Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

January 29, 2014

Wishing for a warm day and remembering 1978

By Alice Woodhull
Daily News

---- — What else is there to talk about besides this weather?

I am so wanting a nice warm day. I knew this was a bad winter, and now they say we’re up to second in the amount of snow we’ve gotten so far, second only to the blizzard of ‘78. I sure remember that one.

There is one consolation this time as we’ve never lost our electricity. It is a good time to sit inside and look out the window. The sun does make it warmer inside when it shines.

We all like to complain about this, but we need to step back and count our blessings. We have plenty of food to eat, we have a roof over our heads, we have friends who check up on us to see if we are alright, and I could count many, many more things we have. I have plenty of fabric to work on so that is keeping my sanity.

There are some dates that have crept up on Extension Homemakers, so first I will remind you that if you’ve never been to Home and Family and want to apply for the First Timer award, you need to get your application in as soon as possible. There are forms for you to fill out at the Extension Office. If you want a first hand report of how much fun you can have, just talk to Paulette Duerstock who was a winner last year.

Another award, if you used to go to Home and Family and haven’t been there lately, you might like to apply for the “I Want to Go Back” award which will be given to someone who has been in the past but for some reason hasn’t been there for awhile.

Our Spring District Meeting is coming up soon. It will be Thursday, March 18 at the Parkview Nazarene Church near Nashville, Ind. The church is located just across from the entrance to Brown County State Park. Registration and coffee hour will be 8:30 to 9 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 9 a.m. The lunch will be $10 and will include pulled pork and a baked potato bar.

You may send your reservation to Paulette Duerstock as soon as possible as they need to be to Brown County by March 5.

Our International Night will be April 7 at First Baptist Church. Maya from the Indonesion Restaurant downtown, Mayasari, will present the program and prepare the meal. She is really excited about the opportunity to do this for us and will be preparing some delicious dishes.

In connection with this evening, the Cultural Arts contest will be held. This is a good time to work on your entry during this cold siege. The special exhibit this year is purses. So, if you like to make purses, why not make one for this contest? Winners in each category will be chosen by popular vote, and will represent this county at Home and Family.

We will give you more details nearer the time.

Are you looking for comfort food recipes? I am always searching for something new, but too many times go back to the old tried and true things I make all the time.

MUENSTER CHICKEN

6 - 8 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 - 1/2 cup water

1 chicken bouillon cube

2 packages Muenster cheese, grated

Seasoned bread crumbs

Margarine

Marinate chicken strips in beaten egg for 1 hour. Roll chicken strips in bread crumbs. Lightly brown in margarine and place in oblong baking dish. Mix boiling water with bouillon cube. Pour on top of chicken. Grate 2 packages cheese over top of chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

TAHITIAN HAM SUPPER

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 15 1/4-ounce can pineapple chunks, drained

1 cup water

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 green pepper, cut into strips

1 1/2 - 2 cups cubed ham

3 cups hot cooked rice

Combine brown sugar and cornstarch in pan. Add drained pineapple juice, water and vinegar. Cook, stirring constantly until clear and thick. Stir in pineapple, green pepper, and ham. Cook until hot, 10 minutes, and serve over hot cooked rice.