Ripley Senior Center updates: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Happy fall!

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: How do you mend a broken pumpkin?

I am sad to announce that I was recently informed that the center is closed until further notice.

Meals on Wheels clients are still being served and curbside meals will be served from 11 a.m.-noon; a reservation is required.

We would like to send out get well wishes to Linda Strickland and her family.

And we would like to request prayers for Teresa’s husband, Mark, who is going in for total knee replacement on Sept. 29.

We would like to send our thanks to the center’s janitor, Leroy, for keeping the center nice and clean and doing handiwork when needed. We appreciate all that he does.

Our garden is just about fizzled out and torn down. I’m glad things have slowed down a little. As I told you in one of my columns a few months ago, Carmen and I wanted to paint barn star squares to put up on our buildings. We bought an 8x4-foot piece of MDO plywood and cut it in half so we could make two signs. Well, I must confess that my son has been doing most of the work on mine. It is a red, yellow and blue quilt pattern and Carmen painted a large sun on hers. We don’t have a barn but we’re looking forward to putting them up on the side of our buildings.

The month of September is almost over. Did you know that September is known as National Potato Month? I didn’t. There are many ways to eat potatoes — mashed, fried, boiled, baked, French fries, hashbrowns, tater tots, potato cakes, potato soup, potato salad and potato chips. I could go on and on. The most famous potato may be Mr. Potato Head. A famous dance in the early '60s was The Mashed Potato.

To celebrate National Potato Month and the cooler weather we’ve been getting, cut up some stunning spuds and cook this easy potato soup. I just cooked a big pot of it last week.

Easy potato soup

8 medium potatoes

1/3 cup chopped onion

1 minced clove of garlic

14.5-ounce can of low sodium chicken broth

1 cup water

2 tablespoons butter

12-ounce can of cream

6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3/4 cup sour cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Peal and cube potatoes. Put in saucepan along with chicken broth, water, onion, garlic and butter. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Take off heat. Use a potato masher and coarsely crush potatoes. Add cream, shredded cheese, bacon and sour cream. Simmer for a few more minutes and season to taste. Leave out sour cream if you want your soup thinner.

I leave you with the following verses:

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Answer to riddle: With a pumpkin patch!