'No rest for the weary', canning days ahead

Friday, May 30, 2008

Greetings. I hope you all had a happy Memorial Day. The day was a beautiful one until 3 p.m., when we had some thunder and lightning with a light rain. It was a nice week for farmers getting a lot of hay baled and the gardens beginning to grow. Soon the squash and zucchini will be bearing. We have enjoyed the wilted salad with the lettuce, onion and radishes, also a few meals of poke sallet the past two weeks.

My canning days will soon begin. "No rest for the weary," I've always heard. I just hope we will have lots to can, or freeze, this year to help out with the grocery bills.

The Second Sunday Gospel Singing will be at Catalpa Church of Christ, Sunday, June 8, at 2 o'clock. Everyone come and sing praises to the Lord.

I hope all our members at Catalpa will come to our morning services beginning at 10:30 a.m. Worship service at 11. Following worship we will meet in the fellowship hall for a potluck dinner. All visitors will be welcome. After lunch we will meet in the auditorium for the singing and after the singing we will meet for our Sunday evening service.

This Sunday, June 1, Bro. Ken Lee will be our speaker in the absence of Bro. Carpenter, who will take a vacation day.

The gospel meeting at Po-Grab begins June 8 and continues through June 11. Bro. Corey Barnette will be the speaker, and Charles Gatlin will be the song leader. Sunday service will be at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30, followed by a dinner. The Sunday evening service will be at 2 p.m. (no night service). Weekday services will be at 7 p.m. each evening. The meeting will close on Wednesday evening.

Vacation Bible School at Farmington Church of Christ will be June 2-6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Adult class speakers: Monday, Larry Hastings; Tuesday, Ken Willis; Wednesday, Harold Foster; Thursday, Matt Yuhas; Friday, Paul Sain. The theme is "Walking in Son Light." Classes for all ages and refreshments each night.

There will be a gospel meeting at Liberty Valley Church of Christ, June 15-18. The speaker will be Corey Barnette. I will write more if I can get the information. Harold Foster is the regular preacher.

The Morgan/Petersburg High School will have a reunion June 7. Registration at 10 a.m. and lunch at noon. Be sure to keep this date in mind and be on the old Morgan campus for another reunion.

Friday and Saturday evenings, June 13 and 14, will be the Diana Singing at 7:30 each night.

Old Glory Days (Flag Day) will be a big evening in Petersburg (June14). There will be free hot dogs and hamburgers at 6 p.m. The Petersburg Pickers and Grinners will be performing there instead of in the town hall and all will enjoy the entertainment.

The Morning Market in Belfast at Tate's Store (Collector's Closet) will be Saturday, June 21. Anyone wanting to set up a table and sell whatever they want to bring for a fee of $5 will be welcome. We usually have homemade bread, canning, sausage, books, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the store will be open with lots of interesting items, furniture, appliances. Call 276-2675 if you have a special need of antiques and furniture.

Our VBS at Catalpa will be June 23-25 from 7 to 8:30. I will write more when I have the information.

We were happy to have Mr. Ernest Hamilton and twin boys, Jacob and Joseph, at our morning services Sunday. Bro. Larry Hastings and his wife Ann were welcome visitors at our evening service. Bro. Larry brought us a fine lesson in the absence of Bro. Carpenter. He preaches for the Po-Grab Church of Christ and is doing fine work there.

Our love and prayers are with Bro. Don Ramey who suffered a stroke last week. He is a well known and much loved Church of Christ preacher. We are glad to hear that he is able to be up and about, but he will probably have to have speech therapy. We have had him to hold gospel meetings here at Catalpa. He and his wife Emily lived at Farmington and worked with the congregation about eight years.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Pat Richardson in the death of her brother's wife, Janie Yokum. The funeral was at Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home.

The church here at Catalpa extends loving sympathy to Willene Foster in the death of her father, Willis Chapman. Mr. Chapman died May 22 in NHC Merihil after a long illness at the age of 84. The funeral was Saturday, May 24, from the chapel of London Funeral Home. Burial was in Lone Oak Cemetery.

I do not have an obituary, but I want to express our love and sympathy to Willene and to his wife and other relatives. They will miss him, but will have lots of precious memories to cherish.

The Town of Petersburg has lost a fine citizen and we are all grieving over the sudden death of Thomas Woodward. I will write a eulogy next week. Our prayers are with his beloved wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Marie. May God comfort and strengthen them in their sadness.

Now for the recipes.

We had our traditional Memorial Day meal we had at the Christian School for 20 years. We will have the same menu for Fourth of July and Labor Day. For brunch at 10, we had country ham, sausage, fried chopped potatoes with gravy over them, biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee, and apple jelly. For dinner, which we ate around 4 p.m., we had good pork barbecue, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, garlic sticks and ice tea. We enjoy the barbecue from Lemley's Hog Wild BBQ and Country Store on Hwy. 129, across from Cane Creek Church of Christ. They only sell it on Saturday.

We had a nice day Monday. About 2:30 we had some thunder and lightning and a little rain. Janice and Doylene watched two movies, "For the Love of a Dog" and "See Spot Run," and in between then they took Scooter walking (her Jack Russell). So that's the story of our Memorial Day and now I'm at the kitchen table writing. The story of my life: cooking and writing.

Doylene had a nice birthday Thursday, May 22, here at home. She was proud of some pretty cards and gifts.

I need to repeat the Pineapple Bread Pudding. In last week's paper the number of eggs were left out. I appreciate a nice lady calling about the eggs.

1 cup butter or margarine

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

4 cups bread cubes

1 large can crushed pineapple, undrained

4 eggs

Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs real well or use a mixer, fold in bread and milk, add pineapple and juice. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour in a greased casserole dish.

Easy Good Cake

1 cup shortening

2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vinegar

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup cocoa

1 cup hot water

Mix ingredients in order given and pour into a 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

Coconut Cream Pie

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

3 tablespoons cornstarch

2 1/2 cups milk

3 egg yolks, beaten

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

1 carton Cool Whip, divided

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 to 1 cup flaked coconut

Cook all this together. When cooled off, add half of Cool Whip and put in two baked piecrusts. Put rest of Cool Whip on top and garnish with a little coconut.

Easy Dump Orange Salad

1 can mandarin oranges, drained

1 small can crushed pineapple, drained

1 bag mini marshmallows

1 box orange Jell-O

1 small box Cool Whip

Mix all together. Do not add water -- mix dry -- mix well and chill.

There are several anniversaries I know about. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Holt, June 3; they attend Church Street Church of Christ. Della and Wilford Rudd, June 10; they attend church at Westvue Church of Christ. Mr. and Mrs. Billy Pigg, they attend church at Cane Creek Church of Christ.

Congratulations to all these fine Christian people. Our prayers are for them to have many more.