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The North Providence Breeze 12-12-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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4 AT HOME DECEMBER 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION Eggnog pie recipe is a seasonal treat SMITHFIELD – Lois Pickering said she's been making this week's Eggnog Pie recipe for 50 or 60 years now and, "It is absolutely delicious." She originally obtained it from her friend Mary, who got it from her friend Claire. At 85 years of age – her birthday is Christmas Day – her zest for life shines through brightly for a lady who had to play with the boys back in her Providence Parkis Avenue neighbor- hood while growing up. There simply were no little girls to play with, Lois said. "One Sunday after church, I put on my old clothes and went out to play – like I always did – and these two women walked by us and I heard one say, 'Look at the girl dressed like that.'" Lois mentioned that she had always wanted to become an airplane pilot. "I was 19 years old and I took a trip to Hillsgrove Airport, the Green Airport of today, to prospect for that goal. She used to spend hours draw- ing planes and dreaming about pilot- ing, she admitted. There she found someone to talk to asking, "I'd like to know how to become a pilot?" The reply was quick, she added, they said, "You are a female and you are too young." So they suggested she look into becom- ing a stewardess. That also proved to be a let-down. "I was tall enough, the right weight, everything was perfect, but the reason I was declined was because I wore glasses," she was told. She met her husband in New Hampshire at a camp, adding, "He was my only boyfriend ever, and I married him." She was married to Gardner Pickering for 57 years when illness took him from her. They mar- ried in 1952, she said. She attended Katherine Gibbs School for a two-year program to become a medical secretary, she insisted on the two-year course so she'd get the proper training in short- hand. This was 1951, and soon after her husband went into the service moving the couple to Iceland. "I fol- lowed him," said Lois. Together they raised a son, David, and two daughters, Linda and Carol- Jane, and relocated to Rehoboth, Mass. During that time, she was a stay-at-home mother, but once the children were old enough she went to work. They (the children) had jobs by that time, Lois added. Her family history shows a connec- tion to the Pilgrims. "I'm the 14th gen- eration of John and Priscilla Alden." She has two beautifully engraved books of the family genealogy that her grandmother Waite created, "She was a very young widow," Lois added. After selling the home in Rehoboth, Lois spent time with Gardner living in a condo on a fishing cove in southern Rhode Island. It felt natural to her, as she had always been a swimmer and loved being near the water. But time passed and Gardner, a 6-foot-2-inch man began to have problems with his legs and walking. So they sold the condo and a real estate agent sug- gested they move to Greenville. "I knew nothing of northwest R.I.," said Lois, "only Providence and points south." But the real estate agent found a single level on a lake in Greenville and that has been her home for the last 14 years. She lost Gardner just eight years ago. She took up knitting again, and is making a red sweater for her son-in- law right now. "I'm on a lake so the good Lord knew where to put me," LOIS PICKERING, of Greenville, shares her recipe for Eggnog Pie, one she has been making for over 50 years at Christmastime. Continues on next page The Recipe Box RHONDA HANSON Dining Guide 103 Putnam Pike, Johnston (401) 353-0444 TAKE-OUT AVAILABLE Hours: Mon. & Tues. 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wed. & Thurs. 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. $ 5 OFF $ 25 or $ 10 OFF $ 50 YOur EntirE FOOd Bill Dinner Only. Excludes alcohol. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Not valid on holidays. Dinner Special 2 Entrées and an Appetizer to Share for $25 BUY $50 In Gift Certificates, Get A $10 Bonus Gift Certificate FREE! Take-out or Dine-in Karaoke Thursdays Open Daily at 11 a.m. 334-3200 LINCOLN MALL PLAZA www.AsIAgrILLe.COM A Hol i d ay T r a di ti on C a l l a n d R es e r v e Yo u r Hol i d ay P l a t t e rs Please Please Please Support Support Support these Local these Local these Local Advertisers Advertisers Advertisers All dinners come with antipasto or soup, potato & pasta, homemade bread with olive oil. WE SERVE FAMILY STYLE CHICKEN EVERY DAY 226 St. Louis Ave. Woonsocket, RI (off Diamond Hill Rd. (401) 767-2000) Kitchen Hours; Tues.-Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Sun. Noon-9 p.m., Open 7 Days for Private Functions or Funeral Collations. Coupon not valid for private parties or holiday. 10 people or more call for details. With the purchase of a beverage or cocktail. All white meat or all dark meat $2 extra. Expires 12/24/2018. Valid on Sunday GIFT CERTIFICATES SPECIAL Buy one get the second at 25% OFF Of equal or lesser value FRIDAY SPECIAL Fish & Chips, 3 Clamcakes And Bowl of Red Chowder $9.95 SUNDAY SPECIAL Family Style Chicken $7.95 Noon to 8 p.m.

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