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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I've told  ya about the people we were fortunate enough to spend our past 6 months with and how each of them are special to us in their own unique way....and then there is Glenn....the one you have to work really hard to get "one up on".

I USE to think I was quick witted, but that was BG (Before Glenn).  I swear he keeps a notepad by his side of the bed and when a witty statement comes to him, he writes it down.  But then, one would have to wonder what in the hell does  he DREAM about if he is writing witty statements thru the night.

BG, I knew what an egg was.  NOW I know what an AIG is.

Let me 'splain.

Do you see this photo of bluish green chickn aigs???

This is what  I'm a talkin' 'bout.  Kind a purty, ain't they?

Glenn has hens that take a notion every once in a whal to turn out some purty blue aigs.  And they are tasty, just like a "normal" aig would be.  I think that the owners of hens that put out these blue aigs must put somethin' the the water, like maybe a mixed drink of the Purple Helmeted Warrior, or some other concoction .

Before we left our friends in Georgia, Glenn and Wayne gladly gave us a dozen of Glenn's eggs (that he had brought in for Wayne but Wayne had forgotten to take them out of the fridge and take them home).

W enjoyed our mixture of blue and brown eggs..  So much so that we wanted to find a way to repay Glenn for his kindness.

Soooo, I found a fake blue egg, it looked just like a large chicken egg (aig for southern speak) but it was HEAVY and shiney and was on sale so yep, we bought it for Glenn.  We knew we had to do something with it, but we weren't quite sure what. 

We carried that blue store bought heavy fake egg from Tennessee to da U.P...trying to figure out what we were going to do with it.

AH  HA!!!!  We figured it out!  We signed the backside of this egg,  put this egg back in the cardboard "aig carton" that the other dozen eggs were in and attached the following letter to Glenn;

Hey Glenn,
War sendin’ this here little ol blue aig back atcha.
We all got an idy thars sumpthin’ plain wrong with this here aig.
Jevver have an aig ya’all kent crack?  It be a hard one, idnit it?

We dun lit a far and evertyhin.  Trad and trad our durndest to ball it in some watah, but it din’t hep ah-tall!  Don’t that just plum fry yer taters??

We bleever ya’ll gav us this here aig prolly cause ya’ll figered venchly we’d get spishess and ax youins bout it.  Goll dang it, weren’t even able to make an aig sammitch outta it!

Wail, we’uns kent argy bout the taste of the other 11 aigs, but YOU orta not put aigs whats zackly old in yer card board aig crate!

We best be going.  Jus thought we’d menshun about this here aig.

See ya’ll in the fall!  (I’M A POET AND DON’T KNOW IT!!)

P. S.  Would you like us to return your book right away so you can translate this letter???!!!   

 Glenn gave us a book to read on the way home all about what it takes to be a redneck (or Suthunah), so I had this book to fall back on for all the "defynitions" of words to use.  Believe me, it was DIFFICULT with a capital D to type all those there words in that thar fashion!  But the book was the answer to my problems of gettin' it crect (correct).

Any-hoo, we put the note around the outside of the "aig crate", put it in another box and shipped it off.

Seems Glenn thought he had the right to take some time off work last week and go in search of the man who had lost his wife at the Sevierville Wal-Mart (remember the weirdo that was asking everyone if they'd seen his wife??), so he didn't get his package till yesterday.

I'm assuming that he found it to be in good taste (humor wise, not aig wise) because of what he posted on my FB page, which follows.....

Nothing wrong with that egg. Put it in enough shine to cover. bring it to a rolling boil, add fourth cup coke. Cool, throw the egg away and drink the liquid. That's what we call a" hard" boiled egg.

 So, my response to Glenn was that we would let him show us how to do it when we return in the fall.  If I DO drink any of that stuff, I'll have a VERY good excuse for falling down in the Georgia woods!!!

Here's to ya, Glenn!!  A recipe what  you might like to try!

  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 fresh Serrano chilies (sliced)
  • ---------------------------------------
  • 1 16-ounce jar of hot pickled jalapenos
  • 4 12- to 16- ounce jars of hot pickled habanero peppers
  • 1 16-ounce jar of hot pickled mixed vegetables
  • 18 hard-boiled eggs (peeled of course)


Combine the first set of ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. After simmering, pour this mixture into a large, sealable container.
Cut the peppers in half before placing into mix to ensure juice inside the pepper (and the seeds) are released into contact with the eggs

Lessons Learned/Advice

Make sure to include the juice from the pickled peppers as this provides the kick.

Once a day flip the jar 180 degrees so the sediment (seeds) are agitated

Depending on container size add more eggs, but do not skimp on the habanero peppers. It is key that you use 4 jars and cut each pepper in half

Make sure all of the eggs are completely submerged in the vinegar / pickled juice. Sometimes the ones on top will poke out if you don't have enough liquid in the jar. Less exposure to liquid means less flavor in that particular egg.

Seal the container and let it sit at room temperature for 6 weeks to 1 year (chilling seems to limit the permeation of the flavor through the eggs).

An egg is perfect if after biting into it the cross section is completely yellow (any white means flavor did not reach that portion of the egg fully)

After the 6 weeks put them in the refrigerator, they're much better served cold

To fully appreciate this Yooper delicacy, consume with ample volumes of cheap beer.

I once ate 12 eggs over the course of a drinking night. If you beat this record let me know. 


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