Christmas Village is here again thanks to a lot of hard work

Friday, November 23, 2007

Greetings to everyone! I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving. This column will be history when the paper comes out but tonight is Monday and everyone is making "TurkeyDay" plans I'm sure.

This is the day to enjoy with many a song in your heart,

You'll be surprised just how quickly life's problems and cares depart.

This is the day to be thankful for looking about to see,

Manifold blessings in nature ... God's goodness to you and me.

I liked this little poem "This is the Day" and wanted to pass it on to my readers.

I am still on cloud nine since Christmas Village was so enjoyable Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Lewisburg. Marshall County American Red Cross did a great job presenting this enjoyable event. Some 30 vendors had tables set up with beautiful crafts, gifts, Christmas decorations. The table with delicious mouth watering pies, cookies, candy and pretty gifts with the proceeds going to "Relay for Life" was very popular. Many beautiful unusual Christmas decorations were on display. Lots of beautiful jewelry was on display. It was a fun filled day and memories of former years of Christmas Villages in the Armory when Faylene Wilkerson and Frances Luna always worked so hard several years.

Many were heard to say. We were glad Christmas Villages is here again. Anna Childress was in charge and did a fine job. Thanks to Anna and the Marshall County Red Cross for presenting Christmas Village once again.

I appreciate seeing many buying my canning I had over 100 jars on my table and sold all but seven jars. I enjoyed having so many tell me they read my news.

Doylene and Janice helped me so much and they enjoyed going to same of the other "Open Houses" in Lewisburg, Apple Village and The Basket Case, outside of town.

There will be more Christmas open houses that we hope to get to go to coming up. Special Tees and More on 1191 E. Commerce St., Lewisburg, invites everyone to their Christmas open house on Friday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments and a free gift for everyone.

Whispering Hope on Ostella Road, Hwy 129, Cornersville invites everyone to Christmas open house, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 2, will be a big day for all of us at Catalpa Church of Christ. We are so glad to get to have an anniversary dinner for Bro. Carpenter and Alice. Everyone is invited to come to church services at 10:30. Bro. Carpenter and Alice have been working for the church here 30 years and six months. He came to us the first Sunday in June 1977. We were planning to honor them that first Sunday in June 2007 but Mrs. Carpenter had the misfortune of breaking her hip and the celebration had to be postponed. At last maybe we will get to honor them Dec. 2.

All who have been hearing Bro. Carpenter these past 30 years preach are urged to be present and who formerly worshiped here are especially invited to come back home.

After the morning worship, everyone is invited to enjoy lunch in the annex.

Please come and help celebrate the Carpenters anniversary with the Catalpa Church of Christ.

We have missed Alice Pack from church. She has been visiting her daughter, Tammie (John) in Leesburg, Va.

Alice's birthday will be Nov. 23 and I'm sure she and Tammie and John celebrated early. We will be glad to have her back home.

We enjoyed the lesson Gary Douglas brought us Sunday night.

Now for the recipes.

With cold weather on the way keep plenty of good soup on the menu, which is what I plan to do.

Easy Soup

1 bag frozen vegetables

1 lb. ground beef

1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste

4 large potatoes, diced

1 chopped onion

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Put frozen vegetables in 2 quarts boiling water. Brown meat and drain. Add to vegetables with rest of ingredients. Simmer until vegetables are tender and seasonings are well blended.

I have used 2 cans of mixed vegetables instead of frozen.

Doylene likes:

Taco Soup

2 lbs. ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 can Rotel tomatoes

1 can pinto beans or 2 cups left over cooked

1 can whole grain corn

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

1 pkg. taco seasoning

Brown hamburger meat with onion. Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Add water simmer several hours.

Chicken Soup

1 whole chicken

1 (12 oz.) bag noodles cooked and drained

1 can mushroom soup

1 can celery soup

1 can onion soup

Bring chicken to a boil in a gallon and a half water. Debone chicken. Add broth, noodles, chicken and cans of soup. Mix well. Makes a lot of soup. Freezes well.

Cabbage Patch Soup

1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained

1 medium onion, chopped

1 can kidney beans

1 can (10 oz.) Rotel tomatoes

1 small head cabbage

1 tablespoon sugar

1 chopped bell pepper

1 (16 oz.) can stewed tomatoes

1 small can tomato paste

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients. Simmer for 45 minutes in crock pot. Can add water and 2 teaspoons chili powder.

The cabbage soup they had at the Senior Citizen Soup Supper was delicious and was similar to this one.

Buttermilk Salad

1 (6 oz.) orange jello, dry

1 large can crushed pineapple, not drained

1 can mandarin oranges

1 carton Cool Whip

3 cups miniature marshmallows

2 cups buttermilk

Put pineapple in a small saucepan. Stir in jello. Let come to a boil to melt jello. Cool. Mix Cool Whip and buttermilk. Add marshmallows and mandarin oranges. Combine with cool (not cold) jello mixture. Refrigerate.

Cherry Crunch Cake

2 cups flour

2 sticks butter or margarine, melted

1 cup chopped nuts

8 oz. cream cheese

8 oz. Cool Whip

3 cups powdered sugar

1 can cherry pie filling

Mix melted butter with flour and nuts. Press into a 9x13x2 inch pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 350. Mix together cream cheese, Cool Whip and powdered sugar. Spoon over the crust. Top with cherry pie filling. Chill and serve.

Note: strawberry, blueberry or other pie fillings can be used.

Hope to see you next week via the Tribune.