December 20, 2019
It is our Christmas issue this week and it’s 22 pages!, I’m used to 12 to 14 pages and this was a bit of a crunch to get done in a timely manner.
Thanks to the great staff, we did it. Also, thanks Bro for getting wordy this week. You picked the perfect week!
I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present since what is on my mind this week is a bit boring for most and my thoughts of what REC did to my driveway aren’t very nice.
I’ve had getting my house decorated, tree up, my mom’s back, buying groceries, along with what am I cooking for Christmas, how is next week going to work out with the way Christmas lands and what REC did to my driveway all on my mind.
Speaking of my mom’s back, she won’t be having surgery at the present time. I’m not sure what they will come up with when we go back in five months, but for now she needs to keep doing the things she has been doing to alleviate as much of the pain as she can.
My dad has made it to over halfway done with his chemo treatments. Only three left!! He has got this!
I hope everyone enjoys some family and friends time over the Christmas holiday. I also hope that everyone remembers the real reason for the season and of course I hope you get the gifts you had on your list.
I also hope you enjoy you Christmas paper this week! I appreciate all the positive comments about the newspaper. We all work hard each week to bring you a newspaper and it is wonderful hearing from those of you that are enjoying it.
Pot Roast Casserole
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped onions
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 cup)
2 medium stalks celery, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 cup)
1 package (15 oz) refrigerated, fully cooked beef pot roast (about 1 1/2 cups)
4 cups boiling water
1 cup milk
2 boxes Betty Crocker™ au gratin potatoes
Heat oven to 450°F. Spray 13x9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots and celery; cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender. Add pot roast; cook and stir until hot.
In large bowl, mix boiling water and remaining 1/4 cup butter; stir until butter is melted. Stir in milk, 2 pouches Potatoes and 2 pouches Sauce Mix. Stir in pot roast mixture. Pour into baking dish.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Let stand 5 minutes before serving (sauce will thicken as it stands).
Joke of the Week
One particular Christmas season a long time ago Santa was ready for his Christmas run, but there were problems.
Four of his elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones so Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her Mother was coming to visit.
This stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.
So, frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of coffee and a shot of whisky.
When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had hid the bottle and there was nothing to drink.
In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the coffee pot and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor.
He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten the straw it was made from.
Just then the doorbell rang and Santa cussed on his way to the door.
He opened the door and there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said, very cheerfully, "Merry Christmas Santa. Isn't it just a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Isn't it just a lovely tree? Where would you like me to stick it?"
Thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.