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Mabel's Monologue

The Unofficial Hostess

Greetings from Mabel, the unofficial hostess of Jenny’s Café. Mabel will bring you charming bits of wisdom and household tips from days of old, recipes grandmas of vintage times made in their kitchens, and little-known facts about vital information you might not realize you wanted to know. Of course, there will be featured Jenny’s favorites, too!



Try a tasty homemade cinnamon roll covered in cream cheese frosting & topped with praline pecans and butter, then drizzled with caramel and dusted with cinnamon (no nut option available)

Need a bit more sweetness…. add a cup of hot chocolate or Sweet Cream Cold Brew.


From 1954 Almanac

• The average housewife washes six tons of dishes a year

• The average American uses twenty-six pounds of soap a year

• The average beehive produces seventeen pounds of honey         annually



½ cup shortening ½ tsp salt

1 cup sugar 1 cup graham cracker crumbs

2 eggs, beaten 1 cup milk

1 cup sifted cake flour 1 tsp almond extract

2 tsp baking powder

Cream shortening and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in eggs. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together, add crumbs, and add alternately with milk and almond extract to cream mixture. Pour into two 8-inch cake pans, lined with wax paper. Bake in a moderate oven…350 degrees…25-30 minutes. Put layers together with cream filling and frost top and sides with a butter frosting.


1/3 cup sugar 2 egg yolks 1 tsp vanilla

3 TBL cornstarch 2 TBL butter

¼ tsp salt 2 cups milk, scalded

Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolks; beat thoroughly. Add butter and enough milk to make smooth paste. Add paste to remaining hot milk and cook over boiling water stirring constantly until mixture is thickened. Cool and add vanilla. Add ½ cup chopped nut meats if desired