Diane Prather

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From Pipi's Pasture: The first calves of the season

Calving season has begun at Pipi’s Pasture. I think that calving season is a worrisome time with the uncertainty of weather and the possible complications of calving. But it’s not without its rewards, either. It surely is enjoyable to watch the two new little heifer calves as they run around the pasture and then suddenly plop down for their naps.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: A traditional cake

This week I tried an experiment, an adaptation of a recipe. The idea came when I read through an August 2016 issue of a little magazine sent through the mail, along with coupons, by King Soopers.

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Prather’s Pick: The latest book in the ‘killing’ series

I know that readers of Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series of books will be happy to learn that his newest book is out, and you can find it at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making strawberry desserts

Whenever I think about preparing an Easter dinner, I think of strawberries. Spring and strawberries just seem to go together. I usually bake a yellow cake or buy some little cakes and serve them with sugared strawberries and whipped topping. That’s our Easter dinner dessert.

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From Pipi's Pasture: Feeding round bales

A couple of weeks ago we started feeding round bales here at Pipi’s Pasture. For the past few years we have been running out of small bales by about this time in the season and have to resort to a new feeding routine. We continue to use small bales for the corral. The bales weigh between 900 and 1,000 pounds — big, indeed.

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Prather's Pick: Another Irish tale

This week’s column reviews yet another Irish tale in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. It’s “Daniel O’Rourke,” a picture book for children by Gerald McDermott. As with last week’s book, this one was also published some years ago. It’s an older book but charming nonetheless.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making cabbage rolls

Next week we’ll celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. I’ve been thinking of Saint Patrick’s Days when I was growing up, but I can’t remember what Mom cooked to celebrate the day. I’m pretty sure it was a cabbage dish, however.

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From Pipi's Pasture: So now it’s March…

It seems like it has been just a few days ago that I wrote a “So now it’s February…” column. Now we’re into March, the month that teases us with hopes of spring while it is still winter.

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Prather’s Pick: A St. Patrick's Day folktale for children

St. Patrick’s Day is nine days away, so this week’s column reviews an Irish folktale for children. “Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato” was retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, a well-known children’s author and illustrator (and the winner of a Caldecott Honor). The book was published in 1992, but no matter of copyright date — the book is charming.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal. When we have family here I like to fix breakfast casseroles — if I have the time to put them together. This week’s breakfast recipes are from a packet of recipes that Geraldine Coleman of Craig sent awhile back. Geraldine has contributed several recipes to this column.

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