Happy 4th of July

We celebrate the independence of our wonderful country and the birthday of the United States of America making us an independent nation. July 2, 1776 was the day that the Continental Congress actually decided and declared America independent although we celebrate the occasion on July 4th.

Picnics and cookouts have been scheduled for Thursday and the grocery stores are busy with people buying thousands of hot dogs, hamburger, steaks, chops, and all types of salads and desserts. Hopefully the day will turn out nice so everyone can enjoy what they have planned and also the annual fireworks that many look forward to seeing.

It is amazing how many people come from all over and around our area to watch the fireworks display each and every year. Except for last year when it did not rain the fireworks went on as scheduled whereas the rain caused them to be canceled and held the next day several years before.

I am proud of our city for the display of fireworks seem to get better each year and more elaborate.

Have you noticed lately all the changes around our mall? Sears which at one time was the number one retailer in the country, putting out an annual catalogue that many people waited anxiously to get, no longer exists in our town and other cities.

The Sears building at the mall no longer even exists, but from what I am hearing the area will have several new stores replacing the old Sears property and the plans are for the opening of the new stores in the fall of 2020.

Hopefully this is great news for all you shoppers like me to be getting new and different stores.

Hobby Lobby as you can all see is getting ready to open in the old KMart building, which really pleases me because I have driven many times to Lancaster, Ohio, just to shop at the Hobby Lobby store. If you like and enjoy crafts, party supplies, picture frames, materials, house decorations, paper supplies, silk flowers and many, many more items, you will experience a great variety of items to choose from.

I am also thrilled that with the opening of more and different stores and businesses in the area means that there will be more job possibilities for many people that are unemployed in our area.

I am very proud through the years and even now our own family business has the opportunity to give jobs to so many wonderful people and also are able to do and give support in numerous ways to our community.

We are very fortunate to have so many great managers and employees through the years who are the backbone for our businesses and for any business as far as I am concerned.

All of us need to be so proud to be Americans and I wish you all a very happy and healthy FOURTH OF JULY!

Until next week!


Red White and Blue Salad

2 boxes raspberry gelatin

1/2 cup cold water

8 ounce package cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 can blueberries

3 cups hot water

1 envelope plain gelatin

1 cup coffee cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

12 cup walnuts

1st Layer – Bottom: Dissolve 1 box red raspberry gelatin in 2 cups hot water.

2nd Layer – Middle: Dissolve plain gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Heat cream and sugar without boiling. Mix into gelatin mixture. Add vanilla, cream cheese and nuts.

3rd Layer – Top: Dissolve 1 box raspberry gelatin in 1 cup hot water, add blueberries and juice.

Allow each layer to jell before making and adding next layer.


Fruit Salad

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups boiling water

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in saucepan. Gradually add water. Cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens and comes to a boil.

Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter, lemon juice and rind. Add to mixed fruit, after sauce is chilled. Chopped apples, grapes, nuts and bananas make a good mixture.


Picnic Salad

1 package lime or lemon gelatin

1 cup hot water

1 small can crushed pineapple, undrained

1/2 cup pecans, cut fine

1 cup cream, whipped

1/2 cup celery, diced

1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 cup marshmallows, cut fine

Dissolve gelatin in the hot water. Let cool. When it begins to set add the other ingredients and put in a ring mold or a small flat pan to be cut into squares.


Frosted Lime Walnut Salad

1 cup hot water

1 package lime jello

1 can crushed pineapple, undrained

1 cup cottage cheese

1/2 cup celery, finely diced

1 tablespoon pimiento, chopped

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1 3-ounce package cream cheese

1 tablespoon salad dressing

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Dissolve jello in hot water. Chill till consistency of unbeaten egg white. Add pineapple, cottage cheese, celery, pimiento and chopped walnuts. Pour into 8×8 inch cake pan. Chill until firm.

Frost with combined cream cheese, salad dressing and lemon juice. Serve on lettuce, garnish with walnut halves.


Jello Salad

1 package lemon jello

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 cup cottage cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cucumber

Prepare cucumber, peel, cut and scrape out seeds and soft pulp, grate or chop in small pieces. Dissolve jello as usual and add other ingredients.


Frozen Fruit Salad

8 ounce container whipped topping

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 can cherry pie filling

1 medium can pineapple chunks, drained

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Fold all ingredients together. Put in 9×9 pan. Cover and freeze.


Raspberry Sour Cream Salad

2 packages raspberry gelatin

2 1/2 cups boiling water

2 10-ounce packages frozen raspberries

1 1/2 cups canned applesauce


2 cups sour cream

3 cups marshmallows

1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

Dissolve gelatin in the hot water and add frozen raspberries and applesauce. Stir and put in 8×12 pan. Let set until firm, then cover with sour cream and marshmallows. Over this sprinkle finely chopped nuts.


Apricot Salad

2 packages orange jello

large can apricots, mashed

large can crushed pineapple

1 pound tiny marshmallows

1/2 pint cream, whipped

Add 2 cups hot water to the jello.

Drain pineapple and apricots and add 1 up of the juice to the jello. Save the rest of the juice for topping. Add mashed fruit and marshmallows. Let set until firm.


1 cup juice

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten well

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Cook until thick. Add 2 tablespoons butter. Cool. Whip cream and fold in topping and spread on Jello. Sprinkle top with grated cheese or nuts.


Kiki Angelos is a food columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.


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