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CONTENTS Bread & Butter
FEATURES 8 Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament Faith sets the pace in unique attraction
14 Sharing the Love Former newscaster finds new mission
18 Far, far away...but close to home Star Wars show comes to Space Center
AND MORE 22 How does your garden grow? Container gardening makes planting accessible
26 Preserve it! Canning brings sweet tastes into fall
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17 20 Welcome! “I like bread and butter. I like toast and jam...” You’ve probably heard that old song before. I’ve found myself humming that tune a time or two in the past couple of months we’ve been working on this project. Bread & Butter - the magazine in this case, not the song - is a labor of love for our staff. Our goal when we started this project was to offer something new and unique to our readers and our advertisers. We knew what we wanted to do but finding a name for the publication proved difficult. We wanted a name that reflected the diverse nature of the community, while reflecting that the magazine’s goal wasn’t to “put on airs,” as they say in Southern-speak, but to cover those everyday things that make life both interesting and wonderful. It was during a discussion on names that the name Bread & Butter arose. We tossed around several alternatives but kept coming back to Bread & Butter. It just seemed to fit. Several days after adopting Bread & Butter as the magazine’s name, we were talking with an advertiser about what type of publication they desired. “I need to attract people from out of our area to my store,” the store owner said.“But I also need to tell people who live here why they need to shop at my store. The people that live here are my bread and butter.” At that instance, we knew our magazine name was right on track. We live in a wonderful area, full of exciting attractions, interesting people and great shopping. This magazine plans to feature those things - this area’s bread and butter, so to speak. We’re excited about this new venture and hope you will let us know what you’d like to see included, too. And, as it turns out, I do like bread and butter much more than toast and jam.
Hello folks, Welcome to the premier edition of Bread & Butter. We hope that all of you enjoy the magazine we have brought to you. The tag line for the magazine “A modern look at life in the old South” gives you an idea of some of the information we have placed inside. From local people to local points of interest, we know that you will find the magazine hard to put down. This had been my first time working on a magazine and it has been a learning experience. Everyone in the office pokes fun at me because I will still be trying to place ads in the newspaper as it goes out the door to be printed. This won’t work with a magazine. I had to stop selling ad space three weeks before the magazine will be on the streets. For someone who loves to “sell” this has been a hard nut to crack but I know in order to have the quality product that we want it is necessary to have these guidelines. I suppose this will at least make our production person happy since she always tells me we have no space. But heads up for all of our advertisers - call me and I will find room for you. As much as we hope you enjoy reading the articles and looking at the great pictures inside we would also like to encourage you to pay special attention to the advertisements. Without the support of each one of these businesses this magazine would not be in print today. Please take time to notice those that advertise inside and let them know you saw their ad in Bread & Butter when you patronize their business or office. Again, we all hope you enjoy the first edition and eagerly look forward to the second in November. Also, thanks again to our advertisers who trusted us with their advertising dollars and supported the efforts of this publication.
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HOLY ground Shrine beckons worshippers from around the world By Haley Aaron Past miles of kudzu-lined country road sits a quiet sanctuary, isolated from the rest of the world. Rolling green hills and miles of white fences create a pastoral scene, leading visitors to the entrance of The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville. Standing between a church and a castle, it's easy to forget that you're actually standing in the heart of the Deep South instead of one of Europe's celebrated cathedrals. The magnolia trees lining the brick-paved courtyard provide one of the few reminders that you're not standing in the center of an Italian piazza. Although the Shrine has only stood in Hanceville for 11 years, it has already drawn attention from around the world. "This one's just a baby, but it's one of the most important Catholic churches in the United States and one of the most well-visited," Public Relations Director Jonathan Howell said. Each year, an estimated 50,000 visitors travel to the shrine. Some are from down the street, others from across the world. Because of its location and its policy to welcome visitors of all faiths, approximately half of the shrine's visitors are Catholic and half are non-Catholic. "A lot of non-Catholics have never even been inside a Catholic church and so they're very unfamiliar with our teachings," Howell said. "When you go inside the temple everyone can feel the presence of God." While there are several areas of interest to visit, the church's facade dominates the scene.A marble statue of a youthful Jesus stands in front of the church, beckoning visitors to walk up the steps leading to the church's entrance.
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An aerial view of The Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament complex. At the top of the church's steeple sits a broken cross. A traditional cross had been placed at the building's pinnacle but shortly before the church's construction was completed, the top portion of the cross broke, leaving a stone "T" on the top of the church. Although builders initially planned to repair the cross, Mother Angelica realized the broken cross resembled a tau cross, a symbol used in the Old Testament to represent faithfulness. Later, the cross would be adopted as the personal symbol of St. Francis of Assisi. "In the Middle Ages, there was a lot of corruption in the Catholic Church and St. Francis was the great reformer," Howell explained. "He started the new Franciscan order and they went all around the world preaching to turn back to God and to greater simplicity and instituted fantastic reform. So he used that tau as a sign of spiritual renewal." The interior of the church is adorned with colorful splashes of marble that create an alternating pattern of stars and crosses on the sanctuary's floor. The golden monstrance and reredos dominates the front of the sanctuary, its arches drawing the eye upward to a golden cross surrounded by angels. The
Shrine's monstrance is the third largest in the world. Howell said the monstrance is a traditional feature of Catholic churches, a structure used "to show" visitors "the most blessed sacrament." "Inside the monstrance within the circle shape of the cross is placed the consecrated bread, the consecrated host which Catholics believe is the body of the Lord," he said. From the tile-trimmed roofs to the marble floors, the shrine brings together materials and architectural elements from around the world. "It's a universal project," Howell said. The church’s floors contain multicolored marble from three continents: Africa, Europe and South America.Artisans from Germany created the church’s stained glass windows; marble statues were created in Italy; and the golden Monstrance was constructed by Spanish craftsmen. The universal elements spread beyond the sanctuary. The Shrine's conference room and gift shop are housed in a building modeled after a 13th century Spanish castle. The castle features life-sized suits of armor and statues of Joan of Arc and the Archangel Michael.
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Another small enclosure houses a nativity scene that visitors can view year round. The crèche or "cave," includes an illuminated display of statues. The nativity scene holds special significance for the Franciscan nuns who oversaw construction of the chapel. The Shrine's most recent addition is a reconstruction of the shrine at Lourdes, France. The new site was added in 2008, when the original site celebrated its 150th anniversary. Lourdes became a major pilgrimage site after healings and sightings of the Virgin Mary were reported. The site in Hanceville recreates the grotto at Lourdes and serves as an outdoor chapel. Shrine visitors only see half of the work that takes place at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. The site is also the home of a community of nuns, who are members of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (PCPA). The order is dedicated to worship and prayer. A typical day at the monastery starts at 5:25 a.m., when the nuns awake to the sounds of the bells.An hour of prayer follows and then Mass begins at 7 a.m.
Times for prayer, spiritual reading and work occupy the nuns for much of the day and in the evenings they have various activities each day, including music lessons, recreation and free time.At 8 p.m., a time of silence begins, followed by lights out at 10 p.m. Since the PCPA is a contemplative order, the nuns devote their time to prayer, rather than work such as teaching and nursing that active orders pursue. "Our main focus is to adore Jesus and the Blessed Sacrament and to maintain a life of prayer and silence," Sister Maria Isabella said. "And we do that in the spirit of thanksgiving." The order takes its inspiration from the Biblical story of the 10 lepers. In the story, the lepers are healed by Jesus and return to their daily lives. Only one of the lepers returns to thank God for the gift of healing. "We give thanks for health, for just so many blessings that we all get.We give thanks to Him on behalf of everyone who fails to do that sometimes," Sister Isabella said. "We're always giving thanks to God for everything and for everyone." The nuns observe 24-hour prayer, with each nun being assigned to a one-hour shift. "We adore him all day, every day," Sister Isabella said. Most of the community's members remain cloistered, living in an enclosed section which adjoins the public Temple. There are only three "externs" living in the community who work in the outside world. The externs work in the public areas of the shrine, as well as leaving the grounds to make shopping trips for the convent and drive the cloistered nuns to doctors' appointments. Sister Isabella, an extern, said working outside of the cloister allows her to share her faith in a unique way. "Just wearing the habit in public is a real powerful witness of the presence of God," she said. "I'll be out shopping in the grocery store and I don't have to say a word and people know exactly who I am and what I'm about." Currently, 25 nuns live at the monastery, which can house up to 45 residents. In the past, as the monastery reached capacity, nuns would transfer to other areas in order to create new monasteries or to revitalize existing orders. Nuns from Hanceville have moved to communities in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio and France.
The story of the shrine begins with the unlikely journey of Mother Angelica, a nun that founded a global television network and built a temple in the heart of Hanceville. Her journey began in Ohio, where she was born Rita Rizzo.At a young age, her parents divorced and Rita faced ridicule and poverty throughout her childhood. "Everyone was Catholic and everyone was Italian, so divorce never happened," Howell said. "They were very looked down upon." At the Catholic school she attended, Rita also became the target of some of the nuns' disapproval because of her parents' divorce. "She said the nuns were mean to her because of that and so she grew up hating nuns," Howell said. "Itâ€™s a miracle she became one." Despite her childhood encounters with unfriendly nuns, Rita made the decision to enter a monastery in Canton, Ohio in her early 20s, where she would eventually take her vows and become Sister Mary Angelica. However, she was plagued by a series of injuries throughout her early religious life. Her most serious injury required her to have a risky back surgery. "As the surgeon was performing the surgery, he made a wrong incision and he threw the scalpel down and said she was never going to walk again," Howell said.Another doctor stepped in to complete the operation. While Mother Angelica remained in the hospital struggling to heal, she promised God that she would found a monastery in the South, a region where there were few Catholics, if she could walk again. "It was kind of just a far out there bargain," Howell said. "But He obviously heard her because He healed her and she was slowly able to get up and walk." Mother Angelica and a small group of nuns moved to Irondale, where Mother Angelica would build her first "monastery in the South." There, they would found Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in 1962. "It was just a very small monastery and there were no Catholics in the area so she grew very slowly" Howell said. Then, in 1981, Mother Angelica was inspired to create the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), a television station that would air Catholic programming.
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"With $200 and just a small garage she started this TV station," Howell said. "Today, it's the largest religious TV empire in the world. It has expanded just exponentially since it began." The network is now global.According to figures published on EWTN's website, the network broadcasts to more than 140 countries, reaching an estimated 150 million households. However, the network's day-to-day operations began to take time away from Mother Angelica's work at the monastery. "It grew and then in the 90s, she felt like it was big enough that it was sort of compromising her prayer life," Howell said. "Her mission was not technically TV, it was quiet prayer." In order to move away from the distractions of the growing network, Mother Angelica began to look for a "quiet place" to relocate the monastery. However, the original plans for the new monastery did not include plans for the elaborate Shrine. "She was just going to build a small farm monastery with a nice chapel," Howell said but a trip to South America changed her plans and inspired her to create the current church.
In 1996, Mother Angelica and a group of nuns traveled to Columbia in order to promote EWTN's Spanish programming. On the trip, the group visited a shrine in Bogota devoted to the child Jesus.As the nuns visited the shrine and stood before a statue of Jesus, Mother Angelica saw the statue come alive and say "Build me a Temple and I will help those who help you." Mother Angelica initially resisted the idea and did not ask EWTN viewers for money to help with the Temple's construction. However, five different families offered to pay for the majority of the construction and materials, each asking to remain anonymous.With the donations, Mother Angelica moved forward with the construction of the Temple without using donations from EWTN. While the story of the shrine already spans decades, the Shrine continues to grow and expand.A new museum is scheduled to open on the site at the end of the year, which will provide information on the Eucharist to non-Catholic visitors. "This will be an interactive museum where it will be explained in depth," Howell said. "It's just a gorgeous project."
Visiting the Shrine Hours: The Shrine is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gift shop is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dress: Guests are asked not to wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, tank tops or mini-skirts. Photography: Guests are allowed to take pictures everywhere except the interior of the church, where it would distract from prayer. Website: For additional information, visit http://www.olamshrine.org
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Former news anchor Lee Marshall now spends her time helping foster children.
SHARING THE LOVE Adopted herself, former news anchor now helping children By Haley Aaron For more than 12 years, Lee Marshall was the face of Huntsville, a popular morning news anchor at WAFF. But now, she wants people to see her as more than just a familiar face. “I really want people to see my heart,” Marshall said.“I think so many times that people have a perception of people on television and think, well, they’re this way or that way. I’ve always been real. I am who I am.”
Who is Lee Marshall beyond the newsroom? She’s a proud wife and mother; a singer with a successful music ministry; and a former foster child with a passion for giving back. “I was very blessed to be placed with my family at six weeks old in a foster care situation; they adopted me at the age of two,” Marshall said. “I wasn’t bounced from home to home like so many children are.” Marshall said that growing up in a loving adoptive family made a tremendous difference in her life, and inspired her to make a difference in the lives of children still waiting to find a “forever family,” a home with a permanent adoptive family. “I’m very blessed and that’s my motivation,” Marshall said.“I know when kids find where God placed me that they can do anything and achieve anything.” Although Marshall’s newscasts have provided viewers with a glimpse of her personality and interests, her true passion can be seen in Kids to Love, the nonprofit organization Marshall created in 2004 to address the needs of foster children.
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However, Marshall did not originally envision Kids to Love as a nonprofit organization. Instead, Kids to Love began as a segment on WAFF.While her proposal was initially met with some resistance, she continued to champion the idea.“I was pretty persistent,” Marshall said. Ultimately, her persistence paid off for the station and more importantly, for the foster children featured on the Kids to Love segment. The stories have ran for more than 10 years on WAFF, and sister station WSFA 12 recently began airing the profiles in Montgomery. Of the 225 children that have been featured on the broadcasts, 195 have been adopted. Marshall used Kids to Love to tell the stories of local foster children and bring attention to their triumphs and trials. “I always want to make people care about the issue,” Marshall said.“How do I do that as a journalist and try to use my position for good?” While Marshall’s profiles had a positive effect on the lives of hundreds of Alabama children, Marshall still wanted to do more in order to fill the needs of the thousands of other children who remained in the foster care system. “In 2003 I really just felt the call to do more,” Marshall said. She listened to the call, and created the Kids to Love Foundation in order to fulfill the immediate needs of foster children while they are waiting to be adopted. “I would love to put the foster care system out of business,” Marshall said.“I guess that would probably be the number one goal, that we wouldn’t have a need
for foster care.” But until every child can find a “forever family,” Marshall and the Kids to Love foundation remains dedicated to making the lives of children in the foster care system a little bit brighter. Until a foster child is able to find a permanent home, their lives are often uncertain. “They live in fear every day because they wonder,‘If I come home from school this afternoon, is my social worker going to be there to move me to another home? Am I going to be able to go and live with my mom and dad again?”Marshall said.“So many times these kids are just burdened with adult worries.” Marshall said she hopes the organization can alleviate some of these worries and “let kids be kids.” “What I hope Kids to Love can be is that one place that foster kids can go and always depend on us that we will not be the ones to let them down,” Marshall said. When Marshall created the foundation, she hoped to provide supplies and support that wasn’t already provided by other organizations. Instead, she wanted to create programs which would fill unmet needs. “The main thing was I didn’t want to duplicate services, but I found that they didn’t have a resource for school supplies, they didn’t have a resource for Christmas presents,” Marshall said.“So if we don’t provide that, then they’ll do without.” Over the past seven years, the foundation has grown rapidly. Through its programs, Kids to Love has reached more than 75,000 children.
“I tell people that it’s like I’m riding an untrained wild horse and I’m holding on as tight as I can, because I know I never imagined we would grow as fast as we have,” Marshall said. Soon, Marshall’s passion became a full-time commitment as the non-profit foundation continued to grow by leaps and bounds. “For the past six years since we’ve been in existence, I’ve told people that I have three full-time jobs and I just get paid for one,” Marshall said.“I’m a full-time mother, I was full-time at WAFF, but then I’ve also put in full-time hours at Kids to Love.” That’s why, after 12 years at WAFF, Marshall decided to leave the station in order to devote more time to the foundation earlier this year. Although the decision to leave journalism was difficult, Marshall said it was time to take the “leap of faith.” “This really is a change for me, but I know that it’s a calling from God and it was the right time for me to make that transition,” she said. While Marshall said she would miss working with her colleagues at the station, she won’t miss the early hours.
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“After 10 years of waking up at 3 a.m. I’m just ready for some sleep,” she said. While Marshall isn’t keeping such early hours any more, that doesn’t mean that she or the Kids to Love Foundation is slowing down. Instead, the foundation just keeps growing, providing the needs (and some of the wants) of local foster children through a variety of programs. The foundation’s largest programs are its annual school supply drive and its Christmas gift drive. Last year, the organization gave more than 6,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to foster children. In addition to providing school supplies to each foster child in Alabama, the organization was also able to donate supplies to several children in Tennessee as well. Then at Christmastime, Kids to Love gives Santa and his elves a helping hand. “Whenever we work with Santa at Christmas we get wish lists of local foster children,” Marshall said.As the wish lists arrive, so do the donations from businesses, community groups and individuals.Volunteers work to cross gifts off the wish lists and get them ready to be delivered on Christmas morning. “The neat thing about it is, we get those ready and Santa and his elves come pick it up and they deliver them for us,” Marshall said.“So the kids never know that we have anything to do with it, which is a really neat way of being true servants, and that’s doing it because it’s the right thing to do and not doing it for the credit.” As the foundation has grown, so have the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of foster children.Whenever new needs arise, the foundation creates new programs in order to address additional issues and needs. In 2005, Kids to Love created a program to address the increasing number of methamphetamine production and abuse cases which force children into foster care. When children are removed from meth labs and placed into foster care, they leave their homes with nothing. The children are unable to carry any of their toys, clothing or other belongings with them, because they have been contaminated with the drug. “Everything is contaminated, because everything that goes into meth is poison,” Marshall said. Kids to Love created a program to provide diapers, formula and other necessities for the children when they are first placed into foster care.
But Marshall wanted to find a way to do more.“I wanted to take it a step further and be able to rescue these kids from these labs,” she said. So the foundation created the “See Meth, Stop Meth”hotline, where callers can provide anonymous tips. The foundation forwards the tips to local law enforcement. The hotline has received approximately 1,500 tips and tips have led to approximately 500 arrests. Other programs fulfill the needs of children who have already been placed in the foster care system. The foundation’s Bible donation program allows donors to purchase Bibles in honor or memory of friends and family members. Through the program, the foundation has been able to give Bibles to 8,000 foster children. Through its scholarship program, the foundation has been able to provide $1,000 scholarships to students and make a direct investment in the education of more than 180 children. In August, the foundation will present scholarships to 84 students. For Marshall, the scholarships represent more than just a gift - instead, a scholarship is an investment in the life of a child, a way to encourage a child to make the right choices.When students graduate with degrees in business and nursing, prepared for life-changing careers, the foundation’s investment pays off. “It just shows that if we take the time to invest in these kids at a young age, then the difference we can make in their lives is priceless,” Marshall said. Although it can be easy to forget about the needs of others in the hustle and bustle of everyday lives, Marshall encouraged people to take the time to give back. “I think we’re all guilty, so many times, of getting wrapped up in our own lives,” Marshall said.“We kind of have tunnel vision and a lot of times it’s just easy to focus on what’s under our own roofs. But the truth of the matter is there are foster children living in the shadows of our steeples here in Morgan County, in Madison County, and we have to get busy taking care of them.”
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Old Time Religion: Faith has always played a large role in the lives of those in North Alabama. Alabama’s first churches date back to 1808 and residents often enjoyed camp meetings led by traveling ministers known as circuit riders. Religion was part of everyday life, as well.The photo at left is from the archives of the Alabama Superintendent of Education’s collection and shows prayer before a school day.The photo dates back to 1913. Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History
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Science, space team up at exhibit By Leada Gore Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away... Or something like that. You’re probably familiar with Star Wars - the science-fiction classics beloved by space enthusiasts of all ages.And now, you have a chance to enjoy a piece of the magic, without traveling to a far away star. “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination,” is making its stop in nearby Huntsville at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The show will be at the center through Sept. 6. It’s the first time the exhibit has made an appearance in the Southeast. Nationally, it boasts more than 1.75 million visitors. The traveling exhibit combines the knowledge of space and science with the Hollywood-created world of Star Wars. If the movies are the draw, science and technology are the lessons. If you drop in on the exhibit, you can expect to find artifacts from the movie, along with science exhibits that prove creator George Lucas’ imagination wasn’t just huge, it was years ahead of its time. When you walk into the exhibit, you will encounter a large-scale model of a Jawa sandcrawler, which leads you to an introduction by C-3PO and robotics engineer Cynthia Breazeal. The robot and the robot engineer engage in a discussion on movie character R2-D2 and how Breazeal, who herself works for MIT, is creating such mobility in real-life robots. Visitors will also have a chance to build a spaceship and a town, all by simply placing cards on a table through a process known as “augmented reality.” The process involves a computer superimposing the elements on a virtual reality site.You’ll also get to see vehicles and prototypes of space vehicles and an array of real-world robots and their uses around the home.
Star Wars fun fact: Model airplane parts and an egg-shaped panty hose container were among the items used to make the spaceship models in Star Wars. And the Millennium Falcon? Its shape was inspired by a hamburger with an olive on the side.
For the brave at heart, you can take a ride of a full-scale replica of a Millennium Falcon and experience a jump to lightspeed. The ride, which costs $5, includes narration from Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO, who talks about what we know about our galaxy. The exhibit’s not all about science and learning, however. There are plenty of reasons the die-hard Star Wars fan is finding this exhibit a can’t miss. Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder from Star Wars Episode IV “A New Hope,” is on public exhibit for the first time. There are scale models of X and Y-wing starfighters and TIE fighters.Visitors also can see an original Yoda puppet from the Star Wars films and Darth Vader’s actual helmet from Star Wars Episode III “Revenge of the Sith.” There’s also an Imax movie on special effects, including those used in the Star Wars movies. It will cost an additional $5. Adult tickets are $30 during the day, which includes admission to Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s museum, plus your choice of either an Imax or 3D movie.A child’s ticket is $20.After 5 p.m., tickets are $20 and $15, respectively, and do not include the museum or movie.A separate ticket is required for the Millennium Falcon experience.Advance
tickets are encouraged and are available online at www.spacecamp.com. If you’re a Star Wars fan or just a techno-lover, make sure you get to the U. S. Space and Rocket Center before the exhibit blasts off to another galaxy - make that city - far, far away.
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WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS Make lemonade Looking for a sweet way to welcome fall? National Lemonade Day is Aug. 20 and thereâ€™s no better time to mix up a pitcher of this tangy, tart and sweet Southern favorite. OLD-FASHIONED LEMONADE 6 medium lemons (should yield 1 cup of juice) 3 1/2 cups water 3/4 cup sugar (adjusted for taste) To get more juice out your lemons, roll them on the countertop with moderate pressure before juicing. Once complete, juice the lemons using a citrus reamer, keeping out the seeds. Dissolve the sugar in the water (you may want to use warm water to help with this process). Combine the juice and sugar water in a pitcher. Stir well. Serve chilled.
And for a little something different... WATERMELON LEMONADE 6 cups watermelon 1 cup water 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup lemon juice Remove seeds from watermelon. Place watermelon and water in a blender and process until smooth. Strain liquid into a pitcher, adding sugar and lemon juice. Stir until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until chilled, then serve.
HOW DOES YOUR garden grow? By Haley Aaron When most people envision a garden, they imagine a large plot of land planted with long rows of corn, tomatoes and other vegetables ripening in the summer sun. But for many would-be gardeners, time and space make creating a traditional vegetable garden a wish rather than a reality,and most gardeners leave their gardens empty during the fall. However, alternatives to the traditional garden plot make small scale gardening more accessible, and a variety of hardy fall vegetables make cool weather gardening possible even for new gardeners. Raised beds allow gardeners to grow plants in a more compact area and eliminate the “rows”of a traditional garden. Container gardening allows gardeners with little or no yard space to enjoy fresh produce year-round. A raised bed resembles a traditional garden plot. However, the soil in raised bed gardens is mounded above ground level and enclosed in a box made of wood, stone or other materials. Many of the growing conditions remain the same for both types of garden. Just like traditional plots, raised beds should be placed in full sun for the best growing conditions.Also, while new soil can be brought for a raised bed if the surrounding soil is too rocky to be used, regular topsoil can also be used to construct a raised bed. The major difference between raised bed plots and traditional plots are size and planting style. The Alabama Extension System’s publication on raised bed gardening says that plots should be no wider than three to four feet, so that gardeners can easily reach vegetables without stepping onto the soil. Because the vegetables are within arm’s length, raised bed gardens eliminate the need for the walking space between rows needed in a traditional plot. In fact, rows themselves can be eliminated in raised bed gardening, replaced by “block planting.” In block planting, the garden is divided into a series of squares.
Depending on size, one large plant or several small plants can be planted in each square. Although most plants grown in traditional gardens are suitable for a smaller raised bed garden, sprawling plants which take up a large amount of space, such as watermelons or pumpkins, should be avoided. In addition to taking up less space than traditional gardens, the soil in raised beds also warms up faster, allowing gardeners to plant earlier in the spring. The boxes also stay warm for slightly longer in the winter. However, gardeners should still plant crops within season, rather than expecting the season extension to save heat-loving plants from frost. “There’s a little season extension involved on either end,” Morgan County Extension Office Regional Extension Agent Mike Reeves said.“But when it does get cold enough to freeze, it will freeze.” “People with a patio home or something like that might consider some container gardening if they don’t have the yard space to do the raised bed gardening,” Reeves said. For gardeners with little or no yard space, container gardens can be the best alternative to larger garden plots, including raised bed gardens. Container gardens use flowerpots, hanging baskets, barrels and other items as a place to plant flowers and small vegetable plants. While containers are typically used to hold a single flower or decorative shrub, containers can be used to plant a wide variety of small vegetable plants as well. In addition, large containers can hold several different types of plants, turning a single pot into a “mini garden.” The key to success is finding plants which share the same growing requirements. For example, a plant which needs lots of sun to survive and thrive shouldn’t be placed in a container with shade-loving plants. In addition to using less space, small containers can also be moved into different areas of the yard, unlike traditional gardens which can’t be relocated after planting.
FALL PLANTING Lettuce – Estimated Planting Dates: Between Aug. 5 - 22 Average Days to Maturity: 45-85 Suggested Varieties: Butterhead, Red Sails Bibb and Salad Bowl Collard Greens– Estimated Planting Dates: Between June 21 - Sept. 5 Average Days to Maturity: 60-80 Suggested Varieties: Champion, Georgia Southern and Vates Mustard Greens – Estimated Planting Dates: Between Aug. 5 - 26 Average Days to Maturity: 40-50 Suggested Varieties: Florida Broadleaf, Red Giant, Giant Southern Curled Turnips – Estimated Planting Dates: Between July 31 - Sept. 21 Average Days to Maturity: 40 – 60 Suggested Varieties: Purpletop, Shogoin and Just Right
However, the weight of the containers should be taken into consideration. If plants need to be moved after planting, the extension office encourages gardeners to fill the bottom of containers with lightweight materials such as packing peanuts instead of completely filling a container with soil or potting mix. While container gardens solve the problem of limited spacing in a way that traditional and raised bed gardens cannot, there are some disadvantages to planting in containers. Container gardening can be time intensive, because items planted in container gardens have to be watered more often than those planted in traditional gardens. “That’s probably the number one consideration when you plant container gardens, that you’re going to have to water it during growing season every day, and sometimes maybe even twice a day, depending on the size of the container,” he said.“The smaller the container, the quicker it dries out.” Plant size is also a concern when planning a container garden. Reeves encouraged gardeners to look for compact plants which produce a greater number of vegetables per plant, rather than plants which require more space to grow. “You’re not going to grow enough beans or corn or something like that in a container garden to fool with,” Reeves said.“It’s going to be more of the specialty, high volume per plant like tomatoes and peppers.” When planting tomatoes in containers, Reeves suggested determinate varieties such as Celebrity tomatoes because of their limited size. Determinate plants grow
to a specific size and then stop growing, unlike indeterminate varieties which continue to grow and take up additional garden space throughout the season. Sometimes, thinking small can also be a good idea. Container gardens provide just enough space for a small selection of vegetables or herbs when a large crop isn’t needed. “A lot of folks grow herbs in a container garden because they don’t need that much of them and they grow all they need in a small container,” Reeves said. While the spring and summer months are the best times for planting and harvesting most vegetables, cool weather gardening is also possible. The preparation for a fall garden typically begins in August, when most summer vegetables have already been harvested. In fact, fall vegetables can simply be planted in the same garden to replace the summer’s plants. “You can grow a spring crop and then follow it up with a fall crop in the same area, so you’re not limited to doing one or the other,” Reeves said. Replanting can also be an ideal time to rotate crops, replacing spring plants with fall plants of a different type. Instead of replacing vegetables with plants from the same family (such as squash and cucumbers), gardeners can choose plants from a different family to avoid some disease and garden pests. For more information on crop rotation and plant families, please see the extension publication on crop rotation listed in the sidebar. “You alternate plant families and that helps cut down on some of the insect and disease potential,” Reeves
said. Most cool weather vegetables should be planted in August, giving them plenty of time to reach maturity before the first frost. Some plants, such as lettuce, can be planted and harvested multiple times throughout the season. “It’s a quick crop,” Reeves said.“In 30 days, you can probably have lettuce and you can go back in and plant lettuce again and again and get two or three crops.” By planting throughout the year and considering space-saving alternatives, gardeners can get the most out of their garden plots, no matter how small.
LEARN MORE For additional information, refer to these Extension publications Raised Bed Gardening: www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1345 Container Gardening: www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR1139/ANR-1139.pdf Crop Rotation: www.aaes.auburn.edu/researchcenters/brewton/documents/gardenposter.pdf
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WASHINGTON DIDN’T SLEEP HERE But Oden House still a vital part of Hartselle’s history By Haley Aaron When visitors ask, Oden House Owner Ann Hill tells them her secret. “We have a ghost,” she responds when people ask if the home is haunted. After “their eyes get big” and they fearfully respond, she tells them the home’s second secret. “It’s the Holy Ghost,” she’ll say with a laugh. “If it was another ghost, I wouldn’t be here.” While the Oden House may not be “haunted” in the traditional sense, a rich history can be found within the house, beyond the parlor’s sliding pocket doors. The home has played an important role not only in the history of Hartselle, but also in the
nation’s religious history. While the house on Main Street may be the most visible reminder of A.A. Oden’s legacy, his influence extends far beyond the home’s stained glass doors. Thanks to Oden’s work and philanthropy, early Hartselle residents were greeted with orderly railroads, a noteworthy newspaper and new church. “He wore lots of hats,” Hill said. “I’m sure when people first came to town they just kind of had to whatever was necessary to get the town up and running.” As the station master for Louisville and Nashville railroad, Oden made sure that trains hit no snags on their stops in Hartselle, ensuring that one of the key industries in the city stayed on track. Later, his son E.A.
Oden would take over and serve as the town’s station master for another 52 years. “They ran the railroad for the first 100 years in Hartselle,” Hill said. Oden was also one of the owners and editors of the community’s newspaper, the Hartselle Index. The weekly newspaper was published every Thursday and sold to subscribers for an annual fee of $1.50. The newspaper quickly gained praise. Only a year after the newspaper’s introduction, Rowell’s American Newspaper Directory described it as “the most popular and well-read paper in Morgan County”and told advertisers that the publication was “unquestionably the best advertising medium to reach
the thrifty classes.” The Index quickly became a family business when Oden’s brother became a co-owner and editor in 1886. Although it may be hard to imagine how Oden had time for anything beyond managing the station and the newspaper, he was also an active church member. In 1881, Oden donated land to the congregation of the First Christian Church in Hartselle. The church is still located on the land Oden donated, although the original church was replaced by a stone building in 1921. Both A.A. Oden and his son would serve as elders in the church. “The Odens were dynamic Christians, just pillars of the community,” Hill said.
A.A. Oden’s son and his family would be the second owners and residents of the house, which they would expand - an expansion that would soon be necessary in order to accommodate their large family. The original home was only one story, containing a modest parlor and kitchen. However, when E.A. Oden married in 1900, he expanded the home, adding a second floor. The addition provided much needed space for their eight children (and a staircase banister perfect for sliding down, something the children greatly enjoyed). Although the Oden House’s history is filled with distinguished residents, perhaps the most famous figure in the home’s history was not a resident but a visitor.In 1887,Anthony Showalter came to Hartselle in order to teach music classes at a local church. Showalter was a well known instructor and publisher at the time, traveling throughout the South to teach. While Showalter was staying with the Odens, he received letters from two of his former music students. Each letter contained similar tidings of bad news - both men had written to tell Showalter their wives had recently died. When Showalter sat down to write letters to his students, he was inspired to do more. “He wanted to do something special for them,” Hill said. “Instead of just writing a sympathy card,he wrote them a song since he knew they could read music.” The song,“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” would later become a gospel standard - and an oft-heard hymn in churches throughout the nation. However, the home’s history didn’t end with the Odens.When the Oden family sold the house in 1968,it was purchased by a husband and wife who chose to preserve much of the home’s original architectural features including the stained glass windows in the front door, as well as the original hardwood floor. Then in 1999, Ann Hill and her husband Ray purchased the house in order to live closer to their family and start a bed and breakfast.In the past 11 years,they have entertained visitors from around the world giving them a taste of Southern hospitality and Hartselle history. “It’s been wonderful,” Ann said. “We love the house and we love living in Hartselle closer to the family now.” However, with their first grandchild arriving in August, they hope to sell the house and enter “semiretirement,” by closing the bed and breakfast but maintaining a catering and event venue next door. Whatever the future holds for the Hills - and the Oden House - Ann said she feels the next chapter of her life and the house’s history will be written well. “God’s worked all of this out the way it’s supposed to be, so I know he’s got good plans for the rest of it,” she said.
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Canning can bring the sweet taste of summer year round Are you looking for a creative way to use that bumper crop of tomatoes or zucchini? Have you ever wished for the taste of summer berries during a long, cold winter? If so, learning how to preserve foods just may be the thing for you. In a new book, "Preserve It!" (DK Publishing, 2010), editor-in-chief Lynda Brown demystifies the processes for pickling, jam-making, freezing, canning, drying, salting, and more. Each preserving method is demonstrated with step-by-step photography, making it easy to enjoy local, seasonal and home-grown produce at any time. "The recipes are the kind modern cooks will want to make using ingredients to be proud of - fresh produce, natural preservatives and less sugar," Brown said."We've also made sure you can tackle all techniques confidently in your own kitchen." There are more than 100 recipes that guide gardeners and cooks of all levels through the satisfying crafts of bottling jams, syrups and chutneys even making sausage, cider and wine. For more information, visit DK.com.
Green dessert grapes Use fresh, slightly underripe grapes. Dessert grapes are fragile and should be used a day or two after harvest.
The best fruits for jellies
Blackberries If you can find the wild variety of blackberries, try using those. They are sweeter than the store-bought variety.
Bread & Butter Freezer Pickles This pickle, which is so popular in sandwiches, can also be served with salads, cold meats, cheese or barbecued fish. Makes: 3/4 pound Takes: 15 minutes, plus standing time Keeps: 6 months
Ingredients 2 large cucumbers 2 shallots 1/2 green pepper (optional) 1 - 2 teaspoons sea salt 1/2 cup cider or wine vinegar 3 - 5 tablespoons granulated sugar A good pinch of ground turmeric and celery or dill seeds, or 1/2 - 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds.
Quince Look for yellow-skinned, pear shaped fruit with a hard, tart flesh.
Highly scented and flavored. Use as soon as they are harvested as they ferment quickly.
Try using sour cooking apples as they turn into a puree more easily than sweet dessert apples.
Directions Scrub and slice cucumbers thinly. Slice shallot into wafer thin slices, and finely chop green pepper (if using). Put vegetables in a large bowl; sprinkle salt over the top. Mix well and leave for 2 hours to draw out the moisture. Transfer vegetables to a colander; rinse in cold water and drain well, pressing down lightly to squeeze out moisture.Then put into a clean, dry bowl. Transfer to clean portion-sized freezer-safe containers, leaving a 1/2inch space at the top. Seal, label and freeze. To use, thaw overnight in the fridge, then keep refrigerated and use within one week.
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Calendar of events Aug. 19
The Sidewalk Summer Arts Stroll will be back in downtown Huntsville Aug. 19 around the courthouse square.Artists begin displaying their wares around 4:30 p.m. and the event is free.
The Southern Wildlife Festival will return to John C. Calhoun College in Decatur Aug. 20-22. Featured work will be from Garth Fraser,Artist of the Year. Hours are Friday 6 p.m.,VIP reception (invitation only); Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission (good for both days) is $3, $2 senior citizens age 65 and older, $2 students and free for children younger than 6.
Rocket City Gun and Knife Expo will be Aug. 21-22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Cahaba Shrine Temple on 6001 Pulaski Pike in Huntsville.
Downtown Ardmore, Tenn. will host the Crape Myrtle Festival Aug. 28. Full day of activities will include children’s games, puppet shows, homemade ice cream, specialty foods and crafts. Green U will be at the Huntsville Madison Botanical Garden Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The one-day festival works to promote community involvement in environmental improvement. There will be projects, speakers and more. The event is free.
The Northeast Alabama State Fair is set for Sept. 2-6 at John Hunt Park in Huntsville. The event will bring the largest midway in northeast Alabama to the old Huntsville airport. Events will be Thursday - Friday (Midnight Madness Friday 11 p.m.-1 a.m.); Saturday and Sunday 2-11 p.m. and Monday 2-9 p.m.
The Battle for Decatur Civil War Reenactment is set for Labor Day Weekend Sept. 4-5 at Point Mallard Park. The event features more than 200 Confederate and Union soldiers participating in mock battles. The event is free.
The Alabama Women’s Expo will be at Madison Square Mall Sept. 10-11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Enjoy facials, massages, makeovers, food tasting, health screenings and more at this free event.
Decatur Jaycees will host Riverfest and Barbecue Cookoff Sept. 17-18 at Ingalls Harbor. Included in this year’s barbecue event is a special category for backyard chefs. The Riverfest barbecue event is one of the state’s official Barbeque Championships and features more than 70 professional and amateur teams.
Food, fun and entertainment will be back in Hartselle Sept. 18 for the Depot Days Festival. There are arts and crafts, children’s activities, food and fun. The day kicks off with a 5K run.
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Calendar of events Sept. 18
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will be roaring through North Alabama with the Trail of Tears ride Sept. 18. The ride begins in Bridgeport and ends in Waterloo and commemorates the path Cherokee Indians took along the Trail of Tears.
Old-fashioned fun will be back in Eva for Frontier Days Sept. 18-25. There will be a frog jumping contest, pig calling contest and greased pig chase. There will also be a bluegrass jam and antique car and tractor show. Events are planned for Eva Bank and Eva School.
The Racking Horse World Celebration returns to Celebration Arena in Priceville Sept. 18-25. The championship event involves more than 140 classes for children and adults, amateur and professional categories. The celebration ends with the announcement of the new World Grand Champion.
The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be Oct. 2 at Athens State. The convention brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money. There are 18 different categories, including several fiddle and guitar categories, harmonica, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, dulcimer, old time singing, banjo,
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The Alabama Gourd Festival will be Oct. 16-17 at the Cullman Civic Center.Admissions is $3 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Hours are Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be an amazing variety of crafted gourds for display and sale.
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