Holiday memories

As a child growing up in Ascension Parish, I would spent much of the holiday season in my grandmother's kitchen making fudge, divinity and other candies.

But before we made those pralines and other nut-filled delights, I'd have to pick the pecans with my sisters. It was a hard job I didn't particularly enjoy. I'm pretty sure I did lots of complaining every time grandma sent me out to gather the pecans.

I do remember enjoying those gooey treats. I would volunteer to help just to have the privilege of licking the bowls.

I've tried a few times to recreate my grandma's recipes to no success. I remember one failure that involved several bowls and a kitchen floor covered in sugar and nuts. My divinity was not divine.

My kids helped me pour chocolates one year in my desire to create a fond memory. That didn't go well, either. 

I do have great Christmas memories of my days growing up on the farm on Cornerview Road. The interstate may have divided my family property, but I still own a little piece of that heaven.

With both my daughter and son living in the cold north these days, I'm a bit somber about the holiday season. An ankle fractured in the great snowfall of 2017 isn't helping my mood.

But I'm sure a visit from my son and care package from my daughter and son-in-law will surely brighten my days.

The Ascension Advocate staff sends a big holiday greeting to all of our readers. And if you're making divinity or pralines, be sure to follow the recipe exactly.

Closed for Christmas

All Ascension Parish Library branches will be closed Sunday to Tuesday for the Christmas holiday. Regular hours will resume Wednesday.

Mother Goose program

Ascension Parish Library’s Dutchtown Branch is offering a four-week series for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 starting Jan. 10.

Mother Goose Asks “Why?” introduces concepts such as growing and changing, same and different and the five senses to preschool children through entertaining hands-on activities and stories.

Space is limited in this free program. Call (225) 673-8699 to register.

Concert tickets

Tickets are on sale for Lee Brice and Frank Foster live in concert with special guest Caleb Paul on Jan. 20 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Tickets are $35 for general admission or $80 for the pit, available online at

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1996; or email, or Deadline: noon Monday.