This past weekend, we attended the Power of the Past.
It was great as usual and the crowd was great, too. It is always nice to see people you have not seen since last year. There are many community events coming up you won't want to miss. The New Point CrackÐAway-Daze, Tree City Fall Festival and several church festivals.
The Decatur County Historical Society has several new displays coming up this fall as well. It would be great for a family outing to participate in these community events.
We also went to the Clarksburg School reunion. Gosh, it was just a short time ago that I graduated.
The Extension Homemakers always have events coming up. The Achievement Night Program in October as well as the Women-Just-Want-To-Have-Fun-Day are just around the corner.
Here are a couple of recipes that were fair winners:
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp. salt
1Ú4 cup margarine
1 cup warm water
1 package yeast
5 1Ú2 cups flour
Scald milk, stir in sugar, salt and margarine; cool. Sprinkle yeast into warm water in bowl; stir until dissolved. Stir in milk mixture; add three cups flour; beat until smooth. Add flour to make soft dough. Knead until smooth, about eight to 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl. Cover, let rise until double. Punch down; divide in half. Heavily flour board with cornmeal, roll each piece to thickness of 1Ú2 inch.
Cut into three inch circles with cookie cutter. Cover and let rise 30 minutes. Carefully place on lightly greased medium-hot griddle. Cornmeal side down. Bake until bottom is well browned about 15 minutes, then turn and bake 15 minutes longer. Makes 20 muffins. I have used an electric skillet on 350 degrees and line the skillet with a double thickness of foil instead of a griddle.
1Ú4 cup butter
1Ú4 cup bananas, mashed
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1Ú2 cup flour
6 tablespoons cocoa
1Ú4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
In a large bowl, melt butter in microwave, stir in bananas and sugar; add eggs and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients until combined. Pour into greased nine by nine inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Makes 16 brownies.
Spiced Plum Pie
Pastry for double-crust pie
4 1Ú2 cups sliced fresh plums
2/3 cup sugar
1Ú4 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1Ú4 tsp. nutmeg
1 egg, lightly beaten
1Ú2 c. orange juice
1 tsp. grated orange peel
2 tablespoons butter
Line pie pan with bottom pastry; trim even with edge. Arrange plums in crust.
In a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Stir in egg, orange juice and peel. Pour over plums; dot with butter. Roll out top pastry, place over filling. Cut slits in pastry. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.
This past weekend, we attended the Power of the Past.
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