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Tyler Tribute - Page 4 nlon Wednesday, February 22, 2017 eo "I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn't."--Patrick Murray, British actor The gluten-free chocolate cupcakes ever Last week, I shared that chocolate is not among my favorite foods. In fact, I can usu- ally do without it. But, that's not the case for Anika. Chocolate is her favorite food group. She can usually find a gluten free candy bar; chocolate bars and peanut rolls are usually safe and easy to find. Unfortunately, choco- late cakes that are safe for her Celiac, and are not gritty, are few and far between. Recently, I found a recipe that has a moist, smooth texture and tastes good too. This was originally not a GF recipe, but modifying it was fairly easy. Best ever Gluten Free chocolate cupcakes Preheat the oven to 350 de- grees. Combine two cups sugar, two cups GF flour, one-half cup cocoa powder, one teaspoon of baking soda and one-half teaspoon salt. When well mixed, add one-half cup vegetable shortening, two eggs, one-half cup cold coffee, and one tea- spoon vanilla. Mix well. It will become a sticky doughy sub- Thoughts along the way Shelly Finzen stance. Add one cup really hot water. Stir until it has become a thick batten Divide into 24 lined cupcakes. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. We use the Namaste brand Perfect Flour Blend, but your fa- vorite gluten free blend should work just as well. Our favorite part is that people who general- ly don't eat GF don't even know the difference. I also love how easy this recipe is to prepare. It only takes five or ten minutes to throw it together and another 20 to bake. Whether chocolate is your favorite food group or you can do without it but live with someone who can't, this recipe might be your best com- promise. Enjoy. Staying on th id It gets to a point where you have been deprived of so much sleep that there gets to be a bit of a mental fog that tinges your waking hours. Between Kathy and me, either one or both of us have been sick pretty much since before Thanksgiving. I caught something back in mid-November that had me coughing for right around eight weeks. I enjoy the good Dr. Florey's banter, but I got to the point where neither one of us had a burning desire to meet again. I finally shook that, and then came down with whatever the heck that was that hit me on about the 9th of Feb. You may remember my discussion of that last week. Kathy went down on Feb. 10 and the rest of the news- paper office soon followed suit. I am still short of breath and spend enough time coughing that I've annoyed the cat beyond forgiveness. Kathy is still fighting high temps and a nasty cough. Out- Off the Mark Mark Wilrnes side of her eight-hour workday, she pretty much sleeps these days. I suspect she doesn't even make it through an entire Hallmark movie before she is dozing. Neither of us has typically spent a lot of time being sick the past few years. We are both diligent about getting our flu shot every fall and since I quit smoking on Feb. 13, 2007 at 6:30 a.m. on my way back from the printing plant in Slayton (followed by a few days in the hospital), I haven't had pneu- monia. That used to be a regular occurrence for me. The creeping crud, as old- timers used to call it, has both of us sapped, making it difficult to enjoy our recent outburst of spring weather. I keep thinking we have to turn the corner soon. We have the annual Wilmes Family Board Game Weekend coming in a couple of weeks. I'd hate to doze off in the middle of a hot game of Buzzword. Baseball has commenced down south and the sports sec- tion is flush with Twins stories through which I've been battling to stay awake. I coincidentally have my regu- larly scheduled check-up sched- uled with Dr. Ocampo later this week. If I don't get better there is always the possibility that he might just have me put down. Not sure if they send me to the vet clinic for that, but I'd like to avoid that possibility. With that, I will sign off early this week. All this typing has me seriously winded. Must be time for a few more hours of sleep. Every week, I write and re- write this little column about three of four times before I run out of time and have to send something in. It is rather intimi- dating to come up with some- thing each week. I would love to write about a lot of things, but usually don't like to stir the pot up. So, I usually talk about benign things, boring things. Safe things. This week though, before I get to the boring, safe things, I want to mention the "Not My Presi- dent" President's Day marches that were held. I don't under- stand how presumably smart United States citizens decide unilaterally that the POTUS is "not their President" when clearly, the POTUS was decided in November. If you live here, are a citizen here, then sorry honey, the POTUS is your Presi- dent for the next four years. Now, on to the safe, boring topics. Winter is a really dull time of year. It is a pity that it is the longest time of the year, be- cause it doesn't provide much in the way of column fodder. I could tell you how neat it was to watch the fog blowing in off the lake, or how I saw and heard a single goose flying overhead -heading south. I wondered if it had heard the forecast for the I have issues Tammy Mathison colder weather and changed its mind about a northern trip. My dog wanted outside to chase it, but when I asked him what he would do with it if he caught it; he just looked at me and licked his chops. Fair enough. Speaking of dogs--the coy- otes have really been getting the dogs going again at night. Holy smokes. Why is there not a coy- ote hunting season? Get rid of the coyotes and the dogs won't get stirred up. Simple. Well, maybe not that simple, but it sure would help! Our brief fling with spring is coming to an end. We all knew it wouldn't last, but for a short time, we had a nice respite from the winter weather with 50 and 60 degree temps that melted most of the snow. Thank good- ness it is almost March! I don't think I can take much more of winter. Bring on summer and camping season! Now that is something worth writing about! Mathison is editor of the Hendricks Pioneer Question: My husband was driving while I was a passenger and an elderly man driving ran a stop sign and cut in front of us. My husband honked his horn to alert the driver prior to him at- tempting to come into our lane. However, he did not appear to hear us. Fortunately, we were able to avoid beinglhit, as my husband was an aler~ driver and saw this coming. Is this some- thing we can report? I am not sure if this man should be driv- ing, as he appeared to have no regard for anyone else on the road. I am not sure what police could have done, as there was no accident or injury. I guess I am curious to know what the proto- col is in such a situation. Answer: This situation is a good reminder of the importance of avoiding all distractions while behind the wheel, as you might see a potential hazard or crash before it happens. Your husband was able to avoid a crash because he was attentive. If you witness any danger- Ask a Trooper Sgt. Troy Christianson Minn. State Patrol ous driving conduct, call law enforcement and report the in- cident as soon as possible. Re- port your location, direction of travel, the driving conduct you are seeing and attempt to get the license plate number. We will do our best to stop that vehicle be- fore anyone is injured. Law en- forcement will talk to the driver to determine if they are/were impaired, distracted, fatigued, the reason for their driving con- duct as well as if they are valid to drive. Law enforcement officers can send a request for review to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Ser- vices (DPS-DVS) if they identify a driver who they believe should re-test or be checked by a doc- tor. DPS-DVS can allow the per- son to continue to drive with increased limitations such as roadway speed, daylight only, certain times of the day or with- in a set limit of miles from his or her home. They can also require follow-up doctor's exams. Avoiding distractions while behind the wheel will increase your chances avoiding a crash and could save your life. Take driving seriously each time you get behind the wheel. You can avoid a ticket -- and a crash -- if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay at- tention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths. If you have any questions con- cerning traffic related-laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Troy Christian- son - Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848. or reach him at, Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us. $36.00 - A "Snow $46.00 Bird" rate 50 offto Senior Citizens 62 or older Letters to the Editor policy The Tyler Tribute encourages readers to participate in the editorial page of this paper. Original and diverse opinions through the form of letters to the editor are encouraged. Due to limited space the Tyler Tribute asks that letters be limited to 300 words or less. 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