Mama’s Recipes You Asked for: Fire Crackers, Oatmeal Cookies, Bran Muffins, and Divinity

 

Several people have asked for Mama’s recipes: Fire Crackers, oatmeal Cookies, Bran Muffins, and Divinity

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Fire Crackers by Dot Gatling

1 1/3 cup of Canola Oil

2 Tablespoons of Crushed red peppers

1 box of Saltine Crackers (4 sleeves)

(Wheat crackers are also good.)

1 package of Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

Put peppers in oil and soak for an hour.

Put Ranch Mix on top of that, stir.

Put crackers in large airtight container.

(Tupperware works great.)

Pour oil, peppers, and mix on crackers in tub.

Cover tightly with lid. Toss gently different directions every 10 minutes for and hour.

Oil soaks in. No cooking required.

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Dot’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies by Dot Gatling

1 1/2 cup flour 1 c. brown sugar firmly packed

1 tsp. salt 2 eggs

1 tsp. soda 1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 3 cups of oats uncooked

1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1 cup raisins

2/3 cup shortening (soft) 1/2 cup white sugar

Optional: Pecans

Mix well. Easier to handle if chilled.

Mama rolled them into rolls and wrapped in wax paper to freeze and slice later.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

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2 1/2 cups sugar 1 heaping cut shortening

4 beaten eggs 1 quart buttermilk

2 cups 100% Bran 2 cups boiling water

2 cups Bran Buds 6 cups flour

5 tsp. soda 2 tsp. salt

Pour boiling water of 100% Bran. Mix shortening, sugar, eggs, buttermilk.

Beat. Add Bran Buds, 100% Bran, flour, soda and salt.

Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.

Batter can be stored in air tight container up to four weeks.

Muffins can be frozen.,

Add nuts and raisins if wanted.

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Divinity by Dot Gatling

2 cups of sugar 2 egg whites

1/2 cup of corn syrup 1 t. vanilla

1/2 cup water 1/2 cup pecans

1/4 t. salt

cook syrup until 250 degrees with thermometer.

Pour into beaten egg whites

Add vanilla and nuts.

Pour into pan. If hardens – add a few drops of warm water.

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Two Petit Point Purses

dscn2369I forgot to post the last two petit point purses I have for my collection. My dealer friend went to West Memphis 2 weekends ago and picked the one with the Mother-of-Pearl  and the basket of flowers for $20.00. The other one he got on a trip north for $25. They are both in real good condition and the linings are so clean.  I never put them up until I can write on a card  the price, where they were found and the date. I really need to count how many I have now. My petit point closet is full. LOL!

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Two Good Estate Sales in Little Rock

Last Thursday my antique dealer friend called to see if I wanted to go early to stand in line for the opening of a sale done by the Pennsylvania Trading Company. There was something he wanted that was really priced so cheap he wanted to get there early, stand in line and run when the doors opened. We left Morrilton at 7:00 and were about the 9th ones in line. Big doctor’s house across from a country club. He went left and I went right. I knew where it was, because I saw it in pictures. It was in the dining room. I found it and snatched it up. I would have never bought it.  But, that’s why he is a dealer. He finds the bargains. I had seen silver goblets in the pictures. I took one of mine and they were not the same thing. Mine are sterling, those were silver plate. I went ahead and bought the nine for $5.00 a piece. I needed two sterling ones to fill in. The sterling ones would have been

$40 to $75. So, I spent $45 and have extras until I can find the two I need. I got some frames for $2.00 each, a pocket watch display cabinet that looks like the top of a grandfather’s clock. It was dove tailed and really cute. Two huge red ceramic pitchers for $6.00 each for Christmas presents, a crystal egg for an Easter present, Oriental dragon ornament stand, a ceramic strawberry tray, and a chimney for a lamp. It was only $4.00 and was tall. The last one I bought at a light store was $27.  Then went to Roy Dudley’s sale. Got there and had to stand in line. We were early. They opened and I found a bell pull, I showed it to my friend and he said, You are going to get it, aren’t you. I wasn’t paying attention. The whole thing was petit point. It was English flowers with a background of celery green. Very pretty. I bought some little wooden Japanese carved figures for $2.00 each, a silver master salt spoon, and a miniature cup and saucer. I love going to Roy Dudley’s sales. He really has a great way of doing them. The helpers are so friendly, and you see things you would never see. Love going. We got home right after lunch, so I had the rest of the day to sew.

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G-Maw Mary’s Sit and Sew

Last Wednesday we met at G-Maw Mary’s for our weekly sit and sew. I just took my needlepoint. Mary, Margaret and Deanna worked on their Bull’s Eye quilt blocks for the Central Arkansas Quilters Guild challenge. Fannie was working on a binding. Wanda was sick. So, we all talked about Kay, because she wasn’t there. LOL! It was a fun time. I got lots done. Oh, Mary showed us her Victorian crazy quilt that she is embroidering. Really something else!

 

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My Gees Bend Primitive Quilt

dscn2322Hey, let me know what you think!  At the last meeting of the Arkansas Quilters Guild in Little Rock the program was a video of the quilts and their makers from Gees Bend, Alabama. It is a group of rural, Afro-American, poor country women that quilt together. They have been making primitive quilts by hand for years. They were discovered several years ago and the quilts were hung in a Houston art museum. The museum made a documentary and that is what we saw. They are now are world famous for their uniquely artistic and unusual primitive hand-made quilts. I have studied them for years. Riley Midall gave me three large garbage bags of quilt scraps. She hasn’t been quilting all that long , so her scraps were from this decade. I pulled out all the whites, chevron, dotted, striped and a few bright colors, and started making a top on Friday afternoon. I finished the top a 10:30. I tried to do something different and unusual, not using patterns. I wanted it to look like a Gees Bend quilt. On Saturday morning I got up and sorted all of Riley’s fabric. I made piles of the types of stuff I would use. Then I started making 4  six inch borders on the quilt. It needed more. I finished it up last night at 9:30. I have 20 1/2 hours of labor in this and no money. I realized that the Gees Bend quilt were out of what they had, and the better parts of old clothes and flour sacks. Mine will never  look like one of theirs, because I have modern fabrics. But the idea is the same. Hey, let me know what you think!!

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W.N.S. Feb. 15 – Breakfast for Supper

dscn2309I love breakfast for supper. For last week’s W.N.S. I went to the store on Monday and got everything I need to cook on Wednesday. On Tuesday I always set my tables and get everything in the pots or pans or casserole dishes mixed up and put in the frig. Well, for breakfast, the only thing I could do is make the sausage into patties, put them on wax paper on a cookie sheet an put into the refrigerator. That’s it. Couldn’t do anything else. I went to G-Maw Mary’s to sew and left at 2:30. Plenty of time to cook everything. Well, MY CAR DIED! Put the key in and nothing. No lights, or bells. Nothing. Couldn’t get my key out either. I called Northside and they didn’t have a way to come and jump me. So, as much as I hated it, I had to call my son, Blake. He came right over, because I was in the drive and no one could leave. He went back and got a battery and jumper cables, jumped me and I went straight to Hagans. The took me home and kept the car. Now I had an hour and 45 minutes to cook. 2 packages on sausage, 2 packages of bacon, scrambles eggs with cheese, biscuits, toast, hash browns, grits and gravy. I had every pot on the stove going and two things in the oven. I made it but barely. This week it was Blake, Maggie, Will, Cindy, Ben and Debbie, Zoe, Aunt Martha and Uncle Stewart, Dianna and me. They loved it! Especially loved my gravy. They ate and are. So glad it turned out on time and good. Oh, the car. I guess you would call it a fart. Ran all these tests and it started every time for them.

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Spring Has Sprung, Probably Too Early

On the way to the store this Sunday morning I saw color. My yellow daffodils, pink japonica, white Bells of Ireland, yellow forsythia, and red camellias are blooming. I sure think it is way too early for spring. We never know in Arkansas what to expect. But, I expect cold weather again and soon.

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