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Thu
26
Aug

Grand Cane Baptist Church to Host “Daughters of the King” Conference

Grand Cane Baptist Church to Host “Daughters of the King” Conference

The Fifth Annual Women of Heart Conference, “Daughters of the King” will be held on September 25, at Grand Cane Baptist Church from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The speaker will be Amy Sutton Ricketts and music for Praise and Worship will be provided by the Grand Cane Baptist Praise Band.

Ladies are invited to attend an inspiring evening devoted to our God. You will be served dinner and then led in praise songs and finally word from a Lord-lead woman, Amy.

Tickets are $25.00 and seating is limited, so get yours early. For more information call 318-773-7460 or email mdillard01@yahoo.com. T-shirts are available from Altered Grace Boutique in Grand Cane (see order form for more information).

Grand Cane Baptist Church is located at 1008 Fifth Street in Grand Cane.

Thu
26
Aug

From the Word

From the Word

“Then they that gladly received His word were baptized and there were added unto them about 3,000 souls.”

We were in a church like this once. It was the First Baptist Church in Gueydan, LA. God began to move in that church; the spirit fell on the members and a great sweeping spirit of revival fellowship began to take place, especially in the evening. Great crowds began to come back on Sunday evenings. Testimony, prayer, praises and hymns glorifying the Lord occurred. Prayer meetings that would last into the night, even an all night prayer meeting took place. A great Revival followed in the Baptist Church and Methodist Church, and also reached into the Catholic Church. Scores were saved and many baptisms took place, some even occurring in Lake Arthur. I met with about 100 men in one church and had a great prayer meeting with them in that church.

Thu
26
Aug

Everyday Grace

Everyday Grace
Everyday Grace

There was a symphony of sound on the patio last night. The rhythmic crescendodecrescendo of the cicadas played back-up for the tiny treefrogs with giant voices. A handful of mockingbirds added their croon to the moonlight mix, and the new owl periodically added his percussive hoot. I say he’s new, but I don’t really know that. I saw him for the first time a few weeks ago, perched on a limb and watching the dog and I do laps around the block. He watched us intently, hooting each time we drew close to his tree, as though calling out encouragement.

That was the first time I’d heard him, but now I hear him often. I don’t know if he just moved into the neighborhood, or if he’d been there all along and I hadn’t noticed. That happens sometimes. We tend to see what we’re looking for and hear the things we listen for.

Thu
26
Aug

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

B a j a Shrimp vs. Shrimp Scampi

I picked up a good looking seasoning packet for Baja Shrimp at the Grocery. Thinking of making these on Friday night I thawed out one of my quart baggies of 12/16 ct. gulf shrimp. I noticed that the box preparations called for a pound of 16 ct. but I figured I was close with the amount I had so I used the entire packet of the seasoning mix ... big mistake. Even Susan with her COVID numbed senses of taste and smell thought they were too strong - soooo I decided to do a little research to see if I could improve on this new dish.

Thu
26
Aug

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

The early settlers of this area were a very hardy group - primarily those from the Carolinas and Georgia with exceptions of the St. Denis group along the Bayou Pierre composed of Spanish and French. Today’s article is going to discuss the Anglo-Saxon Group, which settled the northern half of the parish.

The first settlers came to the area primarily by covered wagons with the cows tied behind the wagons and the boys driving the hogs behind the cows. Normally it would be thought that driving hogs would be impossible but history tells us that hogs soon learned to follow behind the wagons and cows without trouble. Sometimes, however, it was necessary for the older boys to go back behind in the event of the pigs getting tired and wanting to wallow around in a mud hole.

Thu
26
Aug

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side
On The Bright Side

One of my chicks has flown the nest.

Two weeks ago, we moved our oldest son Reece into his dorm at LSU. He’s studying Economics and Philosophy in the Ogden Honors College with dreams of becoming a lawyer and a professor.

In the months leading up to his move-in day, I tried to soak in the sound of his footsteps booming down the wooden stairs, the way he played Grateful Dead’s “Brown-Eyed Women” beautifully by-ear on the piano in our living room, and his casual, deep-voiced “Love y’all” when he was leaving to go hang out with friends.

I made the mistake of listening to Katrina Kenison’s “The Gift of an Ordinary Day” on YouTube.

Our foyer turned into an Amazon warehouse full of dorm-room musthaves.

Even so, when the morning came to drive to Baton Rouge, I wasn’t emotional, just hyper-aware that “the day had come.”

We spent six hours moving him into a dorm that made my first dorm seem like Angola.

Wed
18
Aug

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

I was one of the least likely people to change my mind from anti-COVID vaccine to pro-vaccine.

Then this summer, several healthy people I know who are close to my age got the Delta variant and ended up in the ICU. One was put on a ventilator and given little hope. Two suffered severely at home, making two panicked visits to the ER. And one passed away.

All of this was increasingly troubling and sobering, so I went to Walgreens one day and got my first Pfizer vaccine.

Sadly, and in the worst timing ever, I was exposed to COVID only one day after the first vaccine, so there was no time for the shot to work in my favor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
18
Aug

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

You may get a sense of Deja Vu with the title and foods involved but I stumbled on a Mongolian dish with the marinade and ingredients from two of my last few columns, 5/17 Bulgogi Gui and 7/07 Eggplant cubed. Both recipes were very good as this promises to be.

While Bulgogi Gui is Mongolian for Hot Meat Bulgogi Khash is Hot Eggplant. I’ve read where eggplant has been used AND, like I mentioned in an earlier column, Susan has been over whelmed with her slender white eggplants. I discovered that many eggplant recipes ask you to “sweat” the slices by sprinkling salt on them while they are freshly peeled and in a colander. This supposedly gets any bitterness out of the eggplant. Although I’ve never noticed any bitterness I thought I tried sweating these slices out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
18
Aug

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

One of my blogging friends recently published a new book. When asked if I would review it for him, in exchange for a copy, I jumped at the chance. Not only is it a subject I am very interested in, but I also know Marc is an avid herb gardener and knows his stuff.

Herb Gardening for Beginners: A simple Guide to Growing & Using Culinary and Medicinal Herbs at Home turned out even better than I expected. Marc takes you by the hand and starts at the very beginning.

In Chapter One Marc discusses the benefits of growing herbs, both the culinary and medicinal purposes for them, as well as tools you will need for the various steps (starting from seed, maintenance and harvest, and drying and storage). In Chapter Two he walks you through different styles of herb gardens, from a simple window sill variety to an inground garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
18
Aug

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

While serving as First Vice-President of the North Louisiana Historical Society on April 4, 1964 this writer submitted the following article on the Ole Log Courthouse Bell. This article slightly condenses and updates that original.

Hardly had DeSoto Parish been organized when the Police Jury saw the need for a bell to summon people into court. In 1843 a bell was ordered from Philadelphia to be placed in front of the newly constructed log courthouse at the corner of Washington Ave. and Franklin St. The courthouse square was left vacant because a larger Courthouse would be needed in the near future. The Bell did service for many years and if it could speak it would reveal the history of DeSoto Parish. It would tell of the trials, debates and elections that became history here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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