Straight Out’a the News: Beeping Easter Eggs

Recently I subscribed to the local daily newspaper…a real “honest to goodness” ink and paper, newspaper. I could have chosen the online subscription, but there’s just something about holding it in your hands…I feel the same way about books…I want to physically turn the pages. (Albeit I do enjoy my Kindle)

Maybe, just maybe, my preference of choice is linked to nostalgia, and reminiscent of the “good-ole days.” You know, the days before internet. As a kid do you remember the ink smudges all over your hands after reading the funny pages, and then capturing the cartoon images with a glob silly putty?

We knew how to have fun back in the day!

While reading the news this morning an idea crossed my mind. I thought it would be fun to start a series of articles called, “Straight Out’a the News.” The idea being to pick a topic straight out of the local newspaper and expound upon it in Redhead Reflections.

So…here we go…straight out of today’s news: Beeping Easter Eggs

Ah, Easter egg hunts…remember the thrill of finding them nestled within the new grasses of early Spring? I do, but I only remember two.

As a child I was taught the “true meaning” of Easter was that of Christ’s resurrection; therefore, my Easter egg hunts were limited. We just couldn’t be too pagan.

Today, my view of Easter is still the same: A celebration of my Lord’s victory over death and the grave…His resurrection assuring our eternal salvation. As a Christian, I advocate teaching our kids the true meaning of Easter, but at the same time I say, “Let the kids have fun!”

Last Saturday the kids of Middleton, Virginia gathered in the grassy gardens of Lord Fairfax Community College for an early Easter egg hunt. However, this was not to be your “normal” Easter egg hunt. Instead, this Easter egg hunt catered to over 20 blind and visually impaired children. Some 250 beeping Easter eggs, supplied by, International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), were scattered about the grounds for the kids. They followed the sound of the beeping eggs in order to find them and stow them away in their baskets.

The idea for “beeping egg hunts” was “hatched” in 2005 by David Hyche, a member of IABTI. He was seeking a way for his blind daughter to participate in the church’s Easter egg hunt. After searching the internet he found that beeping Easter eggs were provided by the Blind Children’s Center in Los Angeles. For the first time his daughter, Rachel, was able to hunt for eggs with her peers.

Now, THAT’S a feel good story if there ever was one!

Cornmeal Dumplings

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When I have a chance to reminiscence about the south, I always think about some mighty good cooking, and boy, could my mom ever cook!

 If you have a minute, come on with me and lets take a walk down memory’s lane:

“I can still r’member, rite good, them Sundays!  My mama would cook up a big ole supper for all us kids, and for anyone else who’d stopped by.   One things a’certin , my mama’s door was always open, and everyone  who walked through em know’d they were loved.  One of the ways she’d show us her love was feed’n us some mighty good food.    

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Duchess when she had two good eyes

I member one day when the preacher and the visiting, revival preacher came  over’n ta our house to eat some supper.  My mama cooked them turnip greens and cornmeal dumplings.  Well I was sit’n next to the preacher when he dipped his spoon in the bowl for his share.   He must a been familiar with the turnip greens, all right, but guess he’d never seen them cornmeal dumplings before; cause I heard him whisper, rite quiet like, to the other preacher, “Whats is this?”   Then, cause I had good ears back then, I heard the revival preacher whisper back, “…just shut up and eat it.”  Well, I’d never taken a liken to those corn meal dumplings either…so for once, I guess I agreed with the preacher.  

After supper those preachers seemed to be in a real big hurry to leave…something  about hav’n to pray for the revival meet’n that night…guess’n it were’t a’goin so good.  Wells anyway, they get to the car and  my little-ole one-eyed dog hauls off and bites the preacher right on his dern ankle.

My dog’s name was Duchess and she lost her eye cause a neighbor was drive’n too fast on the dirt road.  My dad, fixed Duchess right up by take’n her to the vet, and I loved him so much for doing that.  

Wells, them preachers, got in the car and they’d never did come back for supper.  Guess they’d didn’t like them cornmeal dumplings.”

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Me and mama hang’n clothes on the line

(Disclaimer:  Of course the story above was written tongue in cheek.  Some of it’s true and some of it’s not…but I ain’t a’bout to go tell’n which!)

(Recipe compliments of www.cooks.com)

TURNIP GREENS WITH POT LIQUOR
DUMPLINGS
2 lb. fresh young turnip greens
1/4 lb. salt pork or desired amount of bacon drippings
Salt to taste
Enough water to have 3 c. liquid when done
Dumplings
Clean and wash greens thoroughly. In a 3 quart saucepan combine salt pork, salt and water. Cover pan and bring to simmering. Add washed greens, cover and cook gently until greens are tender. Lift greens from liquid, drain and arrange on serving platter that can be kept warm. Arrange Dumplings as desired on dish with greens; pour liquid over to keep them moist and hot. Serve at once. Yield 3-4 servings.
DUMPLINGS:
1 c. corn meal
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. boiling water
Pot liquor
Combine cornmeal and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir boiling water into cornmeal mixture and stir to blend well. Using a heaping tablespoon for each portion, shape into balls and place gently in boiling pot liquor from cooked greens. Replace cover; simmer slowly until dumplings are done (20-30 minutes). Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.

 

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