Christmas day is approaching

Friday, December 14, 2007

Greetings. It is hard to realize that two weeks from today, Tuesday, Dec. 11, will be Christmas day and the weather is to be 75 degrees today! It is hard to get in the Christmas spirit but I love the beautiful cards, calls, fits and all the blessings from above. The best gift life can offer is meeting folks like you, my readers. Folks who are so special and this Christmas prayer as Christmas comes again I pray for peace among all nations and good will to men. May God teach us to be more kind and live Christmas every day.

The special events that are taking place I'm sure you are enjoying. Dec. 8 the Marshall County FCE program was a great one! Twenty-four were present at the beautiful Cane Creek Church of Christ Annex. Our guest musician was Philip Ross of Lewisburg, after the devotional given by Juanita Pack. The program of Christmas songs led by Mr. Ross and his guitar accompanying him was really beautiful. The ladies had brought covered-dishes and everyone enjoyed the delicious food. Door prizes were given. It was a great day and really got us all in the Christmas spirit.

The Lewisburg parade and the Petersburg parade were Saturday afternoon locally and others nearby were enjoyed. Meriel and Juanita Pack were in Bedford County to see their granddaughter Kami and Shawnee Upchurch in their parade. Nicky Foster and his granddaughter Kaylee enjoyed Petersburg's parade.

I haven't touched the hem of the garment about so many open houses, parades and many winter wonderland events taking place during the weekend, but time and space is not available.

"Pickin' and Grinnin'" at the townhall in Petersburg was a lively place to be Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ten pickers kept us grinners busy clapping and toe-tapping. Delicious food was enjoyed during the break. Hopefully we will start 2008 again the second Saturday night in January.

This and That Shop also had music Saturday night.

While at the town hall some of us picked a name off the beautiful Angel tree. Names are on the tree of needy children and elderly folks in our area. Call 659-9826 for more information.

I was happy to read about the Modern Day Pioneer in December's Petersburg newsletter by the Petersburg Lions Club. Charles Bryant of the Howell Community was honored. He is one of the oldest workers at the community center (old school house), and a good one he is too.

Happy birthday to Mrs. Vivian Sanders of Petersburg, Dec. 14 is her special day. We owe a great deal of thanks to this lady for her hard, capable work in our nice community library.

Happy birthday to our neighbor, Larry Richardson, here on the Delina Road. Dec. 16 is his special day. May he have many more.

Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Foster. Harold is the regular minister for Liberty Valley Church of Christ. I think Dec. 17 will be their 52nd. Their many friend wish for them to have many more happy years together.

Kim and Mike Murdock will have their anniversary Dec. 21. They attend church at Church Street Church of Christ now.

We appreciated Jake and Ann Murdock of Lawrenceburg at our morning service Sunday. We all miss their late parents, Jerry and Theresa Murdock so very much, but our memories are precious.

We were glad to have Mr. Hamilton and his twin sons, Jacob and Joseph at church Sunday morning and we hope they will come again. The boys are so nice and friendly.

Bro. Carpenter and Alice went home after the morning service since Alice is still not strong, but we are all so happy she keeps improving.

Larry Smith brought us a fine lesson at the evening service. We are so proud and thankful for our young men making the talks since Bro. Carpenter goes back home. Our prayers are for them to keep working for the Lord and His Church.

Marilyn Head will undergo surgery today in Lincoln Medical Center on her thyroid glands. Our prayers will be with her.

Our love and prayers are with Kenneth Brown of East Commerce Street in Lewisburg. We do not know about his illness yet, but he was carried to St. Thomas Hospital last night.

I have an appointment with Dr. Gordon, an optomologist in Columbia this afternoon. I have been diagnosed with macular degeneration.

The green tomato relish is finished and after working up six and half bushels. I'm glad it is over, but all who gave me the green tomatoes I owe a great thank you. I have canned over 200 cans and I appreciate all who have bought the relish and hope they will enjoy it. Hoping to make pool room slaw, Ruth's relish, apply jelly sometime soon. I have orders.

P.S. I have just heard sad news that Kenneth Brown is in critical condition after suffering a massive stroke in St. Thomas Hospital.

Remember Evelyn and their children in your prayers.

Christmas time is coming, whether we are ready or not. I got calls for candy recipes, but I'm sure I have had these in before.

Microwave Fudge

1 lb. pkg. confectioners sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

1/4 cup evaporated milk

1 stick butter

3/4 cups nuts

2 tsp. vanilla

Line 8x9x2 baking dish with wax paper. Soft together cocoa and sugar in a 2 qt. microwave bowl. Add milk and butter. Do not stir. Microwave 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Add vanilla and nuts, beat until all ingredients are mixed really well. Refrigerate until cold and cut into squares.

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

3 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

Mix together in heavy pot, boil 1 minute, remove from heat, add 1 cup of peanut butter. Pour in oiled pan or spray pan with non-stick cooking spray to cool. Cut in squares.

Chocolate Fudge

3 (6 oz.) pkgs. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand condensed milk

Dash salt

1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts

1 tsp. vanilla

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chips with condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat, stir in nuts and vanilla. Spread evenly onto wax paper lined 8 or 9 inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board, pull off wax paper and cut into squares. Store loosely covered at room temperature. Makes about 2 pounds.

Uncooked Chocolate Fudge

1 box confectioners sugar

4 tablespoons milk

6 tablespoons margarine

1/2 cup cocoa

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup pecan pieces

Put first 4 ingredients in double boiler and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add nuts and vanilla. Pour into a buttered dish Let cool and cut into squares.

Butterscotch Fudge

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Melt sugar and butter in a heavy saucepan. Add milk and boil gently for 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Add vanilla and nuts, pour into a shallow greased pan. When almost cold, mark into squares.

I guess we've had about enough calories in all these candy recipes. I gave the jiffy boiled custard recipe recently but, have had calls for it again.

1/2 gallon milk

3/4 cup sugar

1 family size vanilla pudding mix

1 tablespoon vanilla

Combine all ingredients and beat mix mixer 2 minutes. (I usually beat by hand). Boiled custard is hard to find, just egg nog.

This is a good but rich cake, turtle cake.

1 box German chocolate cake mix

1 stick margarine

1 pkg. caramels

6 oz. chocolate chips

1 can sweetened condensed milk

chopped pecans

Mix cake as directed on box. Pour one half of mixture into a greased 13x9 inch pan. Bake 15 minutes at temperature indicated on box. Place butter, caramels and milk in top of double boiler, stir until caramels are melted. Cool slightly, spread over baked cake. Spread remaining cake batter over caramel mixture. Sprinkle with pecans and chocolate chips. Bake 20-25 minutes more. A lady brought this cake to our Pickin' and Grinnin' and it was a big hit.