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The Countdown Continues. But Not Quickly Enough

This charming short video from British retailer John Lewis reminds us it's natural to be prematurely excited this time of year, when you remember the real gifts of the season.

With age and wisdom comes the realization that there's always something to be thankful for, if you know how to look

As then 72-year-old Mary Maxwell illustrated in this invocation for a home-health-care service's national convention in Omaha in 2009, saying grace is an art that perhaps only the seasoned can master. Or at least master this well.


A tour of the best and worst in fair food

Come on, admit it. The best reason to attend the state fair every summer is to be once more shocked into queasiness by the abundance of fried, salted, sugared and otherwise politically incorrect food. Here's some of the best of the worst of this summer's fair fare.


Bacon-wrapped corn dogs. What could possibly improve this 190-calorie, 38 percent fat staple of the fair circuit? Two words: Ba-Con!


Deep Fried Butter on a Stick. The now-classic fair food dips an entire stick of butter, itself on a stick, into a sweet cinnamon batter, topped with a sugared glaze. Tasty, and it makes your hair shine!

Deep Fried Trix. Silly rabbit, heart attax aren't just for kids!

Deep Fried Girl Scout Cookies. Whether it's caramel and coconut Samoas or mint and chocolate Thin Mints dipped in batter, deep-fried and powdered sugared, here's your chance to help commemorate the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts by pretty much ensuring you'll never see that many years yourself.

Poutine. A French-Canadian dish whose name translates loosely as "cottage-cheese gravy soup," tops a basket of french fries with hot gravy and "squeaky" curds of white cheddar.

The Doughnut Dog. Take one high-quality German-style frank, wrap it in bacon, deep fry it inside a longjohn doughnut and dip it all in maple syrup. Breakfast, lunch and dessert in one convenient dish.

Fried Bubblegum. Dip three jumbo bubblegum flavored marshmallows in a bubblegum flavored batter, deep fry, drizzle with blue bugglebum-flavored glaze and garnish with bubblegum bits. Your dentist will thank you.

Deep Fried Pickle Dawg. Quarter and slice a dill pickle, add cream cheese, wrap in ham and pastrami, batter it and deep fry. Somebody call the Dawktor!


Looking for some really fresh ideas? This is the definition of really thinking outside the box.


Thank goodness the summer holiday has arrived. If you want to really celebrate the spirit of America, do it the way we do it in the country. A step by step guide to making the most of your down-home holiday. Happy Fourth of July to all!

First, swing by the general store on your way home

Swing by the general store

Next, get in a little last-minute yardwork

Get your hair done

Get your hair done

Hook up the boat

Hook up the boat

Swing by the carwash

Fill up the cooler

Fill the cooler

Don't forget your drink coozie

Don't forget your coozie

Get in a quick round of golf

Heat up the hot tub!

Be sure to put on your sun protection

Wear a hat for sun protection

Fire up the grill

Fire up the grill

No, really fire up the grill!

Really fire up the grill

And have a wonderful, safe and happy Fourth of July from your Nebraska Grocery Industry Association and Farmer Goes to Market!


In patnership with the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association

The Nebraska Grocery Industry Association was formed in 1903 by a group of Omaha grocery store owners, wholesalers and vendors to allow them to promote independent food merchants and members of the food industry, and to promote education and cooperation among its membership. NGIA continues to represent grocery store owners and operators, along with wholesalers and vendors located throughout Nebraska, by promoting their success through proactive government relations, innovative solutions and quality services. NGIA offers efficient and economical programs. NGIA also lobbies on both a state and national level, ensuring that the voice of the food industry in Nebraska is heard by our representatives.

Supported by the Nebraska Farm Bureau

The farm and ranch families represented by Nebraska Farm Bureau are proud sponsors of the Farmer Goes to Market program. We take great pride in supporting Nebraska's agricultural foundation. A key part of that effort is to make sure we produce safe and affordable food. This newsletter is an important part of our effort to connect the two most important parts of the food chain -- the farmer and the grocer -- with the goal of increasing consumer awareness and information about how their food is raised in Nebraska.

Supported by the Nebraska Corn Board

The Nebraska Corn Board, on behalf of 23,000 corn farmers in Nebraska, invests in market development, research, promotion and education of corn and value-added products. The board aims to work closely with the farmer-to-consumer food chain, to educate everyone about the role corn has in our everyday healthy lives. The Nebraska Corn Board is proud to sponsor the Farmer Goes to Market program to help bring its mission of expanding demand and value of Nebraska corn to the consumer, through the strongest touch point in that chain: the Nebraska retail grocer.

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