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When a City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

There are things that cannot be forced so why do we sometimes try to make stuff happen that should and usually could wait for another day? We only cause ourselves unnecessary stress when we get impatient. Allowing things to happen in due time makes life much easier.

My best example of this when speaking of cows is when wanting to move your herd to a new pasture, and they are simply not ready to go. How can you tell they are not ready?

When we approach our herd, driving our Ranger into the pasture where they are, if they are ready to move, they will immediately head toward the gate. Many times, when they are ready, the herd will have already gathered at the next gate waiting for us to notice and make it magically open for them.

If they are not ready to move yet, they totally ignore us or give us the, “Heck no we won’t go,” look. It does not matter how much we call them or drive around trying to round them up. If they do not want to go yet, they will not budge.

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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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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