SOOT IN THE FLUES

SOOT IN THE FLUES

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Well, Hi to all you steam enthusiasts and while some of the big Steam Reunions are in full sway, I have to get up steam and plenty of it to start another year and get the children off to the Halls of Education. No. 1 son headed back for 2nd year of college and No. 2 daughter is a Freshman this year, No. 3 son is beginning 3rd grade and No. 4 daughter Keli is in that all important first grade. So what with getting all these wonderful ones off to their proper places, and with all the details that are involved in the process there has been as much excitement and commotion as goes on at a steam engine Reunion. And I might add when the 4th one left, I was like an engine with the steam all down. Kind of a funny feeling to be left alone when I've always had one of them home for the last 19 years - but so goes life - and comes tomorrow I'll be getting up another full head of steam to meet with the days ordeals and believe me, though I'm alone while the children are at school I certainly can't say I'm not busy or have nothing to do for the Iron-Man Family is a large one and growing all the time. That's one of the things I lack is time (just hope I make the best use of the time I have available).

Had another letter from 'Casey' Jones of Box 21, Wichita, Kansas and he writes, 'Doggonnet, I wish I could get one wish, I've really wished over and over again, that these old Duffers, like me, would say why they like their make of engine - what's about it that they like and so on!' So how about it Duffers! Let Casey or Iron-Men hear from you on this subject!

Thought you ladies especially might like a new recipe that has just been brought to my attention by one of my good friends. They are called Whoopie Cakes: 1 cup shortening, 2 cups granulated sugar, 3 eggs, 1 cup sour milk, 1 cup hot water, 2 tsp. soda, 1 tsp. baking powder, 4 cups flour, 2/3 cup cocoa and 1/2 tsp. salt. Mix together and drop by spoon on greased and floured cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. These spread out quite a bit and make a nice chocolate cookie-cake and then you prepare the filling with: 2 egg whites, 2 tsp. vanilla, 4 tbsp. flour, 4 cups 10X sugar (1 box), 4 tbsp. milk and 1 cup shortening. Combine in mixer bowl and beat until fluffy. This may sound like a lot of work, but it isn't as you mix the cookies in one bowl, just dump the things in and mix and likewise the filling. Makes around 40 or more when put together. The most fun is matching the cookies up in pairs to put together.

Try 'em - betcha the kids (young and old) will soon be asking for another batch of 'Whoopie Cakes'.

Well, tomorrow the boss comes back, meaning Elmer Ritzman, - he's been traveling for over three weeks taking in all the reunions he can and I'm sure many of you folks have visited with him at his Volkswagon. I'm sure he'll have many interesting things to tell us and I know he's been having a good time. He celebrated his 74th birthday on September 5th -every year, he is always out west somewhere when his Anniversary rolls around, but we still can wish him a Happy Birthday wish in the column, and hope he has many more to celebrate.

And have you heard these quotes? The man who rows a boat generally doesn't have time to rock it. - Too many people are inclined to judge right from wrong on the basis of which pays the best. Ideas are funny little things, they won't work unless you do. People who keep on sawing wood in all kinds of weather are the ones who have the biggest woodpile at the end of the season.