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Friday, December 4, 2009

Tonight is Monday, Nov. 30, the last day in November, and tomorrow we will enter into December, then only 25 days and Christmas Day will be here. I hope all my readers and all the Tribune staff will enjoy Christmas 2009.

I can remember Christmas of 2008 when Lewisburg came alive with the City sponsoring the Best Little Christmas Festival on the courthouse square. Melody Spence of A Victorian Melody sponsored, assisted by several others to take place on Friday and Saturday night. It was a bitter cold night Friday night and I had been selected to be the first Festival Queen. I appreciated the honor and will never forget all the nice things done for me and to be crowned by Melody.

I also appreciated Melody calling to tell me of the crowning of Imogene Ledford, the Festival Queen for this year. Congratulations to this fine lady! The crowning will take place Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. inside the Dixie Theater.

"Melody and everyone at A Victorian Melody are preparing for our 'Best Little Christmas Ever Festival' on the Lewisburg square Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5. Dinner at the Dixie - carriage rides with snow - Santa Claus hosted by the Chamber of Commerce - Rudolph and Frosty."

I hope it will be nice weather. I'm sure it will be the highlight of the Christmas season.

Being Queen was exciting. Years ago I used to watch the TV show "Queen for a Day" and would think I'd like to be a "queen for a day" on that show. Thanks to all who helped this wish come true years later.

I also appreciated being asked to crown the new Queen Saturday, but I have another busy weekend coming up. We are planning to go to the Victorian Melody Festival Friday night.

Saturday morning, Dec. 5, we hope many will go to the Elks Lodge in Lewisburg to their delicious and bountiful Ham Breakfast. The proceeds will go to help needy children in Marshall County, sponsored by the Elks Lodge and Kiwanis Club.

After the good breakfast, we are planning to go to Christmas Open House at Whispering Hope Garden & Gifts, located at 3924 Ostella Road (Hwy 129), Cornersville.

"Vickie Wilburn and Nancy Dawson would like to invite everyone to Christmas Open House, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3, 4, and 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Register to win door prizes. The lovely gift shop will have lots of neat things for our Christmas gifts, floral arrangements, angels, dolls, figurines, candles, wreaths, Christmas ornaments, tee shirts, prints ready for hanging, and much more."

Friday night, Dec. 4, the FCE Club will meet in the home of Derrell Cowden in Petersburg to exchange Secret Pal gifts and enjoy finger foods.

Dec. 12 the Petersburg FCE Club will be hostess to the Christmas luncheon in the Cane Creek Church of Christ Annex. All members of the Marshall County FCE Clubs are urged to come at 10:30, bring a dish, and all enjoy a delicious meal together at 12 noon.

Derrell Cowden, president of the Club, will welcome everyone, and Juanita Pack will have the devotional. Phil Ross, a member of the Pickers and Grinners, who meet every second Saturday night at the Town Hall in Petersburg, will present a program of Christmas songs.

The Christmas Parade at Lynnville will be Saturday evening, Dec. 5, for the 25th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade.

The Christmas Parade in Fayetteville will be Sunday, Dec. 6, beginning at 3 p.m.

The Chapel Hill Night Time Christmas Parade starts from Chapel Hill Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

There may be other Christmas events coming up, and if I hear about them I will write about them.

I was really pleased and appreciative of my canning selling so well. Over 200 cans have been sold. I am still making Pool Room Slaw, Ruth's Relish, and Apple Jelly to fill orders.

Thanksgiving Day I did something I hadn't done in 70 years: I didn't cook dinner! Doylene and Janice had me sit in my recliner while they cooked our dinner. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven.

Friday and Saturday were nice days to go shopping and I'm sure many folks also decorated their houses. The Delina Road has some pretty outsides of homes and lawns already decorated. I think it is nice to wait until after Thanksgiving to do the Christmas decorating.

I took Wednesday, Nov. 25, off from Collector's Closet for a holiday before Thanksgiving, but I hope I can be back for Wednesday, Dec. 2, and on up to Dec. 23, the weather permitting. Tate's Store and the furniture store have many things at reasonable prices for Christmas gifts.

Mr. Carl Poarch works Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 276-2675. I will be happy to have folks come by on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now for the recipes:

Pork Chop Casserole

4 pork chops, fat trimmed

4 potatoes, cut thin

4 tablespoons margarine, cut into slices

salt and pepper to taste

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can of milk (measured in soup can)

Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, and spread potatoes on the bottom. Next, lay the pork chops on top and add slices of margarine to the top of that. Mix the soup and milk in a bowl. Pour over the chops. Cover tightly with foil and bake in a 375-degree oven for 40 minutes.

Barbecued Green Beans

4 strips bacon, diced

1 onion, finely diced

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup vinegar

1 quart green beans

Dice bacon and brown. Drain off part of fat and add onion, sugar, ketchup, and vinegar. Add beans and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Fruit Salad

1 can tropical fruit

1 can pineapple chunks

1 can mandarin oranges

1 package sugar-free vanilla instant pudding

Drain all fruit and reserve juice. Combine pudding with reserved juice. In a large bowl, combine all fruit, and pour pudding mixture over it. Let stand in refrigerator until cold. Sprinkle with chopped pecans if desired.

Lemon Bars


1 cup butter or margarine

2 cups flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter, flour, powdered sugar and salt. Pat into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.


4 eggs, beaten

2 cups white sugar

6 tablespoons lemon juice

4 tablespoons flour

Beat eggs, sugar, lemon juice and flour. Pour over baked crust and bake 20 to 30 minutes more.


1/4 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Sprinkle powdered sugar lightly over top of bars after removing from oven.

I hope to be with you next week via the Tribune.