Catalpa notes

Friday, July 31, 2009

Our Gospel Meeting here at Catalpa is going along pretty well this week, having started on Sunday, July 26. Brother James Cullins is the preacher and Edwin Carpenter the song leader. By the time this column comes out it will be history.

Sunday morning we appreciated several visitors and 54 ate lunch in the annex. A potluck lunch with many nice bountiful casseroles, salads, and desserts with iced tea was enjoyed and we appreciate all who ate.

Sunday night we had a large crowd with many visitors attending and hearing a great lesson by Bro. Cullins. This was his third Gospel Meeting to preach here. He was here last in 2006. We have always had the fourth Sunday in July as our "Big Meeting" date for 50 years or more.

In 2006, Doyle had not been so well, but he attended every night. On Aug. 13 he had a stroke and left us. I am so glad he got to hear Bro. Cullins that last Gospel Meeting.

We are so glad his wife Lottie is with him. She is a nice, sweet lady.

Monday night we still had visitors and we are so grateful for their coming.

We will still have some good places to go and I will write about those I know about and hope to get to go.

The Molino Church of Christ invites everyone to a Gospel Meeting from Aug. 2 through Aug. 5. The speakers will be Paul Owens and Glen Colley. Sunday evening worship will be at 7:30 p.m. and Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m.

I wrote in last week's column about Friendship having a Youthful Gospel Meeting. Young men from Freed-Hardeman University will be the speakers. Friday and Saturday nights the time will be 7 p.m.; Sunday afternoon Anthony Gleghorn will speak at 2 p.m.

Wilson Hill invites everyone to a Gospel Meeting Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. and Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. Their guest speaker will be Rex Humphry.

On Friday night Ostella Church of Christ will be host to the Friday area-wide singing from 7 to 9 p.m. Don't miss these Friday area-wide singings: they are as good as the Diana Singings I believe.

Be sure to notice this date: Sept. 4 the Friday night area-wide singing will be here at Catalpa. Be sure to mark Sept. 4 on the calendar in red and come to Catalpa. We are looking forward to it and for Brother Wm. F. Tankersley to be Master of Ceremonies.

Another Ladies' Day will be coming up at Lynnville Church of Christ on Aug. 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m. We hope to go. The speaker will be Janie Craun on "Heirlooms of Faith."

I appreciate so much that the bulletins of Westvue Church of Christ and Church Street Church of Christ printed the dates of our Gospel Meeting at Catalpa.

We didn't read one "ounce" of advertisement about the Cruise-In in Lewisburg in last week's paper. We went to the Dixie to hear and see "Boys Down the Road." Only a very few people were there, but we enjoyed them. Phil Ross, Jeriel Pollock, Alen Buzan, Mr. Bobby Walker and Mr. Wilburn made good music along with good singing.

I am glad they will be with us at our FCE picnic Aug. 22 at the Town Hall in Petersburg. We will be there at 5 p.m. to hear them and we'll have a table full of food to feed them.

Most of our Pickers and Grinners come every second Saturday night in each month to the Town Hall in Petersburg and us Grinners have a potluck meal together. The musicians are to go first and the Grinners follow. We enjoy the food, fun, and fellowship every second Saturday night. Ya'll come! The toe tapping and hand clapping are important, so be there and all who can play an instrument come along!

We didn't get to go to Ostella's Vacation Bible School until the last night (Friday), but I wish more could have gone from Catalpa. It was great! I don't know how many children were there (at least 100 or more). The singing with the children was ably led by Marty Lowe and we really enjoyed the adult speaker (Marlon Finley) - he was great! Ostella Church of Christ is really growing both physically and spiritually and their preacher, Charles Hardison, and his wife are doing a great work there. May the Lord bless the Church at Ostella and help them to keep doing good work.

Happy Birthday to the ones in August that I know about. Brandon Williams, Aug. 4; Avis Sawyers, Aug. 5; Flossie Bean, Aug. 9; Gwen Green and Clara Ruth Richardson, Aug. 13; Junior Richardson, Aug. 14; Tony Williams, Aug. 16; Kasey Greene, Aug. 19; Tim Murdock, Aug. 21; Luke Clouser, Aug. 23; Meriel Pack, Aug. 30; and Teri Lyn Pack, Aug. 31.

Happy Anniversary to Alice and Edwin Carpenter, and also to Ted and Evelyn Kell, Aug. 20; Morris and Mary Jane Baugher, Aug. 20; and Jim and Judy Rickman, Aug. 24.

I hope all these special people will have many happy returns of their special August special days.

The first Sunday Gospel Singing in Lincoln County will be close enough for us to go. West Fayetteville, Aug. 2; Red Oak, Sept. 6; Friendship, Oct. 4; and Petersburg, Nov. 1.

Marshall County's Second Sunday Singing will be at Catalpa on Aug. 9. Be sure to mark this date on your calendar.

The fourth Sunday afternoon Catalpa has the program at NHC Merihill.

Our love and prayers are with Sadie Hemphill, Mrs. Williams (Tony's mother), and Mrs. Hatfield in NHC Oakwood.

Now for the recipes.

Monday night Doylene, Janice and I were hosts to dinner for Bro. and Sister Cullins in our fellowship room at church.

One of the dishes we enjoyed was the 1-2-3 Chicken (Derrell Cowden's recipe). Doylene made it. It is real easy and quick to prepare.

Place 4 or 5 medium chicken breasts in a 9 x 13 inch dish. Salt them lightly and pour one bottle (9.5 fl. oz.) of Wish-Bone Bountifuls salad dressing over them. Bake for one hour in a preheated 350-degree oven. My favorite Bountifuls flavor is Tuscan Romano Basil. She got the dressing at Krogers, and Wal-Mart used to keep it.

I'm sorry to be late getting the Salsa recipe to the lady who called. (I lost her phone number.)

5-6 jalapeno peppers (9-10 if you like it hot)

1 gallon ripe tomatoes, peeled

3 onions

4 bell peppers

3 cloves of garlic, or 3 tsp. minced garlic

1/4 cup canning salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 cup white vinegar

Peel and cut up tomatoes. Chop other ingredients (I use a food processor). Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring often. Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal. Makes 10 pints.

No one brought me any beets this year. I usually have some canned, but will pass on this recipe for Pineapple Beets that I enjoy.

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 can (8 oz.) unsweetened pineapple tidbits, undrained

1 can (16 oz.) sliced beets, drained

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tsp. margarine

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar and cornstarch, add pineapple and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thick (about 2 minutes). Add the beets, lemon juice and margarine and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keeps well in the refrigerator for a long period of time.

I really appreciated a lady bringing me a 5 gallon bucket of peaches last Wednesday at the store and I have put this Peach Pie Filling recipe in the freezer.

2 gallons unpeeled, cut up peaches

6 to 8 cups sugar

2 cups vinegar

Mix and cook until thick. Can be canned or frozen. Put in hot pint jars while boiling hot and seal, or you can put in freezer bags and freeze. This makes good fried pies.

Fried Pies

Make pastry and roll out thinly on floured dough board. Cut with a saucer into 5-inch circles. Fill one side of each circle with drained pie filling and dot with margarine. Fold other side of each dough circle over filling. Seal edges with tines of a fork. Punch some holes in top with fork tines. Fry until brown on each side in Crisco, oil, or margarine.

These really sell at the bake sales. You can buy the dried peaches, apples or apricots at the store and cook them according to the directions, but they are kind of expensive. We used to always dry our thin-sliced fruit on a tin roof.

I hope to make Zucchini Preserves

Mix together and boil for 10 minutes:

6 cups zucchini, peeled and cut into short, thin sticks

6 cups sugar

1/2 cup water


1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple and juice

Boil for 10 minutes more, stirring often. Sprinkle 2 boxes of gelatin (I often use apricot), over hot mixture, mix well. Pour into 1/2 pint or small jars and seal.

I also use strawberry, peach or orange Jell-O. I like the Zucchini Preserves for breakfast with hot biscuits or toast.

We are still getting summer squash and zucchini and the Squash Puppies are good.

2 cups squash

1 onion, finely chopped

Cook and drain squash. Finely chop onion. Mix 1/2 stick margarine with squash and onions. Add 2 cups self-rising meal and 1/2 cup flour, or enough to mold mixture into patties. Drop into hot oil in an iron skillet or deep fat fryer until golden brown.

I also slice squash or zucchini and roll the slices in meal and flour and fry in hot bacon drippings until brown on each side. I have about 25-30 bags of sliced squash in the freezer to fry during the winter,

I am so thankful for all I have been fortunate to put in the freezer or can that folks have given me. Hope to keep on getting the large cucumbers!

See you next week via the Tribune.