Sunday, April 09, 2006

Faye Buoy's Date Bars

1 pound pitted dates
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1-3/4 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cook dates and water until thick. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream together butter and sugar. Add flour, oatmeal, and baking soda. Mix together until crumbly. Put half of this mixture in bottom of a greased 8x8-inch baking dish. Then pour date mixture over top, and finally, sprinkle the remaining crumbs evenly on top. Bake in a 350° oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Serve with whipped cream.

Faye Buoy contributed this recipe to the Jolly Neighbors Extension Club of Rose, Nebraska, for a hand-written cookbook that they made during the early 1960's. I have expanded the directions a little because all the recipes were greatly condensed to fit on one side of a 3x5" recipe card. The Buoys lived east of Rose. We were in 4-H with the Buoy kids.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)