It'll be time for Three Day Ice Pickles before you know it

Friday, February 16, 2007

Greetings! I hope everyone had a happy Valentines Day. February 14 was the day for all the young and old and young at heart to enjoy sending and getting pretty Valentine cards, flowers, and candy. It is hard to believe that February is half gone. It won't be long until seeds can be sown indoors, getting ready for gardens. I hope we can have a good fruit year and if February can stay cold, maybe we will. Already, I'm getting orders for the Three Day Ice Pickles.

We are having good weather here with temperatures in the 20's at night and 40's in the daytime. I can't imagine how these poor folks in New York can stand six to nine feet of snow.

We are having cold, windy weather that makes me think February may be borrowing some days from March.

Sunday was a beautiful day for our singing at the Church of Christ in Catalpa. We had a large crowd and the most beautiful singing I have ever heard. Several nearby sister congregations and our own numbers were welcome and several fine singers form Odd Fellow's Hall in Giles County, attended.

Twenty-one leaders led one song each. The next second Sunday singing will be at Robertson Fork Church of Christ, March 11.

Our regular song leader, Matt Watson had to work but Tony Williams did a fine job as the master of ceremonies. Gary Douglas led the singing at both services Sunday.

The "Picking and Grinnin" was held in the Petersburg Town Hall with eight musicians; Phil Ross with his banjo, John Hargrove on guitar, Gerald Pollock, guitar, Jane Rutledge Dobra and Emily Rogers vocalist. All did a great job from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The ladies headed up by Karen Fulcher, all brought delicious food. We had a recess at 7:00 p.m. and all enjoyed good eating. The "grinners" kept the applause and foot patting going; Meriel and Juanita Pack, James and Billy Sullivan, Mrs. Pullock, Barbara and Thomas Woodard, Karen Fulcher, Doylene and I.

Due to the illness of Frances Welch, we didn't meet in the Senior Citizens Center, but we appreciated getting to use the Town Hall.

Saturday night February 17 the Senior Citizens will host Alan Teddars in concert, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Food, soft drinks and dessert will be available at a nominal charge, but the concert is free. I hope a good crowd will be there to hear Mr. Teddars. He is a fine musician.

There will be a benefit and auction February 24 at the Howell Community Center for Jimmy Brown. Chili and hot dogs will be ready at 5 p.m. The auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. Carryout plates will be available. For more information call 659- 9190, 659- 6918, 659-9060. Adult plates will be $5.00 and children's plates $3.50.

There will be an after-church Sunday dinner February 25 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Ostella Fire Hall building. The food will be served buffet style and the price of an adult plate will be $7.00. This will include tea or soft drinks, and dessert.

We had a good attendance at church Sunday with several visitors. Mr. and Mrs. Matt Clouser and their four children, Luke, Mae, Bethany and Audrey of Huntsville. Mrs. Clouser is the Carpenter's daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Phil Jones of Madison, Alabama and Linda's mother, Mrs. Akaline Jett of Howell, Karen Walker's children, Kayden and Alex had two friends with them.

Everyone enjoyed a potluck dinner in the fellowship room and many stayed for the singing.

We are sorry Frances Welch has had a lot of back pain since her surgery. Our prayers are with her to soon be better.

Mrs. Marie Harrison of Belfast is at NHC Merihil in room 302 after undergoing surgery in Baptist Hospital.

Mrs. Van Jones (Evelyn) of Lewisburg is in room 221 B at Merihil. She fell at home and broke her hip, but she is doing real well, we are happy to report.

We are glad to hear that Mrs. Jimmie Phelps of Lewisburg is at home and doing well after a week's stay in Marshall Medical Center.

The Terry Upchurch family were all missed at church Sunday due to Kami having the flu.

Terri Pack was missed Sunday due to illness.

Jerry and Theresa Murdock continues ill at home.

Gail Porter will undergo back surgery soon.

Our prayers are for all of the sick and shut-ins that their health will soon be better and that we can all help them to a brighter tomorrow.

Happy birthday to those whose special days are coming up soon !

Kenneth Brown, February 16, Benny Burns, February 18, Dale Daniel, February 18, Mrs. Carlene Roden, February 19. Their many friends wish for these folks all to have many more happy birthdays.

I have been writing about Mrs. Mary Head's birthday. February 12 was her 102 birthday. The Cane Creek Church of Christ honored her with a covered dish luncheon Sunday February 11. She received lots of cards, calls, cakes, visitors, and Mayor John Cowden of Petersburg declared February 12 as "Mrs. Mary Head Day".

Mrs. Mary appreciated all the many things done for her on her very special day. She is a remarkable lady, a faithful member of Cane Creek Church of Christ.

She has one son and one daughter-in-law, Jessie and Marilyn Head and one daughter and son-in-law, Nadine and James Lenox of Buffalo, Texas, and one grandson, Michael Head and two great grandchildren of Petersburg.

We missed Jessie Frank and Marilyn from our Sunday morning service but they came back to Catalpa for the evening worship.

We will bid Henry and Agnes Pendergrass adieu the last of February. They are moving to Lewistown, Montana to do mission work. Henry has preached 16 years at Cane Creek Church of Christ and they will be missed by their many friends there and all all Marshall County. Many prayers will go with Henry and Agnes. May God bless them with good health and many more years to work for the Lord and that their mission work will be successful.

Pineapple - Lime

Gelatin Mold

2 packages (3 oz.) lime gelatin

2 cups boiling water

1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, un-drained

1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream

1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in water. Stir in pineapple, cover and refrigerate until syrupy. Whisk in sour cream, add pecans. Transfer to a 6 cup ring mold, coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Un-mold into a serving plate.

Chocolate Silk Pie

1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding and pie filling

1 pkg. instant chocolate pudding and pie filling

1 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup cold milk

2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened

1 (9 inch) graham cracker pie crust

Place all ingredients except the crust in a large bowl. Mix about one minute or until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into the pie crust. Cover and freeze for at least two hours or until firm. Remove from the freezer about 15 minutes before serving. For a nice touch, top with whipped topping and a crushed chocolate candy bar or chocolate cookie crumbs. Cover and store any leftover pie in the freezer.

Soft Peanut Butter


1 cup sugar

1 cup crunchy

peanut butter

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, mix all the ingredients through. Drop the mixture by teaspoons full onto cookie sheet. Spread with nonstick cooking spray and press a crisscross pattern onto each drop with a fork. Bake for about 10 minutes or until light golden. Cool before removing form the baking sheet.

Easy Casserole

1/2 lb. ground beef

1/2 lb. pork sausage

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 box mixed frozen vegetables or 2 cans mixed vegetables

tater tots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place meat in 8 inch buttered baking pan. Pour over this, the can of undiluted soup and cover with tater tots. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Hope to be with you again next week via the Tribune and may the Lord bless us all.