Catalpa notes

Friday, July 10, 2009


I just know how thankful everyone was to get the nice rain Saturday night and Sunday morning. I hope everyone who was needing rain so badly got it. I hope all had a nice holiday weekend. All the events taking place for the Fourth of July had beautiful weather and along about midnight the rain came. I was so glad to get rain for my flowers. I love this poem, "Before the Flowers Grow."

Rain must fall upon the earth

Before the flowers grow.

The petals of a rose need dew

To kiss each blossom fair;

The jonquils sleeping in their beds

Need raindrops for their care.

The Master Artist of the earth

Knows of our every need.

He knows the flowers everywhere

Need raindrops to succeed.

He has a purpose for all things,

Each one he makes complete.

There must be rain and then the sun

To make the flowers sweet.

All the gardens and plants, the yards and grass were all needing rain so badly. I hope all the summer will have enough rain to help the farmers and gardeners.

We are still having good Church events coming up. The Second Sunday monthly singing will be hosted by Yell Church of Christ on Sunday, July 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. I hope many will go to Yell to sing praises to God.

Cornersville Church of Christ invites everyone to a gospel meeting from July 12 through July 16. The guest speaker will be John B. Daniels from the Sevierville Church of Christ; song leader, Billy Pigg. Sunday morning Bible study is at 9:30 a.m.; worship at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.; and Monday through Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.

Riggs Church of Christ, 5905 Nashville Highway, Chapel Hill, invites everyone to Vacation Bible School, July 12-15, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Westvue Church of Christ will have Family Bible School from July 13-17; 6:30 to 8 p.m. each evening. There will be classes for all ages.

July 20-23: Vacation Bible School at Church Street Church of Christ.

Ostella Church of Christ will have VBS starting on July 20, but I do not have all the other information.

Our gospel meeting will start the fourth Sunday in July, July 26, and run through July 30. Bro. Cullins will be the speaker; Edwin Carpenter, song leader. I will write all the details in next week's paper, but mark the calendar in red, July 26-30.

I'm sorry to hear that Farmington Church of Christ will also be the fourth Sunday in July through Wednesday night.

Doylene and Janice enjoyed going to Shadow Valley Friday night. They enjoyed going and especially hearing the Chuck Wagon Gang. Alice Pack and Frances Dunnivan also enjoyed going to Shadow Valley.

Six of us from Petersburg's Pickin'n'Grinnin' enjoyed going to Tims Ford Community Center to hear their Pickin'n'Grinnin.' It was good.

This Saturday night, July 11, will be our Pickin'n'Grinnin' at the Town Hall in Petersburg from 5 to 9 p.m. Mark the date and make plans to be there. All musicians are welcome and all grinners are urged to come. We will have food at 7 p.m.

Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival will be July 10-12 in Murfreesboro and some of our pickers and grinners may go over there to the Festival.

We were glad to have Bro. Carpenter and Alice back with us Sunday, also to have our newlyweds, Kasey and Jeremy Green from Mount Juliet. They were guests to lunch of Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack, Kasey's grandparents. Bro. Carpenter and Alice were also guests to lunch.

We were glad to have Michael Head and children, Madison and Gabriel, as visitors Sunday morning.

Our crowd was light as some families had family gatherings to attend and were missed. Hopefully all will be back next Sunday.

Doylene, Janice and I enjoyed our Fourth of July dinner Sunday and in the afternoon visited my sister-in-law, Avis Sawyers, in Howell, whose health is not good.

We still have some from Church who are recovering from surgery. Gary and June Douglas were both at Church though June had surgery on her right shoulder and was wearing a brace. Gary is on crutches after some work done to his foot. Our prayers are with them to soon be better. Charlie Pack is still on crutches, but he and all the family, Jeff, Terri and Logan, went to a family gathering Sunday.

We are still praying for our neighbors from the Cane Creek Church of Christ, Billy and Joe Muriel Cashion. Also Boonie Winsett at NHC Merihil.

My love and sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. Haskell Barlow who died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Marshall Medical Center at the age of 98. Mr. Barlow was a native of Overton County. He was a retired truck driver and carpenter and was a member of the Burristown Church of Christ where he served as song leader for over 60 years. His obituary is in last Friday's Tribune. Be sure to read it.

On a personal basis, his daughter-in-law was my good friend and my very efficient typesetter at the Marshall County Tribune. She and her husband, Randy Barlow of Cornersville, were so faithful and loving to their father. My love and best wishes are with them in their great loss. They will miss him, but will have precious memories of a loving father.

I regret not getting to know Mr. Barlow; his photo in the obituary was of a kind and loving father. Let each of us through Christ prepare to die the death of the righteous as Bro. Barlow did.

My sincere wish will be for Delores to come back to the Tribune. I know they miss her.

With the nice beautiful rain that fell Saturday night and some on Sunday, the gardens have come alive and we are so thankful. I hope to be doing some canning soon. I'm sure many of you have all my recipes that I make every year and take orders for. If you don't have the recipes I'd like to share mine with my friends.

I gave the Refrigerator Pickle recipe two weeks ago, so won't repeat it, but we are just now finishing a half gallon and really enjoyed them.

We like squash and have enjoyed some given to us. We like the squash cooked on top of the stove. Take 3 or 4 tender squash, sliced or chopped, and add 1 medium onion, chopped, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup margarine, and some water. Let it cook on top of stove until squash is tender (about 20 minutes). Doylene likes squash cooked that way.

We also like sliced squash rolled in cornmeal and a little flour. Drop in hot bacon drippings or oil and fry until light brown on each side. Sprinkle a little salt on them as they begin cooking. I enjoy canola oil non-stick cooking spray sprayed lightly over the squash slices. Also, I fix zucchini slices the same was as squash on top of the stove.

Squash Pickle

3 small yellow squash, thinly sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1/4 inch strips

1 tablespoon salt

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup white vinegar

3/4 teaspoon mustard seed

3/4 teaspoon celery seed

1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

In a large bowl, combine the squash, onions, red pepper, and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Drain. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to the boil. Add squash mixture, return to a boil. Remove from the heat; cool.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 4 days before serving. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

I can my Squash Pickles and we like them.

8 cups sliced yellow squash

2 cups sliced onions

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup vinegar

1/2 cup green bell pepper

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 tsp. celery seed

1/2 tsp. mustard seed

Combine squash, onion and salt. Let stand 1 hour. Combine all other ingredients, add squash mixture and bring to a rapid boil. Put in hot, sterilized jars and seal. Makes 2 quarts.

Ruth's Relish

2 large heads cabbage

6 green bell peppers

4 red bell peppers

10 hot jalapenos (more if want it hotter)

6 onions

4 carrots

Put vegetables through food processor. Mix and add

1 qt. vinegar

1/4 cup canning salt

5 cups sugar

4 tsp. turmeric

2 tablespoons pickling spice, tied in a cloth and dropped in mixture

Mix well and cook for 30 minutes. Discard cloth with spices and pack in hot sterilized jars.

Note: this relish goes to people in several states, especially South Carolina.

We enjoy sliced tender fresh squash dropped in freezer bags, also zucchini slices, and enjoy them during the winter months. I cook the squash on top of the stove, let cool, and freeze. We like it when squash is not in season.

Easy Cucumber Relish

4 qts. cucumbers, chopped and put through food processor

1 qt. chopped onions

2 cups green bell peppers

4 tablespoons canning salt

1 tsp. mustard seed

1 tsp. celery seed

3/4 tsp. ground cloves

2 tsp. turmeric

6 cups vinegar

6 cups sugar

Drain vegetables after chopping. Add salt and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes. Pack into hot sterilized jars and seal. I like this relish to put in tuna salad.

I have one gallon of cucumbers in the refrigerator with lime and alum and water over them - the first night of the three-day ice pickles. I sure will be glad to get large cucumbers to make these pickles. They are one of my best sellers.

I will close with my recipe for Mock Pecan Pie

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup melted margarine

1 tsp. vanilla

3 whole eggs

1 cup red Karo syrup

1 cup raw oatmeal

Mix in order given. Pour into a 9-inch unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees until done.

Hope to see you next week via the Tribune.