Mixing & Musing Memories

In anticipation of the large pre-Thanksgiving section, I searched through the Daily Globe archives for some  of DotMom’s holiday themed columns. But there wasn’t enough space to share them there, so here’s some classic Dorthy Rickers from 50 years ago — December 1961:

According to a new tune, “Christmas is a whispering time of the year.” And in this corner of the Globe, we enjoy whispering holiday cookery secrets, like these candies, a luscious specialty of Mrs. M.W. Lieske.

Chocolate Creams

Combine 1 pound powdered sugar, ½ cup butter and 4 tablespoons whipping cream of condensed milk. Beat with electric beater until creamy. Add flavoring of your choice: vanilla or peppermint, maple, coconut, etc. Drop by teaspoon on waxed paper. Set in refrigerator overnight.
Chocolate coating: In double boiler, melt slowly 2 squares bitter or semisweet chocolate (or a combination of both), ½ package chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons butter and 1 to 2 square inches of paraffin. Roll creams in chocolate and drop on waxed paper.

It’s also a bewildering time of year for young and old. For instance, 10-year-old Kris Bisch is bewildered by all the extra baking her mom, Mrs. Everett Bisch, has been doing. The other day when Emma concocted some special goodies, Kris said, “Now is this for us or for the freezer?”
Stirring up some Christmas bread for the freezer today, this mixer giggled again over an incident at the local Methodist bazaar. Mrs. Maurice Rubsam was receiving breads and rolls and taking them to the baked goods counter. As one lady delivered her very special bread, she said, “This is Heidelberg bread.” But Doris misunderstood. She took it to the ladies at the counter and said, “This is Mrs. Heidelberg’s.”

From Mrs. Art Kruse of Bigelow comes this holiday bread, which is unusual in that it requires no shortening.

Cherry Nut Christmas Bread

Add 1 cup sugar to 2 beaten eggs. Sift 1½ cups flour, 1½ teaspoons baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cut up 8 ounces maraschino cherries and sprinkle with some flour. Mix all together, add cherry juice and ½ cups nuts. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Overheard at a local lunch counter: Husband and wife quietly discussing their gift list. She became very enthusiastic, “Let’s get this for Mom, and that for so and so, etc.” Mrs. Rattled on and on, Mr. became more and more quiet, until finally he said firmly and loudly, “Listen, money is easy to spend, but hard to make!” How’s that for the understatement of the year?

Yes, December certainly has its debits, but think of all its dividends. Among the most enjoyable dividends are the many inspiring choir concerts. Behind those concerts are some hectic hours, headaches and frazzled nerves for choir directors. Before the Methodist choir presented its lovely holiday concert, director Mrs. Dale Moeding experienced a dreadful nightmare: First, came concert time and Lois discovered she had forgotten all her music. Then, she looked about her to find that she was appearing in a mammoth auditorium. Thank goodness, Lois woke up just as she dreamed that she raised her hand to being the first number and a choir member spoke up, “But we don’t know that one.”

Music instructors have a busy life the year round, then add to t the reality of the holiday whirl, and they are really in a spin. Mrs. Dick Bellows is one of several local moms who teaches piano along with her homemaking. When someone learned that Lois Bellows has four small daughters and still maintains a regular schedule of piano teaching, they asked, “How do you ever manage that?” Lois smiled, “I must confess that I really enjoy it, for you see, it’s the only chance I have all day long to sit down.”