Depression is being low on peanut butter

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece, with our country well into a new year, well into a new president’s reign, and well into an economic slump rivaling the Depression, this Preservist realized recently that the loyal jar of peanut butter that has always stood the test of time in the kitchen cupboard is well into being empty.

No problem though, barring a recall, the peanut butter will be replenished, once again claiming its stance in the awaiting cupboard.

Unfortunately, however, the nation’s present economic crisis is defying even the most astute replenishment, affecting a horrendous “recalling” of every wage earner’s livelihood, threatening their stance in the wavering job cupboard. Words like stimulus and bailout don’t seem to fit in the laid-off worker’s vocabulary, even though their lives are the most affected when their rent comes due, their children need new shoes and their unemployment benefit is about to run out.

From Koebbes’ Kitchen

Florida’s Northern Weather

Pancake Recipe

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 /4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups skim or low-fat milk

1 egg

1 tablespoon mild, light flavored olive oil

1 cup sliced or chopped fruit

1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl combine milk, egg and oil – stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until well mixed.

2. Add fresh or frozen (thawed out) fruit to batter.

3. Lightly oil griddle or large skillet over medium heat.

4. Spoon 1/3cup of batter for each griddle cake. Serve with remaining fruit.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out or way.

Preserve Chorus rehearsals canceled for February. See Linda Sprague for information.

Saturday, Feb. 14 – Aristocrat Club sponsoring a Valentine’s Day dance from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Preserve ballroom. Music by Karen and Stan Hall. Tickets $7 per person. See Heather Garner.

Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Horse Sense meeting at 1 p.m. Questions, answers and suggestions for future programs. Some background concerning the Gypsy Vanner breed of horses before our field trip to Gypsy Gold Farms on Tuesday, Feb. 21. See Sandy Gaile.

Tuesdays, March 3 and 10 – Craft Club country painting from 1 to 3 p.m. Open class, free supplies. See Doris Paretta.

Thursday, March 5 – Craft Club will learn to knit with Judy from 1 to 3 p.m. Make a fun fur scarf. See Judy Lebio.

Monday, March 9 – Final day to pick up 2009 SCP Telephone Directory.

Friday, March 20 – Midwest Club sponsoring spring training game trip to see Washington Nationals vs. Detroit Tigers. Carpool to Lakeland. Tailgate for lunch. Tickets $17 per person. See Judy Mays.

Beginning bridge lessons – Sign up in general activity book or call Fern Novak, $1 per person.

Line dance schedule – Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. easy and intermediate; Wednesday 5 to 6 p.m. and Thursday 1 to 2 p.m., beginners. See Babette Sparling for information.

Ceramic classes every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the craft room. See Mary Secue.

Newspaper and aluminum recycling. Contact your favorite On the Level Club member for pickup or information. All proceeds to Shriners Childrens Hospital in Tampa. The club has raised between $3,000 and $4,000 to date.

Bingo every Tuesday for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Till next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.