A CHRISTMAS PARTY INVITATION
DEAR MELBA: Please tell readers they're all invited to a Christmas party. The guest of honor will be Jesus Christ.
They can come whenever they're ready, but should try not to be late. Traditionally, we would specify Dec. 25, but He's always available, so the date is flexible. Oh, and the party place is in your heart. He'll meet you there.
It's not formal. Come as you are. He said something about furnishing new white robes and crowns. Admission is free. He already paid for everyone. We wouldn't have been able to afford it anyhow.
Refreshments will include new wine, bread and something He calls “Living Water,” followed by a supper that promises to be out of this world.
Gift suggestions: Your life. He already has everything else. But wait until you see what He has for you.
Entertainment will be joy, peace, truth, healing, etc. All “G” rated, so bring your children, too.
RSVP: sure to let Him know ahead so He can reserve a spot for you at the table. He's keeping a list of friends for future reference. He calls it the Lamb's Book of Life.
Go ahead and invite all your friends. See you there.
— MARY LEE COLWELL, Red Oak
DEAR MELBA: Mattie Young requested recipes for Christmas Cookies. These are good for Christmas, but they're also good all other times.
In 1962, Elsie Hauptman, a Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. friend, brought “a bunch” of these cookies to work and also shared her recipe. If you don't have Brazil nuts, use more walnuts.
1/4 pound margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
11/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup Brazil nuts
1 cup angel-flake coconut, packed
1 pound chopped dates
1 small jar candied cherries
1 small jar candied pineapple
• Combine all ingredients and drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet. Bake in 275-degree oven 25 minutes.
— CHRISTINE WILLHITE HACKETT, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Remember Aunt Susan? I found one of her cookbooks while going through some of my mom's things. Printed in 1939, I must say, it's still in good shape. It's yours now.
— JANE WILSON, Weatherford
Jane sent me the book. The cover says, “Souvenir of the Ninth Annual Oklahoman — Times — WKY Cooking School,” conducted by Aunt Susan. I immediately sat down to read it, and found more than one recipe that appealed to me.
However, remember Anna Maude's Cafeteria? This book has Anna Maude's Eggnog Pie recipe, which would be a great pie for Christmas dinner.
ANNA MAUDE'S EGGNOG PIE
4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm water
1 envelope plain gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons rum flavoring
Baked 9-inch pie shell
• Combine beaten egg yolks, 1/2-cup sugar, salt and warm water, stirring constantly, and cook until mixture coats the spoon.
• Soften gelatin in cold water and gradually add to hot custard, stirring until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
• When custard mixture starts to congeal, fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites which have been blended with 1/2-cup sugar, nutmeg and rum flavoring. Pour mixture into pie shell and chill until firm. Spread with layer of whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg before serving, if you like, or it may be served without cream.
DEAR MELBA: I couldn't resist taking this off a Facebook note someone had posted: What do you call Santa's elves? Subordinate clauses.
— KAYE MERRIAM, Oklahoma City
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