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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cotton fields

In 1945, Huddie William Ledbetter (better knows as "Leadbelly,") released
"Pick a Bale of Cotton," influenced by his cotton pickin' years as a laborer in prison.
jump down, turn around, pick a bale a cotton
jump down, turn around, pick a bale a day
oooooohhh lordy!
pick a bale a cottonoooooohhh lordy! pick a bale a day
When i was young girl my Grandfather Wick Watson, took us to his fields in Fresno,Calif.
It was a joy to be with him and see his fields.
He let us pick cotton (talk about hurting fingers if didn't pick it right ouch!
I will never forget the smell of the cotton feilds.
Qutoe by~Irish blessing
May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an 'Honorary Harlem Globetrotter.'
Blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grapejuice.
Company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate.
Clocks made before 1660 had only one hand - an hour hand.
No one knows who designed the first American Flag.

Wipe refrigator with vinegar to prevent
Few drops of vanilla extract on a piece of cotton
place in refrigerator will eliminate odors.

Homemade Cotton candy
5 cups granulated sugar
Scant 1 1/3 cups light corn syrup
1 cup plus 2 T. water
Flavored oil
Food color paste
Vegetable baking spray
To make this recipe at home, you will need a pair of wire cutters and an old inexpensive whisk. Cut the round ends off an inexpensive whisk. Arrange the tines so they are evenly spaced. You will also need an open space to make the cotton candy. At home, slit open a garbage bag and cover the floor area. Wedge 2 long wooden spoons under something heavy so they extend off the edge of the counter.

Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Insert a candy thermometer and cook the sugar mixture until it reaches 320 degrees F, what is known as the hard crack stage (the sugar becomes brittle when it comes in contact with a cooler surface). Remove from the heat and carefully pour into a medium-size microwaveable glass bowl. If you leave the sugar in the pan, the sugar will continue to cook and turn dark brown. A glass bowl will hold the temperature of the sugar. I put a towel under the bowl to keep the bowl from tipping over and to protect my hands from the heat of the glass. (The sugar will stay liquid enough to work with easily for about 10 minutes; after that it will start to thicken. If this happens before you are finished, just pop the bowl in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sugar is liquid enough to work with once again.) If you are going to color and/or flavor the sugar, add those drops now.

Dip the tines into the hot sugar. Allow the sugar to drain off for 1 to 2 seconds until the draining sugar strands are relatively the same consistency. Then wave the whisk over the extended wooden spoons and allow the sugar strands to gently drift until they are resting on top of the spoons. Make sure you are about 12 to 18 inches above the spoons. Use broad long strokes and work quickly. Gather the cotton candy and roll onto paper that you've rolled into a long, thin cone, like cotton candy is served in at the carnival or serve as is. If you need to store the cotton candy for a few hours, place it in an airtight container. The delicate sugar will melt in a humid environment.

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1 comment:

Loralynn said...

Love the picture. Her expression says it all!!!