Catalpa News

Friday, September 22, 2006

Dear friends it is once again I ask for your prayers for Doylene. She has had a setback and needs good thoughts and prayers, also, pray for Janice and I to have strength sufficient to bear what ever might lie ahead for us.

Sunday night Jeff Pack spoke at our evening worship as Bro. Carpenter goes back home every third Sunday after the morning worship. I appreciated Jeff's sermon so very much, he chose Romans 5 and verses 1-5 and it helped Doylene and I so much. I hope many of you will read these verses, they have helped me. Jeff did a fine job.

We love and appreciate him and we pray he will have many years to work for the Lord and his church.

I will repeat the events I wrote about last week but don't have any notes with me and I will do the best I can by memory.

East Side Church of Christ has a gospel meeting. In case you would like to attend, call Johnnie Whitaker to give you the date and time.

Don't forget the Smorgasboard, September 23, 5 p.m., at Ostella 5 point Fire Hall Bldg..

The Lynnville Fair will be September 23 on the Lynnville square. Just too many things on this day that we would like to attend.

Doylene, Janice and I had a good day Saturday shelling peas, a good friend called for us to come and get a five gallon bucket of Nig Boy Peas, they had so many that they were tired of shelling peas. Needless to say, I was happy to have some to shell, we went after the peas and stopped by "Whispering Hope" at Ostella and enjoyed shopping there at Vickie Wilburn's green house and pretty little gift ship. I was hoping the pansies would be ready, but it will be two weeks, she said, until they would be ready.

When we got home we had a pea shelling and I was happy to have several bags of peas to put in the freezer and a big mess for lunch Sunday, they were delicious.

Another good friend gave us a half bushel of red delicious apples for me to make jelly. So one of these days I hope to be back on the old job. Also on our rounds Saturday I heard about some green tomatoes a good lady has promised me. So maybe I'll be back in the business.

Pretty Good Casserole

2 cups finely shredded carrots
2 cups cooked rice
2 eggs beaten
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (american or cheddar)
1 can cream style corn
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter or margarine melted
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients in a two quart baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until hot.

Alice Pack is in Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. She underwent surgery Monday for a hip replacement. She came through the surgery fine we are happy to hear. Our love and prayers are with Alice to soon be home. The surgery was successful. They started walking her next day after surgery.

Theresa Murdock has to go for another chemo treatment this week, our prayers will be with her.

June Douglas had several moles cut off the back of her neck last week and our prayers are for them to heal quickly and not give her a lot of trouble.

Charlie and Logan Pack are scheduled to have their tonsils out and our prayers are for them to do okay.

Alice Carpenter was some better Sunday and able to come with Bro. Carpenter. We pray for Alice to soon be having better health.

We were happy to have Jerry and Theresa Murdock able to be with us Sunday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Keller were welcomed back Sunday morning and we hope Mrs. Keller's back will soon be well.We have been missing them from church.

We were glad to have Jordan Pack of Walter Hill as a visitor Sunday with his grandparents, Jeriel and Alice Pack. He is a fine Christian boy and a good baseball player.

Tammy Calys of Leesburg, Virginia is here to be with her mother, Alice Pack, while she is in the hospital in Erlanger.

I was fortunate to get some pears given me Saturday and I hope to make pear honey, pear relish and some pear preserves. I think all the recipes are in my cook book.

Pear bread is also good. This cake recipe I want to try. Kind of lengthy but sounds good.

Cranberry Pear Cake

1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 teaspoon apple pie spice


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 cups peeled ripe pears


1 cup confectioners sugar
5 teaspoons milk
4 1/2 teaspoon butter melted
1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, pecans, cranberries and apple pie spice, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat is vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, soda and salt, add to creamed mixture, alternately with sour cream. Beat until just combined. Fold in pears. Pour half the batter into a greased and floured 10 inch fluted pan. Sprinkle with half the pecan mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for ten minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. In a bowl, whisk the glaze indredients until smooth. Drizzle over cake.

I baked some pears for lunch Sunday and we enjoyed them. I used six or eight ripe yellow pears, quartered then and put 1/2 stick margarine, melted and 1/2 cup sugar over them and cooked them in a pyrex dish in the microwave on high, covered for about six minutes or until tender.

I enjoy a good ripe pear to eat raw and canned pear halves with cottage cheese.

I hope it will be a good pear year, but I've heard that the cold weather hurt them.

Our tomatoes are about gone, the hot dry weather about got them. I do have five nice late ones growing around our gas tank. I don't know why it is, but our tomatoes grow well around a gas tank.

I still have some cucumbers in the refrigerator that I will make another half gallon of refrigerator pickles.We have enjoyed three or four jars of those this summer by the recipe in my cook book.

I had a recipe not long ago in the paper for these pickles, but the amount of salt was lots too much. It should have been 1/2 cup sale instead of three cups.