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MACAROON DESSERT; DAMAGE TO FIBER RUG? (From Mrs. R. Washington.) Here is a delicious, light dessert f or the lady who requested recipes using stale macaroons. Macaroon Squares: One teaspoon granulated gelatin. 1 cup boiling waver, 1 cup sugar. 3 egg whites, V/2 teaspoons vanilla. 6 stale macaroons. Dissolve gelatin in hot water. Add sugar as soon as gelatin dissolves. Set bowl containing it in ice water. Add whites of eggs; add vanilla and beat until mixture thickens. Turn into shallow pan. which has been dipped in water, until it thickens. Cut into squares, dry and roll in macaroon crumbs. Now a request. Due to careless storage, mice got into our summer fiber rug and ate a hole. Have any neighbors suggestions as to mend ing it? Also, can a. rug of this type be shampooed successfully at home? It has been cleaned by a laundry for several seasons. (From Mrs. F. L. M.. Washington.) Here is a, leeifte for a delicious icebox dessert, in which either stale macaioons or vanilla wafers may be used. Separate three eggs. In top of «. double boi’er combine tne yolks. \'z cup sugar, juice of V/2 lemons and cook slowly until mixture becomes a. thick custard, stirring constantly. Put aside to cool. In meantime, beat the three egg whites until stiff, adding 2 tablespoons sugar while beating. Fold into the cooled custard mixture. Thpn beat 1 cup whipping cream and fold in that. Line a re frigerator tray w'ith finely crushed stale macaroons, pour in the lemon dessert, then sprinkle more maca roon crumbs on top. Place tray in freezing unit and leave for six or eight hours. Or turn control on to coldest and leave for about three hours. -SWEET AND SOUP SPARER IBS. iFrom Mrs H. E. T., Arlington.) Inasmuch as 1 have seen no answer to the lady's request for Chinese "sweet and sour” spa reribs, I’ll submit our recipe and hope she enjoys it as much as we do. iAbout 6 servings.' Two pounds pork spareribs cut in S-inch lengths, 1 small can pine apple cubes, 3 sweet- green peppers, slices tseeds removed*, 1 large clove garlic, minced, \'2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger, I tablespoon soy sauce, juice from canned pineapple cubes, about 2 tablespoons flour. Fry spare ribs until a delicate brown, add gar lic and ginger. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring. Add pineapple cubes and sliced pepper. Mix soy sauce am# pineapple juice and add to rib mix ture. Simmer slowly for 1 hour, t hen add flour, mixed with a little water. Cook 5 or 10 minutes more end serve with rice. Having been unable io get pine apple cubes for so long here on the mainland. I’ve used pineapple juice with good results; and also have omitted the fresh ginger because I haven’t looked for any in the spe cialty shops here. I'm like so many of your readers. I miss the page very much on Saturdays! SQUEAK FROM ROCKER ■ From Mrs. R. T., Arlington.) To the reader who wishes to gel rid of the squeak from her platform rocker, there is a special commer cial product that will do the trick. Use on both the metal and wooden parts that touch. It is a sure cure, tried out in my own home. / * * >K * * COOKING PEAS HAY SYSTEM. (From Mrs. K. S., Washington.) In answer to Mrs. M. K. L.. who asked about cooking peas, I get many ‘'raves'’ about my vegetables, including peas, and would be glad 10 pass on my method. I use cook ing parchment. Just wet it, place vegetables inside, tie it in a sort of bag, put the bag in a pot of boil ing water with no seasoning, except possibly sugar. I time each vege table, green peas, 20 minutes; cauli flower—15 minutes; carrots, 12 min utes, etc. When time is up, lift out the bag, untie and dump vegetables in a colander. I have a saucepan ready with melted margarine and a bit of cream. Cooking vegetables without water makes them taste so good, even vegetable haters suc cumb! Incidentally, I never wash peas, just carefully shell them. Another lady wanted to know about Hay system of diets. I fol lowed this for 4 or 5 years and also visited the Hay Sanatorium twice. With Needle and Thread By Barbara Bell Lovely enough for a trousseau, practical for any age is this charm ing nightdress with gently molded midriff and full sweeping skirt. And to match, a short-sleeved jacket with demure Peter Pan collar. Barbara Bell Pattern No. 1511 comes in sizes 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20. Size 12, gown, 3\\ yards of 35 or 39-inch material; jacket, 2 yards; Z yards ribbon to trim. For this pattern, send 20 cents, in coins, your name, address, pattern number and size wanted to Barbara Bell. The Washington Star, P. O. Box 99, Station G, New York 19, N. Y. By Peggy Roberts In a blue bowl, these gay familiar flowers will make a wonderful scarf and doily; or center the small de signs on side of the scarf. Pattern envelope contains hot iron transfers for 4 designs, color chart, stitch illustrations and full directions. Our 60-page multicolored book of Needle Arts containing live free pat terns, and many other suggestions for dressing up your home and yourself is now available. Send your request for this book to the address listed below, inclosing twenty cents <20c) in coins to cover the cost and mailing charges. Send 15 cents (coin) for Pattern No. R.2399 to Needle Arts Depart ment, The Washington Star, P. o. Box 172, Station D, New York, 3, New York. Please Include your postal zone number. Contributions and requests must bd accompanied by the sender’s full name and address. We will withhold both and use only initials. Please address mail to the Readers’ Cleaving House, Woman’s Page, The Evening Star, Washington 4. Views expressed in the deal - ing House are not necessarily those of The Star, and as it is obviously impossible for us to lest all recipes submitted, we cannot assume responsibility for them. Betsy Caswell Since (his was about 5 years ago I don't know whether they still have it, but they furnished me with a set of planned meals for various seasons, etc. It made following it quite easy, besides, they gave recipes. * * * * CONSERVATION HINTS. (From C. E. Y„ Washington.) Thanks to the person who has at last taught me to poach an egg in the swirling effect of boiling water, done with a spoon. It really works. Thought I W’ould pass this on. 1 have just covered two old chairs with an old pair of <'too short) draperies. Just pinned material to the chair, then basted it on, then finished it with rows of colored head tacks, and removed pins and bast ings. Mine happened to be rust color, so used rust and while tacks, i White made the best finished job ! I used the drapery lining for the backs of chairs. Had enough ma terial for two couch pillows left. It was quite easy to do and a saving, of course. I keep my bread loaf in the re frigerator and (oast ii as I need it. Keeps indefinitely. QUERY ;From Mrs. T. C. K.. Washington, i I have recently been granted a patent tor making a certain platter that will save much dish washing. I would like to have These platters made by some manufacturing com pany as I want to get this product on the market as soon as possible. I do not know what company to write to, or. in other words, the best procedure for getting this platter manufactured. When one of these platters is sold. 1 have a good trade name for it. Can any of you read ers help me in my problem? 1 shall be most grateful for any advice. V * * TO CLEAN PAN; QUILTING iFrom K. B. W., Alexandria l 1 have followed Readers’ Clearing House for some time and enjoyed it. May I submit three ideas? To the lady, who wanted io clean a greasy frying pan: If the grease is burnt on to the pan, my husband rakes it to the furnace, puts it on a bed of red coals, lets it burn off, then with tongs lifts it out and puts it on a cement basement floor to cool. (Water on the hot pan will crack it). When cold, wash. At first it may be a bit rough but after a lew times of frying bacon on it, it's as good as new and clean. To Miss E. M. D. of Washington who wishes to use stale macaroons; crumble them, soak well in a cup of good wine (sherry is nice) and use to flavor your favorite ice cream mixture or make blanc mange. Recipe for either will be in any good cook book. To Mrs. J. L. P. of Washington, who wishes to quilt a quilt and has no frames: I have done the follow ing. Make back of quilt desired size • few inches larger than top) of either unbleached cotton cloth, or any gingham or chambray by stitch ing widths together lengthwise. Pin this securely to a heavy 9k12 rug, pins few inches, up to an inch apart. Next unfold cotton batting (bed size) and put in place. If batting does not come quite large enough I buy small bats from 10 cent store and build in sides. On top of this lay the quilt top, put first pins in corners, next one in center of each side, then fill in spaces between. Thread a large needle with coarse thread and. Home Canning Prospects Home canning -will be as impor tant this year, when famine stalks overseas, as it was any summer dur ing the wav, says the Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Eco nomics of the United States Depart ment of Agriculture. Every jar of good home-canned food that a family puts up for itself will do its bit toward making the world's food supply go around. taking long stitches baste across one end. removing pins as you need to get io material. Next, skip 12 or 15 inches and run. another basting crosswise and so on all the way. Now from each end roll tightly toward the middle leaving 16 to 18 inches in center not rolled up. Pin rolls in place with large safety pins. Then you can sit. in a chair with arms, lay the rolled quilt across the arms of the chair and quilt at your ease. Quilt around edge of squares \\ inch from seam or in parallel rows or shells. Unroll one side as you need it, at the same time roll up other side. Keep the open space to quilt. I have done several this way. * * * * ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Information sent in by the fol lowing has been forwarded to those for whom it was intended: Mrs. B. H. s., North Beach, Md.; Mrs. H. J. S., Chevy Chase; Mrs. H. L. C., Mrs. R. T„ Arling ton; E. L. M. Mrs. J. M. J., Alex andria; O. M. B., Washington. Our thanks to these readers, whose contributions were similar to others previously received: Mrs, W. R. B., Washington: K. M. K., Silver spiing; Mrs. E. B., Mount Rainier. * * * * COMMENT ON BUTTER MAKING. (From Mrs. A. M„ Washington.) I wonder if the “kindly lady” who was passing out information in the bus about making butter from half pints of whipping cream, mentioned in the letter from Mrs. M. S. McN., ,has considered the following: 'J'wo half pints of whipping cream cost a minimum of 48 cents. After beating it she will get somewhat less than one-half pound of butter. Now, one-half pound of butter bought legitimately in the stores will cost 28 cents at the outside, probably only 27. Could any one have any better proof of why most dairy products handlers would pre fer to sell cream than to make and sell butter? Suppose all the butter fat went into cream, it would mean the cost of butter would go to $1.10 io $1.20 per pound. Is this inflation? Is it honest? Do we want to en courage this son of thing? * * * * CANNING SAUSAGE. (From Mrs. H. E. B , Vienna Va.) To the lady havjng trouble can ning sausage. I cook my sausage, put it in cans, pour hot fat over it and seal. Have fixed it that way for years and never lost any. 1 cook it Thoroughly and never hot pack it. * * IK THANK YOU" NOTE i From C. I.., Alexandria. Vo I I wish to express my bela led ihanks for the helpful information on #he housing and living condi tions in and near San Francisco. I received much valuable informa tion and know now just what to ex pect. Dorothy Dix Says Dear Miss Dix: T am a man of 25 Have been in the Navy tour years. As a veteran I am entitled to four years of school. To get an educa tion has been the dream of my life hoped for but Impossible of realiza tion until now, when the Govern ment makes it a possibility. But there is a woman in the case. 1 am in love with a girl who claims that she loves me, and we had planned to be married as soon as I got out ! of the service. Then the problem of my going away to college came up, with discussions that are lead ing to a beautiful smashup. I love her and want her. but 1 have nothing to offer unless I go to school. She wants me, but on the condition that I stay at home and not go to school. I know no trade. I have no money. I would have to do factory work, with no chance for a future if I cannot get ‘ What about canning equipment and supplies?” many homemakers ask when they begin planning tor canning. Luckily, this year no seri ous shortages in canning equipment are expected. Here is a round-up of the supply picture: Canners: Outlook is good for pro duction of both pressure and water bath canners. Aluminum is fairly plentiful. The enamelware industry is running well above its pre-war production of various items, and should be able 10 make waterbath canners to meet demands. Jars and top*: prospects are bright. Stocks on hand are greater than at any time during the war or before the war. Rubber rings: No shortage is ex pected. Quality should be better than in the last few years because somewhat more natural rubber is being used. Tin: Supplies of tin for cans con tinue scarce, and wherever practical it is better to use glass jars for home canning, to conserve tin this year. Sugar: Supplies are still short. Spare ration stamp number 9 is now good for 5 pounds of sugar for home canning and can be used through October 31. Walt to buy this sugar until you need it and then use it only for canning. Only one addi tional stamp for home canning sugar will be issued this year, and the total sugar ration for home canning will not be more than 10 pounds per per son. So make every bit of canning sugar count. SECRETARY WANTED The B. F. Goodrich Rubber Co. bo* on immediate opening i* tbe international division for a young secretary-steno grapber. Ideal working con dition* in a modern office, centrally located. Five day 40 konr week, vacation* with pay; a permanent po*itioa with good salary for one with ability. See Mr. Blake, 1112 19th St. N.W. from 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. Well Take That Dare! By June Clark NYLONS! Well, who'd be fool enough to write about nyions, you ask? We are! We'll take that dare and just go ahead and write all the latest nylon news. Ridiculous? No it isn't! After all, there will be at least a few women who will achieve a pair or two of nylons in the coming months. Those who do get them should know the facts! Up until just about now, as you may have noticed, there hasn't been much question of the colors of nylons. It's just been snatching as snatch-can. But now comes news of new colors to come, and what's more, sheerer and sheerer nylons. Now about the new shades of hose which are rolling off the production lines and should be here in time for summer i wear. One is christened "Spring Rain." It's a neutral j taupe with a grege cast that makes the stockings look positively misty sheer. For light toned colors -soft muted pastel pinks, greens, beiges and taupes. Also for those who j "live in black." "Bouquet" is the summer color which we all used to love so because it made our legs look tawny ton. It's a warm j and sunny copper flesh tone perfect with all summer's more bizarre and exciting colors. Too, it will team up with our fall suits when we get around the calendar to autumn once again. more education. Bui with an edu cation I oelieve 1 can matte good and eventually give her the things that I would like to give my wife. The girl can't see my way of school and deferred marriage. I can't see myself following the hard ships of my father. What do you think, wife or school? VETERAN. Answer- IThat is, of course, a ques tion that you will have to settle for yourself, and as Puck said long ago about marriage in general- which ever way you do. you are likely to regret it. However, I would urge you in making your choice to con sider two or three points very care fully. The first is that * man who has the longing for an education that you have must gratify it, or else go through life unhappy and frustrated, and when he has the opportunity to make his dream come true, he must take it. You would not. make a good factory worker because your heart would never be in your job. Nature fashioned you for a different life and if you balk her Intentions, you will pay the price in failure. The other thing that I would call to your attention is that if your girl does not appreciate the advantages of an education and sympathise with your desire for one, she would not make you a congenial wife. You would always see things from dif ferent standpoints. She would lack the imagination to look to the future instead of at the present, and she would never understand why you bought a book instead of pork chops. A wife can pull a man down as well as build him up. Paprika Chicken Vienna always lias been famous for its "Paprika Chicken." although Budapest claims it for its own. It is sad to think that probably in neither city at the present time is "Paprika Chicken" a dish likely to appear- even on the richest table. Try and get the sweet Hungarian paprika if you can. Many of the finer grocery shops still have it. Heat cup of butter or margarine in a frying pan and put into it 5 or 6 onions, cut in pieces. Add chicken, cut in portions as for fricassee, alter having dredged the pieces well with salt and pepper seasoned flour. When the meat and onions are browned, add 1 teaspoon of paprika and a cup of chicken broth or vegetable stock. Put a lid on the pan and let all simmer for two hours or so, turning the pieces of chicken from time to time. When tne chicken is tender, drain off the pan juices and add to them l cup of cream lyou may use sour cream if you like), heating slowly until the mixture thickens. Pour this over the chicken, reheat for about five minutes and serve hot. with fluffy steamed rice Poultry Keep poultry cool It's a higniy perishable food. When you get a chicken or turkey from the market wash it thoroughly inside and out. dry well and store it in the refrig erator until time to cook. I’M SMARTER NOW! For I’ve found out how to make good coffee...every time.' All I do is follow the directions on the Beech-Nut Coffee container and rely on the rich, mellow flavorof Beech-Nut. Beech-Nut Coffee VACUUM PACKED DRIP GRIND STEEL CUT Task Pupil's Mind By A ttgelo Pair] Iii order to increase menial powet children in school are given work that tasks their minds. Such work is limited. The good teacher says.. "Now here is a difficult problem. You have mastered the principles involved and you know all the processes you will need. Try it. All of you who get the right solution will gel five extra merits.” That puis the class on edge to get the right solution. The successful ones stand out and that helps them to feel fit; It makes them, proud of themselves and Thai helps Them. There Is no danger that they will become conceited because of this success. Tomorrow another problem will be set and another group will win distinction. In the well-con ducied class everybody gets a chance 10 be the top man in some lesson. The very few who cannot glimpse the meaning of their tasks should Qe set simple tasks within then power so They are not too discour aged. There is a difference In tasks lessons and routined drudgery. Sel dom is routined drudgery necessary in a classroom but on occasions it must be faced cheerfully as when children are learning tables. They must learn how to make those tables and use them and that does take close application and study for a time, but it pays. Tables mast be understood end they must- be learned so thoroughly that their recall is automatic. That sort of drudgery has to be accepted, but there ate other sorts that should never be allowed in a well-conducted classroom. There is no excuse for making children write word* 10 times each, sometimes oftener. No excuse for the teacher who says, “Open your books to page 10 and copy until I call you" and then attends to some clerical work. That finished, the books are put away and the lessons go on as usual. Spelling woids need not be written more than three times each for study. The first time ia for setting the appearance of the word in mem ory, the second is for firm memoriza tion, the third is for test. That* enough. If words are written more than three times the work becomes automatic, no thinking is done, no attention is set, mistakes made and bad penmanship art in their deadly work. The good teacher knows when to task a pupils mind, when to relieve it, when to stimulate it and when to lead the children to stern appli cation of principles learned. That sort of teacher never gives home work that will not be corrected and returned for study: never gives busy work that, might result in bad learning h8bits and worse learning ttjrt > BL"C .*?*£..<^rv ✓>r// A?—jjjjpjs (t br«n cf-tie* 10 CfffWjJ sfiJSS io« i&sra « »-!?SS*»B'. Ht'N Inquire about our Lay-away plan ! The Young Idea This week Frances Brooke of Eastern High School is our guest columnist, giving out with a jew pointers on “The Dance." —Laura and Helen. "Let's dance!'’ Ever since great grandmother was a sub-deb this has been a traditional phrase among young boys and girls. But if our Civil War belles were to attend a modern dance they wouldn't believe their own eyes. For as the world has changed so has dancing. In bygone days every one did the stately minuet. Today swing reigns. It has been said that modern jit ferbugging is a revival of primitive war chants. But. the youth of to day believes that jive came into the foreground as soon as fashions would permit it to be popular. Try to imagine grandma doing the ‘ corkscrew’’ in a hoop skirt. Why does youth dance? For en joyment, certainly, but also, for a more significant reason. Dancing ex presses the exuberance of boys and girls. It is symbolic of youthful aims and joys. Every one agrees that dancing is an important amusement. For, all over the world among the young set, there is dancing. In Russia it is the “bear" which is king. England en joy? a revival of the waltz and Amer icans jitterbug. But the fundamental is the same. Wherever there is laughter, there is dancing. Yet, dur ing the war youth could not be crushed. Even in bombed areas young girls and servicemen danced, lessen ing their fears of the future and, for a while, forgetting the present. In many high schools today there are regular dances. Still, even within America dance styles vary. in Georgia one may be an excellent dancer. But send him to New York and he becomes a •’square.” A Wash ington girl probably couldn't follow a fellow from California. So danc ing can't be considered a common routine although it is a universal pastime! In every city there are studios where the art of the dance may be learned. However, most boys and girls have never taken a dancing lesson, because, primarily, dancing js merely an expression of rhythm. When one hears music, the urge is to follow the band. Whether it is jazz. Latin American or soft music, some one Is moved to dance. Thus, when a Spaniard says, Let a rumba,” a Southerner says, ‘Let's do the Virginia Reel.” or when a fellow says, “Let's struggle,” the dance Is on. Every night thousands of youthful boys and girls are danc ing. The leaders of tomorrow, as the leaders of yesterday, are enjoying the same kind of pleasure. | We of today's generation are proud to be considered jitterbugs. For we know that many famous men and women once found relaxation on a dance floor. We consider it our j heritage. | So when the time comes for dates, we dance. Maybe we find our fun gliding to the music of a smooth band. Maybe we listen to a jtike box in our school armory. We may even “jump” to our radios | at home. But wherever we dance, | the leasons are the same. We are : happy boys and girls expressing our I ioy 8nd gaiety on g musical beat. Why Grow By Josephitie l.uwmun Often discouragement, comes from contemplating the long road ahead. There are many casualties during rhe preparatory years of a career which calls for long maintained ef fort. The young man who wishes to be a doctor may live in a disas trous state of tension, thinking of the many years of hard work ahead before he can even begin to be suc cessful. Women in the home often feel depressed because of the multiplic ity of never ending tasks which lie ahead of them. Psychologists teach us the trick of breaking the long road up into small pieces and then concentrating on each part as ws come to it rather than on the whole. Experts who climb high moun tains plan their struggle carefully day by day and break the ascent j up into separate parts. They plan . to cover just as much distance as ] they can in each day and then 1 think only of the goal for each day as the time arrives. This Is exhila ; rating. If they dwelt on the dis i isnce to the top of the mountain they would feel exhausted and the task would seem impossible. A great many unhappy feminine moods come from the feeling of pressure and never being through. The habit of organization and plan ning, and the trick of thinking onlv of the task at hand, will do won ders in remedying this condition. Why not make lists and put into each day just as much as you can comfortably accomplish and let the I test go? When you meet each day, I look at your list and do not worry ; abgut what you have to do in a | week or a month or a year. ; I know one woman who applies • this to redecorating her house. She ] has mapped out the things she j wishes to have done and the ap ! proximate time at which this will be possible. It is organized per• ; fectly -a chair to be upholstered next week, wall paper to be fixed in six months, a lamp shade to be done next month, etc. Rather than | being irritated by the things which ; remain to be improved, she derives 1 exquisite happiness from every im provement which is made. She feel* no hurry, no irritation, and knows that these separate parts will soma day create r lovely whole.