Catalpa notes

Friday, February 27, 2009

Catalpa News...........................Mrs. Doyle Hastings


Thanks to all my readers and to all the Tribune staff who have been so much help to me the past 60+ years. I dedicate this little verse to all.

The Beauty of Spring

"God lives in the beauty that comes with spring -
The colorful flowers, the birds that sing -
And He lives in people as kind as you
And He lives in all the nice things you do."

I may be "jumping the gun" as the weather is still cold and the temperature is to be down to 22 degrees again tonight but we do know there's always a Springtime, an awakening of new hope and gladness for a good year ahead and the spring brings new life followed by summer to warm the earth.

We will soon be able to get outside, play in the dirt, pet and pamper our yards to get green and grow and then fuss when we have to mow.

We had a quiet weekend, a very nice day Sunday and a few of our sick ones able to be back.

We were happy Gary Douglas was able to be back if he did have to rely on a walking stick, helping his broken foot to move along.

The Mike Kellars were back, also Nicky and Willene Foster and a grandson. We were glad to hear that David Hemphill did not have to go to the Lincoln Skill Care Center but was able to convalesce at home. Our prayers continue to be with him.

Our twin Murdock children, Ella and Neyland, and mother Julie were with us.

Several were still absent and were missed. Our attendance continues to be low.

Sunday afternoon (4th Sunday) was Catalpa's day at NHC Merihil. Larry Smith made a fine talk. Bro. Carpenter led the singing. There were several of the residents who were not able to attend.

I was glad to see Barbara Thomison and Elise Murphy, two of the residents, and Kay Bigham Monks who was there visiting her Aunt Barbara. We were sorry to hear of Kay's husband, Gerald Monks' death in September of 2008. Kay was a former Delina girl and a popular student at the Petersburg Schools.

We visited another friend, Mary Biega, who is still a patient there in room #209B.

The Petersburg FCE Club extends sincere and loving sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. James Burns of 703 Green Street in the death of their daughter. I do not have an obituary but our love and prayers of the FCE Club are with the Burns family and our hearts are aching for them. In times like these the clouds are heavy and we cannot understand the wisdom of God's way and though today the way seems dark and hard and lonely. May God send courage and faith to strengthen them.

We heard about the death of Mr. Bud Loving who formerly lived on the Boonshill - Petersburg Road and love and sympathy is with his loved ones. I would have liked to get an obituary, but didn't get one. If I get one I will write more.

Get well prayers are with Kenneth Boles of Petersburg who has had two heart attacks in the past three weeks. We are glad he is at home after being in St. Thomas Hospital. He is a valued employee of Lincoln County Co-op and the husband of Kaye Boles, the manager of the Senior Citizens diet center in Petersburg.

Some birthdays coming up soon I know about and send greetings to:

March 7, Brenda Smith; March 11, Briley Bean; March 15, Alex Walker. Happy Birthday Brenda, Briley and Alex, and many more!

I want to correct a name in my last week's column. I was reminded of the song Phil Ross sings at Pickin'n'Grinnin.' His name came out Phil Rodd. The title of the song is "Your Burdens are Greater than Mine." Sometimes we think our aches and pains are worse than others.

Now for the recipes:

Since we are still munching on Valentine goodies I'll give you a----

Sugar Free Chess Pie

1 stick butter or margarine

1 tablespoon meal

1/3 cup milk

3 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup Splenda(r)

1 tsp. vinegar

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix well and pour into unbaked piecrust. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

I like to cook all kinds of greens and cook them all about like.

Collard Greens

(I have in the freezer) 1 hog jowl or some seasoning meat dropped in about a quart of water, a pod of hot pepper (optional) a tsp. salt, a tsp. of sugar and a small onion. Let boil about 30 minutes, covered. Add a 1 quart bag of greens to the hot water, cook until tender (about an hour). Serve with cornbread and a dash of vinegar (optional) and chopped onion. I usually have boiled eggs also with the greens and any liquid left (pot liquor). The cornbread crumbled in it is good eating.

Greens are my favorite vegetables with spinach the least favorite but I like the canned spinach cooked like I cook poke sallet. I like to drain the can of spinach and stir into hot bacon grease or oil (I like canola). Break 3 or 4 eggs into the skillet of hot spinach. Stir well, add 1/2 tsp. salt and heat thoroughly. If I run out of poke in the freezer I buy a few cans of spinach and make do until the poke comes up in March or April.

Poke sallet time is when my work begins. I come out of hibernation then. I get some rest from my canning during the winter months, but when the big cucumbers come in I start the Three Day Ice Pickle.

Sunday I made the Hastings Hash for lunch so we could get to the NHC Program.

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 lb. pork sausage

1 large onion, chopped

Mix well and brown in a large skillet. Pour into a crockpot or slow cooker. Add 1 large carrot, sliced in rounds, 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed, 1 can whole kernel corn, 1 can green beans, 1 can green peas, 2 tsp. celery seed or celery salt, 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tablespoon salt (or to taste), 2 1/2 cups water, 1 tsp. chili powder. Cover and cook on medium heat for one hour or until vegetables are tender. Mix 3 tsp. flour in 1 cup milk and add to vegetables. Let bubble and add 1/2 stick margarine. Stir and serve. Serve in soup bowls.

Note: When I added the canned vegetables, I added the liquid with them and stirred the mixture often.

When we get home we had a dessert. You guessed it! "Valentine Cookies." I made 40 pecan tarts for our church supper with Howell and Don Hudson and had 12 left so we are cleaning them up too.

Hope to see you next week via The Tribune.