By Alice Woodhull
---- — Did you survive our winter blast last week?
I’m sure glad it is in the past, even if there are a few reminders sticking around where the snow piled up the worst. I got cold and just couldn’t get warmed up no matter how high the furnace was turned up. I think it was just the knowing how cold it really was that made me think I was cold.
The worst problem wasn’t the lack of electricity, as ours stayed on through the entire time. It was the lack of our modern technology, the computer. I had taken it in to get the viruses removed, and there were so many I had to leave it in the shop. Talk about withdrawal, I really suffered through it. I was so glad to get it back, and hope that doesn’t happen again. We don’t know how much we depend on things until we don’t have them.
I was glad to have my sewing machine. I looked around for something to work on as I had gotten a lot of my projects finished up. I found a box with a quilt top I had started back in 2010. I decided it needed to be put together, so got all of it out and started on it. I have it ready to do some applique.
There are a lot of things going on right now. Jennings County has announced their annual Craft and Foods Day. It will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jennings County Library. Their theme this year is cinnamon, and the foods categories will be: main dish, side dish, dessert, and other. You may enter any or all categories by bringing the dish with the recipe. These will be served at noon and judging will be by those who are eating.
The crafts that will be demonstrated are: needle felting, cinnamon ornaments, paper bead making, paper star tree form, soup bowl cozy, and many more.
These ladies always do a good job and they have invited anyone who wishes to attend.
Friday, Jan. 17 will be Atina Rozhon’s last day as Extension Educator in Decatur County. She will be devoting her time to Jennings County and taking care of her new daughter Catherine. If you would like to extend your thanks to Atina for the 8 years she has been here in our county, you may do so between 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.
It has been a delight to know her and we will miss her smiling face here. Maybe she will come back from time to time just to say “hello.”
We will be having a ‘sewing day” at the Extension Office on Saturday, Jan. 25 to make things for hospital patients. It will be from 9:30 a.m. to early afternoon. Bring scissors, sewing and cutting supplies such as rotary mat and cutter, your sewing machine if it is convenient, and help out in this venture. It is always fun when a bunch of ladies get together to work on a common cause. This is open to anyone who wants to get out of the house and have fun working together.
RICE BROCCOLI DISH
1 cup uncooked instant rice
1 package chopped broccoli, thawed
1 12-ounce can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1 8-ounce jar cheese
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
Mix all ingredients together in a shallow casserole dish. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, then uncovered for another 10minutes.
EASY OVEN LASAGNA
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 cup water
2 15-ounce cans marinara sauce or 1 32-ounce jar
1 teaspoon salt
1 8-ounce package lasagna
1 cup ricotta or small curd cottage cheese
12 ounces mozzarella or Monterrey Jack cheese, sliced or grated
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Brown ground beef; drain. Add water, marinara sauce and salt. Bring to boil. In a 2-quart baking dish, layer hot sauce, uncooked lasagna, ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers, ending with sauce. Garnish with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for one hour or cover dish with waxed paper and microwave approximately 25 minutes, turning once. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Makes six servings.