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Monday, 21 October 2013

Salute to a wonderful teacher . . . and OATMEAL WALNUT CAKE

Olha Mayowsky, when she graduated from Normal School

Years ago, Mom gave me a local history book called The School District of Pozir #2206.  I kept it only because it has some family history and photographs, and never started reading it until now.   How I wish I could thank Mom again and tell her that I’m really enjoying it.

I just have to share with you a little of the story about Olha Mayowsky, the teacher who was 23 years old when she began teaching at Pozir School in the fall of 1933.  
When the mother of one of her students was hospitalized, Olha “unannounced” took over caring for the children and house until the mom returned! 
 When another of her students refused to go to school,  “Olha found her way to his home” and discovered that he was too ashamed to go barefoot to school.  She “told him that he had feet, and to be proud of them.”  He became a very good student and, years later, dropped in on Olha’s mother in Angusville “to let his teacher know” that he had done well in life and still felt he had her to thank for his success.     
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OATMEAL WALNUT CAKE

1 cup oatmeal
1 ¼ cups boiling water

1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt

½ cup softened butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

½ cup chopped walnuts

Also Ingredients For Topping:  
¾ cup flaked coconut
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup butter
3 tablespoons milk

PREPARATION:
*Cover oats with boiling water and let stand 20 minutes.
*Grease and flour a 9x9 cake pan.
*Preheat oven to 350.
*Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.  Set aside.
*In a large bowl, beat brown sugar and white sugar into butter.
*Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat.
*Stir in oats.
*Stir in flour.
*Stir in walnuts.
*Bake for 50 minutes.
*Prepare Topping :  Melt  the  butter and  combine with coconut, walnuts,
and milk.
*Spread hot cake with Topping and broil about 3 minutes.  Watch carefully or
it will burn.

We have enjoyed this moist cake since July, 1987.  J