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Christmas in West Virginia-2012

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Gee, I am playing around on the computer and just noticed I have really deserted my blog.  I think I must have run out of steam and just let the writings mellow and work by themselves.  I looked at my stats and I actually got lot’s of hits over the last year.  The highest rated story is concerning Life in a WV Coal Camp.

Between writings I have been busy with my yellow page and online advertising agency.  Actually, the economy has hit hard and we have now went to home offices.  I really missed the inter mingle of bodies in the office, but love the home office now.  Smart business people are using home offices more and saving all the office rental money.

Basil and Brenda

Basil and Brenda

Christmas was both happy and sad this year.  On December 23rd our niece’s 13 year old daughter passed away following an asthma attack.  This was totally unexpected and we are all still in somewhat disbelief.  The only thing that has pulled our families through is the prayers, thoughts and God being with us.  Lauren Swann, the deceased touched so many lives and will be missed forever. Our happy part of Christmas was all the family gathering at our house on Christmas Eve.  Even with sorrow…..we cherished the time with our four wonderful grandchildren.  Seeing their excitement when opening their gifts made my heart beat a little faster.

I want to being activating my writing again in 2013.  Sorry it has been so long.

Brenda Hudson

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It Is Feeling More Like Christmas

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All the last minute shopping at the supermarket is finished (unless I forgot something else).  The cocoa mix is ready to serve to the carolers tomorrow night, the cookies have been baked and Rice Crispy Candy is chilling.  My holiday candles are flickering and the smell of cinnamon drifts through the house.  It smells like Christmas in my house.

My business partner, her husband and their two children paid us a visit this evening.  Little E was so excited to hand me a gift bag when he came down to the family room.  Inside was the cutist Christmas that he had made and painted green.  His parents are teaching him the joy of giving to others.  Of course, I hung the ornament on the front of the tree and it will be there each year.

Little E’s sister has a story about the green paint on the ornament.  Actually she got into the paint last week and her mom says she was green from head to toe. 

This was a wonderful evening with the fire crackling, kids eating cookies, adults drinking hot chocolate and a friends sitting in the floor and chatting with us.  This is something you can’t buy.

Christmas Cheese Ball

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2 large Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1 small bell or mango pepper, chopped fine

3 T. onions, chopped fine

1 small can crushed pineapple, drained well

1 1/4 tsp. seasoning salt

nuts

Mix and shape into 2 medium balls or 3 small.  Roll in crushed nuts.  Refrigerate.

This is a recipe Lula Dial gave me when my husband was pastor of 26th St. Baptist Church in Huntington.

Boiled Nut Cake

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Okay, I know some of you are still looking for out of this world recipes and have waited until the last minute…and are in a panic.  This is the place and this recipe will “knock their socks off”. 

BOILED NUT CAKE

Put in a kettle:

2 sticks butter or oleo

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups sweet milk

2 cups raisins

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cloves

2 tsp. nutmeg

Bring the above items to a good boil, set aside and cool 1/2 hour.  Stir in:

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup nuts

1/2 cup drained, crushed pineapple

1/2 cup maraschino cherries

2 tsp. soda in 2 Tbs. of water

Pour into tube pan greased and floured.  Bake for 1 hour or longer at 275.  Decorate top if desired.

You will get raves!!!

Festive Christmas Punch

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You may be looking for a good recipe for your holiday or church dinner.  Let me suggest a recipe my sister-in-law gave me years ago.  This recipe originated at the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church and has been passed on to me.

FESTIVE CHRISTMAS PUNCH

2 lbs. sugar

2 cups water

Boil one minute and let cool.

Add:

1 pk. cherry Kool-Aid

1 pk. Strawberry Kool-Aid

1 48oz can orange juice

1 48oz can pineapple juice

2 qts. water

3 large ginger-ale

Serve this punch over colored ice or colored ice ring.  Perfect for holidays or a wedding reception.

A Psalm for Going to Market

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I was looking through some old cook books this morning and came across one that I made for a church were my husband was pastor over 35 years ago.   This seems to fit right in with all of us shopping for Christmas dinners, watching our dollars at the super market and the hustle and bustle of it all.

I will rejoice in the Lord as I set off to market with my children.  I will give thanks unto the Lord for this good bright day.

I will praise Him for this car at my disposal, the miracle of it’s body and it’s wheels and it’s engine and even my ability to drive it.  For I am but one of a horde of women who propel ourselves about the earth on errands and duties and jaunts of pleasure, in a manner that would be envied by the riches of chariot-ed kings.

I will lift up my eyes to the beauty of the roadside in the morning, to the parks and playgrounds, the schools and stores, to the houses large and small, all so marvelously equipped with devices and comforts for living.

I will open my eyes to the beauty of traffic lights, their glowing Christmas tree colors of scarlet and green.  I will see the loveliness of the sunlit parking lot and of mothers hastening to market, alone or with children trailing.

I will give thanks for the privilege of pushing a cart along the aisles, one child in the basket and another hitching rides.  I will try not to lose patience, try not to scold.  I will be grateful for the friends who pause to chat and for the people who smile upon our little caravan.

I will rejoice and give thanks for the spaciousness and bounty of this place.  For all the fragrant, gaily colored foods and products for my home.  I will ask for the judgment to choose wisely.

I will rejoice and give thanks to my God who has provided the beauty and abundance of this my land, this my neighborhood and this my hour of marketing.

…Marjorie Holmes

Granny’s Snow Cream

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I am reposting an earlier blog entry today.  We have a huge snowfall here in West Virginia today and I am thinking of my Granny Woodrum.

Earlier Post from 2007

I can remember being at Granny Woodrum’s house and the first big snow of the season was on the ground.  Everyone was so excited and we would pull back the curtains to view the white that covered the ground and trees. 

This was a time of celebration!  It is time for Snow Ice Cream.  Granny had a blue porcelin bowl that would be brought out to mix the ingredients.  She would mix Carnation milk, sugar and vanilla in the bowl and give it several good stirs with a whisk.

For the rest of the ingredients, we have to put on our coats, hats and boots.  We are actually going outside a find a good clean place to gather snow and add it to the bowl of ingredients.  ***Granny always reminded us to not get snow that looked yellow.  The yellow snow meant there was dog pee in that spot***.  lol

We would go back in the house and we would all enjoy a wonderful treat that came with the first snow fall.  Granny always did know how to make memories that would be with me for years to come. 

I wish Granny would still be around and we would share some Snow Cream when the first snow arrives this winter.

Christmas Potato Candy

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I told you I would share some of our family recipes during the Christmas holiday.  Now, don’t let the name Potato Candy scare you.  This candy is wonderful.  My Granny Woodrum (you can read about her on my earlier posts) “always” made this candy for Christmas.

1 medium potato

Peanut Butter

Confectioners Sugar

Vanilla

Boil 1 medium potato.  Peel and mash with a fork until smooth and no lumps.  Add confectioners sugar until stiff.  You will need to determine how much since it varies according to the size of the potato.  Dust a cutting board with some confectioners sugar.  Roll out as if you were rolling out pie crust, make it sort of oblong.

Spread peanut butter on top of  what you just rolled out.  Starting at the wider side…roll up like a jelly roll.  Cover in a wrap and chill.  Cut in pieces before serving.

This is a very simple recipe and people will think you took hours to make it.

Merry Christmas!

Jesus is the reason for the season.

Cornstarch & Memories

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I can still remember the day I made homemade Christmas ornaments with my children.  We didn’t know it at the time, but we were making memories for us to remember 45 years later.  I still have the instructions here in my old cookbook.  The Scotch tape is dried and brown from being stuck in this book long, long ago, but I remember the day.

CREATIVE CLAY

Creative clay made with ARGO Corn Starch can be easily shaped, then left to harden and dry.  Perfect for many uses….from making creative jewelry and ornaments to play clay for children.  It’s easy and inexpensive to make.  (this is probably why I chose this project)

In a saucepan, stir thoroughly 1 cup ARGO Corn Starch and 2 cups ( 1 lb. package) baking soda.  Mix in 1 1/4 cups cold water.  Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches a slightly moist, mashed potato consistency.  Turn out on plate and cover with damp cloth.  When cool enough to handle, knead like dough.  Shape as desired, or store tightly covered for later use.

To shape creative clay, form with hands or roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with knife or cookie cutter.  If desired, trim with bits of clay, moistened and pressed in place.  Pierce a hole near edge for stringing a pendant or ornaments.  Let dry on protected surface.  Creative clay can be painted when dry with water colors, poster paints or felt-tip pens.  Brush on clear nail polish or shellac for a protective coating and shine if desired.

We made these ornaments when the kids were very small and they graced our Christmas tree throughout their teen years.  We moved to Huntington, WV in the 1982 and the ornaments were stored in our basement (which was moist) and needless to say I cried when I opened the box.  All the beautiful ornaments had fallen apart, but I still have the memories.

Make memories with your kids…now.