Howdy do, from me to you! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had plenty to eat! I know I had more than enough.

I ate with my second family Vic, Lisa, Haley, Alex, Bentley and Chris; The Randolph Gang. They sure know how to put on the old feedbag. There was so much food I couldn’t name it all. It would take up the whole column. I will tell you this I brought home leftovers. I am so proud to call myself a resident of the Volunteer State — Good ol’ Tennessee. We know what helping our neighbors is all about.

Let’s keep our East Tennessee friends in Sevier County in our prayers. I have several friends over there and I pray they are all okay. Keep the families who lost loved ones, in your prayers.

I have a couple of funnies that I hope will make you laugh.

A woman went to the altar at church. She told the pastor she wanted to lay her tongue on it and get forgiveness for her gossiping. The pastor apologized to her and said it couldn’t be done. She asked why? He told her there wasn’t enough room.

I tried to lay my all on the altar two Sunday mornings ago. My feet and legs were on the floor and the rest of me was on the stage. We had gotten up to play happy birthday to those in the church who had celebrated the week before. Needless to say I didn’t make it to the piano. It shook me up a bit, but falling has become my pastime, a real hobby.

To tell you the truth I am getting kind’a tired of it. I wish I knew what is causing it. I am just thankful I have enough padding to hopefully prevent a broken hip or other major bones.

There are three types of people when we become senior citizens. They are the hip group, the not-so-hip group and the broken hip group. This is according to Sophia on the “Golden Girls.” I have to say I agree with her analogy of the situation. (giggle) I have said it before and I will say it again. Isn’t life grand, not! I forgot to tell you all about the Dollywood employee who made an amazing discovery while working to clean up the park earlier on Tuesday following the fires that devastated Sevier County. Isaac McCord found a burned Bible page under a bench with an eerily apt set of verses. The torn soaked pages contained verses from the book of Joel stating, “The day of the LORD is near; the day when destruction comes from the Almighty. How terrible that day will be!”

“To you LORD, I call for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.”

“Even the beasts of the field pant for you because the water brooks are dried up and fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.”

“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand.”

McCord said the page gave him goose bumps. I will say this It is time we woke up and got our ducks all in a row and go in the right direction.

“And that’s the way I see it.”

May God continue to bless you and yours. You are loved!

Thank you to Barbara Jones, one of my readers from Kettering, Ohio for the birthday card you sent me for my birthday.

Here are some sweets for the sweet! Here comes the fudge! Here comes the fudge! Enjoy! My sister-in-law Cheryl makes the best Peanut butter fudge I ever tasted. That is my first recipe.

Peanut Butter Fudge

3 cups brown sugar

2 cups white sugar

1-13 ½ oz. can carnation cream

1 ½ sticks Parkay margarine

1 small jar marshmallow cream

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup creamy or crunchy Jif peanut butter

Butter bottom and sides of large glass pan. Set aside. Mix marshmallow cream, vanilla and peanut butter with spoon in small bowl. Set aside. In large stainless steel kettle, mix brown sugar, white sugar, cream and margarine. Heat on medium high, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Boil 8-10 min. until soft ball stage. Do not stop stirring. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter mixture. Stir until mixed well. Pour quickly into buttered dish. Cut when cool.

Dreamsicle Fudge

3 cups sugar

1 ½ sticks butter

2/3 cup cream

1-12 oz. pkg. vanilla morsels

1-7 oz. jar marshmallow cream

3 tsp. orange flavoring

12 drops yellow food coloring

9 drops red food coloring

Mix butter cream and sugar in a saucepan. Medium heat; bring to a boil. Boil 5 min. Add marshmallow cream and vanilla morsels. Mix well. Remove 1 cup of mixture and set aside. In saucepan mixture add flavoring and food colorings. Pour into 9x13 inch pan. Take the 1 cup mixture that has been set aside and pour over mixture in the pan. Take a knife and swirl. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into pieces and serve. Makes about 2 ½ pounds.

Five Pound Fudge

18 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 pint marshmallow cream

2 tsp. vanilla

5 cups white sugar

2 sticks margarine or butter

Put marshmallow cream and chips in a big bowl or pot and set aside. Heat sugar, milk and butter in a saucepan. Boil for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla, stir. Pour over chocolate chips and marshmallow cream. Use a mixer and mix until it looses it’s glossy look. Pour into a buttered 9x13 inch dish and cool. Slice with a knife.

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