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A missed experience

February 19, 2014
By Pat Jensen , Marshall Independent

When I was growing up during the 1950s, there were a number of rules we kids were expected to follow, such as picking up our toys, no running in the house and going to bed at a certain time. I also recall another rule in our home - food should not be wasted! My dad was the real enforcer. Mom would cut us a little slack when he wasn't home.

In general, if we put food on our plate, we were expected to eat all of it. If one of us asked for two eggs at breakfast, then we had better be hungry!

Speaking of eggs, I'm reminded of something that happened when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Mom usually cooked a nice breakfast when we returned home from church. My entire family was seated at the table enjoying a late Sunday breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast.

It was a sunny morning and fresh snow was on the ground. When our dad finished eating he announced that he'd be taking us kids to a hilly area where we would go sledding, but we had to finish eating first. My sister and brother quickly cleaned their plates, but I felt full and didn't want to take another bite. The remainder of my egg was cold, and I didn't care for cold eggs. So, I just sat there by the table, staring down at my plate.

Dad prompted me to finish eating and told me I wouldn't be able to go sledding unless I finished my egg. I couldn't do it.

A short time later, my sister and brother were getting bundled up to hit the slopes. They were so excited to be going sledding with daddy. It wasn't very often that he spent time outdoors with us, especially during the winter. I was disappointed that dad didn't change his mind at the last minute and allow me to go with them.

After they left the house, the food remaining on my plate was fed to the dog; so it didn't actually go to waste.

It wasn't too long before dad returned home with a couple of happy, snow-covered children. They had only been gone about 30 minutes, and part of that time was spent driving to and from their destination. This made me feel a little better. After all, how much fun can be had in such a short time!

As the years went by, our family grew and for some reason, our dad mellowed a bit and realized that some rules were made to be broken - now and then.

The sad part of this story is that dad never took the kids sledding ever again. He did it just that one time ... and I didn't get to go.

Simple to make

EGGS ON TOAST

2 large eggs (at room temp.)

2 slices buttered toast

Salt and pepper

Place eggs in boiling water; lower gently into water. Boil, uncovered, for exactly 4 minutes. This should result in soft boiled eggs. Remove eggs from hot water and place into cold water for just a few moments. You just want to stop the cooking process. Break eggs in half and scoop out of shells. Drop eggs over the hot buttered toast (break toast into pieces). Season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat the toast pieces. Now, eat before the eggs get cold!

My mother shares this quick and easy recipe; and only one pan to wash

HAMBURGER SOUP

1-lb. lean ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

Salt and Pepper, sm. amount

1 pkg. Hamburger Helper (Cheeseburger or Bacon Cheeseburger)

5 cups water

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 can (10.75 oz.) tomato soup

1/2 cup frozen peas, opt.

Brown meat with onion in a 3-qt. saucepan. Drain off fat. Add entire contents of box of Hamburger Helper, water, salt, pepper, tomato soup and peas (if adding). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 to 15 min.

Note: Any leftover soup should be refrigerated. It will thicken upon standing and resemble a hot dish when reheated.

Budget-friendly

GOOD NEIGHBOR HOT DISH

2 cups uncooked macaroni

1 can SPAM, cut in cubes

1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped onion

4 eggs, well beaten

40 saltine crackers, crushed fine

1/4 cup margarine

1-1/2 cups milk

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup milk

Cook macaroni as pkg. directs. Drain. Combine cooked macaroni with SPAM, onion, eggs, cracker crumbs, margarine and 1-1/2 cups milk. Put into greased 9x13 baking dish. Combine soup and 1/2 cup milk. Pour over top of casserole. Bake (uncovered) at 350 for about 1 hour.

Great with glass of milk or hot cocoa

OLD TIME OATMEAL COOKIES

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup margarine (room temp.)

2 eggs

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. baking soda

2 cups flour

2 cups oatmeal (I use quick oats)

1 cup raisins (rinsed and softened under hot tap water)

6 T. milk

1 tsp. baking cocoa

Combine sugar, shortening, margarine, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and flour. Mix well. Stir in oatmeal and raisins. Mix well. Add milk to which the cocoa has been added. Drop dough by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350, about 10 min.

Notes: Grandma used 1 cup lard in place of shortening / margarine. If desired, may use 1 cup shortening or margarine instead of 1/2 cup of each. This recipe yields about 4 doz. med. sized cookies; are not hard.

Food for thought: Children may close their ears to advice, but they keep their eyes open to example.

 
 

 

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