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¾ c. shortening
2 c. sugar
1½ c. boiling water
2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. soda
½ c. cocoa
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla

Put shortening & sugar in a mixing bowl & cover with boiling water. Sift dry ingredients twice & add to hot mixture. Then add eggs & vanilla. Batter will be very thin. Pour into greased 9x13" pan or 2 layer pans. Bake at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes or until it pulls away from side of pan.

Poison- Poison- Poison. Household bleach (sold under various trade names) contains hypo chlorite. If any acid substance even vinegar, is added, poisonous chlorine gas is released. Never combine toilet bowl cleaners & bleach. Store in separate places.


1 lb. short ribs of beef
½ cup chopped onion
2 tbsp. Wesson oil
1 can (1 lbs. 14 oz.) sauerkraut
6 c. fat skimmed stock or 6 c. bouillon made with bouillon cubes
1 can (1 lbs. ) tomatoes
10 peppercorns
2 bay leaves

Remove fat from bones, but leave meat. Brown onion & bones in oil; then add kraut & toss in drippings. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil & simmer 40 minutes. Lift out bones, peppercorns & bay leaves. Cut meat into chunks & add to soup. Add salt if desired & serve. Makes 12 servings at 135 calories each. (Mrs. W. F. Sorensen. Central City, Ia.)


Melt 1 6 oz. pkg. chocolate chips over hot, not boiling water. Cool slightly. Mix ½ c. soft butter with 2 unbeaten eggs. Add chocolates beating until smooth & creamy. Frost cake. (Mrs. Errol Hahn, Sigourney, Iowa)


1 egg, beaten
1 c. sugar
2 tbsps. butter
2 squares chocolate
3 tbsps. milk

Combine above ingredients, blend well & bring to a rolling boil for 1 minute,
(Mrs. Paul Hueneman, Waukon, Iowa)


1 cup mandarin oranges (drained)
1 cup pineapple (cut up & drained)
1 cup marshmallows (chopped up)
1 cup coconut

Mix & add 1 cup sour cream. Stir well & set in refrigerator overnight. For added color, use colored marshmallows.

MILDEW REMOVER Use a solution of 1 qt. bleach, 3 oz. of a cleaner containing trisodium phosphate (not hypo chlorite), 1 oz. of detergent & 3 qt. warm water. Apply solution to where mildew exists. Let stand for about 5 minutes & rinse with clear water. Note Trisodium phosphate sometimes appears as T. S. P. on the label.

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1 cup milk
1½ cups flour
¾ cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt (rounded)
1 cake or 1 package yeast

Scald milk & cool to lukewarm. Add flour, sugar, salt & yeast. Mix & cover & let set in warm place to rise till light & bubbly. (up to 2 hrs. ) This makes the sponge.

1 cup butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
¼ teaspoon mace or nutmeg
1- 1½ cup milk
5 heaping cups sifted flour

Cut up butter & add to milk while hot. Allow to cool to lukewarm. Beat eggs & add with grated lemon rind & spices & flour. Mix well & add to sponge. Beat until smooth. Cover with cloth & let rise till doubled. Then punch it down & roll about a tablespoon of the dough into a ball & place on greased cookie sheet about one & ½" apart. Grease each ball individually with butter. Place in warm place until they rise again. Shape into kolaches by pulling the dough from the center out, leaving an indentation that results in something shaped about like a glass caster that goes under a chair leg. Try not to flatten the edge. Add a spoonful of your favorite filling to each kolache & let the dough rise again until light. Bake at 425° in a preheated oven on bottom rack for 5 minutes until bottom is browned, then on top rack until baked to a golden brown. Brush with melted butter after taking from oven.

Crumble topping:

Work together until consistency of coarse cornmeal, ½ cup sugar, 2/3 cup flour & 4 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle over top of kolaches after you put filling in.

Filling can be jelly, fresh fruit, dried fruit or the fruit of your imagination.


Sending angel food cakes in the mail is easy when you pack them with unseasoned popped corn.

When shoestrings lose their plastic tips, dip the ends in clear fingernail polish.

When mixing thickening for vegetables, use the empty vegetable can for mixing.

Instead of cutting cinnamon rolls with a knife, take a piece of thread, slip it under the roll, cross it at the top & pull for a slick cut that doesn't mash dough.

Store extra or used buttons in small glass jars; colored ones in a separate jar & those with 4 holes separate from those with 2 holes.

Buy boys' or men's socks the same color & design. When 1 or 2 socks wear out, you still have some to match up.

For quick everyday aprons, use the skirt backs of old dresses. Simply rip at the waist & side seams & sew bias tape across the top long enough for apron ties.

To test grease temperature for popping corn drop 3 grains in the grease as it's heating. When it's hot enough to pop those grains, add the corn to be popped.

Attach notebook rings to the zipper tabs on children's boots. Small fingers can easily grip the rings, & they can be used to hook boots together when not in uses.

Open the bottom of canned foods instead of the top for best results in cleaning out the can.

To dry a sweater without stretching it out of shape, pass a towel through the armholes, and hang towel on the clothesline.

Add 1 tablespoon castor oil or 2 teaspoons olive oil to the roots of your ferns every 4 months to promote growth.

Try adding household bleach to soapy water to remove stains from concrete sidewalks or steps.

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