Yard work gets alluring

Friday, May 1, 2009

I quote the late Rod Brassfield "By Ned, it was hot Tuesday." My yard was calling me and it is hard to have to wait until Mother's Day until I can fill the yard with colors that will last all summer and into fall.

Doylene lets me buy lots of beautiful plants over at Whispering Hope on Ostella Road for my Mother's Day gifts. Vickie Wilburn and her mother have trees, shrubs, hanging baskets, bedding plants, vegetables, rose bushes, two green houses and a beautiful gift shop. Whispering Hope was opened April 2nd and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The month of April will soon be gone and for the last three weekends we have enjoyed them.

We enjoyed Ladies' Day at Odd Fellows Hall (I wrote about it last week). Saturday April 25, we attended Ladies Day (their first) at Lone Oak Church of Christ. This was a great day, the ladies are to be commended for the fine day and the speaker, Kay Randolph had the theme "The Ties that Bind." Everyone enjoyed hearing her. Songs were led by several young ladies and they did fine and are to be commended for their talent. Door prizes were given and each person got a homemade apron to carry home and we enjoyed several nice poems about aprons our mothers used to wear. Ladies at Lone Oak made about 100 aprons. Close to 70 were present to enjoy this great day. Hopefully they will have a second Ladies' Day in 2010. A delicious and bountiful meal was enjoyed at noon.

I regret that the Ladies' Day at Church Street Church of Christ with Ruth Orr as guest speaker was also April 25th.

April 25th a bridal shower was given at Catalpa Church building for Kasey Cross the bride-elect of Jeremy Greene. The vows will be spoken at Cane Creek Church of Christ June 20th.

Kasey received lots of nice useful gifts. Delicious refreshments were served by the hostesses, Sheila Upchurch, Juanita Pack and Connie Davidson. Teri Pack was to serve also, but she was sick.

After the shower some from Catalpa went to the Womanless Beauty Pageant at Cornersville High School.

There were 17 contestants and I'm sure we will see and read more about this hilarious event that was to benefit The Relay for Life. Tony Williams made a beautiful woman and was 2nd runner up. Congratulations to Tony. He and his wife Melissa attend Church at Catalpa.

Saturday night April 25th, Doylene, Janice and I attended the Fiddlers' Orchestra at the Lincoln County High School.

Sunday morning we made it to church and Sunday afternoon it was the Fourth Sunday's program at NHC Merihil. Gary Douglas made a fine talk. We are all happy Gary is able to lead singing and is back in "the saddle again."

We had a fairly good crowd Sunday morning but some were missed. Mr. and Mrs. Tony Williams attended services at Odd Fellows Hall for Friends and Families day. Larry Smith preached Sunday morning at Delina. All were back for the evening services.

Be sure to mark May 1, 2, and 3 on your calendar for the seminar at Church Street Church of Christ entitled "Creation vs Evolution" by Brad Harrub Ph.D. Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 9 and 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lisa's Consignments and Flea Market is open on 3910 Fayetteville Highway, Petersburg, from 7 a.m. until ? Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is a very interesting place to go. We stopped by Saturday afternoon and enjoyed meeting Lisa. Mr. Jimmy Reed has many nice items for sale. Jimmy and Shirley formerly lived in Petersburg. Shirley was our good mail carrier for several years.

An upcoming event. On Saturday, May 9, we hope to go to "Music in the Park" at Cornersville from 1 to 8 p.m. Take your lawn chair and enjoy the music starting at 1 p.m. Hopefully the weather will be nice. Boys Down the Road will be playing at 3 p.m. Also at 8 a.m. there will be a yard sale at Cornersville United Methodist Church. There will be food and fun for the whole family. Donations will be given to the Storm Victims. I will write about Spencer's S & D Music at the Park, May 9, next week.

We will have to leave after 4 p.m. in order to get to the Second Saturday night Pickin'n'Grinnin' at the Town Hall in Petersburg.

The Decorations of the Cemeteries will be every Sunday in May. I will write about them beginning next week.

Now for the recipes. I have a request for my:

Vanilla Wafer Cake

1 lb. vanilla wafers, crushed

2 sticks butter or margarine

2 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 cup pecan pieces

1/2 cup milk

1 can coconut (3 1/2oz.)

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in half of vanilla wafer crumbs. Add milk, pecans and coconut. Blend well and fold in remaining half of crumbs. Bake in a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan at 375 degrees for 11/2 hours or until cake tests done. (Note: I put my vanilla wafers in a zip lock bag and roll with a rolling pin.


1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter or margarine

1 box powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Mix all together well, spread on cake. Note: I used to make this cake for the late Mrs. Raymond (Catherine) at Christmas. She loved it and I loved Catherine and Raymond.

Old Fashioned Butter Rolls

Mama made this often and Doyle's mother did too.

Make your favorite biscuit dough. Refrigerate in a covered bowl overnight. To make rolls for dinner, roll out dough (not too thin). Spread 2 sticks softened butter or margarine all over dough, sprinkle 1 1/2 cups sugar over butter. Sprinkle several drops of vanilla flavoring over sugar. Begin at edge and roll into one big roll on board. Cut in 1-inch slices. Put in a 3-inch deep glass baking dish greased lightly. Put 1 inch of water or milk over the rolls. Bake at 350 degrees until brown.

Chicken Casserole

I carry this to all our pot luck dinners.

3 cups cooked and chopped chicken

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of celery soup

1 carton (8 oz.) sour cream

1 box Ritz or Town House crackers

Slice 1 stick of butter in 2-quart casserole dish. Mix soups and sour cream. Alternate chicken and soup mixture until casserole is full. Crush 1 pkg. Ritz crackers, and put the crushed crackers in 1/2 cup melted butter. Sprinkle over top and bake in a 350-degree oven until heated and bubbly.

Frozen Salad

1 can condensed milk

1 can cherry or peach pie filling

1 can chopped nuts

1 large container whipped topping or Cool Whip

1 can crushed pineapple, drained

1 bag miniature marshmallows

Mix all ingredients together; freeze and keep frozen. Use as needed.

Baby Carrots with Almonds

1 pkg. (16 oz.) small baby carrots

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon sugar

Place carrots and water in a microwave bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender, drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Note: The kids might eat these and also diabetics.

I have someone tell me most every day how much they enjoy my recipes. I enjoy giving them to others as long as I am able for there won't be long that I will be able to. Just remember me and my recipes long after I'm gone.

Hope to see you next week and on Wednesday at Tate's Store in Belfast.

P.S. A brown and white female dog, real friendly, about five months old, has been dropped off at our home. She needs a good home. Call 659-9136 after 5 p.m.