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Outdoor Cuisine
by PATTY SCHAEFER

Recipe for a Happy New Year

This month's recipe is brought to you by the folks at Lakecaster Publications. It is our hope that you reflect on this past year with cherished memories and plan on coming to the lakes this year to create new ones.

We hope you enjoy each month's publication of the Lakecaster as we bring you the pictures and stories of events and projects around Lakes Livingston, Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend, as well as tips on gardening, fishing and more. We hope the calendar of events keeps you updated on upcoming events in the area. Also, you can visit the Lakecaster on the web at www.detnet.com/lakecaster.

Hope your 1999 is everything you want it to be.

Take twelve fine, full grown months: see that these are thoroughly free from all old memories of bitterness, rancor, hate and jealousy, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite, pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness. In short, see that these months are freed from all the past, have them as fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of time.

Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Don't attempt to make up the whole batch at one time. So many people spoil the entire lot in this way. Prepare one day at a time as follows.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest) hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving out this is like leaving the oil out of the salad, don't do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about a teaspoon of good spirits, a dash of fun, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Pour love into the whole and mix with a wink. Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat; garnish with a few smiles and a sprig of joy, then serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness.

Lakecaster and its staff wish you and yours a Very Happy New Year filled with all things good

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