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When a City Girl Goes Country: Chasing Buckets

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By Annette Bridges

Are you a bucket chaser? Well, our cow, tagged number five, sure is. Bless her heart, she does not always get her fair share of cubes because she never stops following us in the Ranger where she knows the bucket of cubes should be. She will run past the cubes that are at her feet, never even seeing them.

The more I ponder our number five’s bucket chasing ways, the more I can relate. Indeed, I have spent years waiting for that time in the future where I would finally have everything I thought I needed to be happy. I, too, have missed opportunities to feel satisfied and content because I was so preoccupied with attaining my pie in the sky wishes. Perhaps chasing the bucket is akin to believing the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. That old delusion that keeps one fixated on looking everywhere but at what is right in front of you.

I am a big dreamer of a person who is always planning and making goals, so I am certainly not saying chasing dreams is a bad thing. Though, I can see nowadays how the constant pursuit of more or better can stop me from taking stock of all that I have and from appreciating what I do have. My mamma taught me long ago how gratitude could help me to see what is there rather than what is not. I have learned to stop chasing that dang ‘ole bucket long enough to register the fact that I already have a bounty to relish, enjoy and be grateful for.

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On the Road with Dave Alexander

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As 2024 begins to unfold and you find yourself looking for something fun to do, why not turn to one of the finest entertainment venues in Cooke County? That would be Butterfield Stage. That’s right, audiences have been entertained by the Butterfield Stage Players for more than 40 years. This wonderful community theater was formed back in 1979 when a few local residents decided to embark on creating a community theater. I believe the best entertainment is live entertainment. So don’t find yourself shut in with an old Hallmark movie or old reruns this year.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine.

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Lacey’s Pantry: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Bake

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By Lacey Vilhauer

Ingredients:
3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1 ½ tsp dried basil, divided
12 slices Italian, sourdough or rye bread
6 slices mozzarella cheese
6 Tbsp butter, softened
½ cup tomato paste
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 ¾ cup 2% milk
2 large eggs
1 cup shredded Italian cheese

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and 1 tsp basil until blended and spread onto 6 bread slices. Top with slices of mozzarella cheese and remaining bread slices. Butter exterior of all 12 bread slices. Arrange sandwiches in a greased 9×13 baking dish with at least 2-inch sides. Set aside.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Agriculture’s Ties to Valentine’s Days

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By Dani Blackburn

February 14 has become known as the day of love, celebrated each year with loved ones exchanging roses, chocolate and gifts over candlelight dinners all in the name of St. Valentine. The true origin of the holiday remains a mystery but stems from both Christian and Roman backgrounds.

Today, the holiday pours millions of dollars into the country’s economy. While some tout it as nothing but a commercialized holiday for big business, the numbers prove it provides an economic boost. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers in the United States spent a whopping $25.9 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2023, the highest number reported since 2004.

Consumers were expected to spend an average of $192.80, but they were not only buying for significant others. They also shopped for friends, children’s classmates, teachers, coworkers, and more to make the day special for those they cared about, and none of it would be possible without agriculture.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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