I am Elizabeth, age 11, Lovina's oldest daughter. I am writing this for Mom this week. I should be doing my homework but I overheard Mom say how much work she has this week so I decided to write one and surprise her. The work this week is especially heavy because of an exciting project that Mom and Dad are beginning. They showed us the plans for our new house which they are planning to build on our property. It will be exciting to move in when all the work is done in a couple of years!

Mom is outside helping Dad empty an old corncrib building that they plan to tear down where the new house will go. That bad storm last summer really damaged it, but it was already bad to begin with. There is so much junk in there that was here when we moved.

We are also tearing down another older building and we tore down an old chicken coop. So we have really been busy this week. But it is fun to all work together. And with Mom helping outside a lot, things are getting a little behind in the house. Sister Susan and I want to wash the dishes that Mom didn't get done.

Mom was really thrilled awhile ago when our friend brought us a carry-in supper. It was a treat. Mom thought she had to come in and fix supper yet.

At school we are having "March reading month." We all have to read 200 minutes a week to get our name in the drawing. 200 books will be given away in the month of March. I love to read so I hope I'll win a book.

Uncle Jacob, Aunt Emma, and their family and Aunts Verena and Susan came one evening. We all went outside and tore down that old chicken coop. Mom made a haystack supper for them all that night. It helped a lot that they came to help. A haystack supper is a layered dish, that has hamburger, lettuce, tomatoes in it.

I am watching my little brother Kevin. He is 6 months old and really giggles at us. My 1-year-old sister Lovina is also in here so I rocked her as she is getting grouchy, but she didn't fall asleep. She will be two on May 18. All the other children except my sister Susan are outside. I will copy down the recipe for "world' best sugar cookies." Mom, Susan, and I baked three batches of these on Saturday. We took some to church on Sunday but the rest have all disappeared. We love them best with homemade, creamy white frosting.

If any readers know easy-to-make cookie recipes I would like it if you would send them to us. My sisters and I like mixing up cookies but Mom still kind helps us bake them.

WORLD'S BEST SUGAR COOKIES

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 cup oleo or butter

1 cup cooking oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs

5 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Cream sugars, oleo, oil, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs Sift dry ingredients together, Add to creamed mixture and mix well. Form into balls and press flat with a glass dipped in sugar Bake 15-20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet. Optional: frosting can be added on top of cookies.

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