Hello Hesperia,

For the month of September, I decided to do something different: I would like to honor some of my heritage with recipes and pictures of long ago.

I have so many memories of spending time in Utah at Grandma Ault's house and Aunt Hazel's. My Aunt Keren lived across the street, Aunt Hazel lived two blocks away and Aunt Mary lived a block away.

I want to thank my cousin Woneva Wilson-Myers for the great pictures and helping me. Also, thanks to my Cousin Connie Ault-Oxborrow, Aunt Lexie Fern and my mom, Neica Coleman.

I also want to pay tribute to my Grandma Ault. She was such a hard worker. She had six children ages one to fourteen, when Grandpa Ault was killed in an accident. She worked at the training school for special needs children, in American Fork, Utah. She worked in the laundry and called the kids "her kids." I also remember her legs hurting a lot.

Love to all of you. Don't forget Hesperia Days are coming up on September 19, 20 and 21. The gymkhana championship is on Friday, September 19, and it's still free. There will also be the parade, fireworks and much more.

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I doubt if any of you will attempt this soap recipe, but still, I thought you would enjoy a great picture of days gone by. Life was simple but at the same time hard. Let's reflect on days gone by and be thankful for what we have.

Karen Bingham-Hacking's Homemade Laundry Soap
(definitely not for eating)
2 quarts melted fat (lard), it can include rind
3 quarts water, less 1 cup
1 can lye
1 cup powdered borax
1 cup bleach

Stir and cook until rinds are dissolved, for about one full day, over a slow fire outside, in a large iron kettle. Skim the top and pour in large dripper pan. Let set overnight until hard. Cut with butcher knife into soap size pieces.

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"Never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill

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This recipe is from my Aunt Hazel Ault in Utah. She was a wonderful cook. I remember she always had dinner on the table when Uncle Elwin came home from work.

Aunt Hazel's Chocolate Sheath Cake
3 to 4 tablespoons cocoa
1 cube butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 cups flour

Bring cocoa, butter, water and shortening to a boil. Remove from heat and add baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, buttermilk, eggs and flour.
Mix well and bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes or until done.
Frosting:
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cube butter
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Beat in one box (4 cups) powdered sugar. Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts and put on warm cake.

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"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity night suggest." - Thomas Moore

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Aunt Keren Bingham-Hacking made these in her old wood stove. It depended on how hot the stove was, for how long it took to bake the cookies. The taste was wonderful.

Aunt Keren's Sugar Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 cups flour
Cream together shortening, sugar and eggs. Add milk and vanilla; mix well. Add baking powder, salt and flour. Roll into walnut size balls and place on cookie sheet. Flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

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"Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that." - Jean Baptiste

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I remember grandma making this and just using what she had available. And guess what - it always tasted good, no matter what she put in it. The secret was adding that little bit of sugar she said.

Grandma Ila's Soup
Water
Carrots
Onions
Soup bone
Potatoes
Salt
Pepper
Tomatoes (optional)
Cabbage (optional)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar

Cook in a pot until tender.

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"There is one spectacle, grander than the sea, that is the sky. There is one spectacle, grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul." - Victor Hugo

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Mary Strickland-Ault's Boiled Raisin Cookies
2 cups raisins
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 eggs
1 cup shortening
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

Mix raisins, baking soda and water. Let stand for 15 - 20 minutes then add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 15 to 17 minutes.

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Mary Strickland-Ault's Carrot Cake
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups oil
3 cups carrots, shredded
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups flour
4 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a 13 x 9 pan. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 60 minutes.
Icing:
1 small package cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
Milk (to moisten)

Whip to smooth consistency. Spread cooled cake.

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Old home remedies that still work

Slivers (splinters):
1/2 cup milk, scaled
1 slice bread, break up

Mix together, and make a poultice paste. Put on sliver and cover with a soft cloth.

Colds:
Powdered mustard
Shortening
Drop of turpentine (optional)

Mix together, make a paste and put on chest. Cover with soft cloth (I use flannel).