Catalpa notes

Friday, March 20, 2009

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


I'm a little late with my St. Patrick's Day proverbs. I hope all us Irish folks or those of Irish descent will enjoy this Irish Blessing, a favorite of mine.

"May there always be work for our hands to do. May our purse hold a coin or two. May the hand of a friend always be near to us and may God fill our heart with gladness to heir us."

I like this Irish Proverb too. "Let your anger set with the sun and not rise again with it."

Last Saturday night we enjoyed the Danny O'Donnell Concert on NPT as he sang so beautifully from Branson, Mo. on Channel 8 NPT. He is a native of Ireland and has a beautiful Irish voice.

Even though I had to miss Lawrence Welk from 7 until 8, Danny O'Donnell was great.

Well, folks, I do believe spring will be here soon. The wintertime has seemed so long, but we are thankful for a time of rest. Soon we will be enjoying working in the yard and garden. The trees are getting their leaves. The forsythia bushes are so pretty, the daffodils have held their heads up real well in spite of low 20 degree weather. According to the calendar, spring comes in Friday, March 20.

We will still have the March winds and sometimes we have lots of wind in April, so hang on to your wig!

I like this springtime poem:


When Wintertime seems very long,

Remember comes the robin's song;

As well as flowers in glorious bloom,

As wiped away is Winter's gloom.

Our lives are as the seasons go,

A time to rest and time to grow;

And Spring personifies the Christ

Who broke the bonds of death's dark strife!

So let us neither weep nor wane,

Because the skies will smile again;

And when we feel the weight of care,

Remember God is always there!

Sancie Earman King

March 20 will be the Friday night area-wide Gospel singing at Odd Fellows Hall. We are hoping to go. The time is 7 to 9 p.m.

March 21 will be Ladies Day at Chapel Hill Church of Christ. Breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Laurel Sewell. All ladies and girls are urged to go.

Daffodil Day will be Saturday March 21, at Bell Buckle, a fun-filled day. I hope the weather will be nice and the daffodils will still be pretty.

Our love and prayers are with Jared Pack and 16 others from Freed-Hardeman University. They will be doing mission work, door knocking, setting up Bible studies, and conducting a Sunday-to-Wednesday Gospel Meeting at Aruba Church of Christ. May the Lord bless them as they work doing this great work. The church here is helping support this work.

The Church Street Church of Christ in Lewisburg invites everyone to come to a Gospel Meeting from March 29 through April 1. Wayne Miller will be guest speaker. Bill Tankersley will lead singing.

March 21, country ham and hot biscuits and all the trimmings will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. at Soda Pop Junction at Lynnville. We always enjoy the doings at Lynnville and regret the breakfast will be the same time as Ladies Day at Chapel Hill.

We hope to go to the famous ham breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, sponsored by the Elks Lodge and the Kiwanis Club in Lewisburg. It is a great breakfast and the proceeds will go to needy children.

Congradulations to Wendy and Jamey Ridley of Cornersville over the birth of a girl. Jenna Hope came via Maury Regional Hospital on March 12 weighing in at 6 pounds 8 ounces. She was 19 inches long. The proud maternal grandparents are June and Gary Douglas and the proud paternal grandparents are James and Linda Ridley of Dalton, Ga.

All of us here at Catalpa are happy Jenna Hope is doing fine and we hope Wendy and James will bring her to Catalpa to visit her grandparents, June and Gary Douglas. Wendy attended church at Catalpa Church of Christ all her young life. She is a valued teacher in Cornersville Elememtary School.

We appreciated our visitors at church Sunday. Mr. & Mrs. Phil Jones of Madison, Ala., and Michael, Madison and Gabriel Head from Petersburg. The Heads attend Church Street Church of Christ. They were guests of their aunt Alice Pack and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Frank Head.

We were glad Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kellar were able to be at the morning service. Gary Douglas was able to be at both services.

Get better wishes and prayers are with David Hemphill and Sadie Hemphill. Tony Williams was back Sunday. He had a miss one weekend due to illness.

Doylene, Janice and I enjoyed a great ham breakfast at Howell Community Center Saturday morning. The rain came down most of the day Saturday but the Pickin'n'Grinnin' was real good at the Town Hall Saturday night with a full house of Grinners and 10 or 12 Pickers.

Now for the recipes. Some easy ones, but good.

Chocolate Cake Dessert

1 pkg. chocolate cake mix

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Whipped topping

Grated chocolate

Bake cake mix according to directions. Remove from oven and poke holes all over the cake with a wooden spoon handle. Pour sweetened condensed milk all over. Cool completely. Spread with whipped topping before serving. Sprinkle with grated chocolate.

Peach Cake

1 box yellow cake mix

3/4 cup butter or margarine

16 oz. sour cream

2 egg yolks

1 qt. peaches ( I get the sliced)

Mix cake mix and butter and put in pie dish. Mix sour cream, egg yolks and peaches. Put on top, sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Delicious with ice cream.

Pineapple Bread Pudding

3 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour

1 13 oz. can crushed pineapple

4 slices bread, cubed

1/2 cup margarine

Melt margarine in 8x8 inch pan or casserole. Add bread cubes and toss. Beat eggs, sugar and flour. Add pineapple and pour over bread cubes. Bake at 350 degrees about 40 minutes.

Supper in a Dish

1/2 lb. ground beef

1/2 lb. sausage (hot or mild)

3 or 4 medium Irish potatoes, raw, sliced

2 or 3 carrots, sliced

1 pkg. frozen green peas

1 or 2 medium onions

1/2 cup chopped celery

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese


1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup

2/3 cup milk

Layer meat and vegetables in baking dish. Mix sauce and pour over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Sprinkle cheese on top and return to oven until melted. May cook in crock pot on high for 4 hours.

Easy Sausage Balls

3 cups biscuit mix

1 lb. mild sausage

10 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Crumble sausage and mix with cheese. Add biscuit mix one cup at a time. Form into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 to 375 degrees until light brown. Makes a nice breakfast snack.

A regular meeting of the Petersburg FCE club was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Petersburg Town Hall. The meeting was called to order by President Derrell Cowden. The devotional was given by Ruth Hastings. The roll was called with seven members present. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurer's report was also read and approved. The poem was read by Doylene Hastings. Juanita Pack gave the educational report, entitled "Family and Consumer Sciences." The household hint was read by Janice Harris. The famous quote was read by Derrell Cowden. The thought for the day was read by Lorraine Nichols. Book reports were given by each member. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and the song "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover" was sung by the group.

Sincere and loving sympathy is with Mrs. Margaret Burns in the death of a daughter and Get Well wishes to Mrs. Evelyn Soloman's daughter in the hospital. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Ruth Hastings, Reporter

I learned tonight that the daughter of Evelyn Soloman died this morning. She had been seriously ill for several weeks. Our love and sympathy and prayers are with Mrs. Soloman.