TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO PRAY
DEAR MELBA: I've wanted to write this note to you for sometime. With the encouragement of my friend, Mrs. Walsie Peters, I decided it was time.
My idea has to do with children praying. If a person doesn't want to teach children to pray about dying, some changes could be made in their bedtime prayer:
“Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
Here are some different finishing lines. My favorite: “If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways.”
Others include: “Lord help me not retaliate, when someone wants to pick a fight.”
Another good finish could be: “I leave my prayers with you alone, whose wisdom is wiser than my own.”
June Tittsworth, Guthrie
DEAR MELBA: I saw this church sign in Hartshorne recently: TGIF — Today God is first.
Mary Lee Colwell, Wilburton
DEAR MELBA: We used to purchase a product to make our white shoes look respectable. I have not been able to find it recently and don't care for the polish I have found. Please ask readers to recommend their favorite polish and where it is available.
Carol Merrell, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: This is basically the same recipe for Bishop's Wine Oil Dressing you published last week — same ingredients, but with different amounts. I don't remember where I got the recipe but suspect it came from your column many years ago.
Also, I've tried for years to find or reproduce the white salad dressing that Nickolosi's Restaurant in Oklahoma City served and sold in bottles. I loved that dressing. Hopefully someone will share.
BISHOP'S WINE OIL DRESSING
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup wine vinegar
Blend all ingredients in blender.
Jeanette Atwood, Oklahoma City
E. Switzer and Juanita Brown, Oklahoma City, also shared.
DEAR MELBA: In the 1960s and '70s, there was a restaurant on S Shields called The Three Stars Drive-In. They served a sandwich called the Piggy Burger. That was THE best burger. I hope someone can come up with the recipe or knows someone I could contact about it.
Kathy Dunbar, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Many years ago, probably about 1944, our mother bought a box of mincemeat that had a recipe on the back of the box for mincemeat coffee cake. Although we've looked through Mother's things many times, we've been unable to find this recipe.
Mother is now deceased, and we often talk about her mincemeat coffee cake. I recall one part of the recipe called for a cup of black coffee and shortening the size of an egg.
If anyone would share this recipe, we would be forever grateful.
Loretta Plumlee, Tuttle
If you have a problem other readers might help solve or an idea you'd like to share, write to Melba's Swap Shop, Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Please include your name and address.