Monday, March 3, 2014


American Homestead Winter - Currier and Ives
"Loud are the thunder drums in the tents of the mountains.
Oh, long, long
Have we eaten chia seeds
and dried deer's flesh of the summer killing.
We are tired of our huts
and the smoky smell of our clothing.
We are sick with the desire for the sun
And the grass on the mountain."
Paiute Late Winter Song

The Paiute understood the weariness of enduring a cold, dreary winter and the aching desire for warmth from the sun. March is at it's beginning, with another winter storm to be borne. But at it's end will be spring, and the mountains will green again. We count the days till then. 

Some sweetness to lessen the bite 
of a late winter storm

Aunt Maud was the oldest in her family (Larry See’s father’s sister) and quite a character. She worked as hard as any man and could use as colorful language as any of them, too. (She could and did cuss a blue streak.) But, the fond memory remains with family members that she was a wonderful cook. This is one of her recipes that the family still cherishes. It isn’t certain how old the recipe might be.

Aunt Maud’s Candy Recipe


6 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
1 cup Karo syrup (light or dark)
2 1/6 (?) cup canned milk


Put ingredients into heavy saucepan
Mix ingredients together
Cook over medium heat
Bring to boil
Turn heat to low setting
Cook for 25 minutes more
Stir often till firm ball forms
Remove from heat
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat with a mixer until it’s too thick to mix (20-25 minutes)
Add nuts, if desired, before mixing is finished
Pour into large greased pan
Cut into small squares when cooled

Vanilla Walnut Fudge from Karo Website
Vanilla Walnut Fudge

 (Similar to Aunt Maud's from the Karo Website)

Old Fashioned Candy Secrets and Recipes

Remember those too sweet 
Tammy movies? 

Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)
Leslie Nielsen and Debbie Reynolds

Tammy Tell Me True (1961)
John Gavin and Sandra Dee

Tammy and the Doctor (1963)
Peter Fonda and Sandra Dee

Tammy - Debbie Reynolds - 1957
Number one for five weeks on the Billboard pop charts
Debbie was 23 when she recorded the song and made the movie.

Tammy - Sandra Dee - 1963
A scene from Tammy and the Doctor

The fifties and sixties (and even a late forties) brought many "sweet" songs to our listening ears. Here are a few that sing of honey, candy and sweet nothin's.

A Rose and a Baby Ruth
George Hamilton IV - A Rose and a Baby Ruth - 1956
Reached number 6 on the Billboard magazine pop chart and sung almost a capella

The Chordettes - Lollipop - 1958
#2 on Billboard pop chart and #3 on R&B charts

Jimmie Rodgers - Honeycomb - 1957
Charted at number one on the Billboard Top 100 in 1957 - 
also reached number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart
 and number seven on the Country & Western Best Sellers in Stores chart

Tutti Frutti
Little Richard - Tutti Frutti - 1955
Became Little Richard's first major hit record
entered the Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart
at the end of November 1955,
and rose to #2 early in 1956.
It also reached #17 on the Billboard pop chart
In 2007, an eclectic panel of renowned recording artists voted "Tutti Frutti"
number 1 on Mojo's The Top 100 Records That Changed The World

Candy Kisses
 George Morgan - Candy Kisses - 1949
A debut release that made the charts and became
his only #1 on the Best Selling Folk charts
The song was so meaningful to Morgan that he
named his first daughter Candy.
In 1948 he worked at WWVA radio in Wheeling, W. Va
A Taste of Honey
 The Beatles - A Taste of Honey - 1963
It was originally an instrumental track (or recurring theme) 
written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 
1958 British play A Taste of Honey.
The song was chosen to be recorded for 
The Beatles 1963 debut album, 
Please Please Me, with Paul McCartney singing lead.

Sugar and Spice
The Searchers - Sugar And Spice - 1963

Sweet Nothin's
Brenda Lee - Sweet Nothin's - 1960
"Sweet Nothin's" became Lee's first major hit single
on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking within the Top 10 at No. 4

Candy and Cake

Mindy Carson - Candy and Cake - 1950
Her recording of "Candy and Cake" was backed with "My Foolish Heart",
and it became a two-sided hit.

Candy Girl
Candy Girl - The Four Seasons - 1963
Reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart
and No.13 on the R&B chart


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