Old Fashioned Oatmeal CakeIngredients:
1 cup quick oats
1½ cup boiling water
3 cups brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 sticks margarine
1/3 cup oil
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
½ cup Milnot
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:
1. Combine 1 cup quick oats with 1½ cups boiling water and let stand 20 minutes.
2. Add 1 cup brown sugar, white sugar, 1 stick margarine, oil, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and 2 eggs.
3. Mix and pour into a greased 13X9 pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 35 – 40 minutes.
4. Prepare icing by combining 1 stick margarine, 2 cups brown sugar and ½ cup Milnot. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
5. Add coconut and chopped walnuts.
6. Pour evenly over cake and return to hot oven for 10 minutes. Cool.

Lea 2008Grandma (Nellie) White gave me this recipe back in 1966.  We lived at 613 Plum Street, Danville, Illinois.  Link and Lance were born while we lived in this rental house.  Larry’s grandparents (Wallace and Nellie White) lived in Elkhart, Indiana and would often come to visit us, especially if Marjorie and Gene Vaughn (Larry’s parents) had driven down from Morris, Illinois for the weekend.  We had family gatherings a lot then.  Our house was very small, so most times we would go to Kickapoo State Park.  We would load up the grill and coolers and head for a day at the park.  We played baseball, badminton, hit a few golf balls, went for hikes through the park, played with the babies, watched “Big David,” a huge strip mining apparatus whose big bucket would move tons of gravel and dirt at the strip mining site next to the park.  We shared lots of good food and recipes, as well as, many funny jokes and family tales.  Those sure were the good ole days!

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