Another Pasti Recipe for Late Fall


I have another pasti recipe for you to try out as autumn quickly nears an end.

1 pound round or flank steak
3 medium potatoes, peeled
1 small onion, peeled
1 small rutabaga, peeled
3 tablespoons parsley, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon catsup
1 beef bouillon cube
1/2 teaspoon salt
garlic powder

Trim steak of all fat and cut into bite sized cubes. Dice all vegetables into uniform cubes. Use about 2 cups meat and 2 cups potato to 1 cup each of onion and rutabaga.

Mix steak, vegetables and seasonings well; add enough water to cover, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 crushed beef bouillon cube and 1 tablespoon catsup. Stir well. Refrigerate about 1 hour. 5 minutes before making up pasties, drain mixture in a colander.

Pasti Dough

3 cups flour
1 cup Crisco
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup ice water
additional butter

Combine flour, Crisco, butter, salt and ice water, working together with a fork or cold fingertips.

Roll out dough for either 2 8 inch pies or 6 5-6 inch turnovers.

Dot mixture with butter and sprinkle with a small amount of ice water.

Sprinkle mixture with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

If you are making pies, cover with top crust.

If you are making turnovers, place 1/4 cup filling onto one side of rolled out dough (an oval shape is easier to work with than a circle). Fold dough over filling and press edges together, crimping well. You can paint edges with a few drops of water prior to sealing to help make a better seal.

Bake pies for 1 hour at 375 degrees or turnovers for 45 minutes or until golden brown and contents are tender.

If browning too rapidly, reduce temperature to 350 and cover lightly with foil.

Can be served hot or cold. Turnovers are great for lunches and picnics!

Woodland Pathway

This woodland pathway completed the cycle of four on our property. Our logging trail was first just off Noreika Road. After one passed under the electrical wires, the creek pathway picked up and that joined with the Woodland pathway near the pond. The Salesian boys club on this particular trip hiked those trails often. The pond Trail led to Matson Road. The pond was rather spooky but the kids fished there often. Timothy Flannery said he didn’t mind fishing with others but would not have gone by himself. By the time the trip was over, the kids knew all those Pathways by heart.

Night of the Monster at Big Bass Lake

After a rather spooky outing to the Haunted Island that night, the Marion Boys Club kids returned to our wooded beachfront for a campfire of ghost stories.  The boys wanted to know how that island came to be made known as haunted (you can find that story on another post at BBL and Beyond under the category Haunted Island).  As I began that story, all of a sudden the boys heard two large splashes about forty yards out into Big Bass Lake.

They huddled together as I informed them that the monster of Big Bass Lake might be making known his existence to them.  Kenny Huffman, who had already been really scared at the Haunted Island, drew so close to me that I could hardly breathe.  And he was the only kid over sixteen on this trip! 

I told the boys how the monster makes his appearances only on the darkest night as he comes up for a cupful of air and anything else he can gulp down.  Andy Freshwater’s eyes got really big at that time.  Just then the boys heard another splash even closer in to shore.  He must smell us, I suggested, to which the kids headed directly to their tents.  By the way, it wasn’t fish making those splashes either but rather Dale, another supervisor on the trip.  He used a few large rocks when he was supposed to be using the latrine to scare the kids. 

We could both hear the boys letting their imaginations run loose within their two tents as they began guessing just what kind of monster they were hiding from?  So, who knows what is really lurking in the dark and gloomy depths of Big Bass Lake at night?

The Old Water Pump

Just outside our old cabin, before it was torn down to make way for our new cottage, was the water pump. I always loved to draw water from it and even though the water tasted somewhat like iron it was very cold and refreshing. It was located just a few feet from the entryway to the old cabin.

Most of our water came from this well with the rest of the water for bathing coming directly from Big Bass Lake. Today that might make one smell of gas cause the water seems saturated with it due to the large volume of boats on the lake. In the 1950’s ad 60’s that was not the case.

Everything that my grandmother cooked that needed water came from our well. Drinking water would be held in large metallic containers that were placed in the old ice box. Water was served for the dinner meal whereas milk and juice, with water from the well, was used for breakfast and lunch.

When the new cottage was constructed, the old well was filled and discarded. Some things should never give way to progress.

A Multitude of Stars

How would you like to spend 30 minutes looking up at this flat on your back? The Marion Boys Club did. Jeff Andrews rarely was quiet until now. His mouth was open but in a gasp. Look at all them stars! No city lights could knock out these babies as they were all up there that night.

Whenever any club entered the tree farm that was the reaction the kids gave. Look at all them stars up there!

The Farm in the 1930′s

This is an enhanced photograph of the old farm before the newer cottage was built. At the end of the farmhouse and in the background you can see the two bedroom cottage that had a screened in porch and was slightly closer to Big Bass Lake.

Behind the farmhouse you should be able to see the grainery and of course, the outhouse. Also pictured is the icehouse which was just across the driveway from the farmhouse. Out of sight is the old water pump.

The older part of the farmhouse housed my grandmother’s kitchen which should have been preserved. The two windows on the front and back of that kitchen looked out both on Big Bass Lake Road and then to our barn as well.

I hope you can take in what I have described here.

Birthday Bashes at the Joplin Boys Club

I think the Joplin Boys Clubs career ambition is to become a gigantic cash register, Now you can have your own personal birthday bash for only $35 for an hour of fun. I thought that’s what had everyday there? Where does the madness cease? This clubs operating budget is five times what I enjoyed yet I had the club open 36 hours a week to their 20 hours.

They charge for everything there with very high membership fees plus a summer program that can run over a thousand dollars if you have four kids. Mine was $5 a year and $10 for field trips or overnight camping. Plus they’re on a capital fund drive for another building. Yet they have two gymnasiums and no basketball program? Something is wrong here?