Pleasantville Book Club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet on Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s in Pleasantville,  The selection for April will be, “Last Train to Istanbul,” by Ayse Kulin. This is an international bestseller by one of Turkey’s most beloved authors.

60 Plus

The group 60 Plus will meet on April 14, at 5 p.m., at the Hills in the Forest Restaurant, on state Route 36, in Pleasantville.  Reservations would be appreciated.

Second Harvest

Second Harvest Food Pantry Distribution is scheduled for April 20, at noon, at the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department.

Pre-registration is required. You may register by calling 589-7385. Please leave your name and number, and someone will return your call. There is no charge for the food boxes. This program is sponsored by Pleasantville Methodist Church, in Pleasantville.

Historical

society

program

The Titusville Historical Society will present a program entitled, “Preserving Titusville Area Treasures,” on Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m., in the community room at Benson Memorial Library. 

Presentations will include artifacts from Pleasantville, Hydetown and Townville, as well as Titusville. Also included will be a lecture on how to take care of your family’s valuables, such as photos, paper documents and objects. The program is free and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, call 827-0928.

Jambalaya

This is easy to prepare and makes a delicious one-dish meal. This recipe is fine Creole cuisine, and is served at restaurants in New Orleans. It is one of my favorites. If you don’t like hot, spicy food, use 1/3 or 1/2 of the white, black and cayenne peppers.

Ingredients: 1 pound bone-in chicken breasts and thighs, 1/4 cup cooking oil, a half pound smoked sausage sliced into 1/4-inch rounds, 2 cups chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 1 (16 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup converted long-grain rice, 1 1/2 cups stock from cooking chicken, and 1 pound of peeled shrimp.

Directions: Place chicken in a large pot, covered with water, and set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove chicken and reserve the stock.

When cool to handle, remove the chicken from the bones and cut it into bite-size pieces. Set aside.

In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, saute the sausage in oil until lightly browned. Remove from the pot and set aside. Add the onion, celery and bell pepper, and saute until tender. Add the crushed tomatoes, garlic, salt and peppers and cook for 10 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot. Stir in the rice and mix well. Stir in the reserved chicken stock, bring the pot to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Add the sausage, chicken and raw peeled shrimp. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the rice and shrimp are done, about 20 minutes.

Ants

It’s that time of the year when our little friends, the ants, want to come inside and visit with us. I don’t like to use commercial sprays or traps because I have dogs and cats. Here is an all-natural solution to chase those pesky ants back outside.

Mix oil of peppermint, patchouli or spearmint in a spray bottle with water.  Shake and spray around doorways, baseboards, etc.  The ants do not like the smell of these oils.

Stag

You’ll have the chance to win prizes at the Stag on Saturday night, starting at 5:30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the bar opens at 6, and the prime rib dinner will be served at 7. A donation is required. Contact Greg Knupp, at 589-7762, for tickets.

Planting your

spring garden

For the garden of your daily living plant three rows of peas.

1. Peace of mind

2. Peace of heart

3. Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash

1. Squash gossip

2. Squash indifference

3. Squash grumbling

4. Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce

1. Lettuce be faithful

2.  Lettuce be kind

3. Lettuce be patient

4. Lettuce really love one another

No garden is complete without turnips.

1. Turnip for meetings

2. Turnip for service

3. Turnip to help one another

To conclude our garden, we must have thyme

1. Thyme for each other

2. Thyme for family

3. Thyme for friends

Water freely with patience, and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow. 

Shortbread cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup of butter (softened), 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups flour.

Directions: Mix all ingredients well. Roll into balls and press down with three fingers. Bake for 10 minutes in a 300-degree oven.

Tastes better than I remember!

Word of the week

Ogooglebar. This word is used as an adjective in Sweden and literally means “ungoogleble.” It describes someone or something that doesn’t show up in Google results. Used in a sentence: I’m going on a date tonight, but he’s totally ogooglebar! What are the odds he’s an axe murder?

Quote of the week

“All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken.

A light from the shadows shall spring.

Renewed shall be blade that was broken.

The crownless again shall be king.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

Holidays

Today, April 5: Go for Broke Day

April 6: National Tartan Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day and Sorry Charlie Day

April 7: Caramel Popcorn Day, National Beer Day, No Housework Day and World Health Day

April 8: All is Ours Day and Draw a Picture of a Bird Day.

April 9: Name Yourself Day and Winston Churchill Day

April 10: Golfer’s Day and National Siblings Day

April 11: Eight Track Tape Day, Barbershop Quartet Day and National Submarine Day

Contact information

Please submit your news items to Ginny Lieder, at 589-5427, or email ginnylieder@hotmail.com.

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