Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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October 9, 2013

What happened to summer?

Ouch! What happened to summer?

I admit I was complaining about the heat, but now we have winter-feeling weather. I won’t complain about not having rain again after the deluge we got over the weekend. We could have used it this summer, but we really didn’t suffer too much. I didn’t see hoses stretched from one end of the garden to the other. This should do us for awhile now. The farmers need to get their crops out of the fields.

The only thing on the calendar in the near future is our annual Women Just Want to Have Fun Day. It will be Oct. 19 at First Baptist Church. I don’t know the complete schedule, but I do know we will have a lot of fun doing whatever. Remember, it is free, there will be lunch available for a nominal fee, and there will be door prizes. So get your friends together and come on to a free day of fun.

One of the rites of fall is picking up persimmons. I have found that you either love them or hate them. Just in case you love them, I will give you some recipes to use them.

PERSIMMON COOKIES

1 cup sugar

1 stick melted butter

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups persimmon pulp

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine sugar and butter and beat in eggs and pulp. Add remaining ingredients. Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool on waxed paper.

PERSIMMON FUDGE

1 cup persimmon pulp

3/4 cup margarine

2/3 cup evaporated milk

3 cups sugar

2 cps (13 ounces) Marshmallow crème

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Combine persimmon pulp, margarine, evaporated milk and sugar and bring to boil (stirring constantly) until mixture gets to soft-ball state (232 to 238 degrees). Remove from heat and add marshmallow crème, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Add nuts, if desired. Pour into greased 8 x 12-inch pan and let set until firm.

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