Plymouth Area News for the week of January 16th, 2017 by Joyce Steiner

Was able to get to Quincy on Tuesday to stock my booth in Sullivan’s Antiques and More.  Do not get there often enough so am trying to put a lot in each time and take some things home so customers will notice a change.  Got groceries as the weatherman has been predicting a really bad weather event for this weekend for some time.  I was amazed as Aldi in Quincy was crowded.  People had grocery carts piled full.  I had 3 boxes of blueberries and a couple of other things.  Guess they may have been right and me wrong but I am only one to feed and I always keep canned food and bottled water on hand.
Went to check on Dot on Wednesday morning because she had received word that her sister had passed away on Tuesday.  Apparently it did not register as she did not mention it.  Please do not send her any sympathy cards.  Her sister lived in Kansas City and was 10 years younger than Dot.  Originally she had a large family but there may now only be one brother left, I am not sure.
The Red Cross calls me often because I have 0 negative blood and it is needed.  I planned to give blood in Augusta not long ago but managed to fall on the ice the day I was to give.  As I was pretty sore, decided it might not be the best idea.  The Red Cross called again last week and signed me up to give in Carthage on Wednesday.  I closed the store early and drove to Carthage.  Read the material and answered all the questions as usual.  They always go over three questions with me because I take an aspirin a day, I have had lung problems and I have had a cancer removed from my nose.  This time was different.  For 12 years or so it has not been a problem that I had a tiny spot removed from my nose.  This time they refused to let me donate because of it.  I eventually called the physician to see what type of cancer it was and called the Red Cross to tell them.  I too want the blood supply to be safe but something which has never been a problem for probably 20 donations and suddenly is such a problem that I cannot give is really strange to me.  Oh well-I tried.
Thursday morning we had our first round of ice for this week.  Pat Phelps called off Bible study.  I think we have officially given up on the last lesson of our Christmas study. 
I go to the store no matter what the weather because I feel if one advertises hours, then they should be open.  Getting quite a bit of caning done on Mary Hohe’s Victorian chair.  It takes many hours to do a chair seat and this one more than most because the holes are so close together.
We have been very lucky with the predicted ice.  We have had some, but not lots.  I did not take the car out of the garage for a few days because getting it back up the grade into the garage would have been a challenge.  I am constantly amazed by the stupidity of some people.  Last night I was reading very late and heard someone purposefully spinning round and round up town.  Don’t think they can jump the curb to the antique stores on the west side of the square but they certainly could go over the side walk into the bar or Antiques II.  Go figure.
Sunday Living Faith called off church as did many churches in the area.  I think that was wise as our congregation is older and falling on the ice would not be a good thing.  Our Plymouth Women’s Circle pot luck was also called off.
Cabin fever got so bad that I cooked baked macaroni and cheese for comfort food and started cleaning closets.  Now that is really bad!
Hope you have not had any problems with the ice.  I think we are all ready for spring.  Speaking of spring brings to mind asparagus and one of my favorite dishes so I will share a recipe again this week.  This recipe is very flexible so don’t worry if you use more or less of some ingredients.
Asparagus Strata
Spray a 8 by 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray
tear up 6 to 8 slices of bread or rolls and put them in the bottom of the dish
spread 1 cup grated cheese over the bread
dice and spread 1 large onion over the cheese
trim and cut up a pound of fresh asparagus and put on top of the onion
put 2 cups of chopped ham over the asparagus
sprinkle sliced canned mushrooms over the ham
in a separate bowl slightly beat 6 eggs,  add 3 cups milk and 2 t of dry mustard plus salt and pepper and mix well
pour this over the ham mixture and put in the refrigerator over night
Bake at 325 for about 1 1/4 hours or until the center is set.  I mix up the layers before I bake it so the ham does not get too dry and brown.  Hope you like this.  It is good and is not heavy and that is good because this makes a large dish and you may be eating on it for several days!
Have a great week.  Scatter Kindness.
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