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  • Dixie Ryan: My funny, unromantic valentine

  • I have promised you a funny Valentine’s Day story about the “Bear.”  He was not a fellow who remembered special days. It did not really bother me much, and most of them were very funny.

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  • I have promised you a funny Valentine’s Day story about the “Bear.”  He was not a fellow who remembered special days. It did not really bother me much, and most of them were very funny.
    I only got a couple of Valentine’s cards, etc., during the 56 years we were married but he would go to Wal-Mart a couple of days after the holiday and buy one or two boxes of the “CHEAP” chocolates for a 60-70 percent mark down. He knew I would not eat the cheap chocolates but he gave me a Valentine. He always told me they were my valentine because he loved me so much. Then he promptly hid them beside his chair and ate everyone in the next week.
    Does that sound familiar to anyone?
    He hated pineapple and refused to eat anything that had pineapple in it. So on Valentine’s Day I made a pineapple cake. He loved cake but would not eat it if I put that disliked item in it.
     
    Pineapple Sheet Cake
    2 eggs slightly beaten
    2 cups flour
    2 cups sugar
    1 #2 can crushed pineapple
    1 teaspooon vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon soda
    1/2 cup nuts
    Blend all ingredients together (well mixed) and bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
    Icing: one 8-ounce package cream cheese,  1 stick margarine, 2  tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix and spread on cake while hot.
     
    Valentine’s Day Cake
    1 white cake mix (stir ingredients together according to directions on the box)
    Combine 4 cups of rhubarb (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)with 1/2 cup of sugar and a 3-ounce package of dry strawberry gelatin. Mix this in with the cake mix. Place in a greased cake pan (9 x 13). Crumble 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons of margarine and sprinkle over cake. Bake according to the directions on the cake mix box. I never tried frozen rhubarb, but I believe it would work well in this mix if you cannot purchase fresh.
     
    Super Cake
    Mix up your favorite chocolate cake mix following instructions on the box. Then pour into the mix a can of pie filling. Raisin is great in a spice cake mix and cherry is good in white or chocolate mixes. Use  your imagination. Then bake for as called for on the box. After is is baked and cooled, ice with cream cheese frosting.
     
    Vanilla fudge
    2 cups sugar
    4 cups half-and-half
    1 teaspoon
    1 tablespoon butter
    Combine sugar, butter and milk in pan, stir only until sugar is dissolved. Cook to soft ball stage. Remove and let cool. Add vanilla and beat until creamy.
    Page 2 of 2 - Happy Valentine’s Day!
    See you next week.
    Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.
     
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