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by Lynn Chambers Ode to Yulctide . . . Plum Pudding and Fruit Cake (Sec Recipes Below.) Cakes ’n’ Puddin’s Home is where the heart is and Christmas is what tradition is. And that tradition is to a large extent what foods you serve. If you real ly want to make it a season for starry - eyed brightness and plain honest-to-goodness good cheer, have a holiday with all the food trimmings like frosted fruited cook ies, dark, spicy fruit cake and a plum pudding mellowed to wonder ful goodness. Begin these preparations now—for the ingredients of Xmas cakes, pud dings and cookies take on a charm— and flavor—with age. Preparations can be a snap if you budget a day for cutting up fruit and nuts, an other day for mixing and baking, and a third day for packing. First, for fruit cake—the cake with almost two dozen extra special ingredients. This year’s fruit cake is tuned to the times, uses honey and molasses to save on your pre cious sugar ration: Fruit Cake. (Makes 10 pounds) 1 pound butter or other shortening 1 pound brown sugar 10 eggs, well beaten 1 cup honey 1 cup molasses Yi cup sweet cider 1 pound sifted cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Yt teaspoon cloves Yt teaspoon cinnamon Yt teaspoon mace Yt pound candied pineapple Yt pound candied cherries 1 pound dates, seeded and sliced 1 pound raisins 1 pound currants Yt pound citron, thinly sliced Yt pound candied lemon and or ange peel Yt pound nutmeats, chopped Sift flour once, measure, add bak ing powder and spices and sift again. Cream the shortening thor oughly, add sug ar gradually, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, fruits, peel, nuts, honey, molasses and cider. Add flour gradually. Bake in 4 (8 by 8 by 2 inches) pans, lined with greased paper, in slow oven (250 degrees) 3 to 3V4 hours. Plum pudding gets my vote as being highly desirable for the fam ily feast at Christmas. Plum Pudding. (Makes 3 1-quart molds) 2 cups prunes, cooked IVt cups currants 1 cup raisins Hi cups citron, chopped *A cup preserved orange peel 1 cup candied cherries, chopped 1 cup nutmeats, broken 1 cup all-bran Vt cup juice, from prunes lVt cups butter or substitute Hi cups sugar 4 eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups soft white bread crumbs 3 cups flour Lynn Says: Let’s Decorate! The fruit cakes and puddings, of course! A clus ter of candied cherries in the mid dle with leaves fashioned of arti ficial rose leaves makes an at tractive cake. You’ll be praised for a rose garnish made of gelatin candies shaped like lemon and orange segments into thin, lengthwise slices. Roll a slice tightly to form center of rose and press other slices around it to make petals. Simpler decorations can be made of almonds or other nut meats forming flowers with can died peel as petals or centers. To store coke, place it in air tight container for several weekr. Sound apples may be placed in container, and changed as they become shriveled, to provide moisture. This Week’s Menu Tomato Juice Fried Fish Fillets With Lemon Garnish Broccoli Au Gratin Mashed Potatoes Perfection Salad Apple Brown Betty Beverage 1 teaspoon soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon each, cloves, nutmeg, ginger Cut prunes into small pieces, com bine with other fruits and all-bran. Add prune juice, and mix well. Blend butter and sugar thoroughly, add eggs and flavoring. Add bread crumbs and flour sifted with spices. Blend in fruit mixture. Stir until all fruit is well distributed. Fill greased pudding molds two-thirds full; cover and steam 3Vz to 4 hours. I think the spicy lemon sauce goes well with the bland pudding. You’ll like this one: Lemon Sauce. (.Makes I*4 cups) 1 tablespoon cornstarch Yt cup sugar U teaspoon salt 1 cup water 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon grated lemon 1 egg yolk I tablespoon butter Mix cornstarch, sugar and salt thoroughly. Add water. Heat to boiling and cook until clear and thick, stirring constantly. Add lem on juice, rind, and pour slowly over beaten egg yolks. Cook another min ute and add butter. Fig Maple Pudding. (Serves 5) \\ pound figs % cup maple syrup Yt cup boiling water % cup sifted flour IYt teaspoons baking powder Yt teaspoon salt IVi tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons shortening Y\ to Yd cup milk Soften figs in cold water, cut in halves and place in greased baking dish. Mix syrup with boiling water and pour over figs. Cover dish and steam for Ms hour. Sift dry ingredi ents together, cut in shortening with pastry blender or knives, add milk and mix lightly. Remove baking dish from steamer. Pour batter over figs, return to steamer for 1 hour. This pudding provides its own sauce. Ever hear of putting a raw apple or slice of one in the cookie jar—or tin—if you still have one to keep cookies fresh? You’ve no idea how delicious these fruity cook ies will taste if you follow the above prescrip- 1 1 lion. Made-with-honey cookies are much akin to fruit cakes and plum pudding in that they need to ripen and mellow: Christmas Fruit Nuggets. Vi cup shortening V/i cups honey 2 eggs 3 cups cake flour 3 teaspoons baking powder J A teaspoon salt Vi teaspoon each, cloves, cinna mon, nutmeg Vt cup milk Vi cup candied pineapple 1 cup each, candied cherries, raisins, nuts Cream shortening, drizzle in hon ey and cream together. Add beaten eggs, and mix thoroughly. Sift dry ingredients together and add alter nately with milk. Chop fruits, mix together and dredge with flour be fore folding into mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls into greased tins or tiny paper cups. Bake in moderate (375-degree) oven for about 15 min utes. Lynn Chambers can tell you how to dress up your table for family dinner or festivi ties, give you menus for your parties or tell you how to balance your meals in ac cordance with nutritional standards. Just write to her, explaining your problem, at If'cslern Newspaper Union, 210 South lies pluincs Street, Chicago, Illinois. Vlease enclose a stumped, self-addressed envelope for your answer. Released by Western Newspaper Union. PREPAREDNESS by the AMERICAN RED CROSS TTHE making of large numbers of surgical dressings for the armed forces in wartime is one of the principal duties of the American Red Cross. Immediately after the outbreak of the world war in Europe in September, 1939, more than 500 Red Cross chapters throughout the nation began making large quantities of surgical dressings for our army and navy. In addition, a large number of dressings were made to be used by Red Cross relief organizations caring for the suffering civilian population in the war-torn countries of Europe. As the war progressed and spread to more and more nations of the world, this pro gram of surgical dressings was gradually enlarged and extended to Red Cross chap ters in practically every coun ty in the United States. To day more than 3,000 Red Cross chapters are busily en gaged in making surgical dressings for our army and navy according to standard specifications and methods furnished by them. More than two million women throughout the nation are now making surgical dressings for our armed forces under this program. By the end of October, 1942, they had made more than a hundred million dressings of all kinds and were embarking on a very large program for the coming year. The making of surgical dressings is a very important work in which nearly every woman can partici pate, no matter where she is lo cated or how little time she can spare. Many thousands of volun teers are needed for this work and every one of the 3,350 Red Cross chapters participating in this program in nearly every county in the United States needs help. Prepared Exclusively for WNU. ON THE HOME FRONT with RUTH WYETH SPEARS A BATTERED side chair, a scrap of plywood, part of a can of flat paint, and a can of delphinium blue enamel; a piece of blue and white ticking and a Household Hints In buying iodine for the medi cine closet never buy any solu tion stronger than 2 per cent. A 2 per cent solution is specified by the Red Cross First Aid Manuals as strong enough for those other than doctors to use. * * • Whey will not form if milk is warmed before adding eggs to it when making custards. * • m Geraniums should be kept in a very sunny window if you wish them to live through the winter. • • * Artificial fruit may be cleaned easily if dipped ir> and out of white soapsuds several times, then rinse in clear water to which a few drops of ammonia have been added. • * * To broil steak, grease the rack of the broiler. Place the meat on rack close to the heat. Scar it quickly on one side, season with salt and pepper, turn and sear on other side. Lower the rack or the heat to allow steak to finish cook ing. Season and add a piece of butter before serving. Rare steak is juicy and flavorful and is often preferred to well-done steak. Do not pierce center of steak when turning. HHILDREN EAT ALL VOU EXTRA VITAMINS IKI W IT’S VERY SIMPLE I YOU SEE, PATTY, ALL YEASTS ARE MOT THE I ANOTHER THING YOUR MOTHER'LL LIKE IS f? jAJ. . THIS COFFEE CAKE'S COFFEE CAKE!.TELL / PATTY. TELL VOUR ' SAME FLEISCHMANN'S IS THE ONLY THAT THE PLUSCHM ANN'S WE BUY ( 9*3) I l FOR YOU. IT'S GOT ME HOW YOU DO IT, /MOTHER TO USE YEAST WITH VITAMINS A AND D IN I TOOAY KliPS PtRFRCTLY IN THE RE- ' 9 1 , so t CAN TELL /-"t FLEISCHMAHN* jlfl ADDITION TO 81 AND G. WHICH GO a FRIGERATOR. SO WE CAN BUY A WEEK r-r-U./1/i , IN IT V MOTHER Jr*'' ' 1 YEAST _ r —RIGHT INTO WHAT YOU BAKE WITH 1 0R M 0 RE ' S SUPPLY AT A TIME. ANQTELL NV t. v " 1/ —. r—NO GREAT LOSS IN THE OVEN THATfJ I HER,TOO,TO SEND FOR FLElSCHMANNS GRANO / ; I 1 4 ilii«rtl — iii«nt i THE COSTILLA COUNTY DEMOCRAT PATTERNS SEWING CIRCLE Basque Front Jumper. y< - J blouse with its round neck then the jumper which buttons down the back and ties at the waist . . . isn’t this a charming fashion for young girls of 3 to 8 years? For long wear, make the jumper of corduroy . . . the blouse of batiste or broadcloth. • * • Barbara Bell Pattern No. 1681-B is de signed for sizes 3,4, 5,6, 7 and 8 years. Size 4 jumper requires Pi yards 35 or 39-inch material, blouse yard. strip of coarse white material that was raveled out to make narrow fringe. Combined, these odds and ends made an attractive chair. The old chipped white enamel was rubbed with coarse and then fine sandpaper until smooth. The new seat came nuct; then flat paint which was allowed to dry 24 hours before applying enamel. Next, the cover was made with a straight two-inch fringe trimmed band and ties around the uprights of the back. • • • NOTE: We may all gain new confidence these days by learning to do things that we have never done before. Book 5 of the series offered with these articles, shows how to remodel other old chairs. Book 6 gives directions for repairing and making over various pieces of furniture. Copies are 10 cents each postpaid. Order direct from: MRS. RUTH WYETH SPEARS Bedford IliUs New Y’ork Drawer 10 Enclose 10 cents fur each book de sired. Name Address Uncle Phil Says: Adding to His Creatne»M Every great scientist has a right to be conceited, but he never is. The difference between perseverance and obstinancy is one is a strong will and the other a strong won't. Give many your hand but few your head. It is a good plan to tell no more of your own troubles than you want to hear about other people’s. And So We're Overloaded We are so busy asking to be given more than we have that we haven’t time to ask to be able to appreciate the things we have. To say nothing of your enemies im plies what you think of them. Housecleaning to a woman is a good deal like cleaning up his desk is to a man. Say what you will about blunt people, but they usually come to the point. Save on Slips. C’UT the cost of your lingerie, . yet have a greater supply than ever—by making your own! This pattern offers a smooth fitting six gore slip with a figure controlling top which may be finished with wide shoulder straps or ribbon straps—it can be easily produced at your own sewing machine! Panties to match are included. * * * Barbara Bell Pattern No. 1686-B Is de signed for sizes 36. 38. 40. 42. 44. 46. 48. 50, 52. Size 38 slip requires 3y 4 yards 39-inch material, panties Pi yards. 1 yard ribbon for shoulder straps. Send your order to: SEWING CIRCLE PATTERN DEPT. Room 1116 211 West Wacker Dr. Chicago Enclose 20 cents in coins for each pattern desired. Pattern No Size Name Address JUST JESTING Determined Traveler (buying ticket at rail road station) —I want a ticket to New York. Agent—Would you care to go by Buffalo? Traveler—No, I want to go by train. Taking No Risks A youth came to a farmer to borrow a lantern. At first he refused to say why he wanted it, but eventually con fessed that he wanted it to go courting. The farmer was scornful. "I did my courting without a lantern." "Yes," replied the youth, "and look at your missus How It Happened "My dear, I was struck dumb.’* "Oh, is that the explanation?” Easier Way "I'm musical. I’m always breaking into song.’’ u lf you sang in key you wouldn’t have to break in." Late Addition He was in deep disgrace, and try as he would, he could not get a smile out of his wife. "Are you cross with me because I came home with a black eye last night?” he asked. "No,” replied his wife tersely, "you hadn’t got it when you came home.” Few men would mind if their wives lost their tempers—provid ed they never found them again. ACCIDENTS HELP THE AXIS" Use WEED CHAINS • Usually winter doubles driving accidents. But this is no or dinary winter—it is a war winter when Americans must con serve every car and truck and tire until after victory is won. So there is a new appreciation of Weed Tire Chains which pre vent skid accidents and help get through snow without delays. Examine your Weeds—if there are broken links have them replaced. Take chains off when no longer needed, and clean them after using; it pays. If your used chains are An worn out get new Weed Wn American Bar-Reinforced JBfm, —for double mileage. Or Weed Regular, standard of value for 39 years. Look for the name “Weed.” AMERICAN CHAIN DIVISION }OW- k Boston Chicago Donvar to. Angola. 1 Philadelphia Pittsburgh San Francisco AMERICAN CHAIN & CABLE BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT IblhlHx In Business for Your Safety L a iji $ ui?i2f 0 ffzi "' ■ -53H-5-—___ I§OB»k. §OB»k. • r< \ ; .JMWWBi rnimwffS • I tub « 1 irA R_J. He molds Tub sccoCcl.WlhjL»-Sslom.N. C.