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Ripley Senior Center RSVP recognitions luncheon and updates: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Pumpkins

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: How are pumpkins like cats?

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

The center will reopen on Monday, Nov. 1, for inside dining and activities. More details will come in the next column.

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

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, they had their annual RSVP recognitions luncheon at Cedar Lakes Conference Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Our center had a very nice turnout, and everyone had a fun time. They served a delicious lunch and many of our members won gift bags or gift cards. Ann Thaxton was the first to win followed by Jim Kay, Rose Marie Dubites, Janet Smart, Carmen Falin, Arlene Sayre, Lester Click, Thomas Giannunzio, Theodore Cobb, Shireene Matheny, Kathy Backus, Rowena Mullins, Arlene Boggess, Ora Reynolds, Evelyn Carpenter, Ruth Henthorne, Janice Huffman and Carolyn Marks.

The weather has turned cold, and we’ve had two days in a row of frost-covered rooftops in our area. Hopefully, that will cause the grass to grow a little slower. The black walnuts in our area have been falling off the trees every day. My son and I have been working together and have hauled four five-gallon buckets of the nuts so far. And there are many, many more falling every day. It is a very good year for nuts.

Oct. 26 is National Pumpkin Day. The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which means “large melon” in Greek. They come in all sizes and colors. I got two white pumpkins today. I asked the seller and she said they are orange inside. Since pumpkins are packed with vitamin C, they can boost your immune system to fight off those nasty colds. They can frame the perfect photo at the local pumpkin patch and carve up the scariest jack-o-lanterns. They can become a planter by cutting off the top and hollowing it out and placing a potted plant of your choice inside, and they bake up some of the tastiest treats of the season.

And speaking of tasty treats, I hope you’re not getting tired of my recipes. I have another one for you this week. This is another seasonal recipe — pumpkin muffins. I made this recipe with some frozen pumpkin puree I had in my freezer. They were delicious!

Pumpkin spice muffins

1 cup self-rising flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

4 Tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

1 heaping cup of pumpkin puree

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1 whole egg

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup nuts (I used black walnuts)

Frosting

1/4 cup softened butter

4 ounces of cream cheese

1/2 pound confectioners’ sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Add butter and cut mixture together with a pastry cutter until thoroughly mixed.

Mix pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, egg and vanilla.

Stir this into the flour/butter mixture.

Add nuts and fold together until just combined.

Bake 22-26 minutes at 400 degrees.

Mix frosting ingredients until soft and spread on cooled muffins.

If you don’t want to frost the muffins, you can sprinkle each one with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon before baking.

I leave you with the following verses:

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Answer to riddle: They are often waiting on the porch for you when you get home!