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Friday, March 6, 2009


The weathermen finally hit the jackpot! Sunday morning we had a big snow on the ground with some places getting about eight inches. I had thought I wasn't going to get my weather tongue twister this year. At 10 p.m. Saturday night I looked out and snow, sleet and rain were all coming down.

"First it rained
Then it blew
Then it friz
Then it snew
Then it fogged
Then it thew
And very shortly
After then it blew
And snowed and blew again"

The snow took over and we got 5 inches. We didn't have services at church; the hill going up to the building gets hard to climb and Bro. Carpenter has to come 35 or more miles. They also had snow at Madison, Ala., more than we had.

Meriel and Juanita Pack, Alice Pack, Jeff, Charlie and Logan Pack who live in Petersburg stopped by Cane Creek Church of Christ. The roads were clear and our Delina Road was better so the Packs and Doylene and Janice and I made it to Cane Creek for the evening worship.

It was a beautiful sight and will help the ground. However, Sunday night and tonight the temperature was 22 degrees.

We will look forward to March going out like a lamb. The first day of the week and the month came in like a lion.

Daylight saving time will begin next Sunday, March 8, so we don't want to forget to set our clocks Saturday night so we won't be late for church.

The Second Sunday monthly singing will be hosted by Church Street Church of Christ, Sunday March 8.

The Petersburg FCE will have its regular meeting the Second Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

The Second Saturday night (March 14) will be the regular Pickin'n'Grinnin' night at the Town Hall in Petersburg. All pickers and grinners, I hope you will mark your calendar and come out to pick and grin from 5 to 9 p.m. and enjoy good food at 7 p.m.

I will repeat these three delightful events coming up and be making plans to attend.

Chapel Hill Church of Christ will have Ladies Day March 21 and Bell Buckle will have Daffodil Day March 21; always the third Saturday.

The Friday night area-wide gospel singing will be at Odd Fellows Hall, March 20 at 7 p.m.

Happy Birthday to some very special people whom we all love and wish for them Many Happy Returns.

March 17, Phil Ross; March 24, Evan Watson; March 24, Brian Williams; March 27, Kim Carpenter Clouser; March 31, Brittany Taylor. Happy Birthday, Phil, Evan, Brian, Kim and Brittany.

Happy Anniversary to a very dear Christian couple, Don and Rosemary Hudson of Howell. March 17 is their special day.

Our love and prayers from the church go up for Phil and Emily Jones of Madison, Ala., Gary Douglas, David Hemphill, Sadie Hemphill, Jesse Head, Nancy Dawson, Kenneth Boles, Larry Fullerton, Alfred Hastings, and Billy Pigg.

With the coming of spring, maybe all will enjoy better health, for after winter comes the spring to breathe new life in everything and all the flowers that felt death will be awakened by spring's breath for in God's plan both men and flowers can only reach shining hours by dying first to rise in glory and prove again the Easter Story.

Since we are still having cold weather we need to start our day with a good breakfast like:

Oven Breakfast Hash

5 or 6 medium potatoes

1 lb. bulk pork sausage (hot or mild)

1 cup milk

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 cup dried bread crumbs

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

dash of paprika

Cook potatoes until tender. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crumble and cook sausage until browned. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in potatoes, milk, onions, sauce, salt and pepper. Pour into a greased 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake uncovered 30 to 35 minutes or until top is browned.

Serve with white gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs and coffee.

For lunch: Baked Beans with Ground Beef

2 slices bacon

1 medium onion, chopped

1 pound ground beef

2 (16oz.) cans pork and beans

1/2 cup molasses

1/2 cup catsup

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Fry bacon in skillet until crisp. Sauté onion in bacon drippings until brown. Brown ground beef in skillet, stirring until crumbly, stir in bacon, onion, beans, catsup, molasses, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well. Spoon into baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with potato salad, or corn casserole.

Corn Casserole

1 can cream style corn

1 can whole kernel corn

1 cup cracker crumbs

1 tsp. celery salt or 1/3 cup diced celery

3/4 cup American cheese, cut in small pieces

1 tsp. salt

2 tablespoons melted margarine

1 cup milk

2 eggs, well beaten

1/4 tsp. paprika

Combine all ingredients. Pour in greased casserole. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

Another good recipe for breakfast if you like grits

Cheese Grits Casserole

4 cups boiling water

1 tsp. salt

1 cup grated cheese

1 cup grits

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 stick melted margarine

Stir grits and salt into boiling water. Cook slowly for 15 minutes. Add cheese and blend. Beat eggs with milk and stir in butter. Add to grits and cheese and put in casserole. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Note: I keep a box of individual packages of instant grits and pour one in a 2-cup size bowl, pour 1/2 cup water over grits and cook in microwave for 75 seconds. I stir and cut up one cooked sausage patty in my bowl of grits. You can tell I'm from the south.

Of course my best breakfast is country ham, redeye gravy with biscuits and another biscuit spread with homemade jelly (apple, plum, blackberry).

So much for breakfast. I'll close with another one of my favorite side dishes.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

5 medium sweet potatoes

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour

1 stick of margarine

Peel potatoes, cut into strips like French fries. Place in baking dish. Mix sugar and flour together well, sprinkle over potatoes. Top with stick of sliced margarine. Cover casserole and cook 5 minutes on high in microwave or 30 minutes in oven at 350 degrees.

Lemon Icebox Pie

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 graham cracker crust

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 box Cool Whip

Mix milk, lemon juice and Cool Whip in large bowl until smooth. Pour into piecrust and let set for 1 hour before serving, or can be frozen.

Hope to see you next week via The Tribune.