Salvation Army Christmas

tree tags

The Pleasantville Salvation Army Service Unit is geared up for a busy Christmas season. The tags for children in need have been hung on the tree at Corky’s Pizza. If you would like to help a local child have a more blessed Christmas, you may choose a tag and buy gifts for that child. Please bring them back to Corky’s by the date on the tag.

If you would like to help out, but don’t wish to choose a tag, you can buy a single toy and leave it in the toy drop boxes at Corky’s or Coal Oil Johnny’s. The kettles have been placed at Coal Oil Johnny’s and Dollar General Store, and you will see friendly faces ringing the bell at Dollar General. If you would like to help out by ringing the bell, please call Judy, at (814) 673-6682.

If you would like to donate checks, they may be sent to Cindy Benner, 875 Enterprise Road, Pleasantville, 16341.  Ninety percent of money collected in Pleasantville stays in Pleasantville to help local families in need.

Pleasantville book club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet on Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville. 

The selection for the month is “The Nest,” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. This is a warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Cold and sore throat tea

If you wake up with a sore throat, and begin to feel a cold coming on, mix 1 cup of hot water, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons vinegar, dash of cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice, mix well, and drink. You will feel better within the hour. Works every time!

Ladies Night Out

Ladies Night Out will be Dec. 5, at Cross Creek. Cocktails/hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7. Dinner will be chicken cordon bleu, roasted red skin potatoes, green bean almondine, salad and rolls, dessert, and beverages.

There is a fee for this dinner. Bring an unwrapped gift for a child. Wrapping paper is always appreciated also. There will be lots of baskets and goodies to bid on, $100.00 gift cards, and Pittsburgh Penguin tickets. Proceeds benefit Associated Charities.

To help expedite the evening, make advanced payment and reservations. A table for prepaid parties of eight and 10 will be reserved.

Final reservations must be made by Nov. 20. Call Kathleen Morrison, at (814) 758-9563, Suzanne Good, at (814) 673-5214, Donna Roessner, at (814) 720-5692, or Brenda Stearns, at 827-1665, for reservations.

Lessons from a dog

My dog taught me everything I need to know.  It’s okay sometimes to just eat and sleep. When you fall down get back up, shake it off, forget about it, and go on. Be very brave no matter your size. Make your own fun. Unleash your talents. Learn new tricks no matter your age. 

Make new friends. Sniff out opportunities. Chase after your dreams. When loved ones come home always run to greet them.  At the end of the day it is best to snuggle no matter what has happened. Every day is a brand new day. Just be happy.

Quote

“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t. And believe that everything happens for a reason… If you get a chance — take it; if it changes your life — let it.  Nobody said that it would be easy… They promised it would be worth it.” — Gandi

Holiday sweets

Chocolate fudge

Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups sugar, 2/3 cup evaporated milk, 1 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, one 6-ounce package milk chocolate chips, 16 large marshmallows, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 cup chopped nuts.

Directions: Combine sugar, milk, butter and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add in chocolate chips; cook until melted. Remove from heat; stir in marshmallows, vanilla and nuts. Mix well. Pour into a greased pan, cool, then cut into squares.

Reindeer chow

Ingredients: 1 box chex corn cereal, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 cups pretzel pieces, 2 cups Christmas M&M’s. 

Directions: Pour Chex cereal into a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Melt in the microwave on high heat for 1 minute.

Stir and continue heating for another 30 seconds. Remove from microwave. Add in the vanilla extract then mix well.  Pour chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir to evenly distribute. In a gallon-sized Ziploc bag pour in 2 cups of powdered sugar. Add the chocolate chex mix, seal and shake well. Pour chex mix into a bowl, then add pretzels and M&M’s. Mix well and serve.

Rolo pretzel turtles

Ingredients:  30 Rolo chocolates, 30 small pretzels — not sticks, but the flat, square ones, 30 pecans or 30 walnuts — whole.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Unwrap your Rolos. Place pretzels on a baking sheet and top each one with a Rolo candy. Bake in oven for 3-5 minutes, until the chocolate just begins to melt. The Rolo should be soft but not completely melted. Remove from oven, place on cooling rack, place a whole nut on top, and immediately squish the chocolate with a nut.  Watch the caramel ooze out. Yummy! Let cool and enjoy.

Eggnog  fudge

Ingredients: 12 oz. white chocolate chips, one 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme, 1 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup eggnog, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, plus extra for garnish.

Directions:  Line a square baking dish with aluminum foil, then grease foil with butter or non-stick spray. Combine butter, sugar and eggnog in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.  Stirring frequently, bring mixture to 234 degrees F, then remove from heat and stir in white chocolate chips until melted. Working quickly, stir in marshmallow crème, vanilla extract and nutmeg until fully incorporated, then transfer mixture to greased baking dish.  Smooth out the top of the fudge, then top with a sprinkle of the nutmeg if desired. Let cool and, once set, cut into squares and enjoy!

Seasonal auction

Pleasantville VFD, along with Hennigh’s Discount Outlet and Auctions, will hold its seasonal auction tonight. Auction will begin at 6 p.m. Items include cheese, meats, snacks, toys, blankets, knick knacks, tools, clothing, beauty products, crafts, and other early holiday gift ideas. The kitchen will be opened. If you miss this one, there will be another on Dec. 12.

Unique and bizarre holidays

Today, Nov. 14: Operating Room Nurse Day, World Diabetes Day, and Young Readers Day

Nov. 15: Clean Your Refrigerator Day, America Recycles Day, and National Philanthropy Day

Nov. 16: Button Day, Great American Smokeout, Have a Party With Your Bear Day, International Tolerance Day, and National Fast Food Day

Nov. 17: Electronic Greeting Card Day, Homemade Bread Day, Take a Hike Day, and World Peace Day

Nov 18: National Adoption Day and Occult Day

Nov. 19: Have a Bad Day Day

Nov. 20: Absurdity Day, Beautiful Day, and Universal Children’s Day

Nov. 21: False Confession Day and World Hello Day

Contact information

To submit your news items, contact Ginny Lieder, at (814) 589-5427, or at ginnylieder@hotmail.com

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