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United Methodist Women gear up for Fall Arts and Crafts Show

Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:15 a.m.

Clockwise from left Guadalupe River Bottom Cake, Pralines, Conroe Blueberry Bread and Texas Honey Cookies.

Texas Honey Cookies

• 1 cup shortening

• 2 cups sugar

• 3 cups flour

• 2 eggs

• 4 tsp. baking powder

• Pinch of salt

• 4 Tbsp. honey

• 1 cup pecans, chopped

• 1 tsp. vanilla

Cream the shortening and the sugar. Add eggs. Then add remaining ingredients. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake in 350- to 375-degree oven eight to 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Makes 7 dozen.

Recipe contributed by Joyce Brown

Conroe Blueberry Bread

• 2 cups all purpose flour

• 11/2

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 2 cups blueberries

• 2 tsp. lemon zest

• 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

• 1 cup sugar

• 2 eggs

• 1/2 cup plain yogurt, regular or low fat

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add blueberries and lemon zest and toss to combine. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add yogurt and then dry ingredients, mixing only until incorporated (being careful not to crush blueberries).

Spoon batter into loaf pan. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes and invert onto plate.

Guadalupe River Bottom Cake

• 2 cups sugar

• 1 cup oil

• 4 eggs

• 11/2 cups flour

• 1/4 tsp. chili powder

• 1/2 cup cocoa

• 1/4 tsp. salt

•  2 tsp. vanilla

• 1 cup pecans chopped

• 1 jar marshmallow creme

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch pan lightly with oil. Cream the sugar, oil and eggs by hand. Sift the flour, chili powder, cocoa and salt together. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and then add the vanilla and the nuts. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread the marshmallow creme on the top of the cake while it is still hot. Cool 30 minutes. Top with the chocolate icing.

Chocolate icing

• 1 stick of margarine, melted

• 4 Tbsp. of cocoa

• 6 Tbsp. of buttermilk

• 1 box of powdered sugar

• 1 tsp. vanilla

• 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)

Mix the margarine, cocoa and buttermilk in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Remove from the heat and add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add the pecans. Mix well. Pour over the cake.

Recipe contributed by Sue Gibbs

Pralines

• 1 box light brown sugar

• 1/2 cup milk

• 2 cups chopped pecans

• 2 tsp. vanilla

Mix brown sugar and milk in a saucepan and boil over

medium heat until it reaches a soft ball stage on a

candy thermometer (235-245 degrees). Remove from heat and stir in pecans. Add vanilla and stir until vanilla is mixed in. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper that has been buttered or sprayed with cooking spray. Parchment paper can be used - do not spray the paper. Makes 28-30.

Recipe contributed by Kay Lynne Sanders

It's never too early to begin shopping for the holiday season. The Fall Arts and Crafts Show will feature an array of fall and Christmas decorations and gifts. The show, sponsored by United Methodist women, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St.

The vendor show will feature handcrafted items and include Christmas angels, Santas, decorations, fabric art, woodcrafts, jewelry, stained glass, floral crafts and original art.

Admission is free, and there will be hourly door prize drawings.

The Country Cafe will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homemade soups and sandwiches will be served. Coffee and dessert will be available until 3 p.m.

The bake sale will feature "All Texas" recipes: Guadalupe River bottom cake, pralines, Conroe blueberry bread, and Texas honey cookies.

The pumpkin patch will be open. Come for games, activities and snow cones in the pumpkin patch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walgreens will conduct a flu clinic in the parlor. Flu shots will be free with your Medicare card. For all others, the fee will be $31.99. They will also have glucose screening and blood pressure checks.

Proceeds from booth rental and food sales will benefit the church and community missions.

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