During the past week, I realized that I had some apples that needed to be eaten. So I went through some of my old recipes and found one that was quite good.

On Wednesday evening, the “Bear” felt good enough to go to church for supper and Bible study. He did well and had a big surprise. Our friends, Barb and Pete Royer, brought him a birthday present. He was pretty pleased because it said on the front, “Grumpy Old Bear.” He is both grouchy and grumpy, so the shirt was very appropriate.

During the past week, I realized that I had some apples that needed to be eaten. So I went through some of my old recipes and found one that was quite good.

The recipe is 60 years old, and they really tasted great.

Wash and core the apples (Jonathans are recommended, but you can use whatever you want). Do not peel the apples. Leave a good-sized cavity and pack this with raisins and black walnuts. Place in a pan small enough to hold apples upright and deep enough to hold syrup. Sprinkle tops of apples with a bit of water to moisten, then sprinkle with sugar. Put a generous pat of butter on top. In the bottom of the pan, around the apples, put a mixture of water and tapioca. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees until apples are tender. Baste with the syrup as they are baking. Serve warm with a bit of the pan syrup drizzled over the apples, and top with sweetened whipping cream.

Another very old recipe I located was frozen fruit squares. Combine 1 quart commercial buttermilk, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Stir in one 29-ounce can well-drained fruit cocktail and one 20-ounce can well-drained pineapple. Pour into 9-inch square pan and freeze. Remove from freezer a few minutes before serving. Cut into squares and serve on a leaf of lettuce. This salad has an unusual flavor and is very refreshing on a hot summer day.
 
Finger patties
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 tablespoon flour
3 tablespoons cream or milk
Salt and pepper
Pinch of marjoram (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing with a fork. Shape small oblong patties with a heaping tablespoon of the mixture. Fry in a large skillet.
Variation: add 1 tablespoon of chopped green pepper into the mixture.

Please keep us in your prayers. We both need them a great deal. For something a bit more cheerful, the “Bear” heard a funny joke this week:

A young woman was pulled over for speeding. As the Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer walked to her car window, flipping open his ticket book, she said, “I bet you are going to sell me a ticket to the RCMP Ball.”

He replied, “Ma’am, Saskatchewan RCMP don’t have balls.”

There was a moment of silence while she smiled, and he realized what he’d just said. He then closed his book, got back in his patrol car and drove off.

She was laughing too hard to start her car.

See you next week.