Friday, August 27, 2010

Monky-Faced Cookies from 1943

So sorry for neglecting my blog! I'll make it up to you in the next several posts — I recently bought the Betty Crocker "Your Share" cook book off of eBay. It is from 1943 and simply marvelous! It's a little paperback book with 52 menus, 226 recipes, and 369 hints. Chock full of rationing information — even tips for party menus and "wedding refreshments at war time". I'll be posting some of the recipes over the next few posts. If you try them, please let me know how they turned out! :)

Monkey-Faced Cookies

Cream 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening with 1 cup brown sugar.

Sift together 2 1/2 cups sifted Gold Medal flour, 1 teaspoon soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Add alternately with 1/2 cup molasses mixed with 1/2 cup rich sour milk. Blend in 1 teaspoon vinegar.

Drop by teaspoon on greased baking sheet. Place 3 raisins or bits of citron on each for eyes and mouth. Bake 10 to 15 minutes in moderate oven (350 degrees). Makes about 3 dozen.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

V-J Day — The War is Over!

Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the end of WWII. Thanks to Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive, today is the biggest nationwide observance since 1945. Events and activities are going on all across the country today. Since I have to go to work today, I won't be able to attend any of the ones in my area. However, I plan to "relive" the day through resources made available through the Spirit of '45 website: President Truman's broadcast to the Armed Forces, Times Square as reported by NBC, stories of the men and women who remember V-J Day.

Listening to the NBC broadcast really brings up emotion and makes you feel like you're in the center of Times Square. Can you imagine the excitement, the joy, the relief, the rush of emotions, the shock that these people felt when they heard that the war is over? It's over. The ever present cloud of fear that war brings is gone. Life will return to normal soon, but for many it never will because of the loss of a loved one. But their loved ones did not die in vain, because the war is over and America is still free.

To our men and women who fought for our freedoms then and are fighting now — THANK YOU!!