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March 28, 1954

Its been real pretty out today – about 70. I made cookies this morn. for the deep freeze & this aft. Buck & I fished at the pond & then me & Puz tore down hog house. Dale came tonite & we went to church & then home with his folks to look at pictures.

Ooh, what a nice spring day! And Hazel was sure busy.

The women in our family all share a recipe around called “Refrigerator Basic Cookie Recipe” — real imaginative, huh?

Anyhow, this recipe makes a basic dough, and then you can add all sorts of things to it to make different kinds of cookies. Then you roll the dough in sticks, wrap it up and put it in the freezer, and when you want cookies, you just take out a stick, slice it up, and bake what you want. That way, you can have several varieties of cookies, all on short notice — a great idea, right?

So here’s the recipe . . .

When you have some spare time, just whip up a batch for the freezer, and you’re good to go the next time you have company on short notice, or need cookies for some event or other.

Refrigerator Basic Cookie Recipe

Cream together:
2 cups butter
1 cup sugar
3 cups brown sugar
(You may also use 4 cups brown sugar and no white sugar, if you prefer)

Add and beat until smooth:
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

Sift together, then stir into above mixture:
6 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Mix until dough is smooth.

This makes a fairly large batch of dough.

Now, you can leave them plain, or you can divide the batter up and add in various ingredients to make all different kinds of cookies. Some suggestions for add-ins are:

Chopped dates
Nuts
Raisins or Craisins
Chocolate chips (or other flavored chips)
Coconut
Oatmeal
Melted chocolate (adding a little extra flour, if necessary)
M&Ms (or other candy bits)

Once you’ve made your additions, roll the dough into sticks about 1 1/2″ in diameter. Wrap them in wax paper. Chill or freeze.

When you’re ready for freshly-made cookies, just take out a roll, slice it, and bake them on a lightly greased cookie sheet for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

It’s wonderful to have cookies ready this quickly when you get a hankerin’ for a sweet snack!

March 27, 1954

Saturday – I got outside today & helped Mom & boys clean up around the farm. Had a good time, but now I tired. Lentner boys won in T.V. Tryouts. Got a grad. present from G&G Rector – yellow nylon blouse.

Spring is on its way. Time to do all that cleaning up outside from going through winter. It’s a good kind of tired, after working outside all day.

Their trio didn’t win the TV Tryouts. The boys from Lentner got more votes than they did. That’s too bad.

And her first graduation present! I’m sure it’s just one of several she’ll get.

March 26, 1954

Dale came up tonite & we went to the Drive-in at Moberly. Today in Phys. ed, Dorothy E. got her finger hurt & me, Don. W. & Frank took her to the Doc in Macon. She was fainting & would fight & evrything. The bone was chipped in the joint & it has to be in a splint for 2 weeks.

Poor Dorothy! It’ll be highly inconvenient to have to wear a splint on her hand for two weeks.

The weather must be warming up. Drive-in movie season is beginning.

March 25, 1954

Went to school as usual today. Me & Puz stayed home tonite & Mom, Dad & Buck went to Frank & Jennies cause G. Grandma Hyde is real sick. I was so tired today, I could have died. Judy called tonite & we talked 30 min.

All her late nights have caught up with her. She didn’t even go with her parents. I wonder what’s wrong with Great-Grandma?

March 24, 1954

Today was Senior Day at M.H.S. Did’nt have a very good time. It was dull. I went to nurse & stewardess. tonite was talent show at C.H.S. Our trio won first prize. Seniors acted out 5 foot 2. Dale was there & we’ve a disagreement. I hope everything works out.

Hmmm. I wonder if her being so tired had anything to do with not having a good time today? I’m really surprised that she found Senior Day to be dull. It doesn’t sound like anyone has convinced her to be a nurse or a stewardess, or she’d be more excited.

The famous trio took first prize in the Talent Roundup! No surprise, there. I’m sure she was in several of the various acts that performed.

And now she and Dale are in the middle of a spat. I hope everything works out, too!

March 23, 1954

I went to the Fashion Show at M.H.S. tonite with Carol Sue & her folks & Clara May. Was really good. Tomorrow is Senior Day at Macon & tomorrow nite is the Talent Roundup. I’m dead tired. Bye for now.

Oh, yes! Hazel would think that a fashion show was fantastic! I’m sure she came away with lots of ideas for new outfits for herself.

She’s already tired, and has a super busy day ahead tomorrow.

March 22, 1954

Back to school today. I got some old-fashioned clothes from Ruth Taylor tonite for me & Opal. Stayed home tonite & washed my hair. First time since I had it cut. I teach in Mrs. McIntoshes room tomorrow.

Practice teaching, huh? I wonder if this will now make her want to be a teacher, rather than a nurse?

I wonder if she likes her Italian haircut any better, now that she’s washed it?

I’m assuming that the “old-fashioned clothes” she’s borrowing are for one of their acts in the Talent Roundup coming up.

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