Catalpa notes

Friday, January 23, 2009

We are still having winter around here. From 1:30 - 2:30 today, Monday, Jan. 19, it was more than snow showers: we got a "snow storm," but by 3 p.m. the sun was shining. We are still below freezing and the past week we had below 10 degrees about three nights. I just hope February won't be as cold as it was in 1994 beginning on the 10th and we had no electricity for five days.

On the other hand it is better to have the deep freeze now and not in April and kill the fruit and gardens like it did in 2007.

The year 2008 was a good year and hopefully 2009 will be a good year too.

I have written these lines before, but as the new year has just got underway I will repeat them.

"My life shall touch many lives before 2009 is done. So this is the thought I always think, the prayer I will always pray: 'Lord may my life bless other lives it touches by the way.'"

News is scarce these days with the weather so cold, but I will keep writing and repeating some events coming up and birthdays for some special folks. Jan. 25, Sarah Chandler; Jan. 28, Ruth Chandler; Jan. 28, Kaylee Ann Foster; Jan. 29, Wendy Douglas Ridley; Feb. 1, Brenda Haislip and Feb. 1, Ted Kell. May the Lord bless them all with many more happy, healthy birthdays.

Jan. 21, 2009, would have been my and Doyle's 70th anniversary. He passed away Aug. 13, 2006. We had been together 67 years and seven months. I always wrote "Golden Togetherness" on our anniversary. Now I have to use past tense.

Together we walked the road of life,

Together in sunshine and rain,

Together in gladness, together in sadness,

Together in joy and in pain.

Together we knew the thrill of new life,

Together we toiled and cared,

Together we braved the battles of life,

Together, through a love we shared.

Together we saw the Changes of life,

Together we bade youth goodbye,

Together we matured in body and mind,

Together we laughed and we cried.

Together we saw the power of God.

Together we were blessed from above.

Together we knew a bonding that's true,

Together we tasted God's love.

Together we walked toward setting of sun,

Together with love in our hearts,

Together we lived and dreamed and cared,

Together until death does us part.

I have loved this poem "Golden Togetherness." I have it in one of Tom Holland's poem books.

Thanks to the Tribune for printing it again for me in past tense.

I may not get to Collector's Closet (Tate's Store) this Wednesday. I have had to miss because of the cold weather. I gave the phone number for folks to check. Mr. Carl Poarch will be there Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when the weather is not too cold. The number is 276-2675.

The First Sunday gospel singing in February will be at Howell Church of Christ Feb. 1 (Lincoln County).

The Second Sunday in February in Marshall County will be Feb. 8 at Farmington Church of Christ.

The Second Saturday night in February (Feb. 14) will be Pickin'n'Grinnin' at the Petersburg Town Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. We will look forward to all our pickers being there. The last time several were out.

Our attendance was low for church services Sunday. Maybe next Lord's Day won't be so cold.

Now for the recipes:

Extra Quick Rolls

1 package yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

3/4 cup warm water

2 1/2 cups biscuit mix

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Stir in biscuit mix, turn onto a floured surface. Kneed until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Shape into dinner rolls, place on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 30 - 45 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden brown.

Ham with Pineapple Sauce

1 fully cooked low fat ham slice (1/2 inch thick and 1 lb.), trimmed

1 can (8 oz.) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons prepared mustard

Dash ground cloves

In a skillet coated with non-stick cooking spray, heat ham slice until warmed. Meanwhile in a saucepan combine the remaining ingredients, simmer for 3 minutes, and serve over ham.

Skillet Vegetable Side Dish

3 carrots, thinly sliced

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped

1/2 medium green pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped celery

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

In a skillet coated with non-stick cooking spray, stir-fry carrots, onion, cabbage, green pepper and celery over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, stir-fry 5 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.

Pineapple Beets

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 can (8 oz.) unsweetened pineapple tidbits, undrained

1 can (16 oz.) sliced beets, drained

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon margarine

In a saucepan combine brown sugar and cornstarch, add pineapple and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thick, about 2 minutes. Add the beets, lemon juice and margarine, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.