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 Cella's News

January 2010

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Favorite Song:  Not sure if I've gotten all the words right.  To hear it sung by Melanie Walker, visit tct.tv, Schedules, Search, Come On In, Available on Demand, Come On In.  Not sure who wrote it.

Touch of the Son

Verse 1:
A tiny, fragile flower,
With fragrance cool and sweet,
While blooming by the wayside,
Was crushed by cruel feet.
And those who see no signs of life,
Just sigh and says its done;
Until it springs to life again
When it's touched by the Son.

Chorus:
It's the touch of the Son
That makes the difference.
Like a miracle the damage is undone.
What was once broken by the world,
And lay in pieces,
Is mended and made whole,
When it's touched by the Son.

Verse 2:
The world would try to keep us
Downtrodden, cast aside,
Though we're numbered with transgressors,
Our souls are not denied.
But when the trouble is at an end,
And all is said and done,
In Him we'll live to rise again,
When we're touched by the Son.

Chorus:
It's the touch of the Son
That makes the difference.
Like a miracle the damage is undone.
What was once broken by the world,
And lay in pieces,
Is mended and made whole,
When it's touched by the Son.

What was once broken by the world,
And lay in pieces,
Is mended and made whole,
When it's touched again by the Son.

 

knew this day was coming.  It happens every year.  What once we considered cold (in the 30s), we now consider warm.  I must say that it is hard to take this Global Warming seriously when so many cold records are being broken all over the world.  The only Global Warming taking place at my house this year happened when I stoked the wood stove.  I've said it before, and I mean it.  We should be eating more raw fruits and vegetables.  Did you ever notice that most people advocating eating raw foods live in warm climates and they actually grow some of the foods they eat.  Can you imagine?  Why just this morning I walked out of the house, picked a banana, 2 collard greens, 4 strawberries, a slice from a mango, picked a pear, and threw them into my vita mix with 8-oz. of water and made a great blended green smoothie for two.  It was so good, I might make another one tomorrow (with my store-bought vegetables keeping cool on my porch).

Our hearts, of course, are with the Haitian people at this time.  Help them in some way if you can.  Psalm 41:4 says, "Blessed is he that considereth the poor:  the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

Cranberry Bars
(Aja Holland)

3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups white flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh cranberries (or dried - makes it sweeter)
3/4 to 1 cup walnuts, chopped

In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar.  Stir in eggs and almond extract.  Mix in flour and salt.  Stir in cranberries and walnuts.  Spread mixture in a greased 9 x 9-inch baking pan.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and top is lightly browned. 

Pennsylvania Dutch Barbecues (like Sloppy Joes)
(Susan and Herman Moore)

2 pounds ground beef
4 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 1/4 cups ketchup
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons celery salt

In a large skillet, fry ground beef until brown and crumbly.  Keep warm.  In a saucepan, combine the mustard, ketchup, sugar, salt, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes.  Add 2 teaspoons of celery salt.  Stir into beef mixture.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Serve with rolls.  

Danish Pastry
(Colby Greene/Melanie Feltman)

1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup cold milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup softened butter
3 cups flour

Glaze:
beaten egg whites with confectioners sugar
OR confectioners sugar mixed with half and half

Sprinkle yeast over warm water and let stand for 10 minutes.  Combine yeast and warm water in bowl with milk, egg, sugar, and salt.  Mix well.  Add flour and knead on lightly-floured board until stiff enough to handle.  Roll dough into large square.  Spread butter in center of square.  Fold sides and ends over to center.  Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes.  Roll out and fold the same way as above for a total of 6 times.  Cover and place in refrigerator until 2 hours before needed.  Roll lightly (rectangular shape) and cut into 4-inch strips.  Twist, and place on greased cookie sheet.  Cover and allow to rise until puffy.  Bake at 400 degrees approximately 8 minutes until light golden.  Frosten with beaten egg white and confectioners sugar or confectioners sugar mixed with half and half while pastries are still hot.

Tator® Tot Casserole
(Herman and Susan Moore)

1 1/2 pounds hamburger, browned
Bag frozen Tator® Tots
14.5-oz. can of French-cut green beans, drained
2 (10 3/4-oz.) cans cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
Cheese of your choice for topping, optional
French-fried onions rings for topping, optional

Place a layer of frozen Tator® Tots in a 9 x 12x2-inch baking dish, followed by a layer of green beans, a layer of browned hamburger, two cans of mushroom soup, a layer of cheese if desired and/or a layer of French-fried onion rings.  Bake in 325 degree oven until bubbly and a little brown on top, about 45 minutes.

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