Bob Fisher’s column Nov. 9

First Posted: 1/15/2009

Get Ready for the Flotilla

At this time of the year, instead of watching “reality TV,” go out and experience reality. Do something with your family, friends, or church group. How about paddling a canoe down the Lumber River on December 18 in this year’s Lumberton Christmas Flotilla?
You can provide your own canoe or small boat or you can rent one from the city of Lumberton for $1. You can decorate it on your own or bring your decorations and join us on Dec. 16 at the beach house in Britt Park. After decorating the canoe, visit with the other participants and have some chili.
On Dec. 18, the night of the Flotilla, the city of Lumberton will take the rented canoes to Stephen’s Park. After you canoe down past the Bicentennial Park to the First Street Bridge, the city will reclaim the rented canoes or help you with your boat.
If you don’t want to be a part of the Flotilla, then join us on the bank of the river at 7 p.m. Eat a cookie, drink some hot chocolate, and watch the canoes float by. The canoeists will appreciate your cheers and applause. Call Tim Taylor (671-3869) for information.

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This is also the time of year that people do a lot of cooking. I think I first gave you my recipe for oatmeal cookies around 1990. Some people tried it and told me they liked the result. I don’t know if anybody tried the recipe and didn’t like it because nobody told me.
This recipe has been in my family for almost 40 years, ever since I copied it from a box of Quaker Oatmeal. I either modified it or copied it incorrectly because it is not the same recipe that has been on the box recently. They may have changed the recipe. I think mine is better.
First, mix together one teaspoon of vanilla, one cup of butter, one and one quarter cups of brown sugar, one half cup of granulated sugar and two eggs. Then add one half cup of milk.
Next take one and three quarter cups of flour and add one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda, two teaspoons of baking powder, and one teaspoon of salt. Sift it into a bowl. Mix in three or four cups of oats.
Add the flour-oat mixture to the sugar-shortening mixture. Now add one half cup or more of chocolate chips and about the same of chopped pecans.
Bake in an oven of 350 degrees on greased cookie sheets until they are done, somewhere around 10 minutes.

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Remember though, you don’t have to cook Friday night. The Kiwanis of Robeson/Lumberton Pancake Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center. The cost of the meal is $5 and there is take-out available. You can get your tickets at the door or from a member of Kiwanis.
— Bob Fisher is the director of the Robeson County Public Library. He can be reached at [email protected].

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