Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 1936

Aunt Emmeline's* birthday-
Plesant but cold- 4 [degrees] below zero tonight-
Made oat flake cookies^ and stewed apples** today-
Done all the chores but Aunty went to barn this P.M. and brought in the sick white rooster.
Rec'd letter from Clara today-
Iliff called this eve-

*Aunt Emmaline refers to the wife of Eli Dolton. Eli & Willet Dolton were brothers. Willet was Willard's father. Willard was Irene's husband & Iliff's (Sr.) father.

^The oat flake cookies have made another appearance. I warned, you she makes them a lot!

**Stewed apples & prunes were popular with Irene too. I found a simple stewed apples recipe on Penny's Recipes by Penny Ritson.

Stewed Apples
1-2 apples per person, peeled and chopped
Splash of apple juice (or water)
1 teaspoon of sugar per apple

  • Place the apples, juice/water and sugar in a heavy bottomed saucepan
  • Heat up on a medium heat until bubbling
  • Stir, cover with a lid and turn down heat a little
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes until soft (depends on type of apple)
  • Adjust liquid as necessary


  1. Oh, this blog is fantastic. I am hooked.

  2. I am honoured that you chose my recipe for stewed apples - wonderful reading this diary. I am lucky enough to have a handwritten cookery book my Grandmother made and do recipes from it from time to time and it really makes me feel a connection with her - like the date and walnut cake -

    1. Neat! I have a chocolate cake recipe from my paternal grandmother & a bunch of recipes from my maternal grandmother, but nothing from Irene. My dad like my oat meal cookies, but I think he would like to have his grandmother's oat flake cookies again.


Thanks for visiting this flashback to 1936. I'm sure Irene would be pleased! We'd love to hear from you.