Ripley Senior Center updates and pear muffins recipe: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Which ghost is the best dancer?

The center continues to be closed until further notice. Keep your eyes and ears open for additional updates.

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

If you have any questions, call the center at 304-372-5151.

I don’t have as many, but a few hungry hummers are still drinking at my feeders. They are filling up their bellies for their long migration south.

By the time you read the printed version in the newspaper, October will have arrived. This cool month is filled with special observances and events. When I think of October, I think of colorful pumpkins, football games, jumping off high bridges and Halloween. Unfortunately, base jumping off the New River Bridge has been cancelled this year. We went to Bridge Day a few times and had a great time. Walking over the bridge and watching the daredevils jump off the bridge is exciting, though I would never jump off a perfectly good bridge.

I also think of fiery red, orange and golden yellow leaves. When they die and fall from trees, catch as many of the floating, twirling leaves as you can. According to superstition, catching leaves in autumn brings good luck to you.

October is also National Pear and Pineapple Month. We have a pear tree in our yard and sometimes it bears a bounty of fruit. Some years when we have a late spring frost in our area, we only have a few. When we have an abundance of pears, I make pear butter (like apple butter, only made with pears), pear pies, pear muffins or pear bread.

Here is my recipe for pear muffins:

Pear muffins

4 large pears (about 2 pounds) peeled, cored and diced

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

2 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups self-rising flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325. Prepare 18 muffin cups or use cupcake liners. Mix pears and sugar in medium bowl. Blend oil, eggs and vanilla in large bowl. Combine flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in separate bowl. Stir pear mixture into liquid mixture. Stir in dry ingredients. Fold in walnuts. Divide batter into muffin cups. Bake approximately 30 minutes and until toothpick comes out clean.

If you want, you can top with a crumb/streusel topping.

3 tablespoons plain flour

2 tablespoons quick oats

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons softened butter

Mix and sprinkle on muffins before baking.

These are very good! Muffins store well in the freezer. You can take a muffin out and warm in the microwave whenever you want to enjoy just one.

I leave you with the following verses:

Galations 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Galations 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galations 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Answer to riddle: The Boogie Man!