Well, Florida and Texas are slowly recovering and we’re adding Mexico and Puerto Rico to our prayer lists! The only ‘good thing’ to come out of these tragedies is a very sincere and deep appreciation for what we as individuals have: health, home, family, friends and church. (Not particularly in that order!)
The Switzerland County Park Board is hosting an open discussion of the sediment removal plan for Bryant’s Creek tomorrow (Friday, September 29th), beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the building housing the Vevay Water Company located 600 West Seminary Street. Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources will be in attendance. All local residents, fishing enthusiasts and conservationists are encouraged to attend.
The next Patriot Town Board meeting will be held this Monday, October 2nd. All are welcome to attend and the meeting begins promptly at 6 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. The meetings are held at the Town Hall located at 352 3rd Street in Patriot.
Just another reminder that the Patriot Water Company now has a Facebook page dedicated to notifying the customers living in the five counties and serviced by the Water Company. Everyone is encouraged to ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ this page with family and friends. The purpose of this Facebook page entitled PATRIOT WATER COMPANY is to advise of water outages, boil alerts and other pertinent issues.
The next scheduled meeting of the Red HOT Hatters will be in mid-October. The exact date has not yet been decided but will be in next week’s edition of the newspaper. Red HOT Hatters may also feel free to contact Kay E. Cook by email, text or telephone.
Past, present and future members of the Patriot Baptist Church are encouraged to come together on Sunday, October 22nd, at 4 p.m. for the 2017 Homecoming Service. Food will be served at Town Hall after the church services.
Prayers of healing are needed for Jerry Turner, Leona Ware, Travis Griffith, Bill Levell, Wayne Dawson, June Lack and Sharon Coplin.
In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, I learned that not all doctors will agree on your plan of treatment. Having been officially diagnosed this week with S.A.D. – that is, Seasonal Affective Disorder – I was encouraged to spend at least part of this coming winter in Florida. My dermatologist, however, after removing a quarter-sized area of skin cancer two years ago, has told me that if I go to Florida, I need to stay out of the sun from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. All I know is that just the thought of closing up the house for weeks at a time and turning on the furnace does not make me a happy camper. I would prefer wearing shorts, t-shirts and sandals all year round. Short of winning the lottery, however, my odds of going south for the winter are slim to none. (Darn it!)
In the “Critter Corner” this week, I am still trying to deal with my feral cat Uncle Tomcat. Gradually he is beginning to trust me and now I can get within 4-6 feet of him without scaring him away. As a matter of fact, I was late with his 8 a.m. breakfast one day last week and he proudly pranced himself through the flexible screen and right into the house and as if he actually belonged there, began chowing down at the cat food dispenser. Of course, at the expedited rate that the expensive cat food is disappearing, Uncle Tomcat and my Two Terrible Tomcats must be receiving help from the canine members of my family.
I haven’t been doing recipes recently. Not because Aunt Bea (Sharon Levell) has run out of good ones to share but because Yours Truly normally does not type the article until the night before and I’m too tired/lazy to include one. So, here’s a doosie! (Is that not a word? It’s not in spellcheck!) I ‘borrowed’ this from the Internet but ‘Oh my gosh’, I can’t wait to make it up for the next Red HOT Hatters luncheon! With the yellow and orange Reese’s pieces on top of the finished product, you can gain weight just looking at this cake!
BUTTER POKE CAKE
For the Cake:
1 box devil’s food cake, plus ingredients called for on box
2 c. peanut butter, melted
1 c. chopped Reese’s PB cups
1 c. Reese’s pieces
For the frosting:
1 c. peanut butter
10 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
2 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1-2 tbsp. heavy cream
1. Bake cake: Preheat oven to 350° and line a 9-x-13″ pan with parchment paper. Prepare cake batter according to package instructions and pour into prepared pan. Bake about 25 minutes. Let cake cool completely.
2. Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over cake. Then pour melted peanut butter over the entire cake, filling the holes. Set aside.
3. Make frosting: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together peanut butter and butter. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and salt and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in cream to loosen frosting, if needed.
4. Spread frosting all over the top of the cake. Top with chopped Reese’s and Reese’s Pieces.
You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038. In addition, contact KAY E COOK on Facebook or online at PatriotNews1995@gmail.com. If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in a particular issue please be sure and give it to me early.