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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 18:26

By Nola Straub

I understand why we get much more accomplished when everybody is willing to work in a group. The ranch women in Wyoming never knew when the men might get to visiting down the road and several cowboys join together to work on cows.

The following brownie recipe I found in a Wyoming cook book and it had eight names credited for sending it in. I have not tried it but feel sure that it has to be good.



Cheri, Kathleen, Krista, Lea, Lori, Mona, Patty, Sandi

1 c. shortening or butter

2 c. sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 c. flour

1 tsp. salt

4 tbsp. cocoa

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking powder

Cream together shortening, sugar and cocoa, add eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir just enough to moisten, if you don’t want it to fall. Pour into greased 9 x 13” pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 min.


We made brownies for Easter but with a mix. Ouch! I think I am getting either lazy or old. I found the following recipe interesting but did not try it either.


John’s Brownies

Marjorie Limmer’s


2 c. graham crackers, broken

1 6-oz. pkg. chocolate chips

1 can Eagle brand milk

1/2 c. nuts

Mix all ingredients together; pour into a greased 8x8” glass pan. Bake at 325 degrees for about 1/2 hour or ’till golden brown.


Pumpkin Cookies


Barb Wolcott

2 c. brown sugar

1 c. salad oil

4 c. flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ginger

2 c. pumpkin, cooked

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. soda

2 tsp. vanilla

2 c. raisins

2 c. nuts, chopped

Beat together sugar, oil, pumpkin, and vanilla. Sift in dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Blend in raisins and nuts. Drop on oiled cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 min. Makes about 7 dozen moist cookies.


I enjoy reading names of old friends in Wyoming. It was fun to get together at the school for the kids’ functions. All the ranches were scattered far apart and they would visit at the school after games and plays. I would not like to live in the cold winters there again though. Spring comes earlier here in Nebraska.


Chocolate Oatmeal

Drop Cookies

Joyce Reculusa

2 c. sugar

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. cocoa

1/2 c. milk

3 c. rolled oats

1/2 c. nuts

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix sugar, butter, cocoa and milk in a sauce pan. Bring to boil quickly. Reduce the heat to medium. Boil until a soft ball forms when dropping in a little cold water. Remove from heat. Stir in oats, nuts, and vanilla. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.


No Roll Pie Crust

Joyce Taylor

1 1/2 c. flour

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. milk

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 c. oil

Put all in pie pan and stir with a fork. Take your fingers and press in pan. Makes one bottom crust in each. Bake 350 degrees for about 10 min. Quick and easy to make a needed dessert pie in a hurry. Fill with fruit or pudding and serve with cookie crumbs and ice cream on top.


Cream Dressing for

Cabbage Slaw

In memory of

Charlotte Graves

4 tbsp. vinegar

4 tbsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. onion salt

1/8 tsp. celery salt

1/2 c. cream (heavy country cream, sweet or sour)

Mix all ingredients together.


Charlotte taught our boys piano lessons years ago. We had to drive out to the ranch about 17 miles from Kaycee, Wyo. She had taught at a country school close to their house which closed when the ranch children were bussed to Kaycee where our boys went to school when we moved there years ago.


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