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Catalpa notes

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I hope all my readers and the staff of our local Marshall County paper have a happy Thanksgiving. I hope many enjoy the traditional turkey and all the trimmings. Watching the football, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and the family being together, and can enjoy the two holidays: Thursday and Friday.

November will soon be gone and it was a good month. Nov. 21 our Christmas Village went over well. There were 41 booths set up, a large crowd enjoyed them, and the parking space outside was scarce. The weather was nice all day. I had a good day and I am so thankful for all who bought my canning. I had 193 cans there and sold all but 14. I ran out of Pool Room Slaw and Ruth's Relish, but I can make more to fill orders. Also apple jelly, but the green tomato relish, three-day ice pickle, and other jellies will have to wait until 2010.

It was a great day and I'm glad it is all over. Since the real big cucumbers went out, I have been canning for four or five months and filling my freezers with produce given to me. I deeply appreciate it all. I also loved seeing lots of friends who read the Catalpa News and that made my day great.

Nov. 21 the Senior Citizens Center fall benefit supper on Railroad Street in Petersburg was well attended. The food was good and after supper we heard some fine singing by Mark Colbert.

He has a good voice and I hope he will come back again. We also enjoyed his accompanist on the bass guitar and drums.

Sunday afternoon a lovely bridal shower was given for the former Brandy Taylor at the Town Hall in Petersburg.

I do not have a copy of their marriage announcement and I hope it will be in the local paper.

A large crowd attended the shower, bringing beautiful gifts. Brandy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Taylor of Petersburg. She is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and is teaching at the Highland Rim School in Lincoln County. She will be living in Petersburg while Stuart will be serving with the armed forces. Their many friends wish for them to have a happy married life.

Doylene, Janice and I, and June and Gary Douglas, ate lunch at Tina's Place in Petersburg before going to Brandy's shower. Others from Catalpa going to the shower were Alice Pack, Juanita Pack, and Alice Carpenter.

Jordan Pack of Walter Hill Church of Christ was guest speaker for both services at Cane Creek Church of Christ Sunday. This was Jordan's second time to speak from the pulpit. He is a senior in high school near Murfreesboro. After our service at Catalpa, the following went over to Cane Creek Church of Christ and enjoyed hearing Jordan: Alice Pack, Juanita and Meriel Pack, Jeff and Charlie Pack, Bro. Carpenter and Alice, Doylene and I.

We missed Ellis Pinkston, an elder at Cane Creek, due to serious illness. Many prayers are going up for Ellis. We are also missing him at the Petersburg Co-op.

Dot and Alfred Hastings were missed at Cane Creek due to illness. Dot was missed by her customers at the beauty shop, but she is hoping to be back Wednesday. Alf had an accident on the four-wheeler while deer hunting and is having to use crutches.

Our attendance was real low Sunday. To those who were sick: our love and prayers are with them to soon be better. Tammy Keller has a ruptured disc and will have surgery for that. Charlie Pack is still having to see the doctor with his injured foot and will have to have more surgery on it.

We were glad to have Matt Watson at our morning service. Alice Pack attended Cane Creek.

At Tina's Place we were so happy to see Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Wright of Alabama. He used to be a frequent visitor with Matt Watson at Catalpa.

We don't want to forget the delicious Ham Breakfast Dec. 5 at the Elks Lodge in Lewisburg.

We hope to be there; it is a great bountiful breakfast that we enjoy twice a year for the benefit of needy children in Marshall County by the Elks Lodge and Kiwanis Club.

Dec. 4 our Petersburg FCE will meet at the home of Derrell Cowden in Petersburg at 6:30 p.m. for a last meeting of our club as we are disbanding. We will carry finger foods and gifts for our secret pals. We will miss the FCE but our membership was low. Good luck to the other FCE clubs in Marshall County.

I have been a member of the Home Demonstration Club, as it was formerly called, since 1940 and I have really enjoyed all the many things I learned from the club. We had good home agents who helped us learn how to do so many things. One year we made mattresses. I slept on mine for 15 or 20 years.

Dec. 12 the Petersburg FCE Club will be hostess to the Christmas Luncheon. All members of the Marshall County FCE clubs are urged to be at Cane Creek Annex. Phil Ross, a member of the Pickers and Grinners who meet every 2nd Saturday night at the Town Hall in Petersburg, will present a program of Christmas songs. Juanita Pack will have a devotional along with Mr. Ross.

We have a new family in the Catalpa Community, living at 6385 Delina Road. They are Josh and Sarah Carter and their 6-month-old twin boys, Carson and Colton Carter. Welcome to our neighbors!

Now for the recipes.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

6 boneless chicken breasts, skinned

1 (8 oz.) carton of cream cheese with onion and chives, whipped

1 tablespoon butter

Salt to taste

6 bacon strips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Flatten chicken breasts to 1/2 inch thickness. Spread 3 tablespoons cream cheese over each. Dot each with butter and sprinkle with salt. Roll up and wrap each with a strip of bacon. Place seam down in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes, or until juice runs clear. Broil 6 inches from heat for 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

Snowball Salad

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

16 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

1 cup sour cream

16 oz. whipped topping

1 cup pecans

3 bananas, mashed

Combine sugar, sour cream, lemon juice, and whipped topping. Mix well. Fold in pineapple, pecans and bananas. Chill for 4 hours.

Squash Casserole

1 can cream of chicken soup

4 medium squash

1/2 cup margarine, melted

1 box stuffing mix

1 small onion, chopped

8 oz. sour cream

Boil squash until tender and drain. Mash squash with fork. Mix melted margarine in stuffing mix and set aside. In a large bowl, mix squash, onion, soup, sour cream, and half of stuffing mix. Put this into an 8-inch square dish and top with remaining stuffing mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Buttermilk Coconut Cake

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup oil

1 cup shredded coconut

1 1/2 teaspoons coconut flavoring

2 cups self-rising flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar, eggs, buttermilk, oil, coconut, and flavoring. Add flour and mix well. Bake in a greased Bundt pan for 1 hour.

Glaze

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon coconut flakes

Combine glaze ingredients and boil for 2 minutes. Pour glaze over hot cake.

Hope to see you next week via the Tribune.