column- October 18, 2012

Good morning folks.  I hope this finds you all doing well and enjoying the weather, its been sad to see all the leaves leaving the trees- I did love the colors! We added some animals to the farm this week, so of course that meant working outside, in the rain. If I have the weekend off, you know the weather is going to be all over the map. The new geese and the pigs are settling in on the farm pretty well. If you don't know we live on a farm and quite a number of our animals came to use through having to be re-homed due to various reasons. We are always so blessed when people call or e-mail and think too rehome their farm animals with us. We have also taken in birds and reptiles in the past! My daughter was quite surprised when she opened the door and our geese population had increased from 4 to 16! If you ever need help rehoming animals due to death, drought, or any other reasons feel to contact me, we can put our heads together and figure out a solution.

My tips for getting ready for the winter this week are. Pick up the dishes, pots, chairs or anything else you use to decorate your yard and put them up. If water gets in things it can expand and break that item, your items will also last longer if you put them inside for the winter. Don't have a garage or shed? Then put the pots on top of the stacked chairs and then put a tarp around the chairs with a bungy cord. Do you need to cover your septic area? It is easier to do that now than when the forecaster is talking snow. Try on all those winter clothes that we all have not seen for months. Do you have a jacket that fits? Hats and scarves for all the people that live in your house? Do you have mittens, an extra pair? Do they match? Look now BEFORE you need them.
Congratulations to the Spooner Rails football team who won over the Hayward Hurricanes last friday night. It was pretty crustal that the Rails win as it was their Homecoming game but also now they get to go to the playoffs!! Way to go Rails! You guys rock!

Medicare open enrollment starts Oct 15 and goes through December 7th, 2012. If you need help in deciding how to pick a plan or stay on a plan you can go on the Medicare Plan Finder at If you want a person to actually help you out collecting information to make an educated decision you can go to the Wisconsin Aging and Disability Resource Center. They can be found at .

News from Springbrook VFW Post 10568 - The Springbrook VFW Post 10568 is having a Gun raffle. Raffle tickets are $1 donation it 6 for $5. There are 5 top prizes, 3 of which are guns, the fourth and fifth prize are $100 cash. The Gun raffle prizes will be awarded November 21,2012 so you still have time to get your raffle tickets. They are also collected unopened, new toys for the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program. If you have any questions feel free to give them a call at 715-766-2128, they open at 3pm on the weekdays and noon on weekends. As always everyone is invited to come to the community potluck every Wednesday 5-6 pm, please bring a dish to share.

Thimbles Quilt shop in Trego will be starting their demos again now that it is fall. Every Saturday they will demo something new to make, they usually have  treats and a how- to sheet that you can take home so that when you get around to making the project you can remember how. If you have any questions give the store a call- 715-635-6040.

Here is a recipe that I am going to share with you, I love to have a good, thick, tasty soup when the weather gets cold. I found this recipe on . They really have a ton of great recipes and they are even rated so you know if folks have made them and have liked the recipe or not. Please don't let the serving size on this one scare you, you can always freeze it or how about sharing some with the neighbor next door? There are alot of elderly out there that would love a great big bowl of Potato Cheese Soup, do something nice for someone you may not know now but who may become a good friend!

Creamy Slow Cooker Potato Cheese Soup- makes 18 servings

            1/2 white onion, chopped


    1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until translucent. Stir in flour until smooth, then gradually stir in 2 cups water, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper. Heat through, then stir in milk. Dissolve chicken base in 1 cup warm water, and pour into vegetable mixture.
    2. Place potatoes in slow cooker, and pour heated vegetable mixture into potatoes. Place bay leaf in pot.
    3. Cover, and cook 5 hours on High, or 8 hours on Low.
    4. Remove bay leaf. Puree about 4 cups of the soup in a blender or food processor, and then stir pureed soup into contents of slow cooker. Stir in cheese and bacon until cheese is melted
    That is all that I have this time for you. Please let me know if you have any info that you would like shared with the community. You can reach me at 612-619-7700 or drop me an e-mail at This column is posted on my blog every Thursday as well and is read by folks that do come to our area, so please let me know what is going on out there. Have a fabulous week!

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