Sunday January 18, 1925 - Orange Sponge + Custard Pies

Colder today. Bill, H + D went to S.S.
" " " + R. went to Church.
Carl + Lill came at 1:00 P.M. Bill told them to come, we wanted to take a ride. But we didn't.

May came + we all had dinner. Had Fried Chicken, B.P. Biscuits1, potatoes, gravy, cold slaw2, jelly, Orange Sponge + Custard Pies - coffee. B + I took May home, Ret'd at 11:30.

Girls went to Baccalaureate Services at M.E. Church. Rev Smith of Trinity Church preached the sermon3.
Harriet made C. Slaw and broke crock.

Times + Leader $.20

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1. Presumably Baking Powder Biscuits - below is a recipe from the Clabber Girl website. Clabber Girl, one of the oldest American food brands still in use, began in 1899.

Baking Powder Biscuits

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening, margarine, or butter
  • 2/3 cup milk
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in center; add milk all at once. Using a fork, stir just till moistened.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 10 to 12 strokes or till the dough is nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough with a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, dipping the cutter into flour between cuts.

Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 450° oven for 10 to 12 minutes or till golden. Serve warm.

2. "The popular salad made of shredded cabbage was originally “cole slaw,” from the Dutch for “cabbage salad.” Because it is served cold, Americans have long supposed the correct spelling to be “cold slaw”; but if you want to sound more sophisticated go with the original." from Paul Brians "Common Errors of the English Usage". Cole Slaw was also commonly called Cold Slaw in England until the late 1800s.
3. Upon further research, I have found that the high schools of the time in this area, had graduation services in January and June - did schools run year long? Was the opportunity to graduate in January somehow due to harvesting schedules like some schools in the Southern U.S.?

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