Divinity/ ThursdayDoors

For Thanksgiving, the doors were open in our home for dinner. This oven door got quite a work out with some sweet potato casserole and dinner rolls.

The towel reads, “A Life Well-Lived is Usually Messy”

So after eating the turkey, and some deciding to lie down and take a short snooze, we had the priviledge of a little cookin’ lesson from Mother, aka Grandma.

Step 1: Slather on the butter. Only real butter will do.

After some discussion of the dynamics of the recipe, there was some mixing and stirring.

Pardon the extra pan on the stove and the littering of items on the counter. Hence, my towel’s saying is ringing truth.

The recipe is for homemade Divinity as mother makes it and as her mother before her. Further discussions revealed that some people add pecans or dried fruits while we prefer our own local black walnuts.

Waiting for the candy to harden.

Did you know that Divinity has to be made with a humidity level of below 50% or your candy will not set (harden). We were blessed with 45% humidity according to the local weather report. 

Googling the origin of Divinity.

We learned that early versions of divinity were recorded in the early 1900’s and the recipe in it’s current form around 1907, except they used milk. We use corn syrup in our recipe.

Success!! Textbook perfect as mother says.

Google also explains the name was probably derived from exclamations of “Divine!” after biting into one of these nougats. We can certainly understand why!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this version of Thursday Doors and will check out more over at Norm 2.0, the founding father of our blog event. 

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Green Ridge Hotel/ThursdayDoors

Welcome to small town, USA. In this case you have a view down Main Street, Green Ridge, Missouri. To your left is the Business District….about 6 or 7 buildings. Across from it there once were buildings that, unfortunately, were destroyed by fire in days long before I was born.

Think of the cattle drives that went down this street to the stock yards. The cattle were ‘stashed’ in the foreground, fenced until the cattle cars arrived to haul them back East. I used to listen enthralled as my third grade teacher told us these stories. It’s thanks to her that I’m repeating them this Thursday Doors.

For the purposes of the subject matter, I’m going to display some pictures of the Green Ridge Hotel.

Recently, a someone decided to take it upon themselves to save this building. I wonder if they know about the legend that Frank James stayed here once? It’s rumored he was waiting for his brother Jesse to send word to him on ‘plans’. I don’t know how much truth to this there is, but the railroad ended just next to this hotel in 1870, the year Green Ridge was platted (mapped) as a town. 

Back view of the once hotel, now apartment.

I would love to know if someone has a record of this hotel’s guests!

Several additions have been made to this structure over the years.

Before it was rescued to its current state of an apartment, it held a local bar that I have to admit entering as a highschooler. A girlfriend wanted to purchase a pack of cigarettes while we were on lunch break. (wink) My how times have changed. You can’t leave a school during school hours anymore. And those cigarettes are no longer obtainable under age 18 (I kicked the habit in 1990 btw), much less entering a bar under age 21. Wait! and now pot is medicinally approved! Whodathunk?

And that’s what memories are made of when walking past doors of your youth. Hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks entry to Norm 2.0’s Thursday Door. Please visit his blog by clicking here and finding the other entrants. He’ll direct your way.

Broadway and Ohio/Thursday Doors

One hundred thirty-three years have passed and this one is still standing in Sedalia, Missouri. Progress has downed several buildings around it, creating parking lots in the process, but Calvary Episcopal Church is a survivor. Just a few photos for this Thursday Doors and little hype. I have always admired the beautiful stained glass and the building itself as a whole. A lovely testament that early Sedalians intended to stay.

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520 S. Osage /Thursday Doors

Formerly the First Congregational Church of Sedalia, this 1889 church has been lucky to survive.

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Corner of 6th and Osage

Abandoned in the 80’s, it was acquired by a Slavic congregation as early as 2006, but don’t quote me on that year. This one was hard to find information on.

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Facing South Osage Street

I would hope it is on the National Register of Historical Places. But I haven’t been able to find that data as of yet.

At one point, the church had many more stained glass windows. Unfortunately there have been more modern replacements. Not to mention the basement windows are all closed with cement and blocks.

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Currently the First Slavic Pentecostal Church

I did find Missouri State info suggesting Sedalia is void of any Pre-Civil War buildings. So this one must be one of the earliest.

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