Hixton News: ‘Spring’ weather is bringing all kinds of emotions

2013-04-24T14:44:00Z Hixton News: ‘Spring’ weather is bringing all kinds of emotionsby Lori Johnson La Crosse Tribune
April 24, 2013 2:44 pm  • 

We certainly have run the gamut of emotions this month. First we could laugh (sort of), then joke a little (perhaps), then get darned ornery, and now, at least right for me right now, downright depressed. This snow just doesn’t want to quit.

Of course, part of my problem is this stupid war of germs that seems to have taken over me. Cough, cold, whatever — it doesn’t know when to quit either. There’s no sleep to speak of from constant coughing that’s worse even after taking an antibiotic and no energy at all.

It just wasn’t my week. I lost a filling and can’t go in to get it fixed until this coughing jag stops, I went in for blood work and got poked three times and they never did strike oil and I found out I fasted but didn’t need to fast, so that might have been avoided had I known.

The bright spot of the day, besides the sun that for once decided to show its face, was a quick stop at the Norske Nook. For a foodie like me, just looking at the arrays of flavors of pie they have on the menu made me feel better, and my take-home box contained enough leftovers to enable me to make a darn fine Reuben soup.

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I’ve heard a lot of great things about our local winery, Sandstone Ridge, of Northfield last year, so I am looking forward to checking it out now that they are opening for the season. They are open Saturdays and Sundays in April.

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There is hope that spring will finally show its true colors when you hear that Gathje’s Greenhouse will be holding its open house April 26-28.

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The Northfield Spring Fling Craft/Vendor Expo is on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northfield Town Hall. There will be 25 different vendors from familiars like Mary Kay, Scentsy and Avon to newer ones like Velata and Papparazzi. There will be lots of hand crafted items as well, so there should be something for everyone. Lunch of their signature Lefse Buss will be available. This event is sponsored by the Northfield Booster Club. Profits to go towards the Northfield Shelter Fund. I hope the weather and my own health issues allow me to attend.

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Area fifth-graders Whitney Hentsch, Sarah Bergerson and Elly Christenson participated in the regional math fair held in Holmen earlier this month.

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The Black River Falls High School prom was held Saturday. Tonie Johnson of Hixton was a member of the court. Congratulations to queen Emily Hammes and king Dillan Bunde. I was able, through the wonders of technology, to see lots of beautiful pictures of prom goers, and everyone was so lovely.

Isn’t it something how styles change from year to year? It seems like one year it’s short and sophisticated and other years sleek and still others with long and poofy. Back in the dark ages for my prom it was long and polyester. I heard that this year there was everything in transportation there from limos and fancy cars to farm implements.

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Lincoln High School’s prom will be held on April 27, and Brandi Shramek and Brielle Lien are members of the court.

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Congratulations to Glen and Abbi Goldsmith of Hixton on the birth of their daughter Hanna Isobel on March 28. Hanna also was welcomed by her big sister, Adaline. Welcome, Hanna.

Not only did I get a lovely invitation to this year’s Kaffe Stue that was scheduled for this past weekend but also a note saying that because of the unseasonable temps it was being postponed until May 18.

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I was so happy to read that former Hixton resident Les Hulett had the opportunity to take advantage of the Freedom Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II memorial and other memorials and landmarks.

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I heard that the Taylor-Hixton American Legion was more than happy with the results of its thrift Sale this past weekend, sending appreciation out to all who donated and visited during the sale. Everything was indoors so the weather wasn’t a factor at all. They will get a little breather and then it will be time for the ever popular spring steak feed that everyone looks forward to. This year it will be held Saturday, May 4. I will provide more details as I receive them.

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Here’s another hopeful sign of spring. Hixton’s Boy Scout Troop 9 is getting back in the camping and hiking groove.

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It’s always good to talk to Jan Hudson, the latest person from the area to come from a time in Florida to all this lovely white stuff. She says hi to everyone and was saying how nice the sunshine was coming through her suncatchers, while at the same time here, just a short distance from her house, we were experiencing whiteout.

Granted it was a little while later and we were getting the sunshine she was talking about. It’s another chapter in Wisconsin’s squirrelly “wintespring” or is it “sprinter“?

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Lucas Johnson of Hixton got his turkey the afternoon of April 19. The turkey weighed 21 pounds and had a double beard.

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Vincent Johnson returned to Fort Benning, Ga., on April 12. According to his mom, Barb, “he looked really good and was so happy to see everyone. He was glad to see trees and grass, and the snow is better than sand. He was on leave for 30 days and it went by way too fast.”

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Kandi Shramek got a first on her solo and Brandi Shramek got a second on a clarinet duet with Jasmine Lucas, the granddaughter of Ed and Cyndi Hertzfeldt, at the solo ensemble festival from Lincoln.

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The Shramek ladies returned from the state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America convention in Wisconsin Dells with gold ratings.

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The Hixton Lucky Clover’s next meeting is Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. They will meet in Hixton at the park in town and do potluck and then do roadside pick up.

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The Lincoln athletic banquet was held Saturday, April 13 at Castle Hill Supper Club. Kandi Shramek received her letter and a plaque for most improved in cross country. By the way, happy birthday on April 27, young lady.

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Is this the year you plan to experience the June Dairy Month Recipe Contest? This year, the event will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The category is cupcakes with no icing. Four cupcakes to a plate. Recipes must include at least two dairy products and be submitted on an 8-by-11-inch sheet of paper, typed or printed neatly, with ingredients listed in the order they are used.

Entrants must include their name, address and phone number in the upper right hand corner. Entries must be delivered to the church by 5:30 p.m. in order to be judged and one entry per person. Cash prizes will be awarded. For questions, call Pat McGowan at (715) 284-9112 or Adell Ruhter at (608) 488-2893.

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I’ve Learned ... that this is the year “you gotta have patience.”

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Word of the Week: mucilaginous (myoo-suh-LAJ-uh-nus) — sticky, viscid of, relating to, full of, or secreting mucilage.

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Natural High: The sunshine in between snow squalls this past weekend.

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Tip of the Week: With thanks to my cousin Mary for sending me these ideas. Coffee filters are not just for coffee anymore. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Clean windows, mirrors and chrome. Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling. Protect china by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes. Prevent a popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

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Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

1 pound cooked and crumbled ground beef

chopped green onion

2 pounds Velveeta

8 to 10 slices bacon cooked and crumbled

30 ounces chicken broth

2 pounds shredded hashbrowns

Place everything in crockpot and cook on low.

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Orange Meringue pie

1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon butter

2 tablespoons cornstarch

sugar or honey to taste

3 egg yolks

grated rind of one orange

3 egg whites

8 tablespoons sugar

1 pre-baked pie shell

In heavy saucepan, dissolve cornstarch in one quarter cup cold water. Beat egg yolks and add to orange juice. Place in saucepan with cornstarch water. Sweeten to taste — this depends on how sweet the orange juice is.

Cook slowly until mixture is thickened. Take from heat and add butter and orange rind zest. Mix until butter melts Pour into prepared pie crust.

Make meringue. Whip egg whites until thick and add sugar and whip until blended. Top pie with meringue and bake at 350 degrees until swirls are tinted brown.

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Quote of the Week: “Courage is being scared to death — but saddling up anyway.” — John Wayne

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