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A lunch box full of memories
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Labor Day has come and gone, which marks the beginning of fall, and young people from kindergarten through college are back in the classroom.

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I’m feeling a bit sentimental as our first grandson, Jackson, started kindergarten this week. It doesn’t seem that long ago that my sons were starting school and I was packing their lunch boxes and making after-school treats. My, how times does fly!

Ants on a Log

5 stalks celery

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup raisins

Cut the celery stalks in half. Spread with peanut butter. Sprinkle with raisins

Ladonna’s Dill Tomato Soup

Serving size: 10    

1 quart home canned tomatoes, undrained (about 26 ounces)

3 tablespoon sugar

4 tablespoon butter

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tablespoon parsley

1/2 teaspoon dill weed

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 cups water

4 teaspoon chicken bouillon

4 tablespoon flour

4 cups milk

Sauté’ the onion and butter until golden. Add tomatoes, sugar, parsley, dill weed, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer about half an hour. Add four cups of water and chicken bouillon. Bring to boil again. Mix flour and milk. (I like to heat the milk in the microwave first). Add hot milk to the tomato mixture. Bring to a boil again this time adding dumplings.

Dumplings:

3 eggs

1/3 cup milk

2 tablespoon sour cream

enough flour to make a stiff dough

To make dumplings, combine the eggs, milk, sour cream and flour to make a stiff dough. Drop by full tablespoon of dough into the slowly boiling soup. Cover and simmer on low for about another half an hour.

Linda’s Best Ever Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

3 cups  Quick Oatmeal

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix shortening, butter and sugars until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs. Gradually add dry ingredients. Drop by spoonful on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees until golden, approximately 13-15 minutes. Variations: Add one cup chocolate chips, or one cup raisins with one teaspoon cinnamon, or one cup chopped nuts, or one cup diced apples, or one teaspoon orange peel with one cup dried cranberries.

GARY’S TIP: To teach a child how to put the right shoe on the right foot, mark or tape the inside of the right shoe only.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Time is a very precious gift from God; so precious that it’s only given to us moment by moment.

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