What a beautiful time of the year

Monday, May 19, 2008

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help, My help cometh from the Lord, which made heavens and earth. He will suffer thy foot to be moved. He that keep thee will not slumber. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil. He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalm 121

This is my favorite Psalm and every time I go out in my yard to work I quote "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help."

This time of the year is beautiful and I am enjoying getting my flowers set out, also garden plants. I miss the garden we use to have but I am enjoying "container gardening," and have 12 tomato plants set out in the ground. Most of my flowers come up every year and I love them all.

The iris have been pretty. If you want to see a beautiful iris garden go see Mr. and Mrs. John Cowders on 404 College St. in Petersburg. Our FCE Club in Petersburg enjoyed seeing their iris garden Tuesday evening before we had our meeting at Derrell Cowden's home.

The early gardens I'm sure are producing lettuce, onions and radishes. I have enjoyed some given to us. I remember Mama fizing this dish; chop the lettuce, onion and radishes. Fry bacon, we had real country pan fry back then. Sprinkle a little salt and sugar over the vegetables, mix all together and pour the bacon drippings over all. I have kept this dish made every spring just as soon as the vegetables come in.

I have had one mess of poke sallet and we enjoyed that.

Hopefully gardens will do well this year, also the fruit.

The gospel meeting will begin at Cane Creek Church of Christ, Sunday, May 18th. Sunday morning services will begin at 7 p.m. Bro. John Vaughn will be the speaker and Billy Pigg the song leader. Donations for the upkeep of the cemetery will be accepted during decoration weekend or may be mailed to the treasurer, Joyce Franklin Burns, 6969 Delina Road, Petersburg, TN 37144.

Decoration of the graves at Unity Cemetery will be Sunday, May 18th. Mrs. Ray Sawyers is the treasurer. Her address is 18 Sauryers Road, Fayetteville, TN 37334.

The fourth Sunday will be decoration of the graves at New Hope Cemetery, Fishing Ford Road, and the Welch Cemetery, Fuss Hollow Road, will be decorated.

The third Saturday morning (May 17) will be Morning Market in Belfast at Tate's store (Collector's Closet). Anyone wishing to set up a table on the grounds can do so for a fee of $5. The time will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring anything you want to sell. Some items we count on being there: Elwanda Owen's home made bread, Bill Gold sausage, Mrs. Ruth's relish, pool room slaw, apple jelly, ham and biscuits and hopefully several people will join us with goodies. The store is full of interesting items and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call me at 659-9136.

The second Friday and Saturday in June will be Diana Singing, June 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. under the Singing Shed at Diana. I will repeat this again.

The second Saturday night in June will be Flag Day on the square in Petersburg. There will be free hot dogs or hamburgers, and cold drinks. The Pickers and Grinners will be entertaining everyone. Mark June 14 on your calendars and make plans to go to the square in Petersburg instead of the Townhall in Petersburg.

Saturday night, May 10, we had a fun filled night with 10 pickers and a room full of grinners. The music was great! Thanks to all who came and don't forget the next second Saturday night we will go to the square and celebrate Flag Day. Carry your chair.

The second edition of American Magazine will be available May 20. A party will be held Tuesday, May 20, at Sister's 3 Café from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sister's 3 is located next to Bigger's Market on 5th Avenue.

Happy Birthday to Randy Taylor, May 11, of Petersburg and to our preacher Edwin Carpenter, May 14, Madison, Ala., and to Melonie Pack of Walter Hill, May 14, and Nathan Taylor of Petersburg, May 18, Jessie Daniel Foster, May 21, Doylene Hastings, May 22, Emily Burns Campbell, May 22, of Cornersville, and Aaron Murdock, May 24.

Happy Anniversary to Sheila and Terry Upchurch of Shelbyville, but come to church at Catalpa.

I would like to write more about them all on their special days but my space is limited. May the Lord bless them all and may they have many more special days to come.

We were glad to have Phil and Linda Jones of Madison, Ala., as visitors Sunday morning and Chris Bailey of Pulaski and we hope they will come again.

Get better wishes and prayers are with Tammy Kellar, Terri and Logan Pack, and Gary Douglas. We were glad to have Gary take part in the morning service. David Hemphill was able to come. Gail and Bobby Porter were missed. Gail's mother, Sadie Hemphill, is ill at the home of Gail and Bobby, Nickey and Willene Foster are being missed due to the illness of her parents, the Chapmans.

Now for the recipes.

Miracle Pie … Lillian Haley

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 cup coconut

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Baking powder

Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend well. Pour into a 10 inch buttered pie plate. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 50 minutes. A crust will form on the bottom, a filling in the middle and the coconut will rise to the top. Mrs. Haley's birthday was January 21, the same date as Doyle and my anniversary. She always called me on that date.

I must close, it is 2 a.m. I am using the salad recipes that we enjoyed so much at Ladies Day at Westvue for those who didn't attend. Thanks to the ladies for these delicious recipes. Those who didn't attend missed a wonderful spiritful feast and the delicious salads at noon. I really loved my door prize (a recipe holder).

Seven-Layer Salad

Layer in a large flat-bottom glass bowl:

Lettuce, broken in bite size pieces

Celery-1 cup diced

Onions-1/2 cup diced

Peas-10oz frozen pkg. (not cooked)

Cauliflower-2 cup chopped

Bacon-1 lb fried, drained, crumbled

Cheese-1 cup shredded cheddar

Dressing- 3/4 cup mayonnaise

+3/4 cup sour cream-

spread on top.

Refrigerate 24 hours

Corn Salad

1 15-oz can black eyed peas

1 15-oz can lima beans

1 15-oz can black beans

1 15-oz can corn, drained

1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/3 cup Italian dressing

Combine ingredients and refrigerate to blend flavors.

Chicken Salad

3 cups cooked chopped chicken breast

1 cup chopped celery

1 1/2 cup green or red seedless grapes

3/4 cup chopped pecans

11/2 cup salad dressing or mayonnaise

1/2 tsp salt

Combine ingredients and refrigerate to blend flavors.

Raspberry Congealed Salad

2 large boxes raspberry jello

2 cups boiling water

1 large can crushed pineapple in juice

2 Ocean Spray whole cranberry sauce

1 pkg gelatin mixed with 1/4 cup cold water

Combine all ingredients, pour into 9x13 Pyrex dish, chill until firmly set.