Catalpa notes

Friday, November 20, 2009

All of you know the most important news to me will be here this Saturday, Nov. 21, when Marshall County American Red Cross will present Christmas Village from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, Lewisburg.

I have heard over 30 booths will be set up. Anna Childress, event chairperson (359-3918), has really worked hard and I hope lots of folks will come. It will be a good place and time to do some of our Christmas shopping and to have fellowship with lots of our friends.

Doylene and I went over to Lynnville Saturday, Nov. 14, to their Christmas Village and we enjoyed it and the Thanksgiving dinner in the Municipal Building was really good.

Lots of folks from Petersburg went to "Host of Christmas Past" in Fayetteville Saturday. There was a large crowd, I heard, with a large array of activities taking place, with music, food, and lots of fun.

Now we turn our thoughts to Nov. 26 to our Thanksgiving Holiday. This is a great time for families to get together. I enjoy watching the parade, cooking turkey and dressing, cranberry salad, and other goodies. Doylene and Janice like to watch the dog show that comes on after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Hopefully it will be a nice day.

Everyone will be glad to rest and be thankful for all our many blessings to Lord has given us all the year.

We want to remember that Nov. 21 will be the Petersburg Senior Citizens Fall Benefit. There will be a fish and chicken supper with all the trimmings, starting at 5:30 p.m. Carry out will be available. Musical entertainment will be provided at 7 p.m. by Mark Colbert. We are looking forward to hearing him. For more information, call Kay Boles (659-9654), Frances Welch (659-9050), or the Senior Center (659-9706).

The Friday night area-wide Gospel Singing was at Lone Oak Church of Christ on Nov. 13 and it was a great singing. The building was full and several from Catalpa were there: Tony and Melissa Williams, Jeff Pack, Meriel and Juanita Pack, Alice Pack, June and Gary Douglas, Larry and Jo Ann Smith, Jessie Head, and Doylene and Ruth Hastings.

A large crowd attended Ann Throneberry's program at Church Street Church of Christ's annex on Tuesday, Nov. 10. It was a fine program and included a free booklet of over 100 recipes of Ann's. From time to time I will be using some of her recipes in this column when I have time to try them. We were happy to hear that Ann has been made Food Chairman of the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation. This was her 37th trip to Lewisburg and we will enjoy her recipes in the Tennessee Magazine.

Our Second Saturday night Pickin'n'Grinnin' at the Town Hall in Petersburg was a good one. The grinners filled all the chairs and 20 pickers and vocalists made the rafters ring. We will look forward to Dec. 12, the second Saturday night in December. Mark your calendars and plan to be there.

Dec. 12 the Petersburg FCE will be host to the Marshall County Christmas luncheon at the Cane Creek Church of Christ Annex at 10:30 a.m. A program of Christmas songs will be enjoyed, presented by Phil Ross. All the members of Marshall County FCE clubs are urged to attend. A potluck lunch will be enjoyed.

A bridal shower will be held at the Town Hall in Petersburg Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. for the former Brandy Taylor.

Catalpa Church of Christ was invited to worship Sunday night at Howell Church of Christ. The speaker was Don Hudson. Those attending from Catalpa were Meriel and Juanita Pack, Alice Pack, Jeff Pack, Tony and Melissa Williams, June and Gary Douglas, Larry and Jo Ann Smith, Janice, Doylene, and I.

We enjoyed Don telling of his and Rosemary's work with the Sojourners in the Church of Christ's Disaster Relief wherever they are needed. They also do a great lot of good, teaching Bible classes as well as a lot of hard work working in the disaster areas caused by hurricanes' floodwaters. Catalpa, Howell, and Friendship churches, among several other churches, are helping this good work.

After the evening worship everyone enjoyed lots of good finger foods in the beautiful annex building.

Bro. Hudson is the preacher at Howell Church of Christ and he and Rosemary are doing a great work there. For the past few years the Church at Howell has grown from 15-20 members to around 60 members.

May the Lord continue to bless the Hudsons with many years to work for Christ and His church.

I want to say Happy Birthday to the December folks I know about. Dec. 5, Louise Crabtree; Dec. 6, Fern Greenbank; Dec. 8, Amber Douglas; Dec. 10, Melba Irwin; Dec. 11, Justin Murdock; Dec. 15, Vivian Sanders; Dec. 20, Marie Harrison; Dec. 25, Bobby Porter and Paula Caldiraro; Dec. 28, Fain Watson; and Dec. 29, Robin Bedwell.

Wedding anniversaries: Charlotte and Harold Foster, Dec. 17; Kim and Mike Murdo, Dec. 21; and Meriel and Juanita Pack, Dec. 27.

May all these special people have many more special days to come.

I will close with the recipes and with my recipe for cooking my turkey every year.

Roast Turkey

If the turkey is frozen, thaw completely. Rub 1 stick of butter or margarine over turkey. Put 7 cups of water and 1/2 cup of oil in the roaster pan. Put heavy-duty foil over turkey and seal it well. Put lid on roaster. Put in a cold oven. Cook at 500 degrees for one hour. Turn oven off. Do not open the stove door for 10 hours.

The turkey will be tender.

I make my dressing with 1 skillet of cornbread, crumbled; 8 or 10 biscuits, crumbled; 1 cup finely chopped celery; 2 large onions, chopped; 1 teaspoon black pepper; 1 teaspoon salt; 1 stick butter or margarine, melted; and 2 tablespoons of sage. Mix all together and stir in turkey broth or chicken broth. Cook dressing in a large casserole or 9 x 13 pan. Bake uncovered in a 325-degree oven for 1 hour, or until golden brown.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

6-8 medium sweet potatoes

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

20 oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cook sweet potatoes until soft. Peel, slice, and place in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over sweet potatoes. Cover. Cook on High for 4 hours.

Hawaiian Bars

1 stick butter, melted

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract

2 cups white chocolate chips

1 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

1/2 cup dried pineapple

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour butter into a 9 x 13 x 2 baking dish, tilting to coat bottom of pan. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly over butter. Combine sweetened condensed milk and rum extract, pour over crumbs. Top with white chocolate chips, coconut, macadamia nuts, and pineapple. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cut into bars with a serrated knife. Store loosely covered at room temperature. Yield: 4 dozen.

Ann's Pound Cake

2 sticks unsalted butter

1/3 cup solid shortening

3 cups sugar

5 large eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and shortening together. Add sugar a little at a time. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Sift together dry ingredients and add to mixture alternately with milk, starting and ending with flour. Add vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope to be with you again next week via the Tribune, and also Nov. 21 at Christmas Village at the Armory.