Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Where do you learn to make ice cream?

The senior centers have reopened. As a reminder, the following are guidelines that they will go by:

  • Hours will be from 11 a.m.-noon for lunch only Monday-Friday.
  • Curbside meals will still be offered from 10-10:30 a.m. on the days the center is open.
  • You must enter through the front door. Before gaining entrance, a screening will be conducted. Wearing a mask is not required, but optional.
  • A reservation is required for indoor dining and for curbside meals. You may call the center a day ahead at 304-372-5151 to make your reservation.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • We will be observing CDC guidelines for social distancing. If you have any concerns or questions, you may call the center at 304-372-5151.

There will be no other activities until further notice, only lunch. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, other activities will resume. Until then, I’m sure you will enjoy being able to have lunch again inside the center.

Keep your eyes and ears open for further updates.

The vegetable vouchers will be available sometime in August.

We are in the dog days of summer, which according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, are the 40 hot and lazy days between July 3 and Aug. 11. It is very hot! Our garden and berry vines are suffering from all the dry weather and heat and so am I. Hopefully, by the time you read this, we will have had some much-needed rain.

Aug. 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. You can buy them or make your own by putting ice cream between layers of cookies. And since Aug. 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, what better way to make an ice cream sandwich.

I love ice cream and I love chocolate chip cookies, though I am eating a lot less of them than I used to. But every now and then it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself.

So, if you want a cold sandwich on these hot days, bake up a batch of cookies and put a scoop of ice cream between them and gently press down. You can roll the sides in mini M&Ms or sprinkles. You can make peanut butter ice cream sandwiches by baking peanut butter cookies and putting a small scoop of strawberry ice cream between them. Roll the sides in chopped peanuts or peanut butter chips — yum! You can eat these sandwiches right away or put them into freezer bags and freeze to eat later.

Here is a favorite recipe of mine for cookies. They would taste delicious with a scoop of ice cream between them.

White chocolate chip/black walnut cookies

2 1/4 cups self-rising flour

2 sticks butter

3/4 cup of sugar

2/3 cup of brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

2 cups white chocolate chips

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup black walnuts

Preheat oven to 375. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, beating well. Beat in flour gradually. Stir in chips and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoon. Bake 9-11 minutes. Makes five dozen.

As with all recipes, you can make substitutions. You can use any type of nuts you like and, if you like, you can use different types of chocolate chips.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you:

Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Answer to riddle: At Sundae School!