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I Back in t Kitchen 00yMary Reppond No one has given me a recipe Pecan halves (optional) pie with whipped cream and again this week, so I will have to give you one of mine again. I am looking at the picture of it right now and it looks SO GOOD! FUDGEY PECAN PIE 1/3 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup cocoa 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup chopped pecans Sweetened Whipped Cream (optional) 2/3 cup sugar 3 eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 unbaked (9 inch) pie crust Heat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter in medium sauce- pan over low heat. Add sugar and cocoa; stir just until lended well. Remove from heat; cool. Beat eggs slightly in medium bowl. Stir in corn syrup and salt. Add cocoa mix- ture; blend well. Stir in chopped pecans. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Cool completely on wire rack. Cover; let stand about 8 hours before serving. Prepare sweet- ened whipped cream. Garnish pecan halves if desired. SWEETENED WHIPPED CREAM 1/2 cup whipping cream 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Stir together whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in small bowl; beat on high speed of mixer until stiff. To make a fudgey Mocha pecan pie, dissolve 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals in 1 tablespoon hot water; add to pie filling when adding corn syrup and salt. REACTIONS It's been a week of them - allergic reactions, that is. First wasps, then the air I breathe. What's a person to do? The sinus thing's been around for as long as I can re- member, but the sting thing came to realization at the Hardy's. Whether there for a visit or waiting for Mother to fetch me after a piano lesson, I can't recall. But, it happened on the big iron swing set in their back yard. Carol Ann' and I were having a hi-ho time when a wasp decided to join the fun. Somehow, it entered my blouse and not particularly enjoying itself, decided to punish me. Later, I began feeling rather strange with a racing heart and a ligfit I head: Theseason of, my discontent waned but left me extremely wary of small flying, stinging insects. Add to that crawling stinging insects, too. When as I teenager I fell into the thorny embrace of a school shrub, Mother figured the thorns might be poison- ous and took me for a teta- nus booster shot. Nothing out of the ordinary happened, so when I stepped on some sharp object in Joe Faulk's lake, we figured another teta- nus injection might be in or- der. Dr Kilman agreed but decided a small tet on my forearm was in order before the actual shot. I sat for a while. When nothing unto- ward happened, he or Helen McLain gave me the "real" shot. About two or three a.m., I woke sitting up in bed scratching madly. Bugs seemed to have crawled into bed with me and were dash- ing madly about my body. I called to my parents and reached for their bedroom light switch. When it re- mained dark, I figured either the electricity was off or the light bulb had burned out. By then both parents were awake. I remember Mother's reac- tion to my reaction, "Good Caney City Mission Barron Road The mission is now open Monday through Thursday 5:30-7:30p.m. providing a free meal and fellowship for those who may be hungry both physically and spiritu- ally. We all need to be fed in these areas daily in order to live a healthy and fulfilled life. If you have any ques- tions call Pastor Wren or Karen Michel. 903 -489-0763 Lord! What's wrong with you?" The light was on but my eyes were swelled shut. Both injection spots were rather bul- bous, tOO, with red ar- eas to match the rash cov- ering my body. A call to Dr. Kilman came next and then a visit to the clinic, or he may have even come out to the house. He said adrenalin would speed the reaction on its merry way. I spent the rest of the day un- able to drink from full glasses; contents wound up on instead of in me from the subsequent adrenalin jitters. Since then I've impaled my foot with a huge nail at a church building site. A doc- tor at the Rio Grande mission site reassured me that new drugs would protect me from blood poison and/or lock jaw without benefit of nasty re- actions. I've carried Benadryl for years now in case of other stings. A swarm of ground bees or whatever sent me fly- ing through the East Texas woods rather pell-mell and on to the medicine cabinet a few years back. My rapid heart beat then came from the mad dash and fear rather than the stings, thanks to medicine. This week, though, my thoughts went back in time to an incident involving a good friend. On her way home, north of Palestine, she and her children were enjoying the weather and drive with the car windows down. When she starting screaming and trying to rip her blouse off while driving, her family was understandably alarmed. A bee or wasp had blown into her blouse. She still marvels at their coming to a stop with- out injury to anyone beside herself- and that injury bee- related. The memory flooded my mind last week. Trying to keep pace with the shedding oak on my front lawn, I made a clean sweep of the sidewalk and started on the porch. An almost knee-length sleep shirt insured my modesty remained intact. It did not, however, keep a wasp from getting way too personal. It popped me on my arm first. Dropping my broom, I began swatting and clutching at the offender. All that did was infuriate said wasp. He popped me again on the left side of my back, and before I could find him or shake him out of my clothes, he nailed me again between shoulder blade and spine. By this time, I was rushing into the house yelling for help. Finally inside, I yanked the shirt off. No one will ever kro how.lose I came .to dis- robing onan8 front porch...not a pretty thought I know but more than a remote possibil- ity at the time. Barely clad, I rushed for Benadryl while my ever-vigi- lant husband found and squashed the tormenting cul- prit. He's been alternately con- ciliatory and teasing. He helped treat said injuries but reiterated more than once that his first reaction was to run, himself, when he heard me call him - run the other way, that is. Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - The Malakoff News - PAGE 5A 00xas Voice PREPARING FOR YOUR ROLE IN HISTORY By Steve Martaindale So, tell me, what do you think of the role played in the Ameri- can Revolution by Col. J.F. Hamtramck? If you know of him, kudos to you. I first learned of him Sunday, chatting with a man after church. When he found out I liked to write, he mentioned he is working on the second edi- tion of a historical biography on Hamtramck. Why Hamtramck? It started when William Otten was working on his master's degree in history. When he got around to choos- ing a topic for his thesis, he picked Hamtramck partially because there wasn't an awful lot written about him. According to a wonderful Web site by James Brennan - - where he has chronicled most of the hundreds of Michigan his- torical markers, Hamtramck was a young Canadian who dedicated himself to the Ameri- can Revolution. He remained in the military until his death at the age of about 47, according to Otten, and had the initial com- mand at three different forts, including when the United States took over Fort Detroit from the British. While you and I might not be aware of him now, he was ob- viously respected in his own time. When he was only 42 years old, a township outside Detroit was named after him. Today, Hamtramck, Mich., is surrounded by the city of Detroit. WILL THERE BE A TEST? "What's up?" you may be asking. "This column has never dwelt on Early American per- sonalities before." The point is this: Even though Channel Catfish, I.lybrid Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Redear, Fathead Minnows Delivery Will Be: Friday, November 16 Lone Star Feed & Fertilizer Athens (903) 677-2973 Time: 8:00 - 8:45 am Fish Wagon 508 Oak Street Harrisburg, AR 72432 To Place An Order Call 1-800-643-8439 Sponsoring your local weather... Cedar Creek Electronics ,, ,, ,  , FuR Ru %uREuEu, Ru, ,,u ,EEOS Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Lows in the mid 50s. IWS Fororecast John Francis Hamtramck was apparently known and re- spected in Michigan and further within the U.S. Army at the turn of the 19th century, do you think he had any idea that, almost 200 years later, somebody would be researching his life to write a book about him? Maybe, but I don't think so. Consider this, who will be re- searching you and me in ... Say ... 2189? The second point: We simply do not know. We might assume that we're not likely to be involved in any- thing that will be worth remem- bering. And, odds are, we would be right, but... Consider the hundreds of New York City firefighters who died in the World Trade Center rescue operation. Can't you don't really even think about it and you certainly don't think of it in terms of whether or not it's heroic. You just do what needs to be done. And you're a hero. JUST BEING YOU Of course, there are less dra- matic ways to be a hero to someone. You say the right thing at the right time and, un- known to you, give that young person the reason he needed to not do harm to himself. When he reaches greatness, his mem- oirs list you as having a profound influence on his life. Another hundred years later, our doctoral student decides it's time the world should know more about this unknown hero. If and when that happens (here's the third and summation point), it's not just that fateful see, in the year 2189, that some moment that will be docu- student working on a thesis in mented but, as well as possible, sociology might be doing a pa- per on the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001? And she might pick out one name from among those who gave their lives to save oth- ers, someone like Capt. Daniel Brethel, of Ladder Co. 24. What? You' re not likely to be a hero? Well, maybe not likely but you never know. You might very well take an innocent stroll into a situation where you are called upon to do something to help someone in distress. You your whole life. You are right now building the foundation of your immortality. Congratulations in advance. The book by William L. Otten Jr. is "Colonel J.F. Hamtramck: His Life and Times Volume 1 (1756-i783), Captain of the Revolution." Steve Martaindale is a free-lance columnist writ- ing out of Port Aransas, Texas. You may write him at steve @A Texas Voice. com. Cross Roads News Continued300om page 4A gave more than two. My son in law Harold Feagins has been feeling bad for a week and he is not sick but almost. Patsy Kale, Margie Summer's friend, from Athens, spent the afternoon Sunday with Margie. I got my flu shot last week, Doctors get some in and then run out. My Dr. had gotten in three batches and they went fast. Old people need to get a shot, if you are on Medicare they are free. Hope you set your clock back and hour I don't like changes. Thanks for reading. 10am - Partly Cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s and highs in the mid 70s. Party cloudy. Partly cloudy. Mostly clear. Highs in the Highs in the Lows in the upper 70s. upper 70s. mid 50s and Lows in the highs in the mid 50s. lower 70s. 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