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Dear Readers,
Since Halloween is fast approaching, I thought you might like to hear about “trick or treating” in the 1950’s.  Halloween was a lot different then.  Only rich kids had fancy costumes like the kids do now.  Our costumes were something that we could throw together from items around our home and once you concocted a good costume, you would keep it from year to year.  My two standard costumes for my trick or treating experience were first a hobo and then a beatnik.  Being a hobo was easy:  jeans, my Dad’s red plaid flannel shirt, an old fedora of his and a yardstick with a stuffed red farmer’s handkerchief attached to the end of the stick.  This represented the way a hobo carried his world possessions.  By the way, hobo refers to a man who rode the rails from city to city and lived on handouts.  Many people did this during the depression.  Beatnik refers to anyone in the early 50’s who wrote depressing poetry and who spent a lot of time thinking about questions like “Who are we and what meaning does our life have”.  That costume was also simple to wear:  black pants, long black turtleneck sweater and black beret and maybe a long cigarette holder, if your Mom would let you use one.
 
We trick or treated in groups and from experience knew just what houses on the route gave good candy and which ones to skip.  One time an older woman came to the door and dropped into our bags what looked like an exotic type of apple.  Boy were we surprised when we got home and saw that it was just an old dried-up potato!!!  My Aunt Roberta, who lived down the street, made her great popcorn balls but only gave them out to people she knew and gave regular candy to others.  When we rang her doorbell, we always sang out “Trick or treat, Aunt Roberta!”  assuring us of a prized heavenly ball of popcorn only Aunt Roberta could make!
 
Halloween was a lot different then;  no worries of unsafe candy or unsafe people.  But one thing is still the same – a kid’s sheer joy of receiving free candy in copious amounts.  And for one day no worries of too much sugar  and future dental bills.  And that’s what I wish for you on Halloween –  the unbridled happiness of a child receiving bags of free candy!!!!!
 
Keep smilin’.

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Hello Readers,
Today I’m going to switch gears – from rags to brownies.  Wouldn’t want you to think that all Mimi does is clean!!!
 
This is a great brownie recipe and very easy.  You don’t even need a mixer!  Yea!   Got this recipe from my walking partner of 10 years in PA.  Funny thing is we walked to stay in shape but spent most of the time discussing recipes.  Go figure!
 
Here it is:
 
Marie’s Brownies
 
½ cup sugar                                   1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter                      2/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons water                       ¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips                  ¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten                   ½ cup chopped walnuts, optional
 
Combine sugar, butter and water in a medium saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil.  Remove from heat, immediately add 1 cup chocolate chips and stir until melted.  Add eggs and vanilla; stir until blended.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to chocolate mixture.  Stir in remaining 1 cup chocolate chips and nuts.  Pour into a greased 9”  square pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.  Cool completely.  Makes 16 brownies.
 
Mimi’s Notes:  I usually bake it for the minimum time or less.  Keeps brownies very moist.  These can be frozen, which I usually do because they can dry out quickly at room temperature.  Just thaw right before serving.
 
When I give recipes to friends, I put my name on it so they can say a prayer for me every time they make it.  Would you do the same?  If you’re not inclined to pray, just do a good deed for someone.
 
Keep smilin’!

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Hello readers!
 
Who is Mimi and why does she want to write a blog?
 
Well, as a way of introduction let me tell you I’ve been married (happily!) for more than 38 years; have a married daughter and son and a 15 month old granddaughter who is the love of my life!
 
My daughter and daughter-in-law have been urging me to start a blog because they feel others might enjoy the advice I have given them.  I’ll give you some of my ideas.  They may be some recipes I like or some cleaning tips or just maybe some motherly observations.  Do what you want with them and let’s all have some fun.  Lord knows we all could use a little fun in our lives.
 
Here’s my first cleaning tip:  Your cleaning job is only as good as the rags you use!  Sounds pretty earth shaking doesn’t it?  But I have found through the years that it does pay to have good cleaning rags.  Paper towels can’t do everything.  And the best rags are old cotton tee shirts and old wash cloths and hand towels.  I use the tee shirts for waxing a car and the wash cloths and towels for cleaning bathroom counters and floors.  Just a bucket of Mr. Clean and hot water and these rags and I can clean anything.  Also the rags can be washed and reused and we can cut down on paper towels.
 
It just occurred to me that my first tip hasn’t put any fun into your life.  But think of this:  Cleanliness is next to Godliness!!!!!

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