Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What do you call a grumpy apple?

UPDATE:  The Ripley Senior Center will be closed from Monday, September 13 until Friday, September 24, due to Covid-19 protocol. The center will open back up on Monday, September 27. They will still be doing curbside meals from 11-12 on those days and Meals on Wheels.

The senior centers have reopened under new guidelines:

  • New hours will be from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.
  • You must enter through the front door. Before gaining entrance, a screening will be conducted and your temperature will be taken. Wearing a mask is not required, but optional.
  • A reservation is required for indoor dining and curbside meals. Curbside meals are still being served from 10-10:30 a.m.
  • 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.

Inside activities have resumed. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Crafts
  • Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise
  • Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise

We will be practicing social distancing during our activities. Bingo will be played with paper cards that can be thrown away.

Some of the recent coverall winners at Bingo have been Shirley Godfrey, Charley Smart and Donna Skeen. Congratulations to all of you.

The center was closed on Monday, Sept. 6, (Labor Day) and our craft class didn’t get to meet.

The garden is slowing down at our house. The grapes are still going strong, and I have been making jelly and canning grape juice. I have a three-tier stainless steel juice extractor that my son bought me a few years ago and it makes the job so much easier. I put the grapes in the top of it and water in the bottom. As the water boils and steam goes up, the juice collects in the middle compartment. In a couple of hours, the juice is ready and waiting for me. Mom and Grandma would have loved to have had one of these.

It’s apple season! The golden delicious apple is my favorite. I’m sorry to report that I just read this morning that the Clay County Golden Delicious Festival was cancelled again this year. Sept. 17 is National Apple Dumpling Day. I have a recipe for you. I’ve made this a couple of times and it is very good!

Apple dumplings

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Butter a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

Ingredients for pie dough:

2 cups self-rising flour

3/4 cup Crisco shortening

1/2 cup milk

Cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and stir with a fork until dough leaves sides of bowl. Turn dough onto floured wax paper and knead gently just until smooth. Roll out to an 18x12-inch rectangle (or as close as possible — I'm not very good at rolling out rectangles).

In the meantime, combine 2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of water, 1/2 stick of butter, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg in a large saucepan. Stir and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted.

Peel and core six apples.

Cut the 18x12-inch crust into six pieces. Place an apple onto each section. Then shake a mixture of cinnamon/sugar onto the apples. Lightly moisten the edges of the pastry with water and bring the corners up and over the apple. Pinch all the edges together. Place them into the baking dish and pour the prepared syrup mixture around the dumplings. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Answer to riddle: A crab apple!