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Thursday, 01 December 2011 15:56

By Nola Straub

Did you survive Thanksgiving? We went to Kaycee, Wyo., for Thanksgiving. Our son, David, and wife Lori live there. All three grandchildren were home from college and we all ate at Grandpa and Grandma Christensen’s house with sister Connie’s family and brother Brad’s wife and family. Then there was the mad dash to Casper for the Black Friday specials. Lori spent the night in Casper with her sister Connie and family until midnight to rush to the stores for the BIG DEALS. They had their strategy planned, sale bills in hand and then drove to different stores to pounce on the great deals for Christmas presents. Lori left different kids to stand in line at different stores.

Harry, Dave, and I stayed at the house and got a good night’s sleep, had coffee and an early breakfast with Dave. We left Friday before the big ice storm and drove to Casper, met Lori and kids for a late breakfast/lunch at Perkins (and to find out how they did.) Lee and Gale Greaves who were visiting Bob and Amy were our house guests while we were gone.


Super Simple Snack Mix

Donna Berry Ruggles

1 pkg. Hidden Valley dip mix

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. lemon pepper

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1 tbsp. dill weed

Mix all dry ingredients together.

3 pkgs. oyster crackers

1 c. canola oil

Pour and gently stir the oil over the crackers to coat. Pour the dry mixed seasoning ingredients over and gently mix. Let stand open for at least four hours, stirring occasionally. Store in a covered container. This is a reasonable and delicious snack to have made up for after school, parties or just anytime.


The Black Friday family had in fact scored on all the prized sales. Brianna did get the camera! She had been so polite in line that the clerk came out and escorted her to where she wanted to go. She was to call Shawn to let him know. Shawn at another store with the same camera on sale had in fact got the camera at his store. He got through the door and to put it in his words swam straight for the camera department and got the next to the last one. They had two before they phoned each other. They looked at the features of both and decided on their choice (one had more lenses on it) and simply returned the least desirable one to the store.


Holiday Spiced Tea

Doris Browning Anderson

2 c. Tang

1 1/2 c. instant tea

1 pkg. Wyler’s lemonade

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. allspice

Mix together; store in a jar with a lid. I use one rounded teaspoon of mix to one cup of boiling water. It would also make a nice gift placed in a pretty jar with a ribbon for a present for a friend. A gift of warm thoughts!


The Christian life is like tea: It’s full of strength and comes out fine when it is in hot water and spiced properly for the holidays.


This time of year is always a time of splurging and maybe eating too much. I have a cousin that used to make it easier for some of the folks with sugar problems with this - mixing this into pretty containers for gift giving.


Sugar Free HOT

Chocolate Mix

Dola Browning Burgess

8-10 qts. powdered milk mix

1 lg. box plus 1 sm. box sugar free chocolate pudding mix

15 pkgs. Equal

13 oz. jar Coffee Mate

1 box Swiss Miss Chocolate mix with Nutra Sweet.

Mix all ingredients together and store in large canister. Use 1/3 c. mix to l c. hot water. (You may want to add 1-2 drops vanilla or peppermint flavoring to change the flavor.) She brought our mother a container with some of the mix, recipe, 1/3 cup measurer and bottle of peppermint flavoring. Mother shared it with Norma and I one time when we were both there.


For hot coffee and tea drinks, here is a powdered sugar replacement to add to those hot drinks:

2 c. nonfat dry milk

1 c. granulated sugar replacement

2 c. cornstarch

Blend well. Yields 4 c. = 80 calories. On a diet, count as 1/2 c. nonfat milk and 1/2 bread allowance for the cornstarch.


Now, religion often gets credit for curing rascals when it is old age that is the real medicine.


I have not made this for a long time (If some are allergic to pineapple forewarn them). Our cousin Nelda brought this indulgent cake to lots of family dinners. Yum! She is gone now but not forgotten. She grew up around Hayes Center. It belongs at a family dinner enjoyed by many!


Hummingbird Cake

Nelda Berry Pindell

3 c. flour

1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 eggs

1 1/2 c. crushed pineapple

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 c. canola oil

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 c. bananas, mashed

Sift into bowl, flour, sugar, soda, salt, and cinnamon and add remaining ingredients. Do not beat; just stir to mix well. Bake in a 9x13”pan, at 350 degrees for about 40 min.


“Dave” called us to let us know how icy the roads were on the way to Casper when he went in the same afternoon to get car parts for Brianna’s car before she could drive back to Laramie but, we were past Cheyenne into Nebraska driving in good conditions all the way. So we just skated out ahead of the storm.