Catalpa notes

Friday, March 13, 2009

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


Last week I really had something beautiful to write about (a winter wonderland). A big 5-inch snow covered the ground. We hated to have to miss church services Sunday morning, but some of us enjoyed going to Cane Creek Church of Christ Sunday night.

The main roads were clear but the back roads weren't safe enough for the schools to open Monday or Tuesday.

The Wednesday county paper had many pretty pictures and nice articles about the snow. The snow will help the land too.

I am happy to have more events to write about this week so I'd better get to them.

March 14, the second Saturday night in March will be Pickin'n'Grinnin' from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Town Hall in Petersburg, Ya'll Come!

On Saturday, March 14, Howell Community Center will have another one of its famous Ham Breakfasts. Ham, sausage, eggs, gravy, biscuits, grits, pancakes, orange juice, coffee and jelly will be on the menu. A bountiful and delicious meal will be served.

Also on March 14 there will be a benefit at Boonshill Community Center and Grand Ole Opry Saturday night.

The Fabulous 50's will be on March 17, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m. in the Ninth Grade Academy, 9005 Main St., Fayetteville.

This is always a good show and the proceeds go to benefit the Multi-County Cancer Support Network.

Ladies Day at Chapel Hill Church of Christ, 4483 Nashville Hwy, Chapel Hill, will be Saturday, March 21. Breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Laurel Sewell. The theme will be "The Six Gifts of Hospitality." All ladies and girls are urged to come.

Daffodil Day will be Saturday, March 21, at Bell Buckle. This is always a big fun day. We always enjoy going to Bell Buckle. Hopefully the daffodills will still be pretty and the weather will be nice.

Saturday, March 28, the Elks Lodge and the Kiwanis Club will have their popular Ham Breakfast and all the trimmings. Serving is from 6:30 until 10 a.m.

Proceeds will be given to needy children. A worthy cause we can all help with and enjoy a great breakfast too.

Spring begins on March 20th. The Friday night area-wide Gospel Singing will be at Odd Fellows Hall beginning at 7 p.m. This will be a great singing. I hope several can go from Catalpa. There are lots of good singers who attend Odd Fellows Hall Church of Christ and we love to attend the singing held there.

Prayers are going up for our good neighbor here on the Delina Road. "Shorty" Medley had to undergo tests in Huntsville Hospital last week and surgery on his lung, Tuesday. He is in ICU at present.

His two daughters from Mississippi are in Huntsville to be near him and other relatives are visiting. May the Lord bless him and help him to overcome his illness and give his loved ones strength to endure what ever lies ahead.

Now for the recipes:

Individual Skillet Meat Loaves

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 lb. ground bulk sausage

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. pepper

11/2 tsp. salt

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 egg

1/2 cup tomato sauce or catsup

Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly. Shape into 4 individual loaves. Preheat skillet over medium heat. Put meat loaves in pan. Cover with 1/2 cup tomato sauce or catsup, sprinkle with garlic salt. Cover, heat on low heat and continue cooking for about 30 minutes.

Salmon Patties

1 can salmon (1 lb), drained and flaked

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup fine, dried crumbs

2 eggs

3 tablespoons chopped pimento

2 tsp. minced onion

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons butter

Combine all ingredients except butter. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Using about 1/4 cup for each patty, cook until patties are as brown as desired (about 5 minutes on each side).

Chicken Supreme

2 cups milk

2 cups uncooked macaroni

1 onion, chopped

2 cans cream of chicken soup

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 cup Velveeta cheese

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 cups cooked chicken, chopped

Mix all together and put in a 2-quart casserole dish and place in refrigerator overnight. Melt 1/2 cup butter or margarine in small pan, crush 1 stick of Town House(r) crackers and mix with melted butter. Place casserole in 350-degree oven. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Sprinkle the butter and crushed crackers over the casserole and heat five more minutes.

Oreo Pudding

28 Oreo cookies

8 oz. cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 large container Cool Whip

3 cups milk

1 small box instant chocolate pudding

1 small box instant vanilla pudding

Crush Oreos and place in a 9" x 13" dish. Reserve some crumbs to sprinkle on top of dessert. Mix together cream cheese, powdered sugar and 2/3 of Cool Whip. Spread mixture over Oreos. Mix milk with vanilla and chocolate puddings. Spread over cream cheese mixture. Spread remaining Cool Whip on top. Sprinkle with reserved Oreo Crumbs.

Maybe I'll get back to Collector's Closet in Tate's Store in Belfast this Wednesday if the temperature isn't too low.

Mr. Poarch is getting to be there on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come by and see us!

Hope to see you next week in this column via the Tribune.