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Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Peanut butter cookies

Hi, everyone. The senior centers will reopen on June 22! Guidelines are being discussed and once they are set, we will get the information to the seniors. Keep your eyes and ears open for further updates.

My riddle for you this week is: How did the bubblegum cross the road?

In the meantime, the Jackson County Commission on Aging is still serving meals three days a week. Meals will be available at the senior centers and delivered for Meals on Wheels Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Frozen meals will be given out on Thursday for Friday and Monday.

June has arrived and it is time to send Happy Birthday wishes out to the following seniors. Happy Birthday to Gene Harpold, Oleta Hinzman, Cordelia Blankenship, Barry Thomas, Janet Smart and Ora Reynolds! I hope you enjoy your special day.

Today, June 8, is National Best Friends Day. You're lucky if you have a best friend. You are very lucky if you have more than one. Do you have a best friend? They are special people that you share secrets, hopes, dreams and disappointments with. I think that down through the years you can have more than one best friend.

I have had several. When I was young, there were always certain girls that I hung out with at school. They were the ones I ate lunch with, ran around with before classes started and told my secrets to. Before I got married, when I was a secretary at the State House, my boss and I were close in age, and we were best friends. I haven’t seen her in years, but I still think of her often. I guess the one I have been best friends with the longest is my cousin, Carmen. We’re very close in age and have been friends forever. I hope you are lucky enough to have a best friend.

Saturday, June 12, is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. We lived in an apartment complex the first couple years of my marriage. Charley worked shift work and I was lucky to have a very nice girl move in the apartment across the hall from us. We became great friends, and she gave me this recipe which is now one of my favorites. I still have the faded and stained paper where she wrote it down for me.

I consider my readers my friends, so in honor of National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, I am going to share this recipe with you. They are delicious!

Peanut Butter Blossoms

½ cup sugar

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup solid shortening

½ cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 ¾ cup self-rising flour

48 milk chocolate kisses

Mix sugars and shortening in large mixer bowl. Add peanut butter, milk, vanilla and egg. Mix. Add flour. Mix at low speed until a dough forms.

Shape dough into balls, using a rounded teaspoon of dough.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degree for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Take out of oven and top each hot cookie immediately with a chocolate kiss, pressing down so the cookie cracks around edges. Makes 48 cookies.

I leave you with the following verses:

Proverbs 18:24 — A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 — Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

Ecclesiastes 4:10 — For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Answer to riddle: On the bottom of the chicken’s foot!