Traverse City Record-Eagle

Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

October 5, 2009

Grandma's Kitchen: Nature's glory

Once again we are caught up in Mother Nature's annual fall spectacular.

My biggest maple is a fluorescent red that seems to burst into flames when touched by the sun. The picture is so ethereal you almost expect to hear "The Voice" speak from the burning bush -- "Take off your shoes, you are on holy ground."

Mother Nature speaks to us loud and clear if we take the time to listen.

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You still have time to to take advantage of the many opportunities the 8th Annual Grand Traverse Bioneers Conference offers. It runs Oct.16-18 at Northwestern Michigan College and is geared to the whole family.

The emphasis is on our lakes, our land and food suppiy, and caring for our planet and people in general. Many volunteers work all year to secure the best films, speakers and workshops from around the world, and bring it all to our front door.

Information and action are the two greatest weapons against the problems facing today's world.

Go to www.glbconference.org today and say "count me in." You'll be glad you did.

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Two of my daughters with their two teenage daughters were here recently. The cousins love to be together and like many of the same things. They passed up the big Coho Festival (fish on a stick, anyone?) to visit all of the antique shops in the Beulah area with lunch at L'Chayim. They love the freedom to shop alone in a safe place and always find some treasures.

As they left for home after their stay, one daughter agreed to take some leftovers from our turkey dinner so I heaped turkey/stuffing, casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy on a tray. She called later and asked if I usually serve applesauce over my mashed potatoes? She said she had nuked it before she tasted it and that it really was pretty good. I don't know if she was kidding or not ...

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