Page 1

Holiday Issue / Nov.-Jan. 2010-2011 / Free

A modern look at life in the old South Jolly Ol’ St. Nick Fond memories abound of Hartselle’s own Man in Red

Fighting to save a piece of history Supporters work to preserve home of Fightin’ Joe

✥ Holiday Events Calendar INSIDE

Vol. 1, Issue 2

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Start Hearing What You’ve Been Missing! Welcome to the golden age of hearing. With the latest technological advances, it’s never been more comfortable or less noticeable to improve your hearing with the help of a hearing aid.

Stay powered with Pure’s stylish charger. And control virtually all your instrumental functions with the optional remote control.

13th Avenue S.E. • Decatur, AL • (256) 355-2096 Physician Hearing Care is a division of Decatur ENT Associates

NEIGHBORS CARING FOR NEIGHBORS We are proud to be ranked as a


TIER 1 HOSPITAL Tier 1 hospitals are recognized as having the highest level of compliance across the areas of quality, patient safety, patient experience and fiscal.

201 Pine Street • Hartselle • 256-773-6511

Seated (l to r): Bernice Lambert, Tammy Burns, Emily Long. Back row (l to r): Dianne Spears, Tracy Hardison, Heather Bennett, Erin Osborne, Holly Robinson, Tonya Kimbril.

Pharmacists (l to r): Mike Preuitt, Michelle Guice, Fred Langston, Bill Padgett.



Bread & Butter Holiday Issue Nov. 2010 - Jan. 2011

FEATURES 8 Santa Claus is coming to town... E.R. Roberts Santa lives on

12 Away in a manger Local collector celebrates Christmas year round

18 Fighting the good fight Fightin’ Joe’s former home is a labor of love

AND MORE 20 DIY Christmas greetings Making your own holiday cards isn’t difficult to do

24 With visions of sugarplums... OK, so there’s no sugarplums involved, but there are some delicious treats here

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 5


ce at “ The Terra wed us to o l l a e l l i v e c P ri endence p e d n i r u o keep a safe g n i d i v o r p while living and secure nt.” environme

Call Jessica Hargrave today to schedule lunch and a tour!


From the Publisher It’s the most wonderful time of the year... One of my favorite things is a video we took last Christmas. Sutton was 2, just learning how to put sound and motion together at one time. The video was shot Christmas morning and shows her walking up the stairs and discovering the surprises left by Santa Claus. While she’s running towards her toys, you can hear her exclaim,“Mom! It’s magic!” No matter your age, Christmas is magic. From the first wondrous act - the birth of the Christ Child - to the joyous laughter of a young one today, there’s nothing that compares to the holidays. We hope this issue of Bread & Butter brings a little bit of Christmas magic alive for you. And, from our families to yours, merry Christmas!


2 3 4 6 11 12 14

15 17 18 19 21 23 25

Photo by Apple of My Eye Photography

The Gores: Leada, Sutton and Greg

26 27 28

From the Advertising Manager

29 31 32

Physicians Hearing Care Hartselle Medical Center Gilchrist Pharmacy Griffin Mobility The Terrace at Priceville Chad Hughey Insurance Agency Find and Design Interiors Slate Gallery and Framing Cahoots Photography by Amanda K Buzzy’s Jewelry Ace Auto Body Hartselle Heritage Colours Salon and Boutique Bank Street Antiques Hartselle Eye Care The Robins Nest Community Credit Corp. Mack’s Paint and Body Morningside of Decatur First United Methodist Church of Hartselle Cullman Regional Medical Center Little Feet Boutique Mack’s Paint and Body First Southern Financial Corum’s Building and Farm Center Edward Jones/Rob Payne The French Connection Cottage House The Dowry Chest Lilla 501 Dumas Floor Coverings Widner Family Dentistry

✥ STAFF Publisher & Editor Leada Gore Advertising Manager Randy Garrison Business Manager Tabbetha Williams

The Garrisons: Jacob, Lynn, Jordan and Randy Hello again, Just in time for the holidays, we are happy to bring you the second edition of Bread & Butter. By all the comments, our first edition was well received both by readers and advertisers, which is always good to hear. The focus of the second edition centers on one of my favorite times of the year – Christmas. I love Christmas not for presents and decorations but for sharing time with friends and family. During the holiday season, we actually seem to find the time to gather with folks from work, church, clubs, and even family. So my Christmas greeting from my family to yours is to enjoy the season, remember what we are celebrating, and take time to share it with those around you.

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 7

Editorial Haley Aaron Clif Knight Ann Kirby Design Jill Copeland Pam Gray

✥ CONTACT US Bread & Butter is published quarterly by the Hartselle Enquirer. To advertise or to get more FREE copies, call 773-6566.

Local artist Gayle Strider’s rendering of Hartselle’s best-known Santa Claus Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 8

Surrounded by toys, Santa waves to passersby in Hartselle in the 1970s

Memories of


E.R. Roberts’ Jolly Ol’ St. Nick lives in the hearts of many

By Clif Knight For 30 years each Christmas season, from 1959 to 1989, an electrically operated, look-alike Santa Claus stood in a storefront window at the former E R. Roberts Store in Hartselle, greeting passersby with a twist of his torso and a wave of his hand. As he moved his gloved hands to and fro they would make contact with colorful glass ornaments hanging from the ceiling by holiday ribbon. This motion would send them spinning in space and create flashes of color. He was dressed in a traditional red and white Santa’s suit complete with black boots and belt and a red and white hat. The stuffed crown of his hat made his five and a half foot frame look like six feet and he wore long white curly hair and a full matching beard that reached his belly button. Surrounding his feet and legs on a white carpet made of cotton batts were assorted toys and wrapped packages.

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 9

The Christmas storefront scene was one that young kids found hard to resist after they made their gift wishes known and started counting down the days left until Christmas. “We took our girls (Mandee and Krisee) to the store to see Santa every year when they were young,” said Jane Ann Fields of Hartselle. “That was in the late 1970s and early 1980s. We’d either drive downtown and park and let them stand on the sidewalk and look and wave to him or make it a point to drive by when we were out so they could see him and wave. “It was not Christmas until we went to see Santa in the storefront window.” The late E.R. and Buford Roberts purchased their animated Santa Claus from Fix Play Co. of Birmingham, a store fixtures wholesaler, on Nov. 19, 1959, at a cost of $123, according to Lynn Brown Garrison, one of their three grandchildren. “My grandparents were like kids during the holiday season,” Garrison recalled. “They always decorated Santa’s window and put him up the day after Thanksgiving and just as suddenly as he appeared, he would disappear. They would take him down after the store closed on Christmas Eve, put him in a big cardboard box and store it on a high shelf in the store. “When my sister Beth and brother Doug and I were kids we’d let our grandparents borrow some of our best toys to put in Santa’s window and they’d let us help decorate. My grandfather would stand back with a big smile on his face and supervise while we put up the decorations but he would remind us to be careful when it came time for Santa to be removed from his box and placed behind the window.” Obviously, the Roberts family took pride in having the town’s first automated Santa and were generous in sharing him with the public but little did they realize that one day their store Santa would become a Hartselle Christmas tradition. Here’s the rest of the story: Gayle Strider, a popular local artist, purchased “The Store Santa” from the Roberts’ in 1989 while they were in the process of closing their business. “We couldn’t stand the thought of him being out of sight during the holiday season,” Strider said. “We wanted to keep him and share him with the community.” Thus, Strider painted his image on canvas and made him available as prints suitable for framing and reproduction as holiday greeting cards. In keeping with the tradition, the Striders take him out of his closet on Thanksgiving Day, light him up, and place him in front of their second story window where he can be easily seen by passersby. They put him back in his closet in the same timely manner on Christmas Day. You can get a good peep of this long-lived, popular Christmas character by checking out the second story front of the Strider home at 1026 East Main Street in Hartselle between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Santa owner Gayle Strider shares a special memory with Lynn Brown Garrison, granddaughter of St. Nick’s original owner, E.R. Roberts

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 10

Looking back

CELEBRATING THE PAST: Alabama declared 2010 the “Year of Downtowns and Small Towns.” To mark the occasion, Hartselle unveiled a new marker downtown.The marker pays tribute to Hartselle’s founder, George Hartsell and the importance of the railroad and agriculture in the city’s formative years.The new marker was unveiled during the city’s Depot Days celebration.

Art • Antiques • Collectibles Glassware • Furniture • Wrought Iron

256-350-2373 830 McGlathery Lane SE Decatur, Alabama

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 11

Away in a


Christmas magic comes alive in nativity collection By Clif Knight Nativity scenes are her thing. She has more than 120, of which 50 or more are displayed in her home throughout the year. They come in all shapes and sizes from all over the world and each has a story of its own. For example, one of them is carved on a wart hog’s tusk, another is suspended behind the trap door of a look-a-like goose egg and still another is made of olive wood native to the birthplace of the Christ Child.

“They’re more than what I can put my arms around but I love them all,” said collector Laurie Lang, who teaches a kindergarten class at F.E. Burleson Elementary School in Hartselle. “My heart is filled with joy every time I look at them because they represent God’s greatest gift to mankind. “ Lang said she started collecting nativity scenes 12 to 14 years ago but can’t remember which one came first. “My mom and I were shopping one day when we ran across a Christmas tree skirt with a nativity scene on it,” she recalled. “I told her that’s what I want! I bought it and I‘m still using it.” She remembers that one of her first sets is an African Raku pottery creation she received as a gift from her mom, Bonnie Hogan of Hartselle. A steady stream of others has followed. Many of them were added to her collection as gifts from family members, friends and co-workers. She even has two sets that were given to her by students.

Laurie Lang of Hartselle shows off her collection of nativity scenes.

W Framing at its Finest…

e’re not fancy, we’re not famous, and I doubt we are even a one star restaurant… But we have great food, terrific atmosphere, a good looking host, and fast friendly service (most of the time.) And, if you’re lucky, we just might consider hosting your holiday special events, receptions, or parties.



– Serving Southern Favorites – Located in Downtown Hartselle • 256-751-4723 Mon.-Fri. 11-2

256-773-6353 • slate

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 13

One of them is made from Popsicle sticks and clothes pins. Her collection features nativity scenes made from wood, metal, bone, stone, glass, clay and tobacco leaves. Some are stamped with well-known brand names such as Waterford, Fenton and Madam Alexander; others have the creative touch of a skilled artisan: The craved wart hog’s tusk from Africa, one made from a gourd and others made from Coke bottles and a metal sap bucket. Some of them originated in faraway places like Russia, Africa, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela and Israel. “When I see one I like, I’m compelled to buy it,” Lang said. “The more unusual it is, the better. “But I’m not alone in this. My family is also involved in a big way. My mom has a knack for finding unusual nativity sets. When she finds one she thinks I’ll like she’ll buy it and give it to me as a gift. My sister Lisa is also a big contributor. She travels a lot and has come up with some really great finds in foreign countries. My late aunt Mary Frances Mays was also always looking out for a set to add to my collection when she was alive.”

Quality Diamonds Gold & Silver Jewelry Watches Engraving Repairs and More! Front (l to r): Regina Lupo-Owner, Becki McCleskey. Back (l to r): Brandy Moore, Donna Lawrence, Pat Faulk.

907 HWY. 31 SW • HARTSELLE, AL 35640 • 256-751-4111

HARTSELLE HERITAGE – Our Family Serving Yours –

HIGHWAY 31 N • HARTSELLE • 256-773-2132 Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 14

1401 East Main St. Hartselle 256-751-1806

Becky & Mac Beard

“Usually I have at least one nativity set under the Christmas tree,” she added. “That possibility excites my family as it does me.” Lang traces her love for the nativity scene to family traditions. “My mother always put out a nativity set at Christmastime,” Lang recalled, “and the season was always about the birth of Jesus. “We’d climb in the car and drive around town looking at the lights and decorations and always end up at a live nativity at a church. We’d stop and watch in awe as members of the church portrayed Mary, Joseph and the Christ Child in a makeshift stable, with angels standing guard above and farm animals watching from the barnyard. “We also had a live nativity at the home of my grandparents in Massey. Family members would rotate as the nativity characters. I was baby Jesus one year. A reading of the Christmas story from the Bible was always a part of the observance.” “I never grow tired of my nativity sets,” Lang said. “I love them all and I hope my children and grandchildren will cherish them as much as I do in the years ahead.”

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 15

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT Supporters work hard to preserve home of Fightin’ Joe By Haley Aaron General Joseph Wheeler never stepped away from a fight. Throughout his military career (he served as both a Confederate and a Spanish-American War general), he lived up to the nickname “Fightin’ Joe.” Now, historians and volunteers are in the midst of a new battle, fighting against time to restore Wheeler’s home, the Pond Spring Plantation. Several of the site’s smaller outbuildings, such as an ice house and corn crib, have been restored. Restoration of the Wheeler home, the site’s main building, will be completed in fall 2011. While renovations are an ongoing and often expensive battle, the renovated site will serve both as an important cultural resource and a tourist attraction. While the plantation did not become a state historical site until the home was donated to the Alabama Historical Commission in 1994, its historic importance was recognized by the Wheeler family long before the site became a public museum. Two of Wheeler’s daughters displayed family memorabilia in the house and encouraged historical and genealogical groups to visit the home.

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 16

“The two that lived here basically turned the place into a shrine for their daddy,” Site Director Melissa Beasley said. “It’s not like we’re starting these tours right now. The tours have been going on since World War I with the daughters.” When the home and outbuildings were donated to the Alabama Historical Commission, the organization also received a unique collection of furniture and family memorabilia, much of which had been placed in display cases by the family before the collection was donated. The collection, including military and nursing uniforms, is one of the most unique features of the site. It is unusual for objects and artifacts to be donated to the state along with a historical site, since most objects are lost, sold or donated to other organizations before a home is donated. “We have things that are one of a kind that the Smithsonian doesn’t have,” Beasley said. One of the collection’s highlights is a cavalry flag from the Spanish-American War, which Theodore Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders” fought under. “We have the flag that went up San Juan Hill with General Wheeler and Teddy Roosevelt,” Beasley said. “There’s only one of those.” Beasley said that the site may draw as many as 30,000 visitors a year once the main building reopens, according to a marketing survey. That may also bring more business to local shops and restaurants. “We’re trying to turn it back into a tourist mecca again,” Beasley said. “So you know it’s not just saving the history, it’s also a revenue source.” With both its main house and a series of outbuildings, the site sheds light on work and life on an Alabama plantation. The Pond Spring plantation was founded in the early 1800s by the Hickman family. In approximately 1818, Benjamin Sherrod would purchase the property and move to Alabama, where he turned Pond Springs into a successful cotton plantation (and a thriving community) near Courtland.

Depression era cabin on Wheeler property

Two good reasons to see us!

HARTSELLE EYE CARE Dr. Susan M. Persall 1098 Hwy. 31 SW • Hartselle 256-773-4418 Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 17

By 1848, more than 200 people called the plantation home, many of them slaves who worked in the fields and lived in a nearby slave quarters. A renovated side building gives students a glimpse into the interior of a house slave’s quarters and a sharecropper’s cabin, where Beasley explains what life was like for the men, women and children who lived and worked at Pond Spring. These cabins provide students with a glimpse of the state’s agricultural past to children who are more familiar with suburbs and commutes than sharecropping and cotton picking. “Home was work,” Beasley said. “This is where you lived and this is where you worked and when you died, you got buried out in the family cemetery.” “Having that continual occupation of a site like this really tells the whole story of Alabama,” Beasley said. “Basically what we do is tell the story of Alabama history, and we have the buildings and the collections to do that with.” However, the site also gives visitors the chance to learn about one of the state’s unique historical figures – General Joseph Wheeler – and his impact on both the state and the nation’s history. Wheeler was a well-respected figure both within the South and the rest of the nation. His military and political careers made him a turn of the century celebrity – and an advertising icon. “A 110 years ago, he was a big celebrity,” Beasley said. “We’ve got pieces of the collection where he’s advertising soap. We’ve got a deck of cards and it’s kind of like Old Maids, except it’s Old Generals and he’s one of the old generals in the deck of cards.” While General Wheeler’s exploits were reported far and wide, he wasn’t

the only well known member of the family. Many of his seven children also gained recognition for their own actions. Wheeler’s sons took after their father, and were defined by their military service. His oldest son, Joseph Wheeler Jr., graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1895. Wheeler Jr. would serve in his father’s camp during the Spanish-American war. He would finally return to Pond Spring after retiring from the military. The family’s youngest son, Thomas Harrison Wheeler, was only 17 years old when he volunteered to serve in the Spanish-American War. As a student at the United States Naval Academy, Thomas wrote his father, asking for help in gaining a commission. "Please father, get me into the war some way,” portions of the letter republished on the Pond Spring Plantation’s website reads. “Just think, there may not be another war in my life time." While the family was resistant, Thomas eventually gained a commission on the USS Columbia. The ship saw little action during the war, and the ship returned to the United States, landing at Montauk Point, Long Island. Unfortunately, tragedy struck Thomas and the family. As Thomas was swimming along the coast, one of his friends began to struggle nearby. Thomas swam over to rescue his friend, but both drowned. When Wheeler and his sons volunteered to fight in the Spanish American War, Annie Early Wheeler traveled to Cuba to serve as a nurse. Although she had no previous nursing experience, she took charge of a Red Cross hospital in Santiago, where an outbreak of yellow fever made conditions dangerous for soldiers and nurses alike.

(Top to Bottom) The old Ice House on the Wheeler property. The front of the Wheeler Plantation, known as Pond Springs. The home’s Mammy Bench, so named because the rails on the left allowed for a baby crib to be placed on the bench while the mother worked.


One customer at a time. We can help with any of your financial needs.

587 Hwy. 31 NW • Hartselle Located by H&R Block & Papa John’s Pizza

256-773-7178 All loans subject to normal credit approval policy. Equal Opportunity Lender.

MACK’S PAINT AND BODY SHOP 114 East Main Street • Hartselle • 256-773-4999

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 18

Despite her inexperience, she became a respected nurse, described by T. C. DeLeon as “simply a high-natured Southern girl, whose inborn truth, brave heart and more than ordinary common sense were aided by the God-given gifts of steady nerves and a strong constitution.” DeLeon also described her role as a nurse, writing, “She served one and all with a tenderness that made each word a prayer – each touch a benison. And she did this all with never one idea that she was a heroine – simply because she was a true woman who, through it all, had not one thought of self.” By the time she returned to the United States, she was so well-known that The New York Times reported her bout with appendicitis in 1901. Annie would recover from the illness and dedicate the rest of her life to service, serving as a Red Cross nurse again during World War I. While the restoration of the main house has been a major project, there is still work to be done. “It’s an ongoing process,” Pond Spring Site Director Melissa Beasley said. The current project will restore the home’s original appearance, while addressing preexisting structural problems. Concrete porches will be replaced with wood, and wood and tin shingles that

mimic the original architecture will eventually replace the current roof. Beasley said that the current restoration will also address original structural problems, which are not unusual in Reconstruction-era houses. “Any building that was built in Reconstruction is going to have some problems, because the supplies weren’t around, the skilled laborers and carpenters weren’t around,” Beasley said. “So we have floor joints that are too far apart so we’ve had sagging in the floors and we’ve had to go in and correct that kind of stuff.” Modern conveniences are also being hidden in the walls and under the floorboards of the historic home. New electrical wiring will run through the walls, and air conditioning will provide a cool breeze for future visitors escaping the summer heat. However, these new additions provide more than just added comfort for visitors – they also help preserve and protect the artifacts on display. Specially regulated heating and cooling units prevent damage to delicate furniture and fabrics, and new alarm systems reduce the risk of theft. Beasley said these innovations will help maintain and preserve the artifacts – not only for current visitors, but for the generations that follow.

Source: Florida Education Technology Clearinghouse

Gen. Joe Wheeler

Tours & information The main house is currently undergoing restoration and is scheduled to reopen in Fall 2011. However, groups of 10 or more can call to schedule weekday visits.To schedule a visit, please contact Melissa Beasley at (256) 637-8513. For more information on Pond Spring, visit

A Fresh New Look at Morningside Morningside of Decatur is a close-knit community of neighbors ready to welcome you into their newly renovated home. Our residents love living here because Morningside is more than just a place to live - it's a place for living! 2115 Point Mallard Drive SE Decatur, AL 35601

256-350-0089 ©2010 Five Star Quality Care, Inc.

Share your experiences, participate in social and recreational activities and see what makes Morningside special. Stop by today for a complimentary lunch and tour.

Morningside, Decatur’s finest Assisted Living, just got a makeover, and we’re inviting you to stop by for a visit!

Pet Friendly

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 19

Even with the popularity of using e-mail, social media, and texting to communicate with friends and family, holiday cards continue to be a time-honored tradition. In fact, according to a survey from holiday cards and thank you cards retailer, 43 percent of Americans prefer a greeting card from a loved one instead of $10, and 63 percent think sending a special occasion greeting through a social network is inappropriate. While survey results show most people prefer to receive holiday cards, people mistakenly think that creating these custom cards is time consuming. Thanks to technology, new products, and online greeting card sites, this isn’t necessarily the case. By following the tips below, creating custom, personalized holiday cards can be easy, fun, and inexpensive.

DIY GREETINGS Making your own greeting cards isn’t hard to do Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 20


favorite adventures and memories. Visit a favorite online card store and select one of the many templates available.

PICTURE PERFECT – Getting a perfect holiday picture does not have to involve a threehour photo shoot with an expensive photographer. Oftentimes the best holiday shots are the candid, everyday ones shot at home. For professional-looking DIY images, use natural light (if indoors, shoot near a window), get up close, and have the subjects involved in a favorite activity. Laugh, have fun, and shoot away. Even if the shots aren’t perfect, use photo editing software – sometimes just simply changing the image to black and white or cropping out unwanted parts can transform the image. LET YOUR CHILD BE THE ARTIST – Instead of uploading a favorite photo for holiday cards, simply scan a child’s favorite drawing and quickly upload to a photo greeting card site. This is an especially cute idea for classroom or grandparent holiday cards.

KEEP IT SIMPLE – Scour the crafting and dollar stores where there are a variety of inexpensive products to make handmade cards. Use blank cards and embellish with just one or two items – any more and it can be daunting, especially if more than 50 cards need to be made. For instance, punch out polka dots in festive holiday papers using a circle punch and adhere them to the card front in a random, whimsical pattern. Or, run a piece of grosgrain ribbon across the front of the card and adhere a glittered embellishment or button.

COLLAGE CARD – Instead of spending hours deciding which photo to feature for the holiday card, just choose several photos taken throughout the year that highlight

By following these tips, you can create easy, thoughtful and meaningful holiday cards that share the festive joys of the season.

Come Experience the

Christ of Christmas this Advent Season

November 28 Communion December 5

“Angels we Have Heard”

December 12 “The Message of Angels”

6:00 Choir Cantata 6:00 White Christmas

December 19 Two Services 9 & 11 Sanc. Christmas Worship “Angels from the Realms of Glory” December 24 “Christmas Eve Communion” 4:30, 7:00, 11:00 December 26 “Our Better Angels”

First United Methodist Church of Hartselle SUNDAY SERVICES: 8:45 a.m. Early Service 9:00 a.m. Contemporary • 11:00 a.m. Traditional

210 Hickory Street SE • 256-773-6952

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 21

BLOOMING GIFTS Keep those holiday plants thriving year round By Kathy Bond-Borie Poinsettias, African violets, cyclamen, azaleas, holiday cacti, and kalanchoe - all are popular holiday gifts to give and receive. But once they are settled in their new homes, how do we keep them healthy and thriving? Here are some tips to keep in mind. Include the key points on a care tag with the plants you give as gifts. KEEP SOIL MOIST, NOT WET. Saturate the soil with room-temperature water in the morning so foliage can dry before nighttime. If water drains out immediately, the plant is rootbound and needs to be repotted with fast-draining soilless potting mix. Water cyclamen and African violets from the bottom by setting them in a tray of water for a few minutes and letting the soil soak up water. TURN ON THE LIGHTS. Flowering houseplants often don't rebloom because of insufficient light. Place plants in a south-facing window or set them under full-spectrum grow lights. PROVIDE OPTIMUM TEMPERATURES. Indoor temperatures of 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit are usually adequate for most flowering houseplants, although tropicals such as holiday cacti and gardenias need cooler temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit to set buds. FERTILIZE. Use a dilute soluble fertilizer according to label directions when plants are in active growth and flowering. When plants take a rest, stop fertilizing. Once a month, flush the pots for a few minutes until water drains from the holes to remove any built-up fertilizer salts. RAISE HUMIDITY. Many flowering houseplant species are accustomed to high year-round humidity. Run a humidifier near the plants, or group the plants together on a 2-inch layer of pebbles in a tray of water. The water should not touch the pots. Control pests. Oftentimes you can control spider mites by dunking plants upside down in a sink full of soapy water. Sprays of insecticidal soap or horticultural oil will control many pests. A former floral designer and interior plantscaper, Kathy Bond-Borie has spent 20 years as a garden writer/editor, including her current role as Horticultural Editor for the National Gardening Association. She loves designing with plants, and spends more time playing in the garden – planting and trying new combinations – than sitting and appreciating it. For more tips and garden information visit

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 22

It’s time once again to start baking some holiday cheer to share with friends and neighbors. These recipes make plenty of sweet treats to go around - and they’re so good you just may want to keep some for yourself. Make the holidays special by giving something fresh, homemade and from the heart. For more recipes you can bake and share, visit PUMPKIN CRANBERRY BREAD Makes two, 9 x 5-inch loaves Prep: 10 minutes Baking: 1 hour 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3 cups granulated sugar 1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 4 large eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup orange juice or water 1 cup sweetened dried, fresh or frozen cranberries PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 x 5inch loaf pans. COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. For three 8 x 4-inch loaf pans: Prepare as above. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. For five or six 5 x 3-inch mini loaf pans: Prepare as above. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Mini Pumpkin Muffin Mix

Spiced Pumpkin Fudge

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 24

Pumpkin Carrot Swirl Bars PUMPKIN CARROT SWIRL BARS Makes 4 dozen Prep: 20 minutes Baking: 25 minutes 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 large egg whites 1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 1 cup finely shredded carrot Cream Cheese Topping (recipe follows)

Life is Short…

Buy the Shoes!

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking soda in small bowl. Beat granulated sugar, butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until crumbly. Add eggs, egg whites, pumpkin and carrot; beat until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix well. Spread into prepared pan. Drop teaspoonfuls of Cream Cheese Topping over batter; swirl mixture with spoon. BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Store in covered container in refrigerator. FOR CREAM CHEESE TOPPING: COMBINE 4 ounces softened light cream cheese (Neufchtel), 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon milk in small mixer bowl until thoroughly blended.

Getting Bodies Back in Shape for 30 Years! BY TRACKS MACK’S THE PAINT & BODY SHOP, INC. 114 East Main Street • Hartselle

256-773-4999 Large selection of

710 Bank Street NE • Decatur


Mack & Karen Gardner, Owners

Tues.-Fri. 10-5 • Sat. 10-2 Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 25

SPICED PUMPKIN FUDGE Makes about 3 pounds Prep: 10 minutes Cooking: 20 minutes 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine 2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk 1/2 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestle Toll House Premier White Morsels 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme 1 cup chopped pecans 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract LINE 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil. COMBINE sugar, brown sugar, butter, evaporated milk, pumpkin and spice in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 10 to 12 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234° to 240° F (soft-ball stage). QUICKLY STIR in morsels, marshmallow creme, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until morsels are melted. Immediately pour into prepared pan. Let stand on wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cooled. Refrigerate tightly covered. To cut, lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Makes 48 servings, 2 pieces each.

MINI PUMPKIN MUFFIN MIX Makes 1 Prep: 15 minutes 3 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 cup raisins, sweetened dried cranberries, or chopped nuts (optional) 1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin COMBINE all ingredients, except pumpkin, in large bowl. Pour into 1quart resealable plastic bag; seal. Wrap muffin mix and can of pumpkin in fabric; tie with ribbon or twine. RECIPE TO ATTACH: Pour muffin mix into large bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup vegetable shortening with pastry blender until mixture is fine. Add 1 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin, 1 cup milk and 2 large eggs; mix until just moistened. Spoon into greased or paper-lined mini-muffin pans, filling 2/3 full. Bake in preheated 400° F oven for 15 minutes; remove to wire racks. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Makes about 5 dozen mini muffins.

Need a Loan? We can help - Call today! Great Christmas presents for parents! FREE DELIVERY Now available at CORUM’S BUILDING & FARM CENTER (L-R) Whitney Jones, Janis Collins (Branch Manager), Karen Hubbard

FIRST SOUTHERN FINANCIAL “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Located at 1307 Hwy. 31 N Suite B • Next to Little Caesar’s

256-751-9909 Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 26

408 Hwy. 31N • Hartselle 256-773-5477

Out & About

Calendar of events Nov. 7 Kickoff your holiday season with Holiday Open House and Taste of Hartselle Nov. 7 from 1-6 p.m. The event will take place in downtown Hartselle and includes special shopping, entertainment, food and more. Special guest? Santa Claus of course.

Nov. 11 The musical stylings of Paul Thorn will be at Decatur’s Princess Theatre Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$26. For more, see

Nov. 11 - Jan. 1 The Huntsville Botanical Garden will host the Galaxy of Lights Nov. 19-Jan. 1. Public walk through nights are Nov. 19-23; Walk Your Dog night is Nov. 22; and drive through nights are Thanksgiving through Jan. 1. Walkthrough and Dog Night tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children. Drive through costs are $20 per car up to 10 people. See

High School Nov. 20 for girls ages 0-19. There are no residency restrictions. Email or visit our web-site Hartselle Follies will be at the Princess Theatre Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. The annual show features Hartselle High School’s Chorus.

Nov. 26-Dec. 23 Enjoy time in Santa’s world with a visit to Santa’s Village in Huntsville. Activities will take place Nov. 26-Dec. 23. There will be snowfall, reindeer and more. See for information.

Nov. 30-Jan. 15 The Carnegie Visual Arts Center will host the Cigar Box Guitar Museum exhibit of Bill Jehle Nov. 30-Jan. 15. The exhibit features guitars, violins, banjos and ukulele, all made of cigar boxes. For more information go to

Dec. 2 The Hartselle Kiwanis Christmas Parade will take place Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in downtown.

Nov. 19 Cookbook authors Betty Sims and Sister Schubert will be teaming up for a special event Nov. 19 at the Princess Theatre. There will be a lecture, demonstration and tasting of some of their best-loved recipes. They will also be signing copies of their books. Tickets are $15 and available at

Nov. 20 The first-ever Little Miss Morgan County Preliminary Pageant will be held at Brewer

Dec. 3-31 The “Trees of Christmas” will be at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia, Dec. 3-Dec. 31. The 12-foot tall live spruces are decorated in a variety of festive ways. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and free on Sundays. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. For more, see

– Scents 1983 –

Now in time for the holidays…

For Her…

Very Hollywood Circus Fantasy • Bloom

For Him…

Channel Blue Euphoria • Ed Hardy We’ve Moved! 124 14th St. SW Decatur 256-355-8700


719 Bank Street • Decatur 256-306-9892

Out & About

Calendar of events Dec. 4

Cost is $10 per person.

Dec. 6

The annual Parade of Lights will be Dec. 4. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The lighted boats will cruise along the banks of the Tennessee River and is visible from Riverwalk Marina and Rhodes Ferry Park in Decatur.

Dec. 5 Mooresville will host its annual Christmas tour Dec. 5 from 1-4 p.m. The event includes a self-guided tour of the 1818 village. Music and refreshments will be available at the old brick church.


The Decatur Jaycees Christmas Parade will be Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in downtown Decatur.

Dec. 11 Tour Decatur’s historic homes Dec. 11 from 3-8 p.m. with the annual downtown Christmas tour. The event includes looks at homes in the Albany and old Decatur Historic districts. Tickets are $15 or $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more. Carriage rides will be offered at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center and Delano Park from 4-8 p.m.

Nutcracker will be at Princess Theatre Dec. 11 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For information see

Dec. 17 TheatreWorks USA will be presenting “A Christmas Carol,” at the Princess Theatre Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $13-$11. For information see

Now Open! xperience a step back in time with an old fashioned Christmas!

A must see shop for another time/another place




ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES 120 Main Street West Historic Downtown Hartselle 256-773-0825

CUSTOM VINYLS 501 Hwy. 31 N • Hartselle

256-686-8090 Wed.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The last word

“God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ.” - - Wilda English

Bread & Butter • Nov.-Jan. • 30

Huge selection of carpet, hardwood and tile flooring! Also specializing in custom cabinetry and granite. ARMSTRONG • MANNINGTON LUXURY TILE NATURAL CORK FLOORING MOHAWK CARPET (featuring the Smart Strand Color Wall) BRUCE HARDWOOD & MANY, MANY MORE TRUSTED BRAND NAMES

Dumas FLOOR COVERINGS, INC. The Oldest Flooring Company in Morgan County Two locations to serve you 3109 Upper River Road Decatur, Alabama


Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM Saturday and Evenings by Appointment

216 2nd Avenue SW Cullman, Alabama



Seated (l-r): Tiffany Ashworth, Sarah Rutherford Standing (l-r): Teresa Staudt, Dr. Chris Widner, Brandy Widner

Providers for Southland & Delta Dental Premier

Bread and Butter November 2010  
Bread and Butter November 2010  

A modern look at life in the old South