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What You Can Do with a Bit of Lace!
Meet Sister Margrit Lohner. She sings beautifully! She directs choruses with artistry and enthusiasm! She specializes in Swiss cookery! And she can organize and plan anything from a year-long MIA centennial celebration to a week-long Laurelife conference.
Here we share another of Margrit’s talents with you. She adapts exclusive patterns and makes beautiful wearing apparel for the members of her family, using lace and embroidered trims from European shops.
Margrit was born of Latter-day Saint parents in Zurich, Switzerland, and was active from the age of fourteen in the branch organizations. She came to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1940 with her husband, Werner Lohner, and their baby. Today Margrit and her husband have three children and seven grandchildren.
Questions from Readers
Where can I find more information about macrame?
Jean Zobell [February, p. 77] reports that she sent to Woman’s Day for their booklet on Cords Plus Knots Make Macrame. Enclose $1.00. The address is: Woman’s Day, CKM, P.O. Box 1000, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830.
Where can we buy bulgur wheat?
To purchase bulgur wheat [February, p. 78], those living in the Mountain West may contact Bountiful Stake Bulgur Wheat Project, in care of Richard D. Shea, 161 East 470 North, Bountiful, Utah 84010. (Phone 801-295-1401.)
In the Middle West, contact Woodrow Nelson, 1925 West 34th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66611.
Wheat Storage Bedside Tables
May Olsen writes to suggest to Bernice Kentner [January, p. 92] that another round of wood from the lumber dealer, cut to fit the inside of the bottom rim of the storage can, with three or four castors attached, would make the storage bin-bedside table moveable.
Recipes: A Sharing of Friendship
A recipe can be many things. It can be a new dish, an untried flavor; it can be a delectable combination of familiar ingredients that add up to luscious eating.
A recipe can mean a new friend, a giving of some part of you and your day to brighten mine, a bit of your kitchen experimenting to be experimented now in mine.
A recipe can be a reaching across the miles, a blessing from your home to mine, a seal of friendship given and received.
Webb Dycus, of Duck River, Tennessee, received her apple bread recipe from her friend Erma Lee Stovall in Wichita, Kansas. Aileen Kilgore Henderson, of San Diego, California, says her recipe for pound cake was given to her many years ago by an Alabama relative. They share these recipes with friends of the Ensign.
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups cooking oil
3 whole eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
Sift together flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon. Cream together by hand the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. (Be sure to add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.)
Add the sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the apple slices. Beat well.
Bake in a loaf pan at 325° F. until lightly browned and done. Wrap bread in foil as soon as cool, and it will keep in the freezer very well.
(I don’t believe one can go by oven temperatures in a standardized way. Perhaps you will want to bake the bread at 350° in a gas oven. However, my electric oven cooks hotter than my sister’s. I cooked my bread, starting at around 300°, until it was well on toward done, then ran it up to 325°. This is one of the best breads I have tasted.)
Social Insurance, Anyone?
With an insurance policy to cover nearly every contingency, why not social insurance for homemakers? Master the art of making pound cake and you will be insured for any social emergency.
Serve the pound cake just as it comes from the oven—a slice of golden, fine-textured velvet encased in a thin shell of rich brown crust. Or, serve it with mandarin oranges steeped in chilled Catawba juice, or topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. A wide variety of frostings can be used to enhance the delicate flavor of this cake, and to produce as dramatic a dessert as you might desire.
Pound cake can be baked in an eight-inch spring-form pan or a regular-sized loaf pan. A kugelhupf pan turns out a spirally fluted product, especially beautiful when dusted with confectioner’s sugar. A pound cake mold, should you be fortunate enough to own one, is especially appropriate.
Have all ingredients at room temperature. Butter and flour thoroughly the pan you have chosen. The kugelhupf pan or pound cake mold takes a bit of extra attention to make sure that every bit of the design is well-coated.
1 cup vegetable shortening (part butter if preferred)
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream until light vegetable shortening (part butter is delectable but not at all necessary) and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add almond extract and lemon juice. (This combination gives the cake a delightful flavor, but for a subtle Bavarian shading that is guaranteed to pique the taste buds, stir in additionally the grated rind of 1 large lemon. For another change, substitute for these combinations 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon mace.)
Sift together salt and lightly spooned cake flour. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Beat well.
Bake in a preheated oven at 325° F. for 70 minutes or until nicely browned.
The hostess with a pound cake tucked away in her cake box can greet unexpected guests with composure. She knows that an important part of the entertaining is already done.
Don’t you need to bake yourself some social insurance today?
It’s spring again. Take a day off with your family; spend an afternoon with them on a gypsy jaunt or share an hour in a pleasant walk around the block.
Whatever amount of time you can spend, make the jaunt a mystery. This will take some advance planning, but the mounting curiosity of the members of the family adds to the fun.
Where the jaunt leads to is enclosed in secret directions in sealed envelopes. What will be done on the jaunt is hidden in paper bags or boxes. The parents might plan the first jaunt; the children might want to plan the second and third.
If the first jaunt is an hour’s walk in the neighborhood, the directions might read: Envelope #1: “Go north to the first corner. Stop. Open first paper bag.” The paper bag might contain a sticker with name and address to be pasted to each child’s forehead, in case he gets lost from the group. Each envelope takes the group a little farther, and each paper bag contains a surprise. If the walk includes a shady tree, directions might include a rest with a carrot stick to munch on. Your neighborhood will lend itself to many adventures for the very small.
If the jaunt is a gypsy trek for the afternoon, choose the park or playground or country area to be explored, and make the directions and the surprises correspond with the time and area.
A jaunt in the car for the whole day might be just as surprising, with directions such as the following: “Go to the nearest highway or freeway entrance. Go north 20 miles.” This jaunt will take the most knowledgeable planning as to number of miles and directions to reach the planned destination. Directions might say, at times, to pull off the road at the rest stop and have punch and cookies from the surprise bag. Activities such as building a monument to a national hero of the area, or to a special memory shared by the family at this spot, or to one member of the family for his endurance might be fun. The monuments would be creative edifices from rocks, sticks, snow, sand, or whatever is available.
At another point in the jaunt, the directions might suggest that the group sing for a rest activity.
At many points during the day and at strategic places the directions should include fun activities and refreshments. If the area lends itself to visiting caves, parks, or museums, include these.
The instructions on the last envelope should read: “To be opened when you reach home, before anyone leaves the car.” Then inside the envelope a note might say: “Three cheers for the leader of the gypsy jaunt.”
Let your imagination help you to make the walk around the block, the afternoon’s ride together, or the gypsy jaunt an unforgettable and repeatable experience for the family.