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TIME TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY
DEAR READERS: Friday is Valentine's Day. Although it is not a legal holiday, everyone celebrates it. But why is it celebrated?
There were two Christian martyrs named Valentine who were beheaded on Feb. 14. One allegedly died in Rome in A.D. 269, and the other died in Terni, 60 miles from Rome, in A.D. 350. But the celebration of that day has nothing to do with their lives, according to The World Book Encyclopedia, which traces the beginning of Valentine's Day to the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. If you figure that out, let me know.
But we celebrate anyhow with our cards, good wishes and food. And, of course, recipes like the following for 3-2-1 Muffins.
My daughter, Sandy Killian, put the cake mixes in a plastic bag and shook it. To make a muffin, she sprayed a coffee mug with nonstick spray, added the mix, whisked in the water and put it in the microwave. She said, “It's too cool. It's spongy like angel food cake. The kids would like to make it. And it tastes good.”
Happy Valentine's Day.
DEAR MELBA: This recipe for 3-2-1 Muffins came from a friend in Monroe, La.
1 box (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
1 box (18.2 ounces) cake mix, any flavor
In glass container, whisk both cake mixes together. Cover and store.
To use: In small microwave-safe cup, blend 3 tablespoons of mix with 2 tablespoons water. Microwave 1 minute. Serve.
They're great with a morning cup of coffee or just for a snack.
— Marilyn Chandler, of Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: I am in need of a recipe for bread. I've made the Amish Bread and sourdough bread, but these are not what I want. I have plain starter and want to use it to make bread.
— Connie Firth, of Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: I need patterns for embroidering chicken-scratch hearts and diamonds. Can someone share, or tell me where I could purchase them?
— Estelle, of Enid
DEAR MELBA: I have some tatting patterns and tatting shuttles I would be happy to share with someone who could use them.
— Ann, of Yukon
DEAR MELBA: I'm doing an early spring clean-out of things we no longer need or use and have a few boxes with items that someone who does crafts might be able to use.
I have artificial ivy, flowers, etc., purchased over the years for weddings, showers, party decorations, etc.
Also, cotton fabrics suitable for lining upholstery, some new burlap and quite a bit of soft colored cotton fabric in different patterns, all left over from various grandbaby nursery projects.
It would be good to get these items into the hands of people who sew or do crafts.
Do you know of a group that takes donations like these?
I'd be happy to drop them all off.
I was thinking maybe a retirement home or somewhere where they offer craft classes?
— Linda Stark
DEAR MELBA: I wonder if anyone makes anything from hosiery anymore. My grandmother used to make rugs using them. I have many pairs I would be happy to give someone. Actually, some are still good enough to wear.
Melba, please ask readers to contact you if they are interested.
— Velma, of Midwest City
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