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Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:23

By Nola Straub

All the young folks who have just graduated will either be off to college in the fall, into the job market, military service, or summer jobs until the end of summer when they need to decide.

The summer after I graduated from W.H.S. the choices were about the same. I wanted to get married and go to teachers college and my father told me to make a choice. I often wonder why I could not have done both. I wanted it all - to be a wife, teacher and someday a mother. I think I could have done all and should have gone for it like today’s young folks do.

I was drinking coffee thinking of this and ate four ‘Dove’ chocolates that had papers that said, “Open your eyes to all the love around you”, “Engage, embrace, enjoy”, “Live your dreams”, “Don’t settle for a spark — light a fire instead.” These words would be good advice to all these new graduates of 2011. Open your eyes to all the love around you.


Our granddaughter sent this recipe via computer.

Oatmeal, Cashews & White Chocolate Cookies

Brianna Straub

Preheat oven 375 degrees.

1/2 c. butter, softened

3/4 c. brown sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 1/2 c. old fashioned oats

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips

3/4 c. chopped cashews

Put butter into mixing bowl and cream with electric mixer. Add sugar and beat. Add eggs and vanilla mixing until combined. Add oats, flour, baking soda and salt, beating until combined. Fold in white chocolate chips and cashews. Spoon onto greased or lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 min. until browned around the edges. Cool for two min. and remove to wire rack to cool.

Brianna is going to college at Laramie and caring for handicapped young people at the same time as a night caretaker. She helps them shop and does some of their cooking. She said these cookies are their favorites. It is amazing what work our young people do to get through college along with their scholarships.


Onion Soup Roasted


Nola’s Collection

Preheat oven 450 degrees

1/2 c. olive oil

1/4 c. melted butter

1 envelope onion soup mix

6 potatoes, cut into chunks

Mix olive oil, melted butter, and soup mix into roasting pan or baking dish. Add potatoes and toss to coat with onion/butter mixture. Bake one hour, stirring occasionally.


Sweet Potato Fries

Nola’s Collection

Pre-heat oven 375 degrees

Sweet potatoes

Olive oil



Take several sweet potatoes and wash, peel, and slice/cut into thick-cut fries. Pour on a few tablespoons of oil (olive or canola) into a ziplock bag and shake fries zipped inside. Pour fries onto greased baking sheet and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and salt to taste. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 min. Remove with spatula.


Burrito Pie

Nola’s Collection

1 c. Bisquick baking mix

1/4 c. water

1 16-oz. can refried beans

1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained.

1 avocado, sliced ( optional)

1/2 chopped onion (optional) regular or green garden

1 c. thick taco salsa

1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Sour cream, if desired to garnish.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a pie plate. Mix Bisquick, water, and beans. Spread in pie plate. Layer remaining ingredients on bean mixture. Bake 30 min. and serve with sour cream, if desired.


Hawaiian Chicken

Nola‘s Collection

3 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken breasts halved

1 16-oz. can pineapple slices, halved and drained

1 15-oz. can mandarin oranges, drained

1/4 c. cornstarch

1/4 c. brown sugar

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours or on high 2-3 hours. Makes 6-8 servings. May be doubled. Serve with egg noodles. Freezes well for later use. Amy has allergies to both pineapple and oranges so I try to make it for us or ask if anyone is allergic to citrus fruit.


In a way choices is what all of us have to make in life. I did not want to go against my dad by getting married and going to college. Although that is what I would have wanted. I got married, raised our family, lost my dad and then went to college for a few years. I received an associate degree and finally did all by teaching art at painting conventions and an adult art class at WWCC where I didn’t need a degree to teach adults just the know how. Harry retired from the oil field and we moved back to the family farm my parents had left to Harry and I.

I love to share cooking with Wauneta and love your comments and recipes!

Send to: Sharing with Wauneta, P.O. Box 303, Wauneta, NE 69045.