Wednesday, May 22, 2013
WAR TIME CAKE AND JEAN POST
WAR TIME CAKE
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup Brown sugar or 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup lard (can use butter)
2 cups seeded raisins
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
2 tsp water
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
Boil the first seven ingredients for 3 minutes. Let cool. Dissolve salt and soda in 2 tsp water. Mix baking powder into flour and blend into mixture. Pour into greased, floured 8" square pan. Bake for 50 minutes in a 325 degrees oven.
Thought that I would get this recipe in before Memorial Day, in case you wanted to make it. This recipe goes back to a least World War II - maybe before.
Marilyn asked me to say something about what the Mennonites do at a time like this for the people of the tornado in Oklahoma. There is a group called Mennonite Disaster Service in just about every state that Mennonites live. In the Disaster Building are items needed at the time of a disaster: beds, blankets, food, water, detergent, soap, etc. Usually the Red Cross gets there first, but sometimes we do. When Hurricane Katria happened in New Orleans, the Amish were there first. Whoever gets there first see the needs and calls in. Red Cross, as I said, usually comes first. As in this case they are badly in need so they call Mennonite Disaster Service who sends out what items we have that they need. The first load coming from New York was loaded on trucks, taken to the airport where it would be loaded on a plane and flown to the nearest airport where it will be met by trucks and taken to the Red Cross.
Some of our people go to help the Red Cross, some to console people, and also to check things out for reconstruction. Where could they buy materials at a reasonable price or will we have to haul it in. Where would people stay when they arrive to work? Can we set up a residence there? Where could meals be set up and more. As much as they can set up they do. They find a place as close to the area as they can for people to stay. These may be buildings that they are allowed to construct. Mostly they have one building for men to stay in, one for women to stay in and a third for the dining room. Once this is set up, people can start coming in to start construction.
When construction starts, we try to do help those that don't have insurance and that need help the most-the elderly, handicapped, the poor and more. We really work on anyone's home, but we try to help those that have no help, first.
Mennonite men and women will be coming in to do construction and one who will be more or less the boss-to make sure everything is done and handle any problems. Many of the people will be young people like Michael and Edward with some young married couples. They come in shifts. If our boys go, they will be there for two weeks and return home-when other young people or young married couples will go. Many people whose children are grown up and have moved out of their home will also go. Sometimes there are Mennonite people of all different ages from all different states there at the same time. Each person pays their own transportation to there and back, their meals and where they stay.
Also they might be working with be people of different religions: Amish, Baptist. Catholic, Presbyterian, Mormon and more. Other churches send people to help construction, too. Their religious beliefs may have different ways, but our goal is all the same there.
As of yet, they don't know when the people will start the building, but they are planning who will be on the first shift to go. Two of Martha and Joseph's son's will be going, so we will help them while they are gone. Kevin and Bridget may be going too. We know that Edward and Michael will also be going some time. When that happens others will help us.
The helping of others comes first. Even though this is our planting season, our son's duty is to serve the people in Oklahoma. We are fortunate that we have others around us that can help us when they go. Even if we didn't their service comes first. It may be a sacrifice to us, but they are badly needed - comes first.
Hopes this lets you know on what the Mennonite are doing for the people in Oklahoma.
I can't wait to tell you that we have a four year old, little girl named Katie in our family. She is the subject of my June 3rd post, but I couldn't wait to tell you. She is loved by us all.
Be With God,
JEAN CAN'T WAIT TO TELL US ABOUT KATIE SO JEAN WILL HAVE A POST ON MAY 28th. JEAN AND HER FAMILY WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.