Hello everyone – I hope all are adjusting to the time change. One advantage of being retired is not being directly affected by the time change. I go to bed when I’m ready and I get up when I’m ready. No alarms unless there is something going on.
Feel Better Wishes are being sent to Janice Wolod, Randy Brown, Doris Ison, Dexter Addington, and Glen Banks.
Patsy Adams and Darrell Banks had a surprise ‘early Christmas present trip’ from Angel Adams. They visited the Christmas Story House. Patsy stated this is her favorite Christmas movie. They all had a great time on this trip.
Ella Caudill and her niece, Briley Hall, rode across Pine Mountain to Black Mountain. They enjoyed the colors of the leaves. They posted pretty photos on social media.
Michael Campbell of Newport came in for the weekend. He visited his dad John Campbell and his grandpa Glen Brown. It was good seeing Michael.
Janis, Mike, Anna, Myles, Addy, Tucker, and Cami Marr came in for a quick visit on Saturday evening. They visited John Campbell and Glen Brown. I didn’t see them as I took a nap during the football game.
I went to the Christmas bazaar at Cowan Elementary School. I should have had my picture taken with Santa. I think next year, I’ll do the picture. I bought some cool ornaments made out of shells. The drama club and volleyball team were offering chances on a wreath and a welcome planter. I’m hoping I have a chance for one of them.
I had told Mike I would bring home lunch. Luckily the drama club was offering chili dinners and I took advantage of this offer. The chili was delicious.
Mike and I were driving to town on Saturday afternoon and were on Highway 119 going down the hill. I was looking at the hillside and saw a black object. I told Mike I thought I saw a couple bears. He asked if we should turn around which we did. We saw a momma bear and a young bear cross the road in front of us. They even slowed down to look at us. I didn’t have my phone or my camera with me. They were pretty black bears.
Ella Fields Caudill posted a photo on social media of her Thanksgiving cactus. It is blooming and so beautiful.
CAT follows me into the bathroom when I get up in the middle of the night. I have noticed he jumps up on the sink and then looks at himself in the mirror. He has done this a few times and it’s rather amusing.
I did watch the televised funeral of Colin Powell. It was a touching ceremony. Years ago, Mike and I were walking in Washington, DC one evening when his vehicle drove by us. The light was on in the car and we could see Colin Powell sitting there. He looked like he was on his way to an evening meeting. I always trusted him.
I had a good birthday this year. It was nice to be remembered by so many.
Janet Fields Napier sent me a recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge. She says it’s easy and delicious.
*Ingredients: 1 pound white candy coating
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
*Melt coating in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
*Remove from heat.
*Stir in peanut butter and walnuts.
*Spread into a greased 8-inch square pan.
*Chill until firm.
*Cut into 1-inch squares.
FUDGE TIP: If your peanut butter fudge has a grainy texture, you may have heated the candy coating too long.
FUDGE TIP: It isn’t necessary to refrigerate fudge.
Janice Wolod sent a recipe for Harvest Bread Pudding.
*Ingredients:8 to 10 slices cinnamon raisin bread, crust removed
1 1/4 cups pumpkin
3 cups milk
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
*Place bread on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 3 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 3 minutes.
*Cut bread into 2-inch cubes.
*In large mixing bowl, beat eggs.
*Add pumpkin, milk, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
*Stir in bread cubes.
*Allow to sit 8 minutes.
*Stir in raisins.
*Pour into buttered 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
*Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
*Serve warm and top with whipped cream if desired.
TIP: Pumpkin takes an hour to be firm.
Janice also makes it the night before and lets it set overnight.
Janice Wolod sent a recipe for Egg & Sausage Casserole.
*Ingredients: 1 pound sausage, cooked and drained
1/2 pound sharp grated cheese
8 slices of bread, remove crusts
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
*Crumble bread and mix with cheese and sausage.
*Beat milk and eggs together.
*Pour egg mixture over bread.
*Grease casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Janice will leave the sausage out and fry bacon or sausage on the side.
If you have any favorite holiday recipes you want to share please sent to Cowan- News@aol.com. I’ll be putting in recipes for the rest of the year.
The quote of the week is: “November is the last month of autumn, but the beginning of a new adventure. Time to take risks and do the unexpected.”
If you have any news please email CowanNews@aol.com. Thank you.
Have a wonderful week and enjoy every day. Stay safe and healthy.