Catalpa notes

Friday, January 16, 2009

I will quote the late Rod Brasfield on the Grand Ole Opry. Whenever the weather was real cold that Saturday night he would say, "By Ned it ain't so hot tonight."

It seems like wintertime has set in for the next few days. I just hope we won't have snow and ice on the roads and make traveling dangerous for those who have to drive on them.

Our crowd was low Sunday. The roads were okay but the temperature might have been too cold for some. However, we were so glad to have those who did make it.

We welcomed the Carpenters back after taking off for the holiday season. Bro Carpenter had good lessons and we look forward to 2009 and for him and Alice being with us for 32 years.

One of my favorite hymns in our songbook is "Little Is Much When God Is In It." The second verse reminds me of Bro. Carpenter. "Does the place you're called to labor seem so small and little known? It is great if God is in it and He'll not forget His own." The third verse was my and Doyle's favorite. "Are you laid aside from service, body worn from toil and care, you can still be in the battle, in the sacred place of prayer," then the fourth verse, "When the conflict here is ended and our race on earth is run, He will say, if we are faithful, 'Welcome home, my child, well done.'"

Chorus: "Little is much when God is in it. Labor not for wealth or fame, There's a crown and you can win it, if you go in Jesus' name."

The Church here is small and several have left to go to larger churches. We miss them, but our prayer will be with us all, large or small. The first verse I now will write. "In the harvest field now ripened, There's a work for all to do. Hark the voice of God is calling, To the harvest calling you."

I wrote several weeks that the Second Sunday monthly singing was to be at Liberty Valley Church of Christ, Jan.10, and I was looking forward to it, but I didn't get to go. They had a good singing, I'm glad to hear, and Larry and Jo Ann Smith and Meriel and Juanita Pack from Catalpa attended. The next Second Sunday will be hosted by Farmington.

I appreciate getting a copy of the Lincoln County First Sundays in each month and I will write them down in this column.

First Sunday Singing each month in 2009 is: Jan. 4, Wells Hill; Feb. 1, Howell; March 1, Howell Hill; April 5, Chestnut Ridge; May 3, Mulberry; June 7, McBurg; July 5, Camarga; Aug. 2, West Fayetteville; Sept. 6, Red Oak; Oct. 4, Friendship; Nov. 1, Petersburg; and Dec. 6, Elora.

I hope we can go to some of these singings. They always have good singings. Feb. 1 will be at Howell Church of Christ and I sure hope to go there. We hope to go to all that that are closest to us in both Marshall County's Second Sundays and Lincoln County's First Sundays.

I wasn't feeling well enough to go to Liberty Valley and be able to attend both services at Catalpa. I also had to miss Pickin'n'Grinnin' Saturday night at the Town Hall in Petersburg.

I finally had to get some rest and from Thursday evening to Saturday night I rested in my recliner. I was thankful I was able to get to church. We ordered our lunch Sunday from Talk of the Town and that made me feel better, of course.

Hopefully Collector's Closet will be open now on the weekend. Mr. Carl Poarch will be there Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If Wednesdays aren't too awfully cold I plan to be there every Wednesday. Call 276-2673 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to check.

The Catalpa Church of Christ and the community extend sincere sympathy to the family of Mrs. Carlene Roden. Mrs. Carlene was the widow of Mr. Haskill Roden. She lived to be 95 years of age and would have been 96 on Feb. 19. She lived alone for several years and was always in service at the Delina Church of Christ. The past two years she was in Cornersville at the home of Annie Ruth Roden, her daughter-in-law, who looked after her beautifully. Sister Roden was a faithful member of the Church and was dearly loved by her church family at Delina and will be missed by them and all who knew her. Her funeral was Jan. 7 at the chapel of Cornersville Funeral Home with Wayne Hastings officiating. She was laid to rest in Medium Cemetery beside her beloved husband Mr. Haskill.

Now for the recipes. I have been so happy to get pecans given to me and I have several recipes I like to make with them. I guess the most popular is Pecan Tarts. This kitchen wouldn't hold all I have made. I gave you that recipe in my last week's column.

This recipe - Pop-in-your mouth Pecan Muffins - is also good.

3/4 cup self-rising flour

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

3/4 cup melted butter or margarine

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

3 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease non-stick muffin tins. Beat all ingredients well and spoon batter only half full into muffin tins. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until browned on edges. Also you can fill mini-muffin tins full and bake for about 15 minutes.

Pecan Pie Cake

3 eggs, divided

1 box yellow cake mix

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 box (1 lb.) powdered sugar

1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup or more coarsely chopped pecans.

Mix one egg, cake mix and butter together. Put in bottom of 9x13 inch baking pan. Mix 2 eggs, powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and pecans together and cover the cake mixture completely. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut into squares. Serve hot or cold.

For my pecan pies I also told you last week that I use the recipe on the Karo Syrup bottle (red or white). I have used the recipe for many years.

Pecan Crispies

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup chopped pecans

Cream shortening, butter and sugars, add eggs and beat well. Add sifted dry ingredients and nuts. Drop from teaspoon about 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

Maybe I should give you a recipe that doesn't have nuts in it. Doyle never wanted nuts in anything, but I always have liked nuts.

Yum Yum Salad

1 can (small) crushed pineapple

1/4 cup sugar

1 box orange Jell-O

1/4 cup boiling water

1 cup grated cheese (I use American)

1 small box Cool Whip

Mix together Jell-O and boiling water, add 1/4 cup sugar and pineapple. Bring to boil, then add 1 cup cold water. Congeal until thick, add grated cheese and Cool Whip.

We all like Cherry Dream Salad

1 8oz can crushed pineapple, drained

1 can cherry pie filling

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 (12 oz.) carton whipped topping

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1 (10 oz.) pkg. miniature marshmallows.

Mix pineapple, pie filling, and condensed milk in large bowl. Fold in whipped topping, marshmallows and nuts. Put in large bowl or 9x13 in. pan. May be served immediately or frozen.