Catalpa notes

Friday, October 16, 2009

Greetings! The headline to my column read "Beautiful Days Ahead" last week, but not too many came, did they? However, "God did not promise sun without rain, light without darkness, or joy without pain" according to my favorite poet, Helen Steiner Rice.

October is half gone and we haven't enjoyed much bright blue weather, but we have had many interesting events to attend.

This Sunday, Oct. 18, Jordan Pack of Walter Hill Church of Christ will be our guest speaker. He is the younger brother of Jared Pack, who is a fine young preacher. He has preached at Catalpa several times and he does a great job. They are grandsons of Alice Pack of Catalpa and great-grandsons of Louise and Ford Crabtree of Church Street Church of Christ. Their parents are Tim and Melonie Pack of Walter Hill. Hopefully, all will be visitors at Catalpa Sunday morning.

Thirteen from Catalpa attended the Gospel Meeting at Ostella Wednesday night and we enjoyed a great lesson by Bro. Wayne Cornwell from Smyrna. The song service was beautiful; so ably led by Bro. William Tankersley.

The Hastings Cousins Reunion held at Cane Creek Church of Christ Annex Saturday, Oct. 10, was very enjoyable. A potluck meal was bountiful, and enjoyed by all.

The rain hampered some of the events of the Goats, Music and More Festival, Oct. 9, 10, and 11, at Rock Creek Park, but the show went on and lots of folks attended. This was the seventh annual edition of the popular event.

This Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon will be Morning Market at Tate's Store in Belfast. I hope several will come. I will have some of my goodies there and some others will too. The doors of the Collector's Closet will be open all day.

There will be a big night at Boonshill Community Center Saturday, Oct. 24. A fish and chicken and "all the trimmings" supper starts at 5 p.m. Boonshill Grand Ole Opry follows, featuring the Doug Carpenter Band and a host of performers. There will be Silent Auction during the show. At intermission, footballs signed by Peyton Manning, Steve McNair, and other greats will be auctioned. The Opry starts at 7 p.m. There will be chances on a country ham and a quilt. The benefit will be for Junior's House Child Advocacy Center - "If everyone gives a makes a lot."

We were delighted to have some visitors at church Sunday morning: Brenda and Carol, formerly Lunas, who were the granddaughters of the late Buford and Bessie Dean Luna. We are always glad for them to come once a year and attend church.

Mr. Michael Head, and children, Gabriel and Madison, of Church Street Church of Christ were welcome, and Mr. and Mrs. Miller of Graymere Church of Christ, Columbia, also came. Mrs. Miller's mother was the late Mary Lou Tate who formerly attended church here. We appreciate the Millers coming and invite them to come again.

The Murdock twins were sick and we missed the twins, their mother Julie Murdock, and Landry. Tim works the weekend. We are all anxiously waiting for Tim and Julie's new house to get built. The rain has hampered them, but I'm sure it will be beautiful.

Our prayers are with Steve Reavis during his illness, also for Lester Hastings of Petersburg at his home.

We were glad to have Teri Lyn Pack able to be at church Sunday morning, and the pretty little baby she was baby-sitting. They and all the family - Jeff, Charlie, and Logan - attended the Pickin'n'Grinnin' at the Town Hall in Petersburg.

Speaking of the Pickin'n'Grinnin,' it was a great one. We appreciated several visiting musicians from Booneville and places I didn't get to meet. The music was good; about 15 to 20 were playing. The grinners had a packed crowd and our potluck dinner at 7 p.m. was delicious. We appreciate all those who came, and hope they come back the second Saturday night in November from 5 to 9 p.m.

Janice is getting some of my orders of relish, jelly, poolroom slaw, etc. delivered. I was proud to get three 5-gallon buckets of green tomatoes brought to me from Alabama by a cousin last week.

I have been making muscadine jelly and enjoying eating the muscadines. I hope to get apple jelly made this week and maybe some pear honey and pear relish.

The recipes are being printed by Doylene. She is enjoying cooking and it really helps me out.

"Success is when you get what you want. Happiness is when you want what you get."

"Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death."

Poor Man's Steak

3 pounds ground beef

1 cup Saltine cracker crumbs

1 cup water

1/4 cup chopped onions

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup flour

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/4 to 1/2 cup milk

1 to 2 teaspoons Gravy Master (or Kitchen Bouquet)

Mix ground beef, cracker crumbs, water, onions, salt, and pepper, and press in a baking sheet. Chill overnight to set.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut ground beef mixture in squares, roll in flour, and fry on both sides. Place in baking dish. Combine soup, milk, and Gravy Master and pour over meat. Bake for 1 hour.

Stuffed Peppers

1 pound ground beef

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 1/2 cups whole kernel corn

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 cup cooked rice

1/4 cup A1 Steak Sauce

Black pepper to taste

6 large green peppers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown meat in skillet and pour off fat. Stir in corn, onion, tomato sauce, rice, steak sauce, and pepper. Set aside. Cut off tops of green peppers and remove seeds. Spoon meat mixture into peppers and arrange in baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Friend Salad

1 head lettuce, torn in small pieces

3 slices Swiss cheese, torn in pieces

1 (10 oz.) box frozen peas

1 large onion, chopped

2 tablespoons sugar

5 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 pound of bacon, fried and crumbled

2 eggs, hard boiled and sliced or chopped

Two or three hours before serving, tear lettuce into small pieces and layer in large serving bowl. Tear Swiss cheese over lettuce. Layer peas and onion. Sprinkle sugar over all, then spread with mayonnaise. Cover and let stand in refrigerator 2 to 3 hours. Before serving, top with crumbled bacon and chopped egg. Toss and serve.

Granny Smith Apple Dessert

1 Granny Smith apple

1 tube crescent rolls

1 stick butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup Mountain Dew

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and core apple. Slice into 8 slices. Microwave slices for 2 minutes on a paper towel, or bake for 5 to 6 minutes in a 250-degree oven. Wrap each apple slice in a crescent roll and place in an 8 x 8 inch pan. Melt butter and brown sugar. Do not boil. Pour over rolls. Then pour 1 cup of Mountain Dew over the mixture. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown and set.

Hope to be with you next week via the Tribune.