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  • Dixie Ryan: Alas, no eggs from this flock

  • This past week I suddenly remembered that I had promised my readers a few funny stories about “Grouchy Bear,” so here’s one. It shows what a great guy he was.

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  • This past week I suddenly remembered that I had promised my readers a few funny stories about “Grouchy Bear,” so here’s one. It shows what a great guy he was.
    We lived on Phelps Road, south of U.S. 40, and we had been married about three years. We purchased the “fixer upper” on 5 acres, and we had a daughter about 1 year of age. Renee had a beautiful German shepherd, Lady, who was a sweet dog, and had we allowed her to stay outside when we were gone, the event would never have happened.  
    The “Bear” asked me to go to the Independence Square and purchase 50 pounds of dog food that was on sale. So Renee and I went to a store – I believe it was called Antonio’s. As I was placing the dog food on the counter, I suddenly  realized that some baby chicks were playing in a small pen, and she had crawled in with the chicks. I went to lift her out and saw a sign that said that if I bought 50 pounds of chicken feed, I would get 50 chicks for free or something like that. So I thought that was such a bargain that I bought 100 pounds of feed and got 100 chicks.
    We went home and just before the “Bear” arrived home from work, I turned all 100 chicks loose in our living room. Renee was running from one to another (I think she squished a couple) and clapping her hands and squealing. You would have to have seen the “Bear’s” face when he opened the front door.
    He got our friend and neighbor to come over and they put up a fence and put them inside until the weekend, when they planned to build a small chicken house. You have to realize that we knew nothing about chickens, but the guys built a nice tight little house. We put their feed into feeders we purchased and then we went to buy a couple of waterers. When we returned there were about 12 dogs running in every direction with two or three chickens in their mouth. By the time we got them gone and checked, we only had three chickens left. The “Bear” never got angry with me, or at least not too bad, and we gave Eenie, Meenie and Minie to our neighbors. (There was no Mo). The “Bear” never asked me to go pick up dog food again.
    My story is so long there is only space for one recipe, which I obtained from my friend, Marilyn Ganote, of Independence.
     
    Yummy Crackers
    1 box saltine Krispy brand crackers (these cannot be swapped)
    1-1/3 cup canola oil (must be)
    1-1 ⁄ 2 crushed red pepper
    1 package dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
    Put the crackers from all four envelopes in a large bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour over the crackers and mix gently, keep crackers whole. Mix well and try to coat all the crackers. Cover and allow to sit for 2 days. Really great!
    Page 2 of 2 -  Hope you enjoy the story and the recipe. See you next week.

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