Happy Fourth of July! The Declaration of Independence's birthday was July 4, 1776! "America, America, God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea."
America is still the greatest; the best! Our prayers are that she will still be "one nation under God," but many changes have happened to the United States of America in the last 50 to 100 years.
Our prayer is for our president and other leaders and all the people of this great country to turn back to His word.
I hope all my readers will be safe and happy over the holiday season. We need rain so very much. It seems to me this month of June has been the hottest weather for June that I remember; it is more like July and August weather.
I do not have many events to write about coming up, but several from Catalpa visited the gospel meetings and have heard many good sermons. We loved going to Liberty Valley Church of Christ to hear Ralph Wayne Hart; he had a fine lesson and the singing was ably led by Albert Carter.
We missed going to Po-Grab and hearing Stan Butt. He is the regular preacher for Chapel Hill Church of Christ and son of one of our favorite Ladies' Day speakers, Sheila Butt.
Sunday morning Bro. Mark Massey, an elder of West Fayetteville Church of Christ, preached for us here at Catalpa. He was accompanied by his wife Paula and we were all happy to see them. It had been five years since Mark had preached at Catalpa.
He had a fine lesson for both services. We were glad to have visitors of the Bobby Porter's family and some of our members who had not been with us for several weeks. Jeff Pack preached at Delina and was missed at Catalpa. Willene Foster wasn't able to be there and Larry Smith was sick and had to miss.
We were happy to have Tim Murdock at the morning service and that for the next few weeks he will be on the day shift through the week so he can attend. He has been on the weekend shift for several months.
June Douglas was missed at both services due to surgery on her shoulder. Our prayers are with her to soon be better. Charlie Pack is still on crutches after breaking his leg jumping on their trampoline at home.
Dot Hastings was sick all last week, but we are thankful to hear she is feeling better this week and planning to be in her beauty shop this week.
Doylene, Janice, and I enjoyed going to the 9th Annual Lynnville Blackberry Festival on Saturday. A large crowd of vendors were set up selling their wares. We enjoyed eating lunch there. The menu was: beans (white or pinto), poke sallet, slaw, corn bread, and ice tea. The blackberry cobbler for dessert was great! The day was hot and very little produce was there. They also need rain at Lynnville. I was happy to see Mr. Hollis, who writes the Lynnville news, "Straight from the Tracks of Lynnville."
Another big day was Lynchburg's Frontier Days in nearby Moore County. Meriel and Juanita Pack enjoyed going there.
I would like to get some concrete blocks. There have been some ads in the Shopper, but I haven't been able to get through on the phone to the number given in the ads. My phone number is 931-659-9136. Maybe someone will call me if they have any concrete blocks to sell.
This week I heard some good news from the Tribune, but also some bad. The bad news is that my good typesetter has given up her job to help care for her father-in-law who has been very ill. The good news, another good friend who was so much help to me and who has been gone from the paper for the past few months, Lawanda Fralix, is back with the Tribune. I am so happy to know this.
The Catalpa community extends sincere sympathy to Dot Hastings in the death of her brother, Thomas Crabtree of Fayetteville. Thomas died in Willow of Winchester Nursing Home on June 25, 2009, at the age of 79. His services were June 26 at 4 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Richard Rogers officiating. Burial was in Old Orchard Cemetery. I do not have an obituary, but my best wishes are with his loved ones. May they Lord bless and comfort them. They will have fond memories of Thomas. If I get an obituary, I will write more.
I will close now with the recipes.
1 box orange Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1 8-oz. package cream cheese
1 cup orange juice
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
Mix Jell-O, water, cream cheese, and orange juice. Set in refrigerator until it thickens. Add mandarin oranges.
1 stick margarine
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 cups fruit
Melt margarine in a deep pan in a 350-degree oven. Make a batter of the flour, sugar, and milk; mix well. Pour on top of the melted butter. Do not stir. Drop the fruit on top. Do not stir. Crust will rise during baking. Bake in the 350-degree oven for one hour, or until crust is brown.
I have some fresh blackberries that I plan to use, but other fruit can be used, either fresh or canned.
I made this Casserole for lunch Sunday.
2 pkgs. chopped frozen broccoli
1 can mushroom soup
2 eggs, beaten
1 can English peas, drained
1 cup grated cheese (American or Cheddar)
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1/2 stick melted margarine poured over 1 cup crushed crackers
Cook broccoli according to package directions, drain, add mushroom soup, eggs, cheese, onions, mayonnaise, and peas. Put in large casserole dish. Sprinkle the mixture of crushed crackers and melted butter on top, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until brown.
You can halve the recipe and make a two-quart casserole.
1 can tuna in water
1 can green peas
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Layer tuna, peas and mushroom soup in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Crumble potato chips on top and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Ice Box Cake
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup raisins
2 cups chopped pecans
Combine milk, nuts and raisins. Combine with vanilla wafer crumbs and knead until well blended. Put in a square pan, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator overnight, or at least 12 hours. Slice to serve.
My last week's news was fine and I really appreciate my typesetter doing a great job reading my writing like Delores did. I hope to see you next week via the Tribune.