Archive for October, 2015

Something Gooey This Way Comes


images-2If there’s one thing I love (and actually there are bunches of things) it’s finding old recipe collections at thrift shops or auctions. I especially love the ones with smudges on them, which usually means they were used a lot because they were so good. I am also a huge fan of the hand-written ones, and get weak-kneed over ones with little notations, like “use less sugar,” or “Harvey won’t eat these.”

My sister Kim recently gave me a box of very old recipes; some from the 1930s. Many are unreadable at this point, and some newspaper ones are so yellowed and fragile that they fall apart in your hands.

But I found this really good one that I just had to try. If you’re looking for something chocolatey and gooey and great with cold milk, try this. Simple to make but oh, so good!

Not sure how old this recipe is (it was cut from a newspaper) but on the back is a small box reading “Dolby Stereo at Marcus Theater.” So maybe the 70s?

Yummy Bars
1 package (18 oz) chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine (Oy! The cost of butter these days.)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
6 ounces chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

Combine the cake mix, milk, butter and nuts in a large bowl. Mix well. (I used a wooden spoon.) Press half of the mixture into a greased 9 x 13″ cake pan. Bake this at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over the partially baked crust, and pour the condensed milk over all. Sprinkle the remaining cake mixture over the top. Bake 15 – 18 minutes. Cool thoroughly before cutting.

That’s all there is to it.



A Superior Drive


As you head out of Superior on Hwy 2E, take a left at Moccasin Mike Road and drive to Wisconsin Point. It’s a beautiful drive on a newly-paved road, and leads to the end of the point, where you can walk the pier, read the history of the area, or pull in to one of the parking areas and walk down to the beach.

The Indian burial grounds are located on this road, too, and worth seeing.

Stone-markerThough the actual graves have been removed, visitors to the remaining rock monuments (parts of our old Arrowhead Bridge) have left walking sticks and assorted items of memorabilia that cause the imagination to work overtime.

Reminders of a past friendship? Tokens to say “I was here, and I was thinking of you?” Only the persons who left them know for sure.

Whether you go for the drive (particularly beautiful this time of year) or the pier, or counting gulls, or curiosity about the Indian grounds, the trip is definitely worth the drive.

Believe it.