Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Saint who Made Doughnuts

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There are special people who affect lives across decades and Lucille Chamberlain is one of those. If you read the newspaper article above, you can get a feel for who she was and how she affected thousands of school children lives.

Lucille was an incredible person. It is difficult to tell of her accomplishments; she cooked at Nebo school from 1946 to 1984. Think about 250 meals a day times nearly 40 years, and then one can get a picture of her dedication.

Lucille was perhaps most famous for her doughnuts which she prepared to sell at any special event to raise money for the cafeteria. This amounted to 40 dozen doughnuts each time. Knowing from experience, there was always a mad rush to buy them after any school event. They sold out quickly.

This is Lucille Chamberlain's recipe for her famous doughnuts:

2 pkgs yeast
2 1/2 c. warm water
2/3 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 tsp. salt
8 to 8 1/2 c. flour

Put in a cool place overnight after kneading it good. Next morning let it rise once. Roll dough and cut with doughnut cutter, and let rise double in size. Fry in deep fat cooker; fry until brown and then flip over to the other side. Glaze with powdered sugar and water icing.

To make cinnamon rolls: After kneading and keeping overnight, roll out dough and spread butter over it. Then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture and fill with filling. Then roll in a long roll. Cut into sections and place in a greased pan. Let rise until double in size.  Bake at 375 deg. until filling is "bubbling" and top of rolls are browned and hard.

Filling: 1 c. sugar, 4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 lb. butter, 1 c. brown sugar

I remember her so well, can hear her laugh. Say her name to residents of Nebo, and every single one will remember her and smile, saying Her doughnuts were amazing!

The recipe is simple, as you can tell. But, it was the hands that kneaded the dough who made the doughnuts special. Lucille was amazing.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Listen to...

Just Listen
Throughout my life, I have taken my own decisions and used them, instead of listening to and knowing that God was in charge of everything. It never went well. God protected me, keeping me safe through my ignorance.

Our body hurts as we grow older. Sometimes that pain is excruciating, sometimes because we/I abused our then young bodies. Oh, how stupid.

Basically, listen to...

multiple injuries
Your joints. We watch sports, some of which can be violently impacted and others are seemingly mild.   Have you watched how crazy some injuries are related to impact sports? Did you know that rodeo has the most horrible injuries? 

JB Mauney rides Shaft during the championship round of the PBR Built Ford Tough series at Madison Square Garden
Probably the most dangerous sport ever
 Most people can't see the injuries of golf.  It is silent to enthusiasts, but do not see until a
player needs surgery on
every joint.

Your brain: There may be minor things, like your keys, but then that becomes bigger. It is so gradual until life shows that there is more going on. And then.

Boxer Says He's 'Devastated' by Opponent's Death After Maryland Match
Death caused by boxing

Your pain: Sounds odd, but it isn't. Diabetes, 
heart, kidneys, you name it. Watch those symptoms. Don't ignore them "Oh, it's just a twinge, just a pain, just a...And then. (Men are notorious for this.)

Considering all those "listen to..", realize that 
you are not immortal, but get over it. God is in charge, and you will do just fine.

We live in a community where all of the above are present. At a recent gathering, many elderly semi-joked about their entertainment is going from doctor to another, on the same day. "It's like a cheap date." Everyone nodded in understanding.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Live like You Are Dying

What would you do if you looked at that Xray, seeing the worst news possible?

Some bloggers could tell immediately what it was like, what they did, and what they realized what they had to do. There are so many who could answer that question.

YouTube: Scott McCreery and Tim McGraw
American Idol 2011
Click on the video above to visit this site.

Lyrics are:

Live Like You Were Dying

He said
"I was in my early forties
With a lot of life before me
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime
I spent most of the next days
Looking at the x-rays
Talkin' 'bout the options
And talkin' 'bout sweet time"
I asked him
"When it sank in
That this might really be the real end
How's it hit you
When you get that kind of news?
Man, what'd you do?"
He said
"I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying"
And he said
"Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying"
He said
"I was finally the husband
That most of the time I wasn't
And I became a friend a friend would like to have
And all of a sudden going fishin'
Wasn't such an imposition
And I went three times that year I lost my dad
I finally read the Good Book, and I
Took a good, long, hard look
At what I'd do if I could do it all again
And then
I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying"
And he said
"Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying
Like tomorrow was a gift
And you've got eternity
To think about
What you'd do with it
What could you do with it
What did I do with it?
What would I do with it?
Life is urgent, it is now. Believe and then act on your beliefs. 
 John 11:25-26. Our life in Him never ends.