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I volunteer

I am a member of the Redmond Friends of the Library and I fill baby bags for new mothers at the birthing center with material and books that promote early literacy in our community.



mother to mother recipies

Christmas cookies/ heartburn free, practically

1 cup but5ter or margarine softened

1cup sugar

1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1egg yolk

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups unsifted flourj

combine all ingredients except flour, beat with mixer until well blended then add flour.

Roll out balls of dough onto floured surface and cut into shapes.

Bake  at 375 until edges are golden brown. Frost and decorate at to suit.

Grandma Dickinson’s carrot cookies

Really? Yup, made with actual carrots.

1 cup of cooled, cooked and mashed carrots.

Cream together-3/4 cup margarine, 3/4 cup sugar, add carrots, 1 teaspoon vanilla, then add in 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon grated orange rind. Spoon onto baking sheet. Bake at 375 for approximately 12 minutes. Frost. Suggestions: top each cookie with half of a maraschino cherry before baking and add some grated orange rind to the frosting.

Grandma Cynthia’s Apple Dumplings

3 medium apples cut in half or 6 small apples pealed and cored. (Save peelings for syrup).


2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup margarine or butter

5 and ½ tablespoons of ice water

Cut in ingredients as you would a pie crust dough. Roll dough out on floured surface–thin; cut 6 squares and place apple on the dough adding cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon or lemon rind or both. Add sugar, a tablespoon approximately, and a dot of butter, wrap ½ or small apple in each square and place in a greased, deep baking dish and chill while preparing the syrup.


Bring 1 and 1/2 cups of water to a boil, reduce heat, and add peelings, allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 375, remove peels, add to liquid 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of margarine, allow to sit until sugar is dissolved.

Brush the dumplings with a slightly beaten egg white; sprinkle with sugar and pour the syrup mix over the dumplings. Bake for 40 minutes or until tender

Serve warm with cream, or ice cream. Peaches may be substituted for apples.

Peach Kuchen

Sift together 2 cups flour

¼ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoons salt

1 cup sugar

Cut in ½ cup butter, spread in bottom of baking pan forming around sides, saving back some to sprinkle on top of 12 peach halves arranged on the bed of sugar flour mix. Cook 15 minutes then pour a cup of heavy cream, (or sour cream) mixed with 2 beaten egg yolks over the top and cook 30 minutes more at 400 degrees.

Schoolmarm at home

Schoolmarm at home

This is a photo taken probably 1915 or 16 of Cynthia Birdie Alice Beard-Bell when she was about 21 or 22 years old. She was the new schoolmarm for the little country school in Brogan, Oregon near the town of Ontario, Oregon. She lived in that tent, we’re not certain for how long, but it gets darned cold out there in eastern Oregon. I think I see frost and snow on the ground. She married Wayne Allen, my husband’s grandfather,  in 1917 and continued to teach school in Brogan.Upon her marriage, she moved into an actual home on a small farm near the school. The Allens raised 3 children on that farm where they grew grain and sheep until they closed the eastern Oregon open range policy  in 1934. At that time the family picked up and moved to Kings Valley, Oregon in the Willamette Valley.

Oregon Trail near Baker City still visible

This photo was taken near the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City, Oregon. Out there in the middle,  looking westward toward the Blue Mountains, you can see the trail. It’s faint but the ruts are there. What a lonesome place it must have been, what an awesome aspect it remains.

Crooked River Railroad bridge, near Redmond, Oregon under construction sometime around 1909.

This road, in the Blue Mountains of Northeastern Oregon, was probably made recently by man and  machine. Now imagine a road such as this, but imagine it worn down to dust and ruts not by a modern day machine, but by the hooves of oxen and horses,  iron-rimmed wagon wheels with spokes of wood rolling over it, carrying the covered wagons, and the intrepid, footsore immigrants.

A string of freight wagons circa 1900/1910