Whitesburg KY

Squash pickles good with soup beans


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center: “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3-4.

Patience is not one of my greatest virtues and the last couple of weeks have proven that fact.

High temperatures bring out the bad side of our walk-in freezer. When the alarm sounded Sheldon and I began watching it closely and while the sun was blazing down, Sheldon hooked the water hose up letting it spray over the outside unit hoping that cooling it off would help.

Not knowing this and poking my head out the back door, all I saw was water cascading over the vents of the unit. I immediately freaked out and called Anderson Refrigeration telling Chad that water was pouring out of the unit. There was a few seconds of silence and he then responded with a slow okay. He asked a few more questions and said he would be right out.

Sheldon saw and realized I was in a panic and rescued me, showing me the water hose. I felt like such a dope. I sheepishly called Chad and told him about the water hose. The unit was still down and with the fast response of Chad and his dad that old iceberg was up and going in no time.

Chad later told me that water coming out of a unit was a first for him. Of course everyone had a good laugh, and rightly so because I was a crazy women.

But at the time with a freezer full of food down, the thermometer showing 100 degrees, racing around trying to see what was happening, making phone calls, sweat rolling faster then I could wipe — it was not funny.

I just want to say how much I appreciate Anderson Refrigeration for their fast response and repairs. Since we don’t have a backup system to accommodate that much food, it would have been a terrible loss.

Everyone enjoyed a week’s visit from Emily. She bounced from place to place trying to visit all her old friends and neighbors. She’s at the in-between age of 12 where she’s experimenting a little with makeup, has a boyfriend but still enjoys watching Sponge Bob. My, my where has the time gone?

Belated happy birthday wishes to our little neighbor, three-year-old Alex Brashears, son of Wendy and Joe Brashears. Wendy is renovating her grandmother Cornelia’s house and plans to make it her home. Saturday, they celebrated with a birthday party joined by family and friends.

I’ve been busy this week making jam and squash pickles. Monday, Neal is bringing me a gallon of blackberries for blackberry jelly. The next on the canning list is apple butter. The big payoff for all this canning is when Emily says, “Mamaw, can I have some jams and jellies to take home with me?” That makes it all worthwhile.

A lot of folks tell me they’ve never eaten squash pickles. Well, neither had I until Janie Sturgill gave me the recipe. They’re so good I’m happy to share the following recipe with you: 8 cups sliced yellow squash (small squash), 4 diced medium onions, 1 diced red bell pepper, 1 diced green bell pepper.

Put in pan to soak, cover with 1/3 cup canning salt and enough water to cover vegetables. Let soak for 2 hours.

In a large kettle mix 3 cups white vinegar, 3 cups sugar, 1 tsp. celery seed, 1 tsp mustard seed, and 1 tsp. turmeric. Bring to a boil.

Drain off water and add vegetables. Bring to a second boil. Cook for 3 minutes. Pack in sterilized jars and seal.

Great with soup beans.

With that said, I’ll leave you with this thought about patience: Everything we have is taxed — even our patience.

Community Bulletin Board: Gospel singing the second Friday of each month at ECCO’s chapel beginning at 7 p.m. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge station, volunteers are welcome. Bible study each Monday evening at ECCO at 7 p.m. with John Doug Hays; all are welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center; come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes: the family of Dradwick Fleming, Pearl Baker, Patricia Osborne, Verdell Sturgill, Kess Halcomb, Betty Terry, Ted Corder, Stephanie Estep, Don Brown, Jack and Marie Snell, Nora Walker, Roger Shelton, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer all those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, the crisis in Syria, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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