Feb 9, 1959
Barbie doll (Eleven inches tall) - Designed by Ruth Handler
and introduced by Mattel Toy Company costing $3. It was
introduced at American International Toy Fair in NY.
Choosing the Right
Peanut Butter (including homemade peanut butter)
Peanut butter is found in about 75% of our homes.
Since it is so popular and there are choices, we
thought we would help you choose the right peanut
butter for your home. We will tell you a
little about peanut butter's nutritional value, how
to store peanut butter, and how to make your own
homemade peanut butter and then you will be armed to
choose the peanut butter that is best for you.
You can choose from four different types of
Regular peanut butter: This is the peanut butter
most often found on the grocers' shelves. By
law, this peanut butter must contain 90% or more
peanuts with no artificial sweeteners, colors or
preservatives. Some brands may contain
sugar, salt, and stabilizers—often hydrogenated oil.
Though a small percent of the product, the
hydrogenated oil keeps the peanut oils from
separating and improves shelf life. Two
tablespoons of this peanut butter typically contains
16 grams of fat with 3 grams of that being saturated
along with 190 calories.
Natural peanut butter: Natural peanut butter is 100%
peanuts (plus salt) and contains no hydrogenated
oil. The oil will separate from the peanuts
and must be stirred back in. (Turning it
upside down before use will help distribute the
oil.) It must be refrigerated. You will
find this peanut butter in the refrigerated section
of the grocery store.
We prefer this peanut butter both for baking and the
table because of its fresh peanutty taste and
because it contains neither sugar nor hydrogenated
Peanut butter spreads: Peanut butter spreads contain
only 60% peanut butter. Check the label
carefully to see what else these spreads contain.
Typically, they do not have to be refrigerated.
Homemade peanut butter: You can make your own peanut
butter in your blender. Homemade peanut butter
is made by blending roasted, unsalted peanuts with
salt (about 1/2 teaspoon per cup), and a couple
tablespoons of peanut or safflower oil. The
added oil helps make the peanut butter smooth.
You can leave it chunky or keep processing until it
is smooth. You can also use salted peanuts but
leave out the additional salt.
Regular peanut butter can be stored in a cool, dark
cupboard for up to twelve months. Once opened,
it should be used within six months. Natural
peanut butter should be kept in the refrigerator and
used within six months. Homemade peanut butter
should be kept in a closed container in the
refrigerator and used within two weeks.
Peanut Butter Chips
Peanut Butter Brownie Cookie Mix
Peanut Butter Brownie Mix
Painted Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
Peanutty Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Sandwich Cookies Recipe
Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies Recipe
March is National Peanut Month
Fun Facts about Peanuts
It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter
By law, any product labeled "peanut butter" in the United States
must be at least 90
Peanut butter was first introduced to the USA in 1904 at the
Universal Exposition in St.
Louis by C.H. Sumner, who sold $705.11 of the "new treat" at his
In 1884, Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec was the first
person to patent
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a physician wanting to help patients eat
protein, patented his procedure for making peanut butter in 1895.
Timeline History of Peanut Butter
History of Peanut Butter
George Washington Carver Biography
A Collection of Peanut Recipes
Recipes Using Peanut Butter (pdf)
All About Peanut Butter with Recipes (pdf)
Sue (3/7/12 newsletter) requested pasta salad recipes. This is one
of our favorite
Southwest Pasta Salad
8 oz macaroni, shells or spirals
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium limes
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt- I omit this.
2 medium tomatoes, diced
15 oz black beans, drained
2 cups whole kernel corn
4 green onions, trimmed & chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded & diced
1 small jalapeno, seeded & diced
1/2 cup or more Chopped black olives - optional
Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and set aside.
Juice limes into a small bowl, using method of your choice. Set
aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix the oil, lime juice, cilantro,
garlic, jalapeno, cumin, salt & pepper. Add pasta, tomatoes, beans,
corn, scallions, bell pepper and olives. Refrigerate the salad for
30 minutes to
an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Toss the salad
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Sue requested yeast rolls where the dough is not made in a bread
machine, but by hand. I have several recipes I will send in over the
next few days. Each is delicious. Don't over mix any of the recipes.
Brown And Serve Rolls
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I can't figure out how to sign into your site where readers help
each other. I've been trying to find an
old fashioned molasses drop cookie that
incorporates candied fruit and coconut in it. A friend of mine was
telling me that his mother use to make these at Xmas time when he
was a kid and I would like to make some to surprise him.
Thanks for any help.
This is for Toni in Ohio regarding the
80th birthday party for her husband. I had a
surprise 80th for my mother two years ago. I sent invitations to
people near and out of state. I asked each person to write a short
note or letter telling of a special memory they had with my mother.
I asked that they send these messages to me. I put them all in a
heritage journal . I had other things in the journal too like I
looked up a time capsule site and listed things from my mother's
year of birth that happened on her actual birthday. I had so many
old pictures that I had to do two journals but it was worth it. I
did spend a long time working on the journals and the party. My
came from Indiana to help out. We had a great time.
One word of caution is to make sure you have lots of food. We had
requested people RSVP and some said they would not be able to
attend. Well, several of those people not only showed up but they
brought a friend with them. A few also showed up after the ending
time we had set. But, we were just glad people came out for mother's
special day. I am embarrassed to say, we ran out of food. Since it
might still be cooler in Ohio in April, people may want coffee. Our
party was in June but we went through several full pots of coffee in
addition to punch and chillded water bottles. We saw that most
people enjoyed finger foods. They were easy to pick up and refill
too. We put bowls of nuts and mints out and they were all eaten. I
did make a large crockpot
of sweet and sour meatballs and they disappeared quickly. Of course,
the cake should
be one that is special for your hubby.
We had two parties since I have small grandchildren. Many of the
people attending my
mother's party were using walkers or had some other type of problem.
We had two ladies come that had recently had serious eye surgeries
and could not be bumped into. So, if you do have some young children
it might be a good idea to have an area for them to play in or
someone to stay with them.
I wish you the best of luck with your party. It will be a great time
and will always be remembered.
Judy in South Florida
Hi Nancy and friends, just another reminder that we all appreciate
what you do for us in creating and maintaining this Newsletter.
In the N/L of March 6 Nancy D asked for a recipe for Icing using
Crisco. Following is the recipe I have used for many years. I hope
it is the one she wants. My family loves it!
1 stick margarine (softened)
9 T. shortening (vegetable)
3/4 c. sugar, granulated
Beat until fluffy about 5 minutes.
Heat the following in a small saucepan (do not boil, just very hot):
1/4 c. regular milk
1/3 c. evaporated milk or ½ c. regular milk
Gradually add small amounts of milk blending thoroughly.
Add 1 t. vanilla extract
Beat about 5 minutes. Taste to see if gran. sugar has dissolved.
Beat longer if needed.
Enjoy. Ditamac FL/MI
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Handcrafted Wood Carvings,
Clocks and Cribbage Boards
For Toni who is planning an 80th
Birthday party: I used the following web site which
is a collection of US postage depicting important events and people
by decade through the last century for my Mom's 80th. I printed them
off, cut them up to make a collage,
printed it on photo paper and used it on her invitations.
Click for this link.
Susie Indy, I have missed seeing your recipes in the Newsletter.
Glad you've got your computer up and running again. I feel lost when
my computer shuts down. Thanks for asking about how I fared with the
recent tornados. Once again one of them hit my town, but not my
neighborhood. We got a call about 5:30 a.m. telling us to take
cover, and then we heard the sirens go off. This time the storm
stayed close to the Ohio river and I live about 3 miles from it. It
went towards my son's house and damaged homes around his area but no
one was hurt. I was also sad about the little
girl, as I guess everyone was. Such a tragic thing to happen. I am
always glad when
tornado season is over!!
I don't remember who sent in the recipe for barbeque chicken made
with coke and catsup but I tried making that with pork instead of
chicken and my DH really liked it. He mentioned two or three times
how much he liked the flavor. It's so easy and quick
to make too. I like that! :)
Doris, S. Indiana
Blarney Castle Parfaits
12 servings 275 cal.
12 gallon vanilla ice cream
1 bottle (12 oz) green creme de menthe OR 1 1/2 c. light corn syrup
combined w/few drops green food coloring and 2 t. peppermint
Scoop ice cream into 12 parfait or sherbet glasses. Top w/ creme de
menthe OR corn syrup mixture.
Athena in DE (Source: Marie T. Walsh)
Hi Robbie IN ~ Thanks ever so much for the detailed information you
sent on the items
to be included in the packages for the armed forces in the
I will get to work on it immediately, and I am certain some of my
friends will send
some as well.
Artemis in NYC
I want to try cooking a Bone in Turkey breast in my crock pot for
directions and ideas..??
I think I have read they can be cooked from frozen but I am not
sure..thanx for any help.
Nancy, recently we went to a pitch-in dinner and a woman brought the
Oriental Salad that was in yesterday's newsletter.
Please tell your readers that the sunflower seeds are to be shelled.
Evidently the woman had never made it before and the sunflower seeds
were in the shells, it was really tough!
Mary from Indiana
For the party that is having the 80th
birthday = we attended a party for a friend that was
celebrating her 80th and they had the guests bring one long stem
flower as the gift and then they put together bouquets to place on
the altar at her church and also made enough to take to the local
nursing home as a display.
Emma from Montana
To answer Grannym IL.'s inquires about the
Incredible Chocolate Dessert I posted in the
newsletter. As the dessert bakes, the cake (and nuts) stay on the
top and the nuts have a nice roasted flavor to them. The brown
sugar, water, cocoa and marshmallows create like a pudding on the
bottom. No, I don't remove it from the pan. I just use a large
serving spoon to serve it with. We like it while still warm, and
with vanilla ice cream rather than whipped cream. It sounds like it
turned out good for you, so am glad you liked it.
Judy (in Alaska)
For Barb requesting old time
depression recipes: Could you give me an idea of the
type of recipes you are looking for? I have quite a few old
cookbooks, and many recipes, two of which are “Aunt Sammy’s Radio
Recipes Revised” from the bureau of Home Economics and US Department
of Agriculture issued May of 1931. These are not
the frugal recipes used during the depression, but recipes that were
the in top 40, on a popular radio program that started in 1926 and
this was the 4th edition.”
I also have a cookbook entitled “Official Recipe Book containing all
demonstrations given during Patriotic Food Show, Chicago, January 5
to 13, 1918. Win the War in the Kitchen” This would have been during
the First World War. It is a compilation of recipes for people to
use, so that very much needed food items could be sent to the
soldiers at war. creating many shortages here at home. There are
many substitutions listed, but this may also not be what you are
looking for. I have many other old cookbooks that might be what you
want, if you give me an idea of the type of recipes you are
interested in, and I could send in a few at a time.
Nancy: Here is a recipe from that cookbook, with some interesting
substitutions due to items being sent to the soldiers.
Missing here was the sugar, thus a sugarless sweet.
1 cup stoned dates,
1 cup seeded raisins,
1 cup nut meats,
pinch of salt
Run all through a food chopper and form into balls. Dip balls into
melted dipping chocolate and drop on a greased platter.
Many of the recipes listed the items soldiers needed as Wheat,
Butter, Lard, Sugar, Bacon, Beef, Mutton, Pork. It was suggested
that we substitute, Corn, Oats, Barley, Rye, Cottonseed Oil, Peanut
Oil, Corn Oil, drippings from melting down fat on the the meat we
did cook, Molasses, Honey, Syrups, Chicken, eggs, cottage cheese,
fish, nuts, peas, beans. Not only were there many substitutions, the
food we did consume was limited per week, such as 12 oz. of fat per
adult per week and six ounces per child per week. Also to substitute
vegetable fats whenever possible.
It is an interesting cookbook , with an entire inside cover page on
The Spirit of universal Service, written by Herbert Hoover, U. S.
Food Administrator. Who knew that he ever held that position? I
Laurine in NNY
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JoanneSC asked about the Straight Talk phone from Walmart. I had it
but only for one week. I have had other phone service and I thought
that this would be great as it is far cheaper than any other cell
service I have had. In my opinion, it was a disappointment! If you
only use it in your area and the reception is good, then it could be
an ok service. If you travel though, even though I was connected to
the Sprint network with Straight
Talk, it didn't work every place Sprint did. The phone I purchased
was an Android phone and I turned it to airplane mode when we went
on a cruise and I couldn't get it off that. I had to have it
returned to factory settings, which meant I lost all the info,
addresses etc that I had on it.
It is also necessary to buy a new card monthly unless you have
Straight Talk do the autobilling to your credit card. To make a long
story short, I returned my $130 phone and went back to AT&T. I did
lose the $45, but it was a lesson learned. Also, some of their
customer service department does not understand English well, so it
was difficult to talk to them. Never again, but you might have
Hi Nancy and Landers!
Wow what a wealth of information I am getting for my kindle fire :)
tyty so much!
We have been using Walmart Straight Talk for almost a year now We
don't do a lot with it -so the $30 a month plan is more then enough
for us! Have never had a dropped call or problems getting a signal
when we travel. I highly recommend it!
Kim in Wisconsin
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