Ripley Senior Center news and updates: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Who won the Skeleton Beauty Contest?

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.

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the annual RSVP recognitions luncheon will be at Cedar Lakes Conference Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a 150-capacity limit. Along with a lunch of baked steak, there will be gift cards and prizes. It is each senior’s choice whether they feel safe to go or not and everyone must provide their own transportation.

October is Family History Month. I used to be hooked on researching my family history. I had a cousin who also was into searching for facts, pictures and stories about our ancestors. It is an interesting hobby. I found out a lot about my ancestors that I didn’t know. I told my three boys they might be walking around with different names now, if I had started researching earlier. They could have been named Elijah, Abraham and maybe even Dudley. They are probably glad they were born before I began my research.

During my searching I discovered I had ancestors at Valley Forge, in the War of 1812 and in the Civil War — on both sides. I found the unknown birth date of my great-grandpa on my grandma’s side by sending for his Civil War pension records. I also discovered my grandpa had special abilities to stop bleeding and on taking the fire out of a burn and that he had a brother no one knew about.

A few years ago, I took a DNA test and discovered I am 62 percent English and NW European, 17 percent Scottish and 6 percent Irish.

Now that you know more than you ever wanted to know about me, take the rest of the month to find out a little about your family. You might find out some interesting facts in the process of doing so. To celebrate Family History Month, you could organize your family photos (and put names and dates on the back of them) or share a treasured family recipe. You could also put together a cookbook by asking family members to send you a few of their favorite recipes. I’ve done that a couple of times, and I treasure the recipes, some of them sent to me by relatives that are no longer living.

Here is one that was in the first family cookbook I put together in 1996. It was sent in by one of my favorite cousins who has since passed away.

Pumpkin roll

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup pumpkin

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Chopped nuts

Beat eggs, add sugar and gradually blend in pumpkin. Add salt, soda, cinnamon and flour. Spread batter in greased waxed paper lined 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 jellyroll pan. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn onto dishtowel sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. Peel off paper. Roll cake with dishtowel. Cool. Unroll and spread with filling. Roll back up.


Cream the following:

8 ounces cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

Keep refrigerated. Freezes well.

I leave you with the following verses:

Psalm 133: 1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 17: 6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Answer to riddle: Miss No Body!