Catalpa notes

Friday, August 21, 2009

I do believe we are beginning to settle down and not be on the go every day and night. The Gospel Meetings are over and I have enjoyed going to many of them. We enjoyed going to Hardin Chapel and Wilson Hill. Others going from Catalpa to Wilson Hill were Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack and Alice Pack, and Tony and Melissa Williams.

We enjoyed the Friday night area-wide Gospel Singing; I wrote about it last week. The next one will be hosted by Lynnville Church of Christ on Aug. 28, and then, on Sept. 4, Catalpa Church of Christ will be host to it.

The Diana Singing will be Sept. 11 and 12. I will repeat these great singings.

August is over half gone and it is hard to believe.

Aug. 22 will be the Petersburg FCE Club annual picnic at the Town Hall in Petersburg. Boys Down the Road will be there from 5 to 6 p.m. to sing and play their instruments. At 6 p.m. all members of the Club and their families will enjoy a bountiful dinner together.

Aug. 22, all ladies and girls are invited to the Ladies' Day at Cornersville Church of Christ. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. Ruth Orr will be the guest speaker. Luncheon will be served at noon. We always love going to the Ladies' Days.

Our attendance at church continues to be low. We have had some sickness and we miss them.

Mrs. Jesse F. Head (Marilyn) is in Lincoln Medical Center. She underwent colon surgery last week. Prayers are with her that she will soon be better and be back at church.

Jesse F. Head is not well, we are so sorry to tell. May the Lord help him to get better.

The Porter family has the sympathy of the church in the death of Mrs. Sadie Hemphill, mother of Gail Porter. I do not have the obituary, but the church sends love and sympathy to all the family. I know they know that lots of things in life aren't going to be easy. Things sure aren't easy for them, but even in the middle of these hard times God is sheltering you with His love and sometimes He speaks directly to your heart. Sometimes He shows you He loves you through the people who care about you. That's why the Church wants you to know we are here for you - to remind you how much we care about you, how much we are praying for you, and how very much God loves you.

If an obituary or any other death report comes out and I get it, I hope to get it in my column. The Church hopes all of Sadie's family will be soon back at Church. Sadie's late husband Edward Hemphill was very near and dear to Doyle and I. He and Doyle were like brothers and all the children of Mr. Audie and Mrs. Annie Hemphill were our friends.

Our prayers are with the little seven-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Foster. The grandson of Nicky and Willene Foster has undergone surgery in Vanderbilt Hospital and is in a serious condition. May the Lord bless them all and give them strength sufficient to endure whatever may lie ahead for them.

The obituary for Ray Bills was in the Wednesday's Tribune, but I will write our love and sympathy, which has been with Ray's wife of 61 years, Elaine, and his children, and the Church of Christ of Hardin Chapel. Ray served the church there for many years as an elder. They will miss him. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. All will have precious memories of Ray.

I close with a favorite poem:

Life's Forever, Death is a Dream

If we did not go to sleep at night,

We'd never awaken to see the light,

And the joy of watching a new day break,

Or meeting the dawn by some quiet lake

Would never be ours unless we slept

While God and all His Angels kept

A vigil through this "little" death

That's over with the morning's breath.

And death too, is a time for sleeping,

For those who die are in God's keeping

And there's a "Sunrise" for each Soul

For life, not death, is God's promised goal.

So trust God's promise and doubt Him never

For only through death can man live forever.

Helen Steiner Rice

Now for the recipes.

Since schools have started up again, maybe these little recipes can be enjoyed when the kids get in from school. I remember when I got home from school, the first place I headed was Mama's corner cabinet. She would have goodies made, like:

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup dry milk

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

Combine all ingredients in bowl, mix well, roll small amounts of dough into balls. Variations: use graham cracker crumbs instead of oatmeal, add chopped nuts or raisins, use crunchy peanut butter, roll balls in coconut.

Easy Treat

Peanut butter

Hi-Ho crackers

Large marshmallows

Spread peanut butter on crackers. Top with marshmallows. Bake for 4 or 5 minutes or until marshmallows are lightly browned.

Peanut-Apple Sandwich

1/2 apple, peeled and grated

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 slices bread

Combine apple and peanut butter in bowl, mix well, and use as a spread to make a sandwich.

I remember we would eat the snacks and then we would have a good supper of vegetables from the garden or cellar. We didn't have deep freezers. I especially like turnip greens when they came in fresh out of the garden, and they are still my favorite vegetable.

We used to enjoy Mama's fried pies, a one-egg cake, fresh butter, and many nights we enjoyed cornbread and buttermilk we had churned.

We had never heard of high cholesterol, etc. A doctor very seldom had to come to our house. I am so thankful to have a good Mama who fed the family like she did.

Nowadays, children had rather eat hot dogs, hamburgers, pizzas, etc. and I like them too, occasionally. We ate at the new KY Chicken place Sunday and enjoyed it so much. It was our first time to go there and I hope we can go more. The food was delicious and the cost suited our pocketbooks. I sure like their fried chicken.

Several from Catalpa have been going to Mildred's near Park City in Lincoln County and really like the food there.

We like

Scalloped Cabbage with Cheese

1 small head cabbage

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup milk

2 cups of grated cheese

1 cup buttered bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Steam cabbage in a small amount of boiling water with 1 Tbsp. salt until tender-crisp, drain. Melt butter in saucepan, stir in flour, remove from heat. Blend in milk gradually. Layer half the cabbage, white sauce and cheese in a baking dish. Repeat layers, top with buttered crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes, or until browned.

I like Harvard Beets, but Doylene doesn't

1 (16 oz.) can beets

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup vinegar

1 tsp. salt

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

Drain beets. Reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Combine sugar and cornstarch in saucepan, blend in reserved beet liquid, vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, simmer for 2 minutes, add beets and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in butter before serving.

Scalloped Oysters

1 pint oysters (2 8-oz. cans)

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

2 cups crushed saltine crackers

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Drain oysters, reserving all liquid. Add enough milk to oyster liquid to make 1 cup. Add butter to cracker crumbs. Toss with a fork until well blended. Reserve some for the top. Alternate layers of crumb mixture and oysters in buttered casserole. Add some of the salt and pepper to each layer. Pour milk slowly over layers. Top with reserved cracker crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes until nicely browned. Doyle and the girls always liked me to fix this dish, but I don't like oysters.

Well, this is enough cooking for tonight. It is 11 o'clock and I must write the Catalpa news now.

We had a good Morning Market on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Tate's Store. I had about 50-plus jars of my canning that I sold from the back of the truck. Thanks to all who bought it from me. I hope we will have another Third Saturday market in September.

Don't forget the Farmers Market on Friday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

Hope to see you again next week via the Tribune.