Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cotton Picking Crop



A) Mississippi
B) Alabama
C) South Carolina
D) Texas
E) Oklahoma 

Answer in a moment ...

First lets look at the progress of cotton harvest

77% Nation-wide
83% is the 5-yr avg

TX 57% in (down 22%)
OK 56% in (down 12%)

I would assume that the drop can be linked to the cooler/shorter summer & early winter-like weather so far this season.

Cotton -while it does make a great yarn & thread - is one crop I have never wished to plant.

Maybe it was the Sally Field movie where they showed the damage cotton picking does to the hands ... more than likely it was the American Girls book "Meet Addy" where they describe what it's really like in the fields.  

I have no desire to stick my fingers amongst a bunch of nails to pull out a tiny bundle of fluff -- I'd rather pay for it!

Okay - now that question above


D)  Texas 

Produces the most cotton in the USA ...

Imagine that!

I thought it would be one of the "Confederate" states

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Trivia Time


a) 23 cups broccoli
B) single sweet potato

What do you think?

Nope, can't make the photo smaller ... Sorry

Sweet potatoes are probably my favorite veggie .... Well, no that's not wholely true either - my absolute favorite is COOKED SPINACH - yes I'm a strange one.

But I don't like canned spinach ... Hubby hates it with a passion so I have to work it in.

He dislikes sweet potatoes too.

I've found people who hate sweet potatoes/yams -- they are two DIFFERENT vegetables, by the way -- either think of them covered in maple syrup or marshmallows ... YUK, even I wouldn't eat those!

You want them baked, whole if possible but pierced so they don't burst on a cookie sheet because they will weep, then sliced, buttered and S&P ... THATS IT ... No sugar, no cream, no marshmallows, no maple syrup ...

Canned yams can even be good if you drain them well and pop them into the microwave ... Mash them and add as little butter as possible.  Because they are canned, they've been processed so they are already basically cooked you just need to reheat them ... But they are going to be a tad water-logged - if they picked them too early, just before they ripen, or too late, where they are getting a bit over-ripe - I highly suggest adding a pinch of salt and mashing them up!  It will hide quite a bit of flavor that's missing if they aren't at their peak.

You can can your own as well ... Check out the website Pick-Yoour-Own.com or .org - I can't remember off hand - they will have complete instructions

I thought I had a video on canning sweet potatoes up on my YouTube channel but apparently I do not -- must have erased it before it got uploaded .... iPads only have so much room you know :-/ 

Well, that's enough distraction ...


Which has more vitamin A?

--------> ONE sweet Potato of course! 

Even though the average sweet potato contains about 1 cup of flesh, it contains much more vitamin A & Betacarotine 

We learned with our first born  that if you feed your child too many sweet potatoes when they are infants they can begin to look jaundice -- their livers are not developed enough to strain the beta carotene out of their system and it collects just under the skin .... Interesting -- start feeding them other veggies and it will go away in a few days.

Yes it's true --  flamingoes turn pink from eating too much shrimp .... Infants turn ORANGE from eating too much sweet potato!

They both will also pee on themselves as well, but that just during that awkward pre-potty training time.