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My cousin, Mary Ann, was born and raised in Chicago. She along with her family came to Maskell every summer to spend time with Grandma (and my family). Those were wonderful summers. But when they left I’d always feel so empty and lonely. One summer when I was 9-years-old they invited me to go back to Chicago to spend some time with them. We traveled on a\train from Omaha – in a berth compartment - all night long. That trip was an experience of a lifetime for me. I have so many memories of those fun filled days in the big windy city of Chicago! Mary Ann attended college in Colorado where she met her husband, Cecil. I didn’t attend their wedding but my Mom told me it was beautiful. I guess right before Mary Ann’s Dad walked her down the aisle Cecil, surprised her and all the guests by singing a beautiful love song to her from where he stood at the front of the church. Mom said there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Mary Ann has completed a lot of genealogy search for our family. She found our family in Norway and made a connection with them. I had the privilege of going with her Mom, Charlotte, to visit the family who still live on the family farm that our Great-grandfather left from). Cecil and Mary Ann have lived in Colorado since their marriage. Mary Ann taught school then later held the position of librarian. She shared this recipe with me a long time ago saying that she got it from a teacher who she worked with.

Beat together: 2 sticks margarine

1 c sugar

Add: 2 eggs

8 oz. sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla

Sift together then add:

2¼ c. flour

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp soda

Grease and flour a Bundt pan Put ½ batter in; sprinkle with ½ of the following mixture ¼ c. sugar & 2 tsp. cinnamon Put in remaining batter then sprinkle remaining sugar mixture over that

Bake at 350° for 50 minutes

Cool 15 minutes and remove from pan.

(Cecil (the singer) and my cousin Mary Ann)

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