No room for dessert until dessert was brought to the table. It disappeared. :0)
If you go down with a serious injury, you want the story you’re going to have to tell over and over to be a good one. It would be impressive to recall a climb in the High Cascades, how the sun came out, melted some snow, and when it refroze you slipped and broke your leg. Wilma wasn’t climbing a mountain when she broke her hip two years ago, but she does have a good story to tell. She was out in the raspberry patch picking berries for a pie.
Here she is a few months *after* she broke her hip picking up walnuts.
Aqua-therapy feels good. My gma is a candidate for the benefits of aqua-therapy, but in the process of encouraging Wilma to try the pool I learned that she had never before been swimming. After participating in the aquatic exercises designed for arthritic patients, Wilma tried the hot tub. We went for lunch afterward. As she sat across from me while we waited for our food, she was silent for a moment, took a deep breath and said, “I feel so relaxed!”
In all of her years, my grandmother had never voted for an issue, a school levy, or an elected official. She certainly has opinions, but her considerations never passed beyond the kitchen. In order to expose her to local politics, I took her to meet the Ohio governor, Ted Strickland, in 2007. Senior citizens like Wilma should participate in order to look after their interests and the interests of those who come after them.
As a bonus, when you’re toting a 96 year old, it’s easy to push to the front of the line.
My grandmother, Wilma, has one of those shallow rectangular Tupperware containers that is ideal for storing home-baked cookies. My favorite cookie to find inside that box was a cake-like applesauce cookie spiced with clove. This recipe is easily made vegan by substituting flax seed which has been ground and whipped with hot water. Reducing the sugar won’t hurt the outcome.
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar - white or brown
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda stirred into applesauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups raisins
1 cup nuts
Drop from spoon.
No where on the card does it indicate time or temperature on the oven.
350° for 10 minutes.
Wilma probably used walnuts from her English walnut trees in the side yard.
Though I like nuts, I prefer to enjoy these spicy cake cookies without being interrupted by something hard like a nut.