Catalpa notes

Friday, February 13, 2009

I know everyone is enjoying these days that are warm, but every dark and winter day is one day nearer spring. If we want the springtime, then the winter time must run its course of gray and bitter days of fog, and frost, and snow. We shouldn't grumble. God knows best. The seasons come, the seasons go. Every dark and wintry day is one day nearer spring.

We just hope February won't get so warm that the fruit will bud out and then get killed as it did in April 2007.

This Saturday is Valentines Day and I wish for all my readers a happy day. February 14th is always so pretty in all the stores. The children love Valentines and so do all the young at heart. As for me I'm sending my love to all my friends on Valentines Day -- best wishes, fond and true.

This Saturday night, Feb. 14, will be Pickin'n'Grinnin' night at the Town Hall in Petersburg. I hope to see and hear lots of pickers from 5 to 9 p.m. Also the toe-tapping and hand-clapping grinners. We have food spread out on the kitchen table and at 7 p.m. we enjoy eating. Ya'll come and make Feb. 14 a real fun night. This will be a good night for the men to bring their wives to celebrate Valentines Day and find you're her sweetheart still.

Sunday was a beautiful day, but our attendance at church was still low. To all who were sick, hopefully they will soon be better and be back next Lord's Day.

We were so glad to have Phil and Linda Jones of Madison, Alabama as visitors. Linda has been at the Mayo Clinic in Florida undergoing treatments. We hope she continues to improve.

Bro. Carpenter and Alice, and Phil and Linda all had lunch together at Marvin's Restaurant in Fayetteville.

Sunday, Feb. 8, was Alice Carpenter's birthday and after the evening worship her birthday was celebrated in the fellowship hall with delicious food and also cake and ice cream. We wish for Alice to have many more birthdays to come. She and Bro. Carpenter drive up from Madison, Alabama, and have been coming for the past 32 years.

The Third Sunday night, Feb. 22, Bro. Don Hudson of Howell Church of Christ will be the speaker at Catalpa. He will be speaking on the work that is being done in the disaster zones following floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters. Bro. Hudson and his wife Rosemary are helping work with the victims in many ways and are doing mission work for the church. Some from the congregation at Howell will be coming with Don. Everyone is invited to come. The service begins at 5 p.m. Chili will be served in the annex after the service.

The Second Sunday Singing in Marshall County was at Farmington Church of Christ, Sunday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. A large crowd attended and the singing was great. There were 24 beautiful songs led. Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack, Doylene, Janice and I attended from Catalpa.

The next singing will be the Second Sunday in March at Church Street Church of Christ (March 8).

This Wednesday, Feb. 11, maybe I will get to the Tate's Store (Collector's Closet). The cold weather has kept me from going for about four weeks now. I hope to get back every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 276-2675. You can call and check to see if anyone is at the store on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday, Mr. Carl Poarch should be there.

Now for the recipes:

Cherry Fluff

1 carton whipped topping

1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained

1 can cherry pie filling

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/4 cup chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Chill overnight.

Lemon Cheese Pie

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

2 cups cold milk, divided

1 pkg. instant lemon pudding mix

1 graham cracker piecrust (8 in.)

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add 1/2 cup milk. Sprinkle pudding mix over all. Gradually add remaining milk, beat until thickened, about five minutes. Pour into the crust and freeze until ready to serve.

Apple Crunch

1 egg

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped, peeled apple

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1 tsp. vanilla flavoring

In a mixing bowl beat the egg. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder and cinnamon, add to egg and beat until smooth. Fold in apple, nuts, and vanilla. Spoon into an 8-inch square pan coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 --30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Busy Day Dinner

1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained

1 pkg. (7 oz.) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup finely chopped onion

2 cups thinly sliced carrots

1 can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce

1 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add water to thin if desired.

Before I close, I'd like to tell Jimmy Harber I miss him and regret that he has sold his store. I have traded with him for many years; he had a good store.

The store is now "Piggly Wiggly" and I hope they do well.

It is income tax time now. Karen Wells will be at the Town Hall in Petersburg to help folks fill out taxes. Call to make an appointment.

Mr. Thomas Faircloth is not able to fill out taxes due to illness. Our prayers are with him to get better. He came to Petersburg for several years to help any one needing help and we all appreciated him.