Ringgold News


Has Thanksgiving changed in your lifetime?

I can remember, as a child long ago, Thanksgiving was a time for special fixin’s to eat. A dinner was made from things that were produced on our farm. The turkey, duck or hen was caught from the flock in the yard and penned up a few weeks before the big day to be fattened up. When the big day arrived, It was killed, cleaned and cooked  and the broth was used to make cornbread dressing. 
Vegetables, either fresh or canned, came from our garden. Fruit canned in the fall was used in jellies or to make the special dessert for the day. Homemade yeast rolls were made and put in a warm spot to rise before baking. 
A trip to a general store was not an easy thing to do because of distance, road conditions and transportation. Things included on the want list were flour, coffee, tea, sugar, salt and if we were lucky a little hard candy was included.  Cornmeal was made at the gristmill from corn that was shucked and shelled from out in our barn.
My, how spoiled we are now! We can text our grocery list in to a grocery store and drop by for a quick pick up. Some people just place an order for full meal to be cooked so the cooking is done by someone else, or simply eat out.   I can assure you the modern day food will not be as tasty as that we had fresh from the farm!
The National Retail Federation estimates that 135.8 million Americans will shop the weekend after Thanksgiving. 183.8 million say they will take advantage of cyber Monday. Several stories exist  about how “Black Friday” got started. One common myth is, merchants had experienced a entire year of running in the red.  By putting most merchandise on sale the day after Thanksgiving, shoppers would blow so much money, it would put their sales back in the black.  Now we are having “Black Friday” sales advertised weeks ahead of the holiday.
EBC NEWS: Sunday a special recognition was given to our Veteran’s and one current National Guard member in appreciation of their service;  Dedication  and prayer time was held for the 510 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas child - (May each box serve as a witness to the child that receives it and may many come to know Jesus as their personal Savior)
Prayer concerns: Cody Robinson, Donna Tucker, Devera Easterling, Harmon Latham, Donis Gomillion, Hazel Bradshaw, Charles Emmons, Dale Perkins and Kenneth Pinter.  Our sympathy to the families of Jimmy Ware, Gerald Monk and Tamara Risher in the loss of their loved ones.
By special request, the recipe for Carmel Apple Cobbler is given again as follows:
1 Box cake mix (yellow, white or spice)
2 cans apple pie filling,
1 jar caramel and
1 stick of butter. 
Grease 9x13 pan, pour Apple  pie filling in and spread it out,  sprinkle the dry cake mix over the apples, drizzle the caramel over the cake mix and then pour melted butter on top of cake mix.
Bake 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Stick toothpick to see if is done. (Caramel can be found in aisle with other baking supplies). You can serve ice cream on top, if desired. 
When things aren’t working out as you wish, be patient. Stop trying to move ahead of God. His timing is perfect!
As we prepare for Thanksgiving, you might want to begin making a list of what you are thankful for. At our family time we are going to say what we are thankful for and add a Bible scripture to go along with it. We have so much to be thankful for and this is a time to express our thanks.
May you have a God blessed week!