Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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September 25, 2013

Fall has arrived

(Continued)

One lady brought a lot of things she had made from sewing projects to paper crafting. She shared a lot of her patterns. Craft demonstrations included decoupaged fruit jars to jewelry. We worked on jigsaw puzzles and I think every one that they had out was finished. We also played Bingo, and true to form, I didn’t win.

There were a lot of funnies interspersed throughout the two days. Of course, the meals were good, as usual. There were16 ladies from Decatur County there. The weather was good even though we had a little shower that dampened things for awhile on Thursday.

Here are some recipes:

Slow Cooker Chocolate Candy

2 pounds salted dry roasted peanuts

4 ounces German’s sweet chocolate (about 4 squares)

1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)

2 1/2 pounds white almond bark

Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker. Layer the chocolate over the peanuts, beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips and then almond bark. Set the temperature on low and cook 3 hours. Do not stir the mixture. After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Drop the candy into cupcake pan liners using about 2 tablespoons per liner. Allow the candy to cool completely before removing the cupcake liners.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

8 cups unsweetened applesauce

4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Combine all ingredients and cook for 6 hours or until the desired thickness. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

And here’s something new to try on laundry day:

Dry Laundry Soap

1 bar Fels Naptha laundry soap or 1/2 bar ZOTE soap

1 cup washing soda

1 cup borax

Using food processor or blender, turn bar of soap into powder. Slowly add borax and washing soda and blend well. You can shred the soap in a slaw cutter before putting it in the blender. It will work up better. Note: You can buy Fels Naptha at our local Rural King store. I don’t know if ZOTE is available locally or not.

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