I tried this recipe one day last week and decided it was a keeper. These biscuits are quick and easy to make and I like them better than some frozen biscuits I purchased.

Frozen Biscuits

2 c flour

2 T sugar

4 t baking powder

1/2 t cream of tartar

1/4 t salt

1/2 c shortening

1 egg

2/3 c milk

Combine all the dry ingredients together. Cut in the shortening. Add the egg and milk. Mix together then turn out on board and knead a few times. Roll out about one-half inch thick and cut. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze. Place in an airtight bag. Do not thaw before baking. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

These biscuits are very tasty with a little butter and some honey. They are also excellent as the basis for strawberry shortcake. I've always preferred a rich biscuit with sweetened strawberries over it for my strawberry shortcake.

David and Dixie Scurlock of Newtown, Penn. are visiting her mother, Wilma Perkins, and other relatives and friends.

When David Deahl and his wife of Davenport were here for the 4th of July festivities, David brought a replica of the 1923 Sinclair gas truck that had been donated to the museum by Dr. Craig Stater of Centerville. David had hand carved the replica and wanted to donate it to the Exline Hose Co. No. 1 Museum. It is being displayed on the gas truck. We want to thank David for this unusual donation to the museum. When I was a kid, the Deahl family lived across the street from us. There were five of the Deahl boys and they and my brothers, Sid and Larry Drake, were good friends.

Well, the Appanoose County Fair is a thing of history. It'll surely go down as one of the wettest although it wasn't a complete washout. While the cattle numbers were down, we are extremely proud that both the grand champion and the reserve grand champion steers at the Market Beef Show on Wednesday were shown by a member of the Exline Ramblers 4-H Club. Tonya Henkle, daughter of Rick and Debbie Henkle of Cincinnati, was the proud owner of both of these champions. Congratulations, Tonya! I saw that girl at the fair one evening with a big sack of feed over her shoulder so it's great that all her hard work paid off.

On Thursday when Don and I ate at the Pizza Ranch there was a large group of folks there from the Moulton area. We wanted to greet Elvin and Ferne Jay and they told us that the group was celebrating their grandson, Marshall Jay, for winning the sheep championships at the Appanoose County Fair. He won the grand champion, the reserve grand champion, and the grand champion pen of three. It doesn't get much better than that. Congratulations!

Faith United Methodist Men sold tickets at the fair on Friday evening. Don was one of those men who volunteered his time and effort. There was a fairly good sized crowd at the fair for the music that night in spite of the fact that there was a front page write-up in the Iowegian about the music at the the Friday Night Live on the Centerville square.

Our little town continues to look better and better. One day last week, Michael Leach used his bulldozer to push in the old Malin and former Logan houses in the north end of town. Some of the men helped set the debris afire and when it has burned as much as possible, Michael will dig a hole and bury what's left. That area of town has long been an eyesore with lots of old vehicles and the houses in disrepair. We certainly appreciate all the work Michael has done to help make Exline look better.

Saturday was Don's sister Wilma Perkin's 92nd birthday. We had a birthday party for her in the afternoon complete with angel food cake and ice cream.

Those present to help Wilma celebrate were her daughters and sons-in-law, Dixie and David Scurlock of Newtown, Penn., and Janet and Bill Young of Mystic, and Don and me. We had a good time visiting and helping Wilma celebrate her birthday.

And how about that Big Red baseball team? We are so proud of Coach Huisman and the team. Bill and Roberta (we call her Bert) Huisman built a home south and east of Exline several years ago. We've loved having them as part of our community and we are happy for all the success Bill has had with his baseball teams. Congratulations to all!

We have more exciting news this week. Doug and Casey Leach of Unionville, Mo., are the proud parents of a new baby son, Nathan Michael born on Saturday, July 26th. Nathan weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. He joins a big sister, Vanessa, who is 3. I'm told he looks just like his daddy. Our neighbors, Michael and Jean Leach, are the extremely proud grandparents.

You don't suppose Grandpa and Grandma Leach will spoil that new little guy, do you?

One day last week when our son, David, was baling hay west of our house, he called us on his cell phone. He said there was a baby fawn on the inside of our back yard and the mother doe was in the hay field. The doe was running back and forth along the woven wire fence trying to get the fawn to go with her. The poor fawn couldn't get through the woven wire to join its mother. Don and I stepped out into the back yard to watch what was going on. In a little while that baby fawn must have remembered what its mother told it because it backed up, got a nice run to the fence and sailed over just as pretty as you please. The underneath side of its tail showed very white flipped up over the fawn's backside. It's been a long time since I've seen a fawn that small and we enjoyed the wildlife drama in our back yard.

What a great service we had on Sunday when the members of Faith United Methodist Church joined with members of Grace United Methodist Church of Moravia at the Sharon Bluffs State Park for an outdoor service. The two churches share the same minister, Pastor Gene Kubli. Roberta Exline brought her keyboard. Jolene Kubli led the song service. It was a simply beautiful setting with a gentle breeze and even the mosquitoes were held at bay with a little "Off". Following the service, there was a basket dinner with almost any kind of good food you could imagine. All in all, it was a very enjoyable time and I've heard several people say they would like to do it again sometime before too long.

Another reminder if you haven't purchased your tickets on the new Honey Creek Resort package vacation. It includes a one night stay in either a queen or a king room, two rounds of golf, a $25 gift card to be used at the resort, and four water park passes. The tickets are only $5 each and only 200 will be sold. The proceeds will go to the Exline Community Betterment 4th of July fund and may be purchased at the Exline Old Country Store or from any member of the Exline Community Betterment Committee. The drawing will be held when the 200 tickets have been sold.

There was an interesting article in the August issue of "Guideposts" magazine. It was entitled "My Gold Medal Girl" and was written by Teri Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa. She wrote that there are five things you need to know if your kid is competing in this year's Summer Olympics (and even if she's not).

These are the five things she says she's learned about raising an Olympian that can help any parent: First, follow their lead. In other words, find what they like to do. Second, find the right mentor. The Johnsons were fortunate to find a gymnastics school owned by Coach Chow. Then root for them-not for victory. You need to be interested in what they can do, not in winning. The fourth thing she suggests is that parents should not decide, they should only guide. The child should make the choice, not the parent. Then finally, Mrs. Johnson says that parents must have trust. They must trust not only in their child but also in God. She concludes the article by saying this "Shawn was given a gift. I'll be by her side to help her use it. Isn't that what we parents are here to do?" It'll be fun to watch Shawn as the summer Olympics begin next week.

We're getting ready for an exciting time this weekend. Our niece, Penelope Marie Drake, daughter of Connie and the late Sid Drake will be married to Jason Engelund both of Oakland, Calif. The outdoor ceremony will take place at the Drake farm at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Connie's brother, Judge Leo Papas of San Diego, Calif., will officiate at the ceremony. There will be a reception immediately following the wedding and we are looking forward to seeing family and friends that we haven't seen for awhile.

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