Catalpa notes

Friday, October 9, 2009

Greetings! The rain has been falling all day (Sunday), but Friday and Saturday were beautiful fall days, not cool enough to frost, but the old saying may soon be true: "The first cold spell in September; there will be the first killing frost one month from that date."

We had a beautiful day for Octoberfest Saturday, Oct. 3. Hopefully, next weekend, the 9th, 10th and 11th, will be nice for the Goats, Music and More Festival at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg.

Doylene, Janice and I from Catalpa were under the tent on the Lewisburg Square by 7 a.m. eating sausage and pancakes, and by 8 a.m. I was in my chair, ready to hear "Boys Down the Road." They did a fine job as usual. The girls enjoyed visiting all the vendors who were set up around the square. We have been to Octoberfest all the 17 years it has been coming. I hope we can still have Octoberfest for many more years to come.

This week Ostella Church of Christ invited everyone to its Gospel Meeting from Oct. 4 to 7. The guest speaker was Wayne Cornwell, preacher from Smyrna Highland Heights Church of Christ. I hope several from Catalpa were able to attend. The Elders dismissed the Bible Study on Wednesday night to go to Ostella.

I will miss writing about the Gospel Meetings, Gospel Singings, and Ladies' Days now they are about over, but if any should come up I hope to hear about them.

The second Saturday night in each month we have Pickin'n'Grinnin' at the Town Hall in Petersburg. This is good, nice, clean entertainment from 5 to 9 p.m., with a potluck meal at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring an instrument, and play and sing bluegrass, Gospel, folk, and the song Phil Ross so ably sings and is so true: "The Night They Committed Murder Down on Music Row." The grinners encourage the musicians by their clapping and foot patting. Y'all come - it's good free entertainment.

The Hastings Cousins will have a reunion Saturday, Oct. 10, beginning at 10 a.m., with a potluck lunch at noon in the Annex of Cane Creek Church of Christ. Call Alf Hastings at 931-659-9444 for more information.

October 17 there will be a morning market from 8 a.m. to noon at Tate's Store (Collector's Closet). All food will be outside, but we hope many will go in the historical old store and browse. The nest door above the store is a store of furniture and some appliances. Call 931-276-2675 for information.

The Marshall County Farmers Market at Rock Creek Park, every Friday from 6 a.m. to noon and on Tuesday afternoon, is doing well and will go through October. The rains have helped the late gardens I'm sure. Turnips, greens, and collards hopefully will be coming in soon.

I have appreciated all that folks have given me of their surplus. Also pint and small jars I received on my birthday.

The large cucumbers I have worked with since June are all used up and I can't say I'm sorry, but I really did appreciate all of them.

We were so glad to have Mike and Tammie Kellar able to be at Church Sunday morning. Mrs. Kellar has been sick for several weeks, we are sorry to report.

We regret that Teri Lyn Pack has been in St. Thomas Hospital after passing out at home. Our prayers are for her to soon have a better quality of health.

We were glad to see little Ella Murdock able to be in the nursery Sunday morning after her tonsillectomy.

Get better wishes to Steve Reavis, father of Julie Murdock, and to Jessie F. Head. Little Owen Foster is at home and doing better. He will have to undergo more surgery, but after it he will be all right, the doctors say.

We are all looking forward to the third Sunday (Oct. 18). Jordan Pack will speak at Catalpa. He is the grandson of Alice Pack and the late Jeriel Pack. We love to hear his brother, Jared Pack, preach, and our prayers will be with Jordan. I don't have any grandchildren, but I call them my foster grandsons.

Thursday afternoon, Janice, Doylene and I drove to Falls Mill, Belvidere, Tennessee, an operating water-powered grain mill and museum, country store, and log cabin bed and breakfast. We spent the night in the cozy reconstructed 1895 log cabin. We love to go to Falls Mill at least once a year; it is open year round, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 pm. (Closed Wednesdays.) Many guided tours are available with advance reservations. It is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Phone 615-469-7161.

Falls Mill is located 12 miles west of Winchester and one mile north of U.S. Highway 64 at Old Salem. We love John and Janie Lovett, the owners.

We left at noon Friday. Plenty of good food was in the refrigerator of the cabin and we enjoyed that. Not far from Falls Mill we enjoyed going to the Swiss Pantry and grocery shopping and around by the Belvidere Market, and coming home we stopped by Mildred's Restaurant (on top of Park City Hill) and we really enjoyed the food there.

It sure was another great 90th birthday gift for me that the girls had planned for me from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening. Also Saturday, Oct. 3, Octoberfest - we all enjoyed the Lions Club's pancakes and sausages, the music, and the vendors' nice displays. A cool, nice fall day also seeing good friends.

The Baked Ranch Chicken in last week's paper Doylene cooked for our Sunday lunch today and it was delicious and so quick and easy to prepare. Try it - you will like it!

I am happy that Doylene has been cooking some good dishes now. She had never cooked very much, as I did the cooking and she did the cleaning of the house.

My mother had nine children, six boys and three girls. I was next to the baby: two girls, five boys, then me and one more boy. She loved to sew and with so much cooking she couldn't do a lot of sewing. When I was about 10 years old she put me to cooking and she could do sewing for the public. As a result, I grew up not knowing how to sew, but have been cooking for 80 years. Therefore, Doylene beginning to help cook makes me happy.

Also, with my eyesight failing, she prints the recipes, and I'm sure the typist can read them better.

I am getting my jelly made, green tomato relish, etc., and I hope to have a lot made by Nov. 21 for the Christmas Village in the Marshall County National Guard Armory. I am also taking orders from old customers of many years.

Crispy Baked Potatoes

6 medium potatoes

1/3 cup melted margarine or butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup crushed Cornflakes

Wash and peel potatoes. Cut each into 4 wedges. Dip wedges in margarine or butter and sprinkle with salt. Roll in cereal crumbs. Place in greased baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

Cowboy Hash

2 pounds ground beef

1 cup pork and beans

1 cup ketchup

4 cups mixed vegetables, cut up

4 tablespoons mustard

1/4 cup brown sugar

Brown beef. Stir in pork and beans, vegetables, ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Heat thoroughly or until vegetables are done. Serve with cornbread.

Apple Cream Pie

3 cups finely chopped apples

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 rounded tablespoon flour

1 cup cream

1 9-inch unbaked pastry shell

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix apples, brown sugar, salt, flour, and cream. Put in unbaked pastry shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes. When pie is about half done, take a knife and push down top apples to soften.

Fruit Salad

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 (16 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

2 cups seedless grapes

4 apples, cut up

2 oranges, cut up

3 bananas, cut up

2 cups pineapple chunks

Mix cream cheese, condensed milk, and lemon juice. Fold in whipped topping and add fresh fruit.

May the Lord bless us all and may we be together next week via the Tribune.

"The love of God surrounds us

Like the air we breathe around us

As near as a heartbeat

As close as a prayer

And whenever we need Him

He'll always be there."