Catalpa notes

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas will be almost here by the time my column will be out.

I am enjoying all my beautiful cards and am sorry I am a little late with ours. I wish I could send all mine to those who sent me 198 birthday cards on my 90th birthday, and say thanks for all the money in them ($902). May the Lord bless all who have made 2009 a blessed year for me.

I am so grateful and thankful for the season of the year when family and friends are remembered with special love and concern. I am thankful for the Tribune and staff who have printed the Catalpa News all these 60-plus years and for all the readers of it.

This poem is titled "Folks Like You."

It's folks like you we like to meet,

We like to see, we like to greet.

We like to talk and have them near

Because they bring good will and cheer

And have a pleasant memory too

Whenever they are gone from you.

It's folks like you the whole world needs

Who brighten living with hope-filled deeds.

It's folks like you who really rate

The honors of the truly great.

For what is greater than to be

Beloved by everyone you see?

I hope I have shared by life over the years with many friends like you and now I hope we will all have Christmas memories to share. We didn't get much at Christmas when I was young, with a family of nine (I was next to the baby) there wasn't much money to spend, but I hung my stocking and I was happy to get an orange and an apple.

During my life, times weren't always so good, but I never look back to Christmas but as a happy time. I firmly believe that Christmas isn't a time for us to think about what we get, but what we can give - and that giving doesn't need to be anything more than love, kindness and compassion. We should share ourselves with our families every day.

My column will be short this week, since I don't know of many events taking place. Last weekend was a full one and I hope many got to attend them, but the weather Saturday was rough and we called off our caroling Saturday night.

We had our Christmas dinner after our morning service in the Annex. The crowd was light, with several of our members sick and some weren't there, but we had an abundance of delicious food and we were so proud that all of Bro. Carpenter's children were there: Kim and Matt Clouser, Luke, Mai, Bethany, and Audrey Clouser of Huntsville, Ala., and Mai's friend, P. J. Oster of Ardmore, Ala.

After the dinner we enjoyed singing led by our song leader Tony Williams. The Carpenter family and Bro. Carpenter are all good singers and we enjoyed them. Our night service was held at 2 p.m., which we enjoyed. It was a great day and for 32 years a Bigham Country Ham was given to Bro. Carpenter and Alice. We hope we can give them one for a few more years to come.

The 50th anniversary of Meriel and Juanita Pack will be at Cane Creek Church of Christ's Annex this next Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., hosted by their children, Sheila Upchurch, Connie Davidson, and Jeff Pack. No gifts please. Everyone is invited.

Dec. 27 our guest speaker will be Jared Pack, and Jan. 3 our speaker will be Mark Massey. Bro. Carpenter will be taking his Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Get well wishes to Larry and Joann Smith. We missed them at church Sunday. Larry is one of our elders.

Jeff Pack and family were missed from Catalpa Sunday; he had been asked to speak at Ostella for Bro. Hardison, who has had knee replacement. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to Bro. Hardison.

We were glad to have Dale Daniel of Goodlettsville as a visitor.

I am so thankful the canning season is over. After close to 300 cans of "this and that" yours truly almost wore herself out, but thanks to all who bought from me. I ran out of green tomato relish and chow-chow and some regular customers failed to get some. The green tomatoes were not as plentiful, but I was thankful about 10 five-gallon buckets of them were given to me. Hopefully, we will be in business in 2010. I appreciated lots of peppers, cucumbers and squash. The large cucumbers I got made about 100 cans, but I could have needed more.

I am now in hibernation until Poke Sallet time. I hope everyone has blackeyed peas and hog jowl New Year's Day.

Now for the recipes.

Ham and Bean Soup

1/4 cup margarine

4 tablespoons flour

2 cans soup beans

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cups ham bits


salt to taste

In a heavy saucepan, heat and stir margarine and flour until golden brown. Add beans and milk. Mix. In skillet, brown ham bits and add enough water to make brown broth. Add ham and broth to beans and salt to taste. Simmer 15 minutes.

Hot Chicken Salad

1 cup diced celery

2-3 cups cooked and chopped chicken

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 to 3 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped

1 teaspoon minced onion

1 cup cooked rice

3/4 cup Miracle Whip

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup crushed potato chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine celery, chicken, soup, eggs, onions, rice, Miracle Whip, salt and pepper. Put into greased casserole and cover with crushed potato chips. Bake 25 minutes.

Baked Corn

1 can whole kernel corn

1 box (8 1/2 oz.) corn muffin mix

paprika (optional)

1 can creamed corn

1 cup sour cream

1 cup butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

Mix corns, sour cream, corn muffin mix, butter and egg together; season with paprika if desired. Pour into a buttered 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

White Chocolate Candy

1 lb. white chocolate

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Melt chocolate over hot water. Stir in peanut butter and nuts. Pour into an 8 x 8 pan lined with wax paper. When cool, remove from pan, remove paper, and cut into squares.

Hope to be with you next week via the Tribune. Merry Christmas to everyone!