By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
This week is one of those very busy ones that happen about once a month. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be the play at the Opera House, entitled, “Maid To Order.”
Friday night will also be a dinner, so get your reservations in by Thursday at 4 p.m. please, if at all possible.
Friday here at home, we’re opening Rushville Farmers Market at 7 a.m. till 12:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, same time.
While I’m writing this, the thunder is booming and the rain is starting (Sunday, 1:30 p.m.). I went out to the greenhouse at 10 a.m. to water and the sun was shining not a cloud in the sky, so I thought I’d better water the gardens outside. That was a big mistake, now here is the rain. I hope not too much today so the plants don’t drown. I don’t mean to sound so picky after getting some nice spring days, it’s just a game you have to play with Mother Nature, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
I got a letter from a high school classmate living in Washington, Ill. now. She lived two doors down from me, so we’ve been friends a long time. When she went off to college after graduation she would write to me. She and her husband can’t come to this reunion because he is getting over a broken leg. It would have been nice to see her. They haven’t been back for several times. They are from where they had the bad tornado, but they are fine.
We found out we lost another classmate last week. Jerry Morrell had been not doing well five years ago when he came back. We’re getting to that age when things go wrong, and we leave Planet Earth, waiting for a better place down the road. My daughter called while I was out watering to tell me her husband had lost the sight of one eye due to several torn places in his retina. They operated Monday and things went well. It will be several weeks of recoup, and then they can tell how good the eye will be. I pray everything will go well.
The plants in the greenhouse for sale are getting big, and I’m hoping they make it till market day, unless somebody comes to the house to buy. I would advertise in the paper but it’s so expensive. I lose profit because I don’t charge that much to begin with. You have the expense of propane heat when it was still chilly and our water cost is up of course, so you have to factor all that in.
I think I’ll put your recipe in now and go see how much rain we got. It’s still coming down pretty hard. Peach Bars: 1 pkg. cake mix, white or yellow; 1/3 cup butter, room temp.; 2 large eggs, divided; 29 ounce can peach slices, drained; 8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.; 1/3 cup sugar; 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter and 1 egg. Mix with a fork just until crumbly. Set aside 1 1/2 cup crumbs for topping. Press the remaining crumbs on bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cut peach slices into 1” pieces. Spoon onto baked crust. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg, and vanilla. Beat with mixer until creamy. Spread over top of peaches. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Bake 30 minutes. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving. Serves 12. Keep leftovers in fridge.
See you next week, behind the Garden Gate.