The beauty of the Master's touch

Friday, April 6, 2007

Happy Easter to all my friends! It will probably be a chilly day but we need rain. The past 2 or three weeks we have enjoyed beautiful weather. The trees are all leafed out everything is so green. The pear trees, apple, peach, plum, the dogwood and the red bud trees, the fossythia, harhthorn many beautiful daffodils, are some of the beautiful spring sights.

We can truly say it is the beauty of the Master's touch. I like this poem; "As I prepare to meet the day" "Let the dawn fall softly on my shoulders, Lord.

As I prepare to meet the day,

Let the sunshine wrap its warmth round me,

As I go along my way.

Let me feel Your presence near me,

As the gentle breezes play.

Through blades of grass and in the trees,

Causing leaves to sway

Let me show some kindness to each person that I meet.

Let me see Your image in each person that I greet."

April will have several nice events that I hope we can all enjoy. The second Sunday(April 8) Chapel Hill Church of Christ will be host to it from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Everyone is invited to come sing praises to God. This week two gospel meetings are in progress and we pray that Ostella and Church Street both are having good attendance and much good will come from their efforts.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeriel Pack and Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack attended the meeting at Ostella, Saturday night.

Doylene and I, Larry and Joan Smith from Catalpa went to Ostella tonight (Monday). They had a good attendance, good singing and good preaching.

We are still having sickness among our members at Catalpa. Jerry and Theresa Murdock are still having a hard time. Jerry is in Skill Care at Lincoln Care Center in Fayetteville. Theresa has to have more chemo this week.

Jeriel Pack was at church both services but he is still under the doctor's care and has to go to the urologist for treatment at Southern Hills Hospital. Our prayers are for Jeriel to soon be well.

Lyndelle Sowell and David Hemphill are being missed. We were glad Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kellar were able to be at church Sunday morning. We were happy to have Dena Castile of Lewisburg came as their guest and we hope she will come again.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Martin and son of Haislip Hollow were with us Sunday morning and we appreciate them coming often.

We are glad June and Gary Douglas were able to have their Drive-In going Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. They appreciate all the donations they have received since a fire did extensive damage to their concession stand.

Doylene, Janice and I enjoyed the ham breakfast Saturday morning at the Lodge building in Lewisburg. Don't forget the second Saturday night, April 14 will be Pickin and Grinin night in the Pavilion in Morgan Park (weather permitting).

The Ross Moore performance will be Saturday night, April 14 at the Community Theater. And on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM April 15.

The Flea Market will be on the square in Petersburg Saturday and every first Saturday and also every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on Highway 431 S. Dealers are wanted. Call 931-293-2429 for more information.

Get better wishes to Linda Welch. She received a fall at her home last Thursday morning and was taken by ambulance to Marshall Medical Center. We are glad to report she had no broken bones. We have missed her at the Senior Citizen. She eats lunch there every day.

Several from Petersburg attended the graveside service at Lone Oak Cemetery for Jimmy Welch of Nashville. He was born and raised in Petersbrug the son of Halloway and Ardath Welch. He was 63. The funeral was in Nashville Friday. May the Lord bless his loved ones. He is survived by his wife Betty Blackwell Welch, a daughter, two sons and 4 grandchildren.

Now for the recipes

Simple way to use left over mashed potatoes

1 can biscuits or your own biscuits

1 cup american cheese grated

1 cup left over mashed potatoes

Press biscuits into greased cake pan. Combine cheese and potatoes. Spread on biscuits. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done.

Old Fashioned Biscuit Pudding

12 cold biscuits

2 cups sugar

4 cups milk

1/2 cup butter or margarine

3 eggs beaten

1 tsp. vanilla

Crumble biscuits into a mixing bowl. Heat sugar, milk and butter in saucepan until butter melts. Pour crumbs. Stir in eggs, add vanilla and milk well. Pour into a 3 quart casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until set and golden brown. I made this for Sunday dinner. It brought back old memories. Mama made it often. Doylene and Janice really liked it.

Sometimes I run across old recipes I had about quit making. They are still good, better than some of the modern ones, I can't pronounce the name or ingredients in them. I am not a gourmet cook, just country home cooking like mama cooked.

Mama had her own home churned butter, eggs, milk, chickens (off the yard), hog meat (ham, sausage middling for seasoning and fried bacon) we were poor in some ways but all 9 of us never got up from the table hungry. I don't see how she did it. We never had heard of high cholesterol and all the ailments that we hear of now. We had a cellar full of fruit and vegetables she had canned all summer. Dried fruit (apples and peaches) potatoes, onions, dried peas and beans.

My brothers caught fish, killed rabbits and squirrels and they helped the grocery bill. Mama knew just how to cook them. Those were the "good old days,"

I guess, but I would sure hate to give up all the nice appliances, we now have. Doyle and I didn't have electricity, indoor plumbing, television here in our little house until about 1950.

By the way I just heard today that poke sallet is up! Another old timely food mama cooked and I cook it just like she did. Wash and pick over the tender greens. Parboil them twice. Drain and cook in a large saucepan about 30 minutes, drain well and drop in a hot skillet of bacon grease (1 cup or more) stir well and break 3 or 4 eggs top of the poke. Stir until eggs are well mixed with the poke. Salt and pepper to taste. I'll probably have a skillet of poke sallet cooked for my green vegetable Easter Sunday along with ham and dressing.

Mama canned Peach Pickle

8 lbs. cling stone peaches

1 1/2 cup vinegar

3 lbs. sugar

2 tsp. pickling spice tied up in a white 4 or 5 inch square

Place vinegar over sugar and let it come to a boil. Pour peaches in and let all boil until peaches are tender. Take peaches out and put in quart jars. Let the syrup boil down hard for 15 minutes. Pour it over the peaches and close jars at once. I will make these if I can get the right kind of peaches. Doyle really liked them.

She always made Apple Butter

6 cups unsweetened apple juice

3 cups sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Do not peel apples, core and quarter them. Cook in a heavy saucepan the apple juice for 30 minutes. Press through a food mill (she used a flour sack). Put all the juice back in pan and boil on medium heat for 30 minutes more. Stir in sugar and add spices. Boil for 1 hour stirring often, put in small jars and seal.

We always had lots of canned tomatoes through the winter to eat with our vegetables and to cook.

This one she cooked and used a lot.

Canned tomatoes

1 qt. canned tomatoes

1 small onion, chopped fine

1/4 cup butter

1 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

Saute onions in butter, add bread crumbs and sugar. Cook slowly. Stir in tomatoes and seasonings. Place mixture in buttered shallow pan and bake 45 minutes in 350 degree oven.