|AN EXACT IMAGE OF MY 1956 BETTY CROCKER COOKBOOK|
Betty Crocker: For personal outlook, every morning before breakfast, comb hair, apply make-up, a dash of cologne, and perhaps some simple earrings. Does wonders for your morale.
Celia: Uh-uh, bad advice for some of us. I must drink coffee for thirty minutes, then in my jammies and uncombed hair, I make it to the kitchen island where I will eat Cheerios and read my paper until I feel like talking.
Betty Crocker: Prevent unnecessary fatigue. Use a dust mop and a long-handled dust pan. Use self-wringing mop (no stooping.)
Celia: What is a self-wringing mop and dust pan?
Betty Crocker: Do head work while dusting, sweeping, washing dishes, paring potatoes, etc. Plan family recreation, the garden, etc.
Celia: I dust twice a year, I never "sweep," I have a dishwasher, and I do not plan family recreation. They can plan their own recreation. I'm busy.
Betty Crocker: If you feel tired, lie down on the kitchen floor on your back, put your hands above your head, close your eyes, and relax.
Celia: If I did that, my husband would walk in, gasp, and call 911.
Betty Crocker: Before your husband comes home from work, change your dress, refresh your make-up, add a little more cologne, and greet him at the door with a hug and welcome home kiss.
Celia: Okay, excuse me here. I'm laughing so hard I can hardly stand up.
Betty Crocker: Have the sink, work table, counter tops, etc. at a height that is comfortable to eliminate strain. If your dishpan is too low, set it on a box.
Betty Crocker: Harbor pleasant thoughts while doing your household chores. Think of going to the beach, playing an outdoor game, sailing on a boat, or dancing with your husband.
Celia: I do all this on a regular basis. It's called daydreaming, and I'm very good at it. That's when I usually create a new story or scene in my head.
Betty Crocker: Check up on yourself. If after following all these rules for proper rest, exercise, diet, you are still tired and depressed, have a medical check-up and follow doctor's orders.
Celia: Or...you could take my advice. Eat some chocolate, drink some wine, read a romance novel, and make a comfort food for dinner, such as a Broccoli Rice Casserole.
Comfort Food from the Fifties:
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Butter a 9X13 casserole dish
Sprinkle 1 cup raw rice evenly over the bottom
Chop one small onion and sprinkle over the rice
Cover rice with 2 pkg frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
In a one-quart mixing cup, blend:
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
Pour over rice and broccoli
Over top, sprinkle one cup grated cheddar cheese
Cover with aluminum foil
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (uncover the last
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas