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Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:27

By Nola Straub

Income tax season. . . AGAIN! Doesn’t it seem to come twice a year or am I just getting older? Now I understand Dad saying, “You will have to pay taxes until you die, then it is someone else’s headache.” Each year I vow to have a better filing system! Do an up date month by month. Yeah! Somewhere in the middle of the year life happens and at the end of the year, it is catch up and hunt to the end! Now, hopefully it will be a better story next year…time will tell. LOL! We have St. Pat’s, Easter, and graduations creeping up on us soon.


Sue’s Banana Ale

Norma’s collection

Can be kept frozen in the deep freeze for a little something different if friends pop by.

Boil together for 3 min.

6 c. water

4 c. sugar


Mix in blender:

5 oranges, juiced with pulp

4 bananas peeled and mashed

4 lemons juiced with pulp

1 (46-oz.) can pineapple juice

Mix sugar-water and fruit mixture together. Set in freezer for at least 3 hours before serving. To serve, spoon mixture into individual glasses 1/2 full. Fill up the rest of the glass with cool 7-up or ginger ale.


Bing Cherry Salad

Norma’s collection

1 sm. pkg. black cherry jell-o

1 can bing cherries, pitted

1/2 c. pecans.

Add l cup boiling water to jell-o. Stir in 1 cup cherry juice. Mix in cherries and pecans. Chill. Serves 6. Double for pot luck dinner.


Honey Cubes

Norma’s collection

Honey ice cubes are cool and refreshing when added to iced tea or fruit beverages. Keep a supply on hand in the freezer. Blend in blender:

1/2 c. honey

2 c. hot water

2 tbsp. lemon juice.

Pour into ice cube trays and freeze at once. Crush and serve in iced tea or leave whole and float in a punch.


Lemon Blueberry Salad Norma’s collection

1 sm. pkg. lemon jell-o

1 sm. pkg. black raspberry jell-o

1 c. boiling water

1/2 c. cold water

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 21-oz. can blueberry pie filling

Dissolve jellos in hot water, add cold water, lemon juice and pie filling pour into 8” pan and chill.


Fold 1/4 c. powdered sugar into 1 c. sour cream and spread on top of chilled gelatin. Chill and cut into squares. Serves 8-9 squares.


Sherbet Punch

Norma’s collection

2 quarts ginger ale

1 quart sherbet (She usually liked orange or pineapple.)

Chill ginger ale and mix together with chunks of Sherbet. Lime for St. Patrick’s??? Never tried it but might be o.k.


Raspberry Salad

Norma’s collection

1 sm. pkg. raspberry jell-o

1 c. boiling water

1 10-oz. pkg. frozen raspberries

1 can applesauce (2 c.)

Dissolve raspberry jell-o in boiling water. Add frozen raspberries and allow to melt. Stir in applesauce. Place in refrigerator until set.


Strawberry Jell-o Salad

Norma’s collection

1 sm. pkg. strawberry jell-o

1 c. boiling water

1 pkg. sliced, frozen sweetened strawberries

1 c. whipping cream, whipped or sub. Cool Whip

Dissolve jell-o in boiling water. Cool. Add strawberries. When almost set, fold in whipped cream. Mold and refrigerate.


Last week the boys got together to do their income taxes and worked cleaning up old trees at the farm. It made me think of the summers over the years we spent at Bodemans’ with the boys going to the field with Uncle Gerold and later driving the tractors all summer. I would come down and at supper time when we did the dishes, I would look through Norma’s recipe box and set a jell-o salad for the next day’s noon meal. We usually stirred up a vegetable salad the next morning and they got what was left in the evening. So the next day we needed different salads to go with the noon meal. When it got too late that evening to make jell-o, we would make a veggie and fruit salad the next morning.


Waldorf Salad

Norma’s collection

2 c. diced apple, unpeeled

1 c. diced celery

Broken nuts

1/2 c. mayonnaise.

Toss all together. Add anything else you could think of. (Dash of lemon juice helps apples from turning dark.)Raisins or chopped dates add a sweet bite. If we had ripe bananas we would toss slices of bananas in. Frozen strawberries, peaches any fruits in half opened frozen sacks would get stirred in to use them up.


I think some of our best memories are cooking and working on the farm. We lived in many locations where Harry worked but it was always fun to come home to the farm — great place for boys in the summer and great to have relatives and small towns that welcomed us! Thank You! Palisade and Wauneta!


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