Catalpa notes

Friday, April 3, 2009

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


Happy Easter to everyone. April 12 will be Easter Sunday. "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 are, and he lives in all the nice things you do." I am so grateful for the Tribune's staff, who have been so good to put up with me for 60+ years. I hope this Easter will be a nice one for all of them and for all my friends. I hope all the children enjoy egg hunts and the weather will be nice.

Most everyone who works gets a holiday on Good Friday (April 10). The gardeners usually plant beans on that day if the weather is not too bad. I'm sure many have the early garden out (cabbage, onions, radishes, lettuce), but we don't want to get too frisky. It was April 10, 2007, that a hard freeze came and killed the fruit.

I hope the events that I know about coming up will be nice. The winter has been cold and everyone will be happy to get outside. I hope we can get over to Whispering Hope on Ostella Road that will be opening this Thursday, April 2, from 9 to 5.

The First Sunday monthly singing in Lincoln County will be April 5th at Chestnut Ridge Church of Christ.

The Second Sunday monthly singing has been changed to the third Sunday, April 19, because of Easter. Cane Creek Church of Christ will be the host.

Pickin'n'Grinnin' will be Saturday, April 11, at the Town Hall in Petersburg from 5 to 9 p.m.

Ladies Day at Odd Fellows Hall will be Saturday, April 18, at Odd Fellows Hall Church of Christ.

Ladies Day at Church Street Church of Christ will be Saturday, April 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. Ruth Orr will be the speaker. Lunch will be served.

We enjoyed the ham breakfast Saturday morning at the Elks Lodge in Lewisburg. It was bountiful and delicious and as usual a large crowd attended. The proceeds will benefit needy children. We will look forward to another ham breakfast at the Elks Lodge in December.

Sunday morning we had a little better attendance. Phil and Linda Jones from Madison, Alabama were welcome visitors. Most all of our regular members were there. Some who had been on the sick list were able to be back. Joann Smith was missed from both services due to allergies.

We still have several on our prayer list. Dot Hastings was able to be back to work in her beauty shop Wednesday. She had to miss last week due to a broken foot after a fall. David Hemphill will undergo tests on his lungs, Brenda Haislip's brother Ben Porterfield of Ostella; Elise Murphy of Ostella, she spent a few weeks at NHC Merihil; Terri Lyn Pack; Shorty Medley; Annie Ruth Roden of Delina; Billy Pigg of Cane Creek; Sadie Hemphill, mother of Gail Porter; Linda Jones of Madison, Ala., liver tests this week.

Mrs. Ruby Thomas of Chapel Hill called to give me information on the Marshall County Heritage Book. Copies of the book are still available by calling Mrs. Thomas at 931-364-2717. The book is beautiful and is a collection of Marshall County's past and present from 1836 - 2008. The books are $65 each.

Happy Birthday to Della Rudd! April 1st is her special day. April 3, Lisa Richardson Beard; April 5, Gabriel Head; April 12, Kamie Upchurch; and on April 4, Happy Anniversary Larry and Pat Richardson.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ellis of Lincoln County. Their picture was a beautiful one in The Elk Valley Times. Jimmy and Fredna were named Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln County March 25, 2009. Both Jimmy and Fredna attended school at Petersburg. I enjoyed reading the interesting story from their high school days until the present time.

I hope all who know and love them will get a copy of March 25, 2009, and read all the nice words spoken of them in The Elk Valley Times.

I love reading all the happy occasions we get from our paper but I am sad to read of the deaths of so many of our loved ones too.

Mr. Thomas A. Wells, 86, of Lewisburg died Monday March 16 at NHC Lewisburg. His obituary has been in the paper. His funeral was at the Chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home with J.T. Hargrove officiating and burial was in Lone Oak Cemetery.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 40 years, Betty Gatlin Wells and children Wanda (Glenn) Adcock; Lynn (Bubba) Tankersley and Gary (Brenda) Wells, all of Lewisburg and Thomas G. "Buddy" Wells of Seymour, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mr. Wells will be greatly missed by all his loved ones, but they will have precious memories. He was a good husband, father, and grandfather. May the Lord bless and comfort them all.

On a personal note, Betty and Tommy were good antique dealers and they have several booths in LaFollette, Tenn., where they formerly lived, and would come often to Lewisburg until his health weakened and they have been in Lewisburg during his illness. Tommy was a native of Watertown and a member of East LaFollette Baptist Church.

In times like these the clouds are heavy and the way seems dark, hard and lonely but I pray God will send courage and faith to strengthen you, Betty.

For Easter Mama always had chicken, usually a big fat hen, and dressing and giblet gravy or chicken and dumplings.

I now have a crock pot and I like to use it for .....

Crock - Pot Chicken and dressing

4 large chicken breasts, boiled and torn up (reserve broth)

1 large skillet of cornbread, made with a large chopped onion and 4 or 5 eggs

1 can cream of chicken soup or chicken broth

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

2 or 3 tablespoons sage

Mix all ingredients well and place in a crock pot. Cook for 2 hours on low, or 1 hour on high, stirring once or twice during cooking.

Cranberry Salad

1 pkg. strawberry or cherry gelatin

1 cup boiling water

1 can crushed pineapple, drained

1 can whole cranberry sauce

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

1/2 cup nuts, optional

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Drain pineapple well. Combine and mix all ingredients, pour into 8x8 inch pan. Refrigerate until congealed, cut into squares and serve or put in glass bowl or mold.

Delicious and Easy Recipe

1 pkg. strawberry gelatin

1 cup boiling water

1 pkg. (10 oz) frozen, sliced strawberries, nearly thawed

1/2 of an angel food cake

1 box (3 oz.) instant vanilla pudding

1 cup cold milk

1 pint vanilla ice cream

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in strawberries. Pull apart cake half in small pieces, put in 9x13 inch cake pan. Pour strawberry mixture over cake pieces and put in refrigerator. Mix together pudding and milk, add ice cream. Cream and whip until thickened, pour pudding mixture over gelatin mixture after it is thoroughly set. Refrigerate again or overnight.

Quick Rolls

1 pkg yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

3/4 cup warm water

21/2 cups Bisquick baking mix

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Stir in baking mix; turn out on a floured surface. Knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Shape into dinner-size rolls. Place on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled about 30 to 45 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

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