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Hi Folks!

After a frosty April dashed the hopes raised by a marvelous March, Spring may finally be here. May Day dawned sunny and somewhat warmer than usual, and predictions are for warm weather through Friday, along with some badly needed then rain, then clearing for Saturday and Sunday and turning slightly cooler. However, that “slightly cooler” prediction is for lows in the upper 30s and highs in the 50s and 60s, with no frost in the immediate forecast. Now that sort of weather is something we can eagerly live with!

DON’T MISS IT!

The full moon on Saturday and Sunday nights, that is. It should be spectacular, and well worth waiting up for. You won’t need to wait long. The largest and brightest full moon of the year will rise, huge and glowing, 16 percent larger and brighter than usual, at 7:57 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:12 p.m. on Sunday. Moonset will come at about 5:08 am. Sunday, and 6 a.m. Monday, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy it.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, that big, bright orb will be officially a full moon, almost directly overhead, and only 221,802 miles from Earth, slightly more miles away than it was last year in March, which was its closest approach in 18 years. Because this month’s full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee - its closest approach to Earth - it will be what they call a “super moon,” and we can see it, provided the cloud cover cooperates.

Bill Burton, geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, predicts that the only earthly change that will occur because of the moon’s increased proximity will be a slightly stronger ebb and flow of the tide, although he admits that some co-relation has been found between the “super moon” and minor earthquake activity.

Anyway, don’t worry about any bad things. Grab a blanket and your honey - bring the kids, camera and binoculars if you must - and enjoy a spectacular once a year treat under a balmy night time sky.

Here’s a thought: Prepare some props and against that big, brilliant moon photograph your kids with bats, black cats, and witches hats to use for Halloween next year. But go a head and be a softie. Let them show the photos around just a bit now, too.

ADJOURNMENT

Speaking of earthquakes and the like, some decades ago the City Council of a small midwestern community was in session when an earthquake shook the building to its foundations. Everyone present dashed outside, and Council did not reconvene.

Minutes for that meeting read: “Council adjourned on motion of City Hall.”

ON THE SOAP BOX

VOTE ON TUESDAY, MAY 8


The future of Wisconsin depends on you! If you like Gov. Scott Walker and the things he’s done to balance the budget and return control of schools to the people we elect (school boards), get to the polls Tuesday and show it. If you’re pleased that he has kept his campaign promises without regard for political repercussions from big unions, get to the polls on Tuesday and show it.

If the political enemies of reform succeed in their efforts to recall our brave governor, it will be a blow not only to Wisconsin, but to taxpayers all across the nation.

It isn’t well known that there are primary races for governor on both the Republican and Democratic slates on Tuesday. Somehow the major news reports neglect to mention that. Arthur Kohl-Riggs, the person opposing Gov. Walker on the Republican ticket on Tuesday, isn’t a prominent figure in Wisconsin politics. Personally don’t know if he’s a liberal Republican or a Democrat in real life - but if too many Walker supporters choose to stay home, or vote on the Democratic ticket instead of Republican in the primary, he could win. Then we would not get a chance to vote for Walker when the recall election itself comes around on June 8.

Playing games could put Gov. Walker out immediately, and leave us a choice on June 8 between Kohl-Riggs and whoever wins the Democratic Party primary.

Incidentally, the Government Accountability Board (GAB) says a rumor that the recall effort would end if enough voters wrote in the name of Gov. Walker on the Democratic primary ballot is not true. They have ruled that a person cannot be a candidate for two primaries for the same office, and have instructed clerks not to count write-in votes for anyone who is already a candidate in another primary for the same office. Since Gov. Walker is already a primary candidate for the Republican Party, any write-in votes for him on the Democratic Party primary ticket are invalid and will not even be counted!

Between now and Tuesday, check the voting rules (see gab@wi.gov) to be sure you’ve done whatever it takes to prove you’re eligible to vote. Find out where to vote. Call your friends and relatives. Corral your kids if they’re old enough. Tell your co-workers. Offer rides to the polls.

Do not allow our legally elected governor to be punished for keeping his campaign promises. Do whatever it takes to help get a large turnout on Tuesday.

Our lives probably do not depend on it, but our way of life may!

There probably has never before been an election so important for the future of democracy in Wisconsin, and in fact the entire nation.

Don’t mess it up!

THE MINGY HOUSEWIFE

Most of us who live in areas where going to work or the supermarket involves driving any distance are still suffering the pocketbook pinch from the sudden sharp hike in gas prices a couple of years ago, not to mention the inflation it has caused. Takes a long time to recover from something like that, if indeed we ever will recover. So we’re faced with the need to save some serious money in the family budget if we are to survive with credit intact.

Back in the day, a popular writer of books about homemaking - think it was Erma Bombeck, but not sure - talked about being a “mingy” housewife. Sounded like she coined the word, but whether not she really did is not the issue here. It does appear as a slang word today in on-line encyclopedias, dictionaries and the Thesaurus.

However, said writer explained that “mingy” - to her - meant managing to live on less without being stingy, but that is somewhat in disagreement with some of the on-line definitions, which list synonyms like “penurious,” “penny pinching,” and “stingy,” but also includes fine attributes like “thrifty,” “money conscious,” and “saving.”

Today, Tawra Kellam, editor of LivingOnADime.com, has come up with some advice to help people who want to cut back on their grocery budgets.

First she says, start slowly, perhaps cutting one thing at a time. If you can trim $1 a day from your grocery budget you will have saved $365 a year. If you then apply that $365 a year to paying off your high interest credit cards, you could save over $70 a year. She suggests, before you shop, take a tour through your pantry and your refrigerator. Be organized! Don’t buy what’s already hiding in your kitchen.

Don’t buy something that costs more or something you wouldn’t buy otherwise just to use a coupon. Compare the price tags.

Buy small fruits at lower cost for snacks and lunches. One apple is the serving whether it’s large or small. Small ones are generally cheaper, and it takes more to make a pound.

Make simple meals. One-dish meals can contain your meat, vegetable and starch. Saves cooking fuel too.

Drink water with meals. If your family is used to drinking milk, juice or pop for every meal then start by drinking only water for one meal a day. After you get used to this, cut from another meal until you drink only water for meals and a glass of juice or milk at snack time. You can also try allowing just one glass of juice at meal times and then water after it is gone. You save over $500 a year by cutting just one glass of juice per person per day for a family of four.

Kellam doesn’t mention that water is healthier, and over consumption of fruit juices and other sugary-type drinks accounts for a large percentage of the obesity among children (and older folks) in America today!

BOMBECKSTICS

Speaking of Bombeck, Mother’s Day is coming up in just two weeks.

Being both a mother herself and the offspring of a mother, Bombeck had a few thoughts on the subject. Such as:

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

“Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother!”

“Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.”

She advised prospective brides: “Spend at least one Mother’s Day with your respective mothers before you decide on marriage. If a man gives his mother a gift certificate for a flu shot, dump him.”

And she observed on parenting: “Giving birth is little more than a set of muscular contractions granting passage of a child. Then the mother is born.”

And finally, with Graduation Day looming for many this month, Bombeck cautioned parents: “Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-rearing, they are unemployed.”

I believe she is also the one who counseled always passing your teens’ room with eyes averted if the door is open. Said she hadn’t seen the inside of her son’s bedroom for 18 years.

I love that woman!

FIRST WHAT?

Also speaking of Mother’s Day, a Mom back in 1969 was way, way ahead of her time. As she boarded a bus with a babe in arms, a fellow passenger asked, “Are you carrying a President or a First Lady?”

To which the mom replied, “Neither. I’m carrying the First Lady President.”

That was 43 years ago. Hasn’t happened yet!

COOKIN’ TIME

You can cut costs without sacrificing taste. Today’s recipes prove it.

CHEESY CHICKEN CASSEROLE

This casserole, which has just about everything, was developed by daughter-in-law Cindy and became an instant family hit. It’s easy, pretty, nutritious and relatively inexpensive. Use the homemade biscuit mix featured here a few weeks ago, or a purchased mix like Bisquick or Jiffy. Recipe makes six servings. Notice it’s also relatively low fat. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but am quite certain fresh asparagus tips could very nicely be substituted for the broccoli.

3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli florets, thawed and

drained

2/3 cup finely chopped onion (optional)

1 1/2 cups cubed chicken breast (or cooked chicken)

1 1/3 cup milk

3 eggs

3/4 cup biscuit/baking mix

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken breast into cubes no more than one inch square. Smaller is fine. In a bowl mix the chicken breast, two cups of the cheese, chicken and onion, if you’re using it. If you don’t want to add onion, try half a teaspoon of onion powder, but add it to the batter. Spread the chicken mixture into a buttered 9”X12” baking dish, or a 10” pie pan. In the bowl the chicken mixture was in, mix the milk, eggs, biscuit mix, salt, pepper and onion powder if you’re using it. Beat until smooth. Pour over the chicken/ cheese/broccoli mixture. Do not stir. Pop into oven and bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Turn oven down to 300 degrees, sprinkle on the remaining cup of cheese and bake another five or 10 minutes, or until cheese is just starting to brown. Let sit five minutes or so before serving.

ENCHILADA GRANDE CASSEROLE

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

1/2 C. water

1 package enchilada sauce mix

8 flour tortillas, 7 or 8 inch size

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Sour cream (optional)

Sliced green onion (optional)

Salsa

In a large skillet, cook ground beef until brown. Drain off excess fat. Stir in refried beans, tomato sauce, water and enchilada sauce mix. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Grease a 3 qt. rectangular or 2-qt. round glass or ceramic baking dish. Arrange four tortillas to cover the bottom of the prepared dish, trimming and overlapping as necessary. Spoon half of meat mixture over the tortillas, sprinkle with half the cheese, and repeat layering with remaining tortillas and remaining meat mixture. Bake uncovered in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered about 10 minutes more or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with sour cream and sliced green onion, if desired. Makes 8-10 servings.

TRES LECHE CAKE

“Pastel de Tres Leches” or “Tres Leches Cake,” named for the three milks in the soaking liquid, is extremely dense and moist, more like a rich, creamy pudding or custard than our idea of cake. (Leche means milk in Spanish.) The three milks are sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. The heavy cream is also whipped up to use as the topping. This is definitely not a dessert for weight watchers!

Cake:

1 1/2 cups cake flour

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup oil

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 large eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

Cream Syrup for Soaking (see recipe below)

Whipped Topping (see recipe below)

Fresh strawberries or blueberries, your choice, optional

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, sugar, vanilla extract. Add the eggs to the sugar mixture one at a time and beat until well combined. Stir in the 1/2 cup of milk, then gently fold in the flour mixture a little at a time. Pour batter into a lightly 9X9 greased cake pan or baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until it feels firm and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool until it feels room temperature. Turn it over onto a platter with raised edges. Pierce cake with a fork 20-30 times. Let it cool in the refrigerator for an additional 30 minutes. While the cake cools, make the Cream Syrup.

CREAM SYRUP

12 oz. evaporated milk

14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon rum or brandy (optional)

Whisk together the three milks and the rum or brandy if you are using it. Slowly pour the liquid over the cooled cake. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Occasionally, spoon the milk runoff back onto the cake.

WHIPPED TOPPING

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon sugar

In a chilled mixing bowl add heavy cream, vanilla and sugar. Beat on high speed until peaks form. Spread a thin layer over the cake. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or garnish with fresh berries.

Thought for the week: Lord, you have given us so much. Those of us fortunate enough to live in this land that truly does flow with milk and honey forget how greatly we are blessed, how faithfully You have watched over us. Self discipline is the yoke of the free man, and too often too many of us have laid down that burden. Help us to make the responsible choices, to do what it takes to bring ourselves and our nation back to the path You have laid out for us. Amen.

COUNTRY COUSIN



Hi Folks!

After a frosty April dashed the hopes raised by a marvelous March, Spring may finally be here. May Day dawned sunny and somewhat warmer than usual, and predictions are for warm weather through Friday, along with some badly needed then rain, then clearing for Saturday and Sunday and turning slightly cooler. However, that “slightly cooler” prediction is for lows in the upper 30s and highs in the 50s and 60s, with no frost in the immediate forecast. Now that sort of weather is something we can eagerly live with!

DON’T MISS IT!

The full moon on Saturday and Sunday nights, that is. It should be spectacular, and well worth waiting up for. You won’t need to wait long. The largest and brightest full moon of the year will rise, huge and glowing, 16 percent larger and brighter than usual, at 7:57 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:12 p.m. on Sunday. Moonset will come at about 5:08 am. Sunday, and 6 a.m. Monday, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy it.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, that big, bright orb will be officially a full moon, almost directly overhead, and only 221,802 miles from Earth, slightly more miles away than it was last year in March, which was its closest approach in 18 years. Because this month’s full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee - its closest approach to Earth - it will be what they call a “super moon,” and we can see it, provided the cloud cover cooperates.

Bill Burton, geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, predicts that the only earthly change that will occur because of the moon’s increased proximity will be a slightly stronger ebb and flow of the tide, although he admits that some co-relation has been found between the “super moon” and minor earthquake activity.

Anyway, don’t worry about any bad things. Grab a blanket and your honey - bring the kids, camera and binoculars if you must - and enjoy a spectacular once a year treat under a balmy night time sky.

Here’s a thought: Prepare some props and against that big, brilliant moon photograph your kids with bats, black cats, and witches hats to use for Halloween next year. But go a head and be a softie. Let them show the photos around just a bit now, too.

ADJOURNMENT

Speaking of earthquakes and the like, some decades ago the City Council of a small midwestern community was in session when an earthquake shook the building to its foundations. Everyone present dashed outside, and Council did not reconvene.

Minutes for that meeting read: “Council adjourned on motion of City Hall.”

ON THE SOAP BOX

VOTE ON TUESDAY, MAY 8


The future of Wisconsin depends on you! If you like Gov. Scott Walker and the things he’s done to balance the budget and return control of schools to the people we elect (school boards), get to the polls Tuesday and show it. If you’re pleased that he has kept his campaign promises without regard for political repercussions from big unions, get to the polls on Tuesday and show it.

If the political enemies of reform succeed in their efforts to recall our brave governor, it will be a blow not only to Wisconsin, but to taxpayers all across the nation.

It isn’t well known that there are primary races for governor on both the Republican and Democratic slates on Tuesday. Somehow the major news reports neglect to mention that. Arthur Kohl-Riggs, the person opposing Gov. Walker on the Republican ticket on Tuesday, isn’t a prominent figure in Wisconsin politics. Personally don’t know if he’s a liberal Republican or a Democrat in real life - but if too many Walker supporters choose to stay home, or vote on the Democratic ticket instead of Republican in the primary, he could win. Then we would not get a chance to vote for Walker when the recall election itself comes around on June 8.

Playing games could put Gov. Walker out immediately, and leave us a choice on June 8 between Kohl-Riggs and whoever wins the Democratic Party primary.

Incidentally, the Government Accountability Board (GAB) says a rumor that the recall effort would end if enough voters wrote in the name of Gov. Walker on the Democratic primary ballot is not true. They have ruled that a person cannot be a candidate for two primaries for the same office, and have instructed clerks not to count write-in votes for anyone who is already a candidate in another primary for the same office. Since Gov. Walker is already a primary candidate for the Republican Party, any write-in votes for him on the Democratic Party primary ticket are invalid and will not even be counted!

Between now and Tuesday, check the voting rules (see gab@wi.gov) to be sure you’ve done whatever it takes to prove you’re eligible to vote. Find out where to vote. Call your friends and relatives. Corral your kids if they’re old enough. Tell your co-workers. Offer rides to the polls.

Do not allow our legally elected governor to be punished for keeping his campaign promises. Do whatever it takes to help get a large turnout on Tuesday.

Our lives probably do not depend on it, but our way of life may!

There probably has never before been an election so important for the future of democracy in Wisconsin, and in fact the entire nation.

Don’t mess it up!

THE MINGY HOUSEWIFE

Most of us who live in areas where going to work or the supermarket involves driving any distance are still suffering the pocketbook pinch from the sudden sharp hike in gas prices a couple of years ago, not to mention the inflation it has caused. Takes a long time to recover from something like that, if indeed we ever will recover. So we’re faced with the need to save some serious money in the family budget if we are to survive with credit intact.

Back in the day, a popular writer of books about homemaking - think it was Erma Bombeck, but not sure - talked about being a “mingy” housewife. Sounded like she coined the word, but whether not she really did is not the issue here. It does appear as a slang word today in on-line encyclopedias, dictionaries and the Thesaurus.

However, said writer explained that “mingy” - to her - meant managing to live on less without being stingy, but that is somewhat in disagreement with some of the on-line definitions, which list synonyms like “penurious,” “penny pinching,” and “stingy,” but also includes fine attributes like “thrifty,” “money conscious,” and “saving.”

Today, Tawra Kellam, editor of LivingOnADime.com, has come up with some advice to help people who want to cut back on their grocery budgets.

First she says, start slowly, perhaps cutting one thing at a time. If you can trim $1 a day from your grocery budget you will have saved $365 a year. If you then apply that $365 a year to paying off your high interest credit cards, you could save over $70 a year. She suggests, before you shop, take a tour through your pantry and your refrigerator. Be organized! Don’t buy what’s already hiding in your kitchen.

Don’t buy something that costs more or something you wouldn’t buy otherwise just to use a coupon. Compare the price tags.

Buy small fruits at lower cost for snacks and lunches. One apple is the serving whether it’s large or small. Small ones are generally cheaper, and it takes more to make a pound.

Make simple meals. One-dish meals can contain your meat, vegetable and starch. Saves cooking fuel too.

Drink water with meals. If your family is used to drinking milk, juice or pop for every meal then start by drinking only water for one meal a day. After you get used to this, cut from another meal until you drink only water for meals and a glass of juice or milk at snack time. You can also try allowing just one glass of juice at meal times and then water after it is gone. You save over $500 a year by cutting just one glass of juice per person per day for a family of four.

Kellam doesn’t mention that water is healthier, and over consumption of fruit juices and other sugary-type drinks accounts for a large percentage of the obesity among children (and older folks) in America today!

BOMBECKSTICS

Speaking of Bombeck, Mother’s Day is coming up in just two weeks.

Being both a mother herself and the offspring of a mother, Bombeck had a few thoughts on the subject. Such as:

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

“Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother!”

“Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.”

She advised prospective brides: “Spend at least one Mother’s Day with your respective mothers before you decide on marriage. If a man gives his mother a gift certificate for a flu shot, dump him.”

And she observed on parenting: “Giving birth is little more than a set of muscular contractions granting passage of a child. Then the mother is born.”

And finally, with Graduation Day looming for many this month, Bombeck cautioned parents: “Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-rearing, they are unemployed.”

I believe she is also the one who counseled always passing your teens’ room with eyes averted if the door is open. Said she hadn’t seen the inside of her son’s bedroom for 18 years.

I love that woman!

FIRST WHAT?

Also speaking of Mother’s Day, a Mom back in 1969 was way, way ahead of her time. As she boarded a bus with a babe in arms, a fellow passenger asked, “Are you carrying a President or a First Lady?”

To which the mom replied, “Neither. I’m carrying the First Lady President.”

That was 43 years ago. Hasn’t happened yet!

COOKIN’ TIME

You can cut costs without sacrificing taste. Today’s recipes prove it.

CHEESY CHICKEN CASSEROLE

This casserole, which has just about everything, was developed by daughter-in-law Cindy and became an instant family hit. It’s easy, pretty, nutritious and relatively inexpensive. Use the homemade biscuit mix featured here a few weeks ago, or a purchased mix like Bisquick or Jiffy. Recipe makes six servings. Notice it’s also relatively low fat. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but am quite certain fresh asparagus tips could very nicely be substituted for the broccoli.

3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli florets, thawed and

drained

2/3 cup finely chopped onion (optional)

1 1/2 cups cubed chicken breast (or cooked chicken)

1 1/3 cup milk

3 eggs

3/4 cup biscuit/baking mix

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken breast into cubes no more than one inch square. Smaller is fine. In a bowl mix the chicken breast, two cups of the cheese, chicken and onion, if you’re using it. If you don’t want to add onion, try half a teaspoon of onion powder, but add it to the batter. Spread the chicken mixture into a buttered 9”X12” baking dish, or a 10” pie pan. In the bowl the chicken mixture was in, mix the milk, eggs, biscuit mix, salt, pepper and onion powder if you’re using it. Beat until smooth. Pour over the chicken/ cheese/broccoli mixture. Do not stir. Pop into oven and bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Turn oven down to 300 degrees, sprinkle on the remaining cup of cheese and bake another five or 10 minutes, or until cheese is just starting to brown. Let sit five minutes or so before serving.

ENCHILADA GRANDE CASSEROLE

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

1/2 C. water

1 package enchilada sauce mix

8 flour tortillas, 7 or 8 inch size

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Sour cream (optional)

Sliced green onion (optional)

Salsa

In a large skillet, cook ground beef until brown. Drain off excess fat. Stir in refried beans, tomato sauce, water and enchilada sauce mix. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Grease a 3 qt. rectangular or 2-qt. round glass or ceramic baking dish. Arrange four tortillas to cover the bottom of the prepared dish, trimming and overlapping as necessary. Spoon half of meat mixture over the tortillas, sprinkle with half the cheese, and repeat layering with remaining tortillas and remaining meat mixture. Bake uncovered in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered about 10 minutes more or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with sour cream and sliced green onion, if desired. Makes 8-10 servings.

TRES LECHE CAKE

“Pastel de Tres Leches” or “Tres Leches Cake,” named for the three milks in the soaking liquid, is extremely dense and moist, more like a rich, creamy pudding or custard than our idea of cake. (Leche means milk in Spanish.) The three milks are sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. The heavy cream is also whipped up to use as the topping. This is definitely not a dessert for weight watchers!

Cake:

1 1/2 cups cake flour

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup oil

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 large eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

Cream Syrup for Soaking (see recipe below)

Whipped Topping (see recipe below)

Fresh strawberries or blueberries, your choice, optional

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, sugar, vanilla extract. Add the eggs to the sugar mixture one at a time and beat until well combined. Stir in the 1/2 cup of milk, then gently fold in the flour mixture a little at a time. Pour batter into a lightly 9X9 greased cake pan or baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until it feels firm and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool until it feels room temperature. Turn it over onto a platter with raised edges. Pierce cake with a fork 20-30 times. Let it cool in the refrigerator for an additional 30 minutes. While the cake cools, make the Cream Syrup.

CREAM SYRUP

12 oz. evaporated milk

14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon rum or brandy (optional)

Whisk together the three milks and the rum or brandy if you are using it. Slowly pour the liquid over the cooled cake. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Occasionally, spoon the milk runoff back onto the cake.

WHIPPED TOPPING

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon sugar

In a chilled mixing bowl add heavy cream, vanilla and sugar. Beat on high speed until peaks form. Spread a thin layer over the cake. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or garnish with fresh berries.

Thought for the week: Lord, you have given us so much. Those of us fortunate enough to live in this land that truly does flow with milk and honey forget how greatly we are blessed, how faithfully You have watched over us. Self discipline is the yoke of the free man, and too often too many of us have laid down that burden. Help us to make the responsible choices, to do what it takes to bring ourselves and our nation back to the path You have laid out for us. Amen.

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04-22-2015Obituaries
Betty A. Ferguson

04-22-2015Obituaries
Leonard J. Engeldinger

04-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Medical Facility Honors Unit 66

04-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Athletes Have Evening of Fun

04-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Winners in SC Card Parties

04-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Postal Offices Food Drive For Needy

04-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Market Coop Meeting at Crivitz Lodge Apr. 23

04-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Legion Gun Show May 9

04-22-2015Community - Crivitz
ATV Club Clean Parkway Road

04-22-2015Community - Coleman
Woman’s Club Plans Yard Sales

04-22-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman-Pound Lions Breakfast a Success

04-22-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman High School Holds Every 15 Minutes

04-22-2015Community - Coleman
Lioness Group Meat Raffle Apr. 26

04-22-2015News
Marinette To Open Museum

04-22-2015News
Goodman Class DinnerApril 25

04-22-2015News
Blood Drive Set for April 27

04-22-2015News
Twin Bridge Rescue Rummage Sale

04-22-2015Front Page
Departments Hold Joint MABAS Training Monday

04-22-2015Front Page
Revive Peshtigo Fish Viewing Platform Project

04-22-2015Front Page
County Board Says Add Deputies, Find Funding

04-22-2015Front Page
Marinette Co. Confirms Wish To End Airport Partnership

04-22-2015Front Page
Schingick Retiring After 32 Years As Crossing Guard

04-15-2015Sports
Turkeys Are Spotted, Fish Bitting In M&O Area

04-15-2015Sports
Crivtz In Good Shape After Two Conference Wins

04-15-2015Sports
Peshtigo Cruises Past STAA/Lena In Opener

04-15-2015Sports
Wausaukee Beats Crivitz In Ealry Season Showdown

04-15-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-15-2015Perspectives
From our readers

04-15-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

04-15-2015Obituaries
Earl R. Vaughn

04-15-2015Obituaries
Betty Stebane

04-15-2015Obituaries
LaVerne K. Smaney

04-15-2015Obituaries
Thomas E. Malato

04-15-2015Obituaries
Elaine D. LaValley

04-15-2015Obituaries
Luella J. LaPointe 

04-15-2015Obituaries
Mildred A. Kozak

04-15-2015Obituaries
Jean E. Koth

04-15-2015Obituaries
Lois C. Galarneau

04-15-2015Obituaries
Marie Cullinan

04-15-2015Obituaries
Nancy J. Cooney

04-15-2015Obituaries
Bette R. Brown

04-15-2015Obituaries
Mildred Berger

04-15-2015Obituaries
Mary A. (Bruso) Weissgerber

04-15-2015Obituaries
George J. Vellella

04-15-2015Obituaries
Mary L. Spakowicz

04-15-2015Obituaries
Lawrence M. Servais

04-15-2015Obituaries
Helen T. Scheuer

04-15-2015Obituaries
Joseph J. Nemetz

04-15-2015Obituaries
Patrick Mickelson

04-15-2015Obituaries
Florence I. Magnuson

04-15-2015Obituaries
Helen E. LeBreck

04-15-2015Obituaries
Virginia Kellow

04-15-2015Obituaries
Anna M. (Hansen) Holl

04-15-2015Obituaries
Arleen H. Gabrielson

04-15-2015Obituaries
Paul H. Christy

04-15-2015Obituaries
Rev. Ralph J. Backman

04-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Annual, Regular Meetings

04-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Legion Unit Elects, Seek Event Volunteers

04-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire, Rescue Auxiliary Hears Reports

04-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Lions Highway Cleanup Apr. 25

04-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam April 17

04-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Legion Post, Unit Meetings April 15

04-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Library Closed April 17

04-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Membership Assistance Program at CYCC

04-15-2015Community - Coleman
Church Name, Service Change

04-15-2015Community - Coleman
Joint Area Court Lists Fines, Charges

04-15-2015Community - Coleman
Lioness Group Set Meat Raffle

04-15-2015Community - Coleman
CCBA Spring Sale May 15-16

04-15-2015News
Country Gospel Jam April 17

04-15-2015News
Floriano-Stecker Breakfast April 26

04-15-2015News
Faith Christian Annual Auction

04-15-2015News
Zion Preschool Open House Apr. 22

04-15-2015Front Page
Ginger Deschane Named CRA, CBA Person of Year

04-15-2015Front Page
Peshtigo Negotiates Return of 21.96 Acres in Industrial Park

04-15-2015Front Page
Recommend Adding Deputies; Paying For Them Still An Issue

04-15-2015Front Page
Coleman Names Polomis Principal and Administrator

04-15-2015Front Page
Board Adopts 10-Year Plan For Peshtigo School Improvements

04-08-2015Sports
Spring Turkey Youth Hunt Opens Statewide April 11-12

04-08-2015Sports
Softball/Baseball

04-08-2015Sports
Area Softball Season Gets Started

04-08-2015Sports
Coleman Crushes Goodman Pembine

04-08-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-08-2015Perspectives
From our readers

04-08-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

04-08-2015Obituaries
Kenneth N. Zolmierski

04-08-2015Obituaries
Mae E. Wangerin

04-08-2015Obituaries
Dale C. Sjoquist

04-08-2015Obituaries
Anita L. Schroeder

04-08-2015Obituaries
Arlene E. Schick

04-08-2015Obituaries
Roger W. Rye

04-08-2015Obituaries
Greg Martens

04-08-2015Obituaries
Loretta Littlefield

04-08-2015Obituaries
Lorraine A. Kososki

04-08-2015Obituaries
George M. Jossart

04-08-2015Obituaries
Sharon L. Forbes

04-08-2015Obituaries
Robert Fischer

04-08-2015Obituaries
Erma J. Ellingson

04-08-2015Obituaries
Dr. Robert R. Birr

04-08-2015Obituaries
Dr. Roberta "Bobbi" Sulk, PhD

04-08-2015Obituaries
Michael L. Rudolph

04-08-2015Obituaries
Cecelia M. Peterson

04-08-2015Obituaries
John C. Olsen

04-08-2015Obituaries
Rev. Thomas G. Lindblad

04-08-2015Obituaries
John P. Kubichek, Sr.

04-08-2015Obituaries
Jean E. Koth

04-08-2015Obituaries
Renee Lynn Jakups

04-08-2015Obituaries
Alfred J. Bickel

04-08-2015Obituaries
Frank P. Behringer

04-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Empty Bowls Benefit, Family Math Night

04-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Lions Highway Cleanup Apr. 25

04-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Composites Installs New Software

04-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff F & R Auxiliary to Meet

04-08-2015Community - Crivitz
CBA/CRA Annual Banquet at Rene’s

04-08-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Marks Legion Birthday

04-08-2015Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Board April 9

04-08-2015Community - Crivitz
14 at Monday Card Group

04-08-2015Community - Coleman
Village of Coleman T-Ball Sign-Up

04-08-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board April 13


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