Diane Prather

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Using leftover ham

We have quite a lot of ham left from Easter dinner. I’ll bet you do, too. One of our favorite ways to use leftover ham is to grind ham, pickles, hard-boiled eggs and then mix it with Miracle Whip. It’s a great sandwich mix. We also like scalloped potatoes with pieces of ham mixed in with them. This week’s column features two more recipes for using leftover ham. Enjoy!

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From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering the spring seasons of the past

When my siblings Duane, Charlotte, Darlene and I were growing up on the ranch at Morapos, we looked forward to spring — boy, did we ever! The snow really piled up in the winter so it took a while to melt.

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From Pipi’s Pasture: Coloring Easter Eggs

When my sisters, brother and I were growing up on the ranch, we looked forward to coloring Easter eggs — perhaps as much as hunting them.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making Easter Salads

Awhile back, Patty Myers, of Hamilton, sent me a recipe for “Raspberry Salad.” I put off making it until Easter, so it’s on the menu for Sunday dinner. Patty got the recipe from Berdna Nicodemus. I featured the recipe in a previous column, but I’m repeating it this week just in case you want to go out and buy the ingredients and make it for your holiday dinner, too.

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Prather’s Pick: A novel inspired by a portrait

Author Christina Baker Kline did a lot of research before writing “A Piece of the World,” this week’s new (2017) novel. It was inspired by a portrait of Christina Olson, a young woman who lived in Cushing, Maine during the 1930s-40s. The portrait was done by Andrew Wyeth (whose father, N.C. Wyeth, and son Jamie were also famous artists).

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making bar cookies

Brownies and other bar cookies are good anytime, and they’re great desserts to take to picnics and potlucks. They are good for Easter dinner, too! This week’s two recipes come from my old cookbook without a cover and other pages.

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From Pipi's Pasture: So now it’s April

It’s April already; in fact, the first week of the month is nearly gone! What’s going on here at Pipi’s Pasture is much the same as for local ranches, except we’re on a much smaller scale.

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Prather's Pick: An Easter story

“The Easter Basket,” this week’s picture book for children, is enchanting. The book was written by Beth Harwood. The illustrations were done by Susanne Ronchi. The book was first published in the United Kingdom by Templer Publishing.

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Prather’s Pick: April Fools’ Day memories

My fond memories of April Fools’ Day go back to my childhood days when my siblings and I were growing up on the ranch. We looked forward to “fooling” our parents, friends and each other.

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Prather's Pick: A story about a Colorado Easter Bunny

Easter is about two weeks away, and I found a great picture book to read to children or have them read it to you. “The Littlest Bunny in Colorado” is intended for ages 4 and up. The story is told in rhyme, and the illustrations are beautiful. Readers even get to take part in an Easter egg hunt.

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