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Art classes are held at the Letcher Co. Extension Office, Mountain of Scraps


Hello everyone — I hope all are doing fine. We have had some cold weather just to get us aware of what is coming. I’ve been glad to have the pellet stove on. Our sons sent us photos of their snow in Ohio. The son that lives near the Indiana border had the most snow. The picture looked like over a half inch. They always get a lot.

Feel Better Wishes are being sent to: Sue Banks, Dexter Addington, Clara Kalahan, Minerva Yonts, Christine Gatton, Robert Sword and Mike Watts.

I attended two art classes this past week. They were so much fun. On Tuesday, November 9, there was an art class held at the Extension office. Those attending the class were: Nanette Banks (Letcher County FCS Agent), Teresa Hylton, Jill Morgan, Shawna Crum, Dawn Pennell, Beth Sexton, Tristy Kincer, ReAnna Caudill, Lisa Ison, Bridget Back, Gwendolyn Back, DeRonda Brown, Denita Carter, Holly Church, Carolyn Potter, Toni Jenkins, Roxie Cornett, Rita Smith, Kristy Hall, Iris Kelly, Brenda Griffin, Diana Compton, Pat Anderson, Abby Collins and Martha Wenning. Kenna’s Creative Canvas was the sponsor. It was a wonderful class.

On Monday, November 15, there was an art class held at Mountain of Scraps. Those attending the class were: Sherril Sturgill, Kaye Shortt, (Mama) Kaye Shortt, Martha Mullins, Mistie Kincer, Tisha Reynolds, Kylee Fouts, Kesha Fouts, Maxine Fouts, Sue Banks, Stephanie Slone, Hayden Adams, Diane Adams, Christie Adams, C.D. Sandlin, Jennifer Mullins, Teresa Hogg, Sheila Sampson, Donna Watts and Martha Wenning. Mona Collier was the instructor. This was a fun class.

Bob Caudill and Randy Brown spent several days fishing this past week. They had a good time.

Susan and Waldo Stamper of Lexington came in for a few days. It was good seeing them. Joe Stamper of Lexington also came in for a couple days. Their place looks so nice.

Jeff Vice of Flemingsburg stopped by one afternoon. He and Mike visited for a while.

The date for the 40th Annual Mountain Heritage Festival has been announced. The festival will be September 19-24, 2022. I have the date marked on my calendar and I’m looking forward to the festival.

Michael Campbell of Newport came in to visit his dad John Campbell of Little Cowan and his grandpa Glen Brown of Whitesburg. Michael and John took a quick trip to North Carolina and back. I didn’t get to see Michael on this trip but we did text with each other.

Mike went to John’s house to watch the Kentucky football game and I took a nap during the game. Michael and Joe Newell were there to watch the game also.

I talked with Edison Banks about having a neighborhood watch type program on Little Cowan. He said at one time there was a telephone call program in the neighborhood. People would call each other if they saw an unfamiliar vehicle or something in the neighborhood. If Little Cowan is interested in doing a watch program, please contact Edison Banks or email CowanNews@aol.com. I think keeping an eye out for each other would be wonderful.

I had put a pillow on the swing by the creek and it’s been on the swing for about two years. It’s been on that swing getting wet and dry with no problem. I happened to look out the back window and saw Buddy run by with the pillow. I went to the front window and saw Buddy throwing the pillow around and chasing it. He was having so much fun. Mike went out to get the pillow and Buddy would grab the pillow and run away. It was funny to watch. The next day, Mike found the pillow in the yard and brought it home. He said the pillow was fine, Buddy hadn’t torn it up. He just played with it.

I’ve been doing some sewing and CAT thinks he is supposed to help me. He’ll jump up on the back of my chair and then get on the desk. He sits behind my sewing machine and watches. One day I was having issues with the bobbin and had to fill several of them. CAT watched everything I did. I figured he was learning how to fill a bobbin so he could sew.

One evening I was playing on the computer. I looked up and CAT was sitting on the overhead beam. He ended up falling asleep on the beam. Luckily he didn’t fall off the beam. He did come down when I went to bed.

One of my friends and co-workers from Dayton Job Corps Center, Dayton, Ohio passed away this week. I was shocked to find this out.

John Joseph Geoghan, age 52, of Huber Heights, Ohio, passed away on November 11, 2021. His funeral will be November 22, 2021.

John was currently the Center Director for Cincinnati Job Corps Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a good friend, a good man, and a good mentor. He was a great supporter of Job Corps students. I am going to miss him.

A cousin passed away also. Edison Glenn Banks Sr. died on November 8, 2021. He was 86 years old.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Sue, of Little Cowan; a son, Edison G. Banks II, of Little Cowan; and two daughters, Mary (Marty) Richardson, of Little Cowan, and Amanda (Tyler) Galer, of Ludlow. He had five grandchildren, Ashley (Brandon) Holland, Nicole Banks Davis, Haley Sizemore, Katie Galer, and Kyle Galer. He had three greatgrandchildren, Makayla Holland, Sophie Grace Holland, and Hallie Davis.

He is also survived by a sister, Christine (Bob) Gatton of Knoxville, Tennessee, and two nieces, Rebecca Elsbeth and Melissa.

Visitation was held on November 10, 2021 and the funeral was November 11, 2021 at the Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. Burial took place at the Banks family cemetery on Little Cowan.

Condolences are being sent to all of the family.

The 21-gun salute and playing of Taps was an emotional part of the service.

This week I’ve enclosed a recipe for Salt Dough Ornaments. I always wanted to do this but didn’t have the recipe when my sons were young.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Ingredients: 1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup water optional 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon.

*Blend together flour, salt, and cinnamon.

*Stir in water until a dough forms.

*Knead on a floured surface until dough is firm and workable.

*Roll out dough using a rolling pin until dough is desired thickness (usually 1/4 inch or less)

* Cut out ornament shapes with cookie cutters.

*Poke a hole in top to hang ornaments.

*Bake at 200 degrees for three hours.

*Don’t burn.

*Paint, seal, and use ribbon to hang.

Debby Bates Ison sent her recipe for Debby’s Tortilla Soup.

Ingredients: 1 rotisserie chicken cubed or shredded (generally use what’s left over from a previous meal)

12 ounces of medium salsa

3 cans chicken broth

1 small onion diced and sauteed

3 cloves of garlic sauteed (diced or shredded)

1 can corn

1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

*Pour all into a crockpot and heat for two-three hours on high until everything is nice and hot.

(OR heat on stove to almost a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes).

*Place your favorite crisp tortilla chips in the bottom of a bowl.

*Pour goodly serving of soup over tortillas.

*Top with cheese, sour cream, and garnish with cilantro and crumbled tortillas.

TIP – May use hot salsa for more spice or add jalapenos to the onions and garlic while sautéeing.

Millie Banks sent a recipe for Strawberry Christmas Punch. She makes this every year for Christmas.

Ingredients: 2 quarts water

2 packages strawberry Kool-Aid

1 liter ginger ale

1 large can pineapple juice

*In advance: Mix Kool- Aid, water, and sugar. Pour into a large Ziplock bag or several small bags. Freeze.

*When ready to make punch, crush frozen Kool- Aid (use hammer or rolling pin). Leave in chunks.

*Put in punch bowl.

* Add ginger ale and pineapple juice.

This week’s quote is: “We don’t meet people by accident. Everyone is meant to cross our path for a reason.”

If you have any news or recipes, please send to CowanNews@aol.com. The recipes will be put in until the end of the year. Thank you.

Have a wonderful week. Stay focused on things that make you happy and don’t get overwhelmed with all of the holiday activities. Stay healthy.

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