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Nebraska Ann’s Surprise

This clipping starts out with a cookie recipe, meanders on to a comment about a husband’s ulcer diet, but in the end it is a reprint of an earlier contribution for a one-bowl cake, correcting an error in the original article.  It ends with showing up a “kindly” neighbor….

Dear Hope: Here is my soft oatmeal date cookie recipe.  I hope “Lauretta” of Oklahoma will like it.

2 cups Oatmeal
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup lard
1 cut chopped dates
1 cup nut meats
2 eggs
1 teaspoon soda in 1/2 cup sweet milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix oatmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, spices all together, blend in lard, then eggs.  Add liquid, nuts, dates.  Roll in palm of hands in balls size of walnut.  Make in moderate oven.

Sometimes I omit nuts, especially when my husband was on an ulcer diet.  He is cured now, but I still avoid feeding him the things that were omitted from  his diet, as much as possible.  A cure is also a preventive at times.

Last April my cream cake recipe was printed and since then I have received a few rebuffs from neighbors who read it, as well as one through the column because they thought the cake would not be light and fluffy because it was a one-bowl method cake with sugar added with flour. There was just one mistake in the printing:  it said beat 200 strokes or 2 minutes, while it should have been 500 strokes or 5 minutes.  so in case any are interested, I will re-write it with that correction:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 whole eggs
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder.

Sift flour once, measure and to flour add sugar, salt, baking powder.  Sift again into mixing bowl.  Make a well in the mixture, pour in milk and cream, break in whole eggs, add vanilla.  Mix all together, beating till smooth and light, 500 strokes or 5 minutes.  Sugar will be dissolved and cake very light and fluffy.  Bake in moderate oven. (Variations as you like.)

One of my neighbors came in to my house for dinner and commented on my light fluffy cake.  She asked if I had read the cream cake recipe in Hope’s column from “Nebraska Ann”, saying, “I didn’t even try it out, for I know it would be tought”.  I asked her if she would call my cake tough, and she said, “Oh no, t was exceptionally light and fluffy.  She was very surprised when I told her it was made from the recipe from “Nebraska Ann” and it was I who sent it in.–Nebraska Ann.


Apple Pie

Here’s another pie recipe from the Kansas Farmer, likely the March 20 1957 issue.  

Apple Pie

For apple pie, Mrs. Davis prefers winesaps but any tart apples will be satisfactory

6 large tart apples
2 tablespoons butter
1 to 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pare and slice apples thin.  Melt butter and pour over apples.  Mix dry ingredients and combine with apples.  Place in unbaked pie shell.  Top with second crust and bake at 375⁰ almost 1 hour.

Butterscotch Pie

This clipping is probably from the Kansas Farmer for March 20 during the 1950’s.  I’m betting it was 1957 because March 20 was a Wednesday and I’m guessing the newspaper was a weekly, out on Wednesdays.  Anyway, there are two clippings in similar type for an Apple Pie and this one.  I’ve never made a butterscotch pie, but Thanksgiving is this week and this might be an option.  I think it’s interesting that they spelled syrup with an “i” and it passed the editors!  Also, with both cornstarch and flour in that amount, I’ll bet the pie slices pretty well.


Butterscotch Pie

This was her first pie and she has not altered the recipe since.

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packied
1/4 cup water
1/4 c butter
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 3/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Combine brown sugar, water, butter and corn syrup. Cook until temperature reaches 250⁰ on sugar thermometer.  Scald milk and add gradually to dry ingredients.  Cook 15 minutes in double boiler stirring constantly.  Add hot butterscotch mixture, stirring until smooth.  Pour over slightly-beaten egg yolks.  Cook 1 minute more.  Pour into baked pie shell.  Top with meringue or whipped cream.  See meringue recipe previous page.

Gift Verses

I think I would file this clipping under “How To Be Nice”.  I think Mom thought these might be nice to do some time, or maybe might be nice to share them with the women at Sunflower Club.  I can’t imagine Mom  actually writing a note like this with a gift because her handwriting was German Script, very much like the blog posts I’ve had of recipes written in German Handwriting.  Not many Americans could probably read it.  The clip ends with some hints on crafty projects.  This clipping is also neat because we have a picture of our friend Hope Needham.

Gift Verses

Dear Hope:  In my scrapbook I came across some old clippings giving verses for gifts.  I think a message like these written on gift-enclosure cards are a little more heart-warming than commercial cards.  Maybe some of you would like to add these verses to the ones that have been printed lately. — Mollie K. from Wisconsin

Verse With Pair Pillow Cases

When night time comes and you go to bed,
On these pillow slips lay your weary head.
May dreamless sleep then come to you
And morning find you good as new.

With a Handkerchief

Perchance if you should have a cold.
Oh, do not use your sleeves!
For her’s a hankie right at hand
In case you cough or sneeze.

With a Lunch Cloth

As you lay your table for lunch,
Please use this cloth of cheer,
And think of me as a loyal friend
To whom you’re very dear.

With Plant or Flowers

Like a plant from the tropics
With its brilliant hue
The gay flower comes from me to you.
It carries a message of changeless worth
That Christ was sent to all the earth.
To him there is no east no west
But all are loved and all are blest.

With Socks, Hose or Bedroom Slippers

My gift is very sensible
When taken as a whole,
For though it’s small it”s big enough
To cover up your sole.

With Any Gift

A wee little gift I am sending today
Just to show my intentions are good.
I can’t send much, I’m sorry to say,
But I’d send you the world if I could.

For Mother

A gift for my mother
To whom all love is due,
May the world be glad this Christmas Day
And the gladdest in it, you.

Then here are some ideas and suggestions.  Press cellophane smooth and use instead of glass in picture frames for children’s rooms.

Make toys from oilcloth, binding edges together with bias tape and stuffed with scraps of material cut fine.

To about four cups of scraps cut fine, take one cup of flour and water enough to make a smooth paste.  Put scraps into vessel and mix in the paste and mix together well.  Use a knife to spread this mixture on jars, boxes, etc.  Set in sun to dry.  Then give a coat of shellac. –Lillian, Oklahoma.

I found an additional clipping for verses which was in response to the request for gift verses.

Dear Hope:  “Happy Go Lucky of Illinois” wanted verses for gifts.  I clipped these from this column many years ago.  Maybe they are what she wanted.  They were sent in under the pen name of Dorothy Dix.


I hope this piece
Of cambric sheer
Will ne’er be used
To wipe a tear.


Of course you know than an apron
Is often a friend indeed,
So I’m hoping that this one may help you
Sometime in an hour of need.

Any Small Gift

This gift is very tiny
But it is enough to hold
The many Christmas wishes
Held in every fold.


The cheery little blotters
Their very best will do
To beat the cheery wishes
That now are wished for you.

Hey, what is a blotter, you may ask?  Ink Blotters were  made from soft paper which was highly absorbent. When Mom bought tablets for writing paper, the first page of it usually had an ink blotter which was a soft kind of paper, highly absorbent.  If writing with a fountain pen that was rather drippy, you might use it to absorb little droplets from the pen.  You might also use the blotter to  “blot” the sheet you just wrote with the fountain pen so it wouldn’t smear.  Ours didn’t get used that much.  It felt something like thick construction paper.  In fine stationery stores you could buy fancier blotter cards which I’m sure is what this little verse is referring to.  

Any Gift

Maybe you’ll like it, and maybe you won’t,
I’ll tell you what you can do if you don’t.
Just wrap it up pretty and put it away
And give to somebody next Christmas Day.

Sleeve Protectors

This pair of sleeve protectors
Is just the thing for you
To keep your cuffs and sleeves from dirt
In car and cellar too.

With Gift Candles

The pioneers many a candle made
Of the old time tallow kind,
And still we like their soft dim light
For the sake of Auld Lang Syne.
May the light of Christmas fill your heart
With rays of Peace Divine
Bet wishes and just heaps of love
Go from my heart to thine.

With a Cake

Made of sugar and eggs and spice
And full of everything else that’s nice,
Sent at this season of snow and ice,
With Christmas cheer in every slice.

With a Nut Bread

If bread upon the waters cast
Some day return to you,
‘Twould run a bakery for ten years
Before you’d get what’s due.

With a Gift of Nuts

Affairs of state confront the great
With many a nutty problem.
But these nutty ones are easily creaked
And I hope that you’ll enjoy them.

With Stuffed Dates

There are dates that make us happy,
There are dates that make us blue,
There are dates that steal away the sunshine
From the days bright golden hue,
There are dates that have a joyful meaning
The heart of love alone can see,
But the dates of which I’m speaking
Are the dates to you from me.

With Home Made Pickles

Some folks are always in a pickle
No matter whatever they do,
But I wonder if you wouldn’t rather
Have the pickle in you.
If so, here’s some home-made pickles
To add to your Christmas cheer.
Good wishes glare go with them
And hopes for a bright New Year.

With a Glass of Jelly

Before the frost was on the pumpkin
Or the trees their leaves had shed
I made this glass of jelly
From apples bright and red.
Just eat it on your breakfast toast
When dawns the Christmas day.
Best wishes for your happiness
With peace and joy alway.

With a Dressed Chicken

We may talk of all good eatables
And name them one by one,
But what with chicken can compare
Beside the total sum?

And when you’ve polished drumsticks
And of white meat ate and ate,
There is still the bread and gravy
For cleaning up your plate.

With Any Gift

Best wishes for the Christmas day
And all the days to come;
May happiness be yours always
From dawn till set of sun.
In all my blessings I count o’er,
Wich number not a few,
I think the Giver of them all
For friends the like of you.
Sent in by Molly K. from Wisconsin

More Verses

Dear Hope:  I am sending a few verses to be used with gifts as my contribution to the Household as I enjoy the contributions from others very much.  I would like to hear from someone who has used sheet music.  I prefer religious songs but any would be all right.  Send a list of songs you have.  Now here are the verses.

With an Apron

A maid in an apron is always quite charming,
To a young man’s affections completely disarming,
You might don this one and invite “him” to tea ,
As for the result, well, we’ll all wait and see.

With a Handkerchief

I’m sure you’ll think old Santa Claus
Had really passed by you
If among your gifts you failed to find
A handkerchief or two.

With a Pair of Towels

A couple of towels for husband and wife<
Use each one separately, live without strife.
But if “He” never wishes to hear Wifey howl,
He’ll was on the wash cloth, and not on the towel.





Burnt Sugar Cake

Well, this recipe doesn’t have a title on it, but I know it’s a burnt sugar cake.  I think Mom liked a little bitterness with the sweet taste.  It’s interesting how this recipe describes doing the sugar until it’s black around the edges. In today’s cooking show world, I’ll bet they would describe that look in such a way that we imagine the most beautiful carmelized sugar, or maybe everyone should be cautioned to not actually char the sugar!

I don’t know why this recipe was published this way, either.  It’s hard to follow when I am accustomed to having the initial list of ingredients required.  But, a lot of the recipes in Mom’s cookbook look like they were part of a “conversation” the writer is having with Hope Needham, Jessie Young, or the Kitchen Klatter bunch.  Can’t you just picture someone having a conversation over coffee saying, “Sure, all you have to do is first melt some sugar in your skillet, then when it turns black around the edges, add some boiling water……?.”

Burnt Sugar Cake

Melt 1/2 cup of sugar in a skillet until it turns black around the edges.  Add 1/2 cup boiling water and let boil until the consistency of molasses.  Then cool.  For the cake batter blend 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup butter until creamy. Beat in two egg yolks, one at a time.  Sift before measuring one cup of cake flour and 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour.  Re-sift with 2 1/2 teaspoons any baking-powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Add ingredients in three parts to the creamed mixture alternately with one cup of water in thirds  Beat batter after each addition until smooth.  Stir in three tablespoons of the burnt sugar syrup and one teaspoon vanilla.  Beat until stiff, but not dry, two egg whites and fold into mixture.  bake in two greased 9-inch layer cake pans for about 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven.  The icing is made with powdered sugar, butter, burnt sugar syrup, cream and vanilla.  Mrs. Edwards doesn’t know the proportions of the icing, but says to just stir it up until it’s ready to spread assuming that any cake-baker should know how much to use.

Well, Mrs. Edwards sure wouldn’t baby anyone in the kitchen, would she?

On the other hand, I found another Burnt Sugar Cake recipe some pages back in the cookbook.  “Wishful Mother of Three” gives a list of ingredients for the cake up-front and goes into more detail in her directions.  She also gives the measurements and ingredients for the frosting which I, myself, would need.  It’s fun to imagine the personalities of these two recipe contributors.  

Burnt Sugar Cake

Two cups sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
2 1/2 cups cake flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Put 3/4 cup of the sugar in a heavy skillet and stir over low heat until melted and a deep brown color.  Remove from heat and add the water slowly, while stirring.  Return to heat and ocok another minute, stirring occasionally.  Cool.

Meanwhile, sift flour, measure, add baking powder and salt and sift again.  Cream butter, gradually add remaining sugar, cream till light and fluffy.  Separate egg yolks from whites.  Add yolks one at a time to butter-sugar mixture and beat after each addition.  Add 4 tablespoons of the cooled brown sugar mixture (the rest goes into the frosting), and bland.  Add dry ingredients alternately with milk.  Beat till smooth after each addition.  Add vanilla. Beat egg whites stiff, but not dry and fold into cake mixture.  Pour batter into two nine-inch layer pans and bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes, or until done.

Burnt Sugar Frosting

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons brown sugar syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, water, egg whites, syrup and salt in top of double boiler.  Cook seven minutes over boiling water.  Remove from heat, add vanilla, and beat until thick enough to spread. — Wishful Mother of Three, Kansas

Heavenly Apple Pie

Our garden had an orchard of sorts.  There was a cherry tree, a big Bradford Pear tree, several peach trees and apple trees.  Some of the apples were Winesap, but I don’t really know what the other kinds were.  At least one of them was an early bearing variety and a green apple.  Mom used to make pies with them, of course, but she also canned applesauce.    I remember coming home from school in the fall and finding my dad helping Mom deal with apples or peaches when they were in season.  They had to be processed before they spoiled.  It wasn’t fun to peel them in years when there were lots of bugs.  My parents would plan to be sure and spray the trees next season so they didn’t have to deal with it again.  

My husband Al likes to get new fresh apples in the fall.  Our daughter has an apple tree, so when the year is good, we are happy to take some of them off her hands.  We have a mechanical apple peeler, so that helps a lot. Al generally prepares pie apples for the freezer with the sugar, flour and spices already in it.  That way we have apple pies any time of the year.

What I find odd about this recipe is that is calls for freshly cooked or canned apple slices.  Well, I guess I’ve bought apple pie filling before and it was cooked.  However, some of the apples I’ve gotten would actually turn mushy if pre-cooked.  I guess that would be an applesauce pie, huh?

Heavenly Apple Pie

Line a 9-inch pie plate with your favorite pastry. The filling requires these ingredients:
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons flour
5 cups freshly cooked or canned apple slices
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 Tablespoons butter or margarine

Blend sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour.  Arrange apple slices and sugar mixture in alternate layers in pastry shell, sprinkling top with lemon juice.  Dot with butter.  Cover with pastry; make slits for steam to escape.  Bake in a 425-degree oven 45 to 50 minutes.

For a shiny crust, brush top with milk before baking.  Variations: sprinkle a little cinnamon over apples; allspice and cardamom also lend elegance to the pie; as soon as pie is removed from oven, sprinkle with grated cheese.

How do you decorate your top layer of pastry?  Do you just cut slits in it like this recipe indicates?  My Mom taught me to decorate it before putting on the top crust.  We use a  butter knife to cut two curved stems.  On each side of the stem we use the tip of the butter knife to press indentions looking like leaves up and down each side of the stems.  So pretty!  If I don’t put that on my pie, I just feel like I’ve done something wrong!

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