Catalpa notes

Friday, April 17, 2009


We are still wondering what the weather has in store for us and this little verse "Look Ahead to Tomorrow" by Helen Steiner Rice might help us:

There is always the hope of tomorrow
To brighten the clouds of today.
There is always a corner for turning,
No matter how weary the way.
So just look ahead to tomorrow
And trust that you'll find waiting there
The sunlight that seemed to be hidden
By yesterday's clouds of despair.

Our love and prayers are with those whose homes were severely damaged last Friday evening by severe storms in Murfreesboro and other places.

Hopefully the 30- and 31-degree temperatures we had on Monday and Tuesday nights didn't kill the fruit, but April is a tricky month and we still have 2 1/2 more weeks of April to go.

April 18 will be Ladies Day at Old Fellows Hall, starting at 9 a.m.

April 18 will be Ford Crabtree's birthday party at Cane Creek Church of Christ from 2 to 4 p.m.

April 18 there will also be a Smorgasbord at Five Points Volunteer Fire Department. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. Adult plates will be $7.

April 19 Cane Creek Church of Christ will host the Marshall County Singing from 2 to 3 p.m.

A shower will be given April 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. for Kasey Cross, bride-elect of Jeremy Greene, at Catalpa Church of Christ. Note: the date will be April 25; it came out in Friday's paper April 22. The hosts will be Juanita Pack, Teri Pack and Sheila Upchurch.

April 25 will be Ladies Day at Church Street Church of Christ beginning at 8:30 a.m. with Ruth Orr as speaker. Lunch will be served. All activities are to be in the annex.

April 25 all ladies and girls are invited to Ladies Day at Lone Oak Church of Christ from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lunch will be served after the speaking. The speaker will be Kay Randolph and her theme will be "The Ties That Bind."

The Genesco Employee Reunion will be held Saturday April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recreation Center's Sport Complex in Lewisburg. A potluck lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

The First Baptist Church in Petersburg invites everyone to attend their gospel singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at 107 Church Street, Petersburg, featuring The Revelators. Good food after the singing.

We were happy to have several visitors and almost all of our members at our Sunday morning service.

Mr. and Mrs Jamie Ridley and the baby Jenna Hope of Cornersville; Amber Douglas of Cornersville; Teri Pack was able to come, her guests were her aunt and grandmother of Petersburg and Tim Murdock. At Sunday evening service we had Tim and Melanie and Jordan Pack of Walter Hill Church of Christ.

Sunday morning we were glad to have Amanda Smith and friend, and Angie Smith of Murfreesboro; April and John Garshnick of Nashville. All were guests of Larry and Joan Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kellar and Kim Gault were missed.

Mrs. Alice Pack was host to lunch Sunday for Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Head, and Bro. Carpenter and Alice, and Michael Head.

Sunday (Easter) was a nice day, but Good Friday, April 10, we had rain and hail about 12 noon. By 3 p.m. the sun was shining here, but tornadoes, rain, wind, thunder and lightning was tearing up Murfreesboro and other places.

We have had strange weather all during the winter. I hope to get back to my work on Wednesdays at Collector's Closet at Tate's Store in Belfast. Maybe real cold weather is over. I was sorry not to be there on Wednesday. Mrs. Adalaide Moore and her daughter Carolyn of Florence, S.C., were here for a few days at the homeplace. I enjoyed a nice chat over the phone with them. They plan to be back in July and hope to carry some Ruth's Relish back home then.

We really had a good Pickin'n'Grinnin' Saturday night at the Town Hall in Petersburg. Eighteen pickers did a great job, the music was great. I was about give out trying to clap and pat my feet too. We have about outgrown the Town Hall, but we have a nice good night every second Saturday night.

This Community extends loving sympathy to the family of Evelyn Jones of Lewisburg. I do not have her obituary but she died Tuesday, April 7. We went to the visitation Wednesday at London Funeral Home. The funeral was Thursday, April 9, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of London Funeral Home with Nathan Hagood officiating. Burial was in Berlin Cemetery.

Personally, Evelyn and her husband, Van Jones were our good friends. I worked with them in the Apple Valley Antique Mall a few years ago. Evelyn had some health problems and Van cared for her so beautifully. He has no regrets and she will be missed by her loved ones. She and Van were faithful Christians, members of Berea Church of Christ. May God give her loved ones courage and strength sufficient to endure their loss of a good wife, mother, grandmother and sister. The obituary was in the local paper Wednesday.

Another friend we will miss and our love and sympathy are with the family of Mrs. Katherine Jett who passed away April 7 at the age of 85 at Heritage Medical Center in Shelbyville. She was a native of Giles County, retired from Faber-Castell, and a member of the Church of Christ. The obituary is in last Friday's paper, and to all her loved ones, sincere loving sympathy from their many friends, go out to five daughters, six sons, 31 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted Thursday morning, April 9, from the Chapel of London Funeral Home. Burial was in Talley Cemetery, Harold Foster officiated. She was an ideal Christian woman, the mother of 13 children, and a faithful member of the Church of Christ, who attended every service when she was able. She has gone home and will live on in a better land on the other side, and she will live on here in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her. Her family looked after her during her illness and will have no regrets. It would be selfish to wish her back, but they can go to be with her.

Mrs. Jett formerly attended church some at Catalpa, Cane Creek, Liberty Valley, always where ever she lived, she attended. Personally I will always remember a son-in-law saying "She never said a harsh word of anyone." I feel sure the Lord will say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Matt. 25:21).

Now for the recipes.

Patio Potato Salad

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tsp. ground mustard

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. celery seed

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup white vinegar

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup butter or margarine, cubed

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup mayonnaise

7 medium potatoes, cubed and cooked

3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

In a saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch, mustard, salt, and celery seed. Stir in the milk, vinegar, and egg until smooth. Add butter, bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in onion and mayonnaise. In a large b owl, combine potatoes and hard-cooked eggs. Add dressing and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate potato salad for one hour. Note: this recipe is long but good and can be made for a crowd and the day before.

Onion Roasted Potatoes

4 medium all-purpose potatoes

1 envelope of onion soup mix (I like Lipton's)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine the potatoes, cut in large chunks, with 1/2 cup oil (I like canola), and sprinkle onion soup mix over potatoes in a 13x9 inch pan. Bake, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown. For variation add 1 tsp. garlic powder and soy sauce or you can substitute 2 sweet potatoes for 2 of the irish potatoes.

Vegetable Bake

3 cups medium potatoes (about 3)

2 tablespoons water

1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot medley

3 tsp. butter or margarine, divided

Microwave potatoes and water in covered medium, microwave casserole dish on high for 9 minutes, drain. Return to dish and top with the bag of frozen vegetables. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Stir in 2 tsp. all-purpose flour, 1 can evaporated milk, 2 chicken-flavor bouillon cubes and 1/8 tsp. ground white pepper. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes or until bouillon cubes are dissolved and sauce is slightly thickened. Pour sauce over vegetables. Heat remaining butter in small pan until melted. Stir in 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs until combined. Sprinkle over vegetables, cover. Bake for 30 minutes in 350 degree oven. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

Pineapple Cranberry Salad

1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained

2 pkg. Jell-O raspberry flavor gelatin

1 can (16 oz) whole berry cranberry sauce

1 apple, chopped

2/3 cup chopped walnuts

Drain pineapple, reserving juice; add enough cold water to juice to measure 3 cups. Pour into saucepan. Bring to a boil, Pour into saucepan. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, add dry gelatin mixes and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in cranberry sauce. Pour into a large bowl. Refrigerate 11/2 hours or until slightly thickened. Stir in pineapple and walnuts. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.

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