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Sharing with Wauneta: Valentines, cherries and chocolate. . . PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:56

By Nola Straub

February is the month for lovers…or… so they say - Valentines and all. I have been told cherries and chocolates are popular this month, not to mention flowers, clothing, and jewelry.


Chocolate Pound Cake

Found in Norma

Bodeman’s files

2 c. milk chocolate chips

1/2 c. butter softened

2 c. sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. buttermilk

2 tbsp. water

2 1/2 c. sifted cake flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 c. chopped pecans, optional

In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate. Remove from heat. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in melted chocolate and vanilla. Combine buttermilk and water. Combine flour, salt and baking soda, add to batter alternately with the buttermilk mixture. Fold in nuts if desired. Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch tube or fluted tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 min.; remove from pan to a wire rack. Dust with confectioner’s sugar if desired. — Then why not spoon some cherry pie filling over ice cream on top?


When we used to visit Harry’s sister Ida she had seven kids and she almost always whipped up corn bread. I recently found this recipe in the magazine at Walgren’s. I have not tried it but think it would be handy for those early mornings or quick suppers.


Corn Bread Muffin Mix

4 1/2 c. cornmeal

4 c. flour

1/4 c. baking powder

3/4 c. sugar

3 tsp. salt

1 c. butter-flavored shortening

In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients. Cut in the shortening until crumbly. Dip 2 1/2 cups corn meal mix into quart size Ziploc plastic bags. YOU COULD SHARE WITH OTHERS by adding the following recipe and take it to your NEIGHBORS IN WAUNETA! Or … just put in the freezer and grab out a bag and mix with the following recipe…


Corn Bread Muffins

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1 egg

1 1/4 c. milk

2 1/2 c. bag of corn bread muffin mix

Grease a muffin pan. In a large bowl, combine egg and milk. Stir in 2 1/2 c. of the cornbread mix (1 bag pre-made) just until blended. (Batter will be thin.) Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 or 3/4 full. Bake in hot oven for 15-20 min. Cool for five min. and remove from pan to wire rack. Good to mix large batch and bake for company, divide and share, or for quick convenience with breakfast or meal.


Mildred’s Dump Cake

In memory of

Mildred Wilcox

1 can cherry pie filling

1 reg. cake mix (white, yellow, chocolate)

1 can pineapple and juice

1 cube butter melted

1 c. nuts

Place in 9 x 13” cake pan no mixing. Just cut through with knife. Bake 350 degrees for 35-45 min.


Apple Spice Dump Cake

Nola Straub

1 can apple pie filling

1 box spice cake mix

1/4 c. butter or oleo, melted

Pour fruit filling into a 9-inch square pan. Sprinkle cake mix dry over top of filling. Pour on melted butter. Bake 350 degrees for 40-50 min.


Work fascinates me. I can sit and watch someone work for hours and look for an easier way.

Powdered Sugar

Replacement Sugar Free

2 c. nonfat dry milk

1 c. granulated sugar substitute

2 c. cornstarch

Blend well. Yields 4 cups. 81 calories




Substitute for

Self-rising Flour

Nola’s Collections

For each cup of self-rising flour called for in a recipe substitue one cup of flour plus 1 1/2 tsp. of baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt.


It always amazes me the things I have clipped and stuck in recipe books. I do not always know where they are but are cool tips when I find them! I typed up a Busch\Bush Family Cookbook and ran off copies for the Bush Reunion Sept. 5-6, 1998 when my cousin Shirley and I hosted the reunion in Greeley, Colo.

Three of the Bush girls, Loretta Lewis, Leatha Wauneta Bush, and Luella May Troxel, spent their lives in Wauneta. Grandpa stopped one winter to visit his Uncle Henry and Aunt Eliza Jane (Bush) Bressie of the Bressie Hill Road (“Aunt Jannie” to my grandfather). They had moved here from Salem, Ind. They are buried in the old Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Manuel Benton and Catherine (Winsor) Bush spent the winter on the South Divide close to the Lutheran Country Church, helping pick corn for neighbors in the area. Leatha was born that winter of 1921 or 22(?), and is buried in Wauneta. The cousins, Orval Bressie, Effie Lantz and Ethel Smith, were about the same ages as the Bush kids.


Youth is a gift of Nature. Age is a work of Art. Memories of LOVE last but for a generation or two. Every area has lots of history even in Wauneta! Share some of your’s with recipes.


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