BGS Through the Years


Have a decade party! This activity needs a group that has a great parent support. Each of the girls picks a decade out of a hat (20's - 80's) Discuss how different times had different sayings, styles, etc. Print out information sheets about each decade and hand them to the parents. The night of the party the girls come dressed the way a girl would dress in the decade she chose, she brings a snack that would be appropriate for the times. You can also play music from each decade and give the girls a chance to show off their outfit as they are highlighted during "their" song. Girls can also share expressions from their decade.





Snack foods have come and gone over the years.  Jell-O once marketed a dessert called Whip 'N Chill, which is no longer on our grocery shelves.  I am sure we can all remember a snack food that disappeared without warning.  Other products have withstood the test of time, but nothing is as comforting and fun as homemade snacks.  Simple ingredients and recipes will never go out of style.  The snack recipes below will give you an idea of some favorites over the years.

Butter Crackers
A fun recipe to experiment with in modern times!

Rub 3 tablespoons of butter into 1 quart of flour. Add 1 spoonful of salt, 2 cupfuls sweet milk, 1/2 teaspoonful Wyandotte soda (baking soda) dissolved in hot water. Knead 1/2 hour. Roll into an even sheet 1/4 inch or less in thickness and cut out.

Note: The crackers should be baked at 350 degrees until golden.  Very old recipes often don't have the baking directions, assuming that everyone knew this step without being told!

Honey Drop Cakes

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Cream butter and gradually add in sugar. Add beaten egg yolk, honey and lemon juice and mix well. Sift and measure flour, add baking powder, resift and mix with the creamed mixture. Fold in egg whites, which have been well-beaten. Drop on well greased tins or baking sheets. Bake in 400 degree oven about 7-15 minutes.


2 6-ounce packages
semisweet chocolate pieces
4 cups Wheaties, Cheerios or Kix
Melt chocolate over hot water. Cool at room temperature. Gently stir in cereal until well coated. Drop with tablespoons
onto waxed paper. Place in refrigerator until chocolate is set, dry and hard, about 2 hours. 3-3 1/2 dozen.

Salted Peanut Crisps

1 cup shortening (part butter)
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar packed
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. soda
2 cups salted peanuts
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix shortening, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, soda, salt and stir in. Stir in peanuts. Drop by rounded
teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in water, then in sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen.

Individual Pizzas

4 English Muffins
1/2 cup chili sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 pound brown and serve pork sausages, broken into pieces
1 cup grated American cheese
Preheat broiler about 5 minutes. Split muffins, toast cut sides and spread with combined chili sauce and seasonings. Sprinkle sausage over tops; then sprinkle cheese. Place under broiler and broil until cheese is bubbly. 4 Servings.

Ham and Cheese Ribbons

4 slices process American cheese
6 slices ham
4 slices Muenster cheese
1 tablespoon prepared
horseradish, drained
Stack in order, one slice American cheese, ham, and Muenster. Spread 1/4 tsp. horseradish between slices. Trim edges. Repeat to make another stack. Cut each stack into 4 squares, then cut each square
in half diagonally to form triangles. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Parmesan Glazed Walnuts

1 1/2 cups walnut halves
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 tsp. hickory smoked salt
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shredded
Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread walnuts in shallow pan. Toast in oven 10 minutes. Stir together butter and salts. Toss lightly with nuts, and sprinkle cheese over the top. Stir well; return to oven and toast 3-4 minutes or until cheese melts. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Poco Pepper Snacks

3 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped green chilies
2 tablespoons ripe olives
1 tsp. instant minced onion
5 drops hot pepper sauce
1 can crescent dinner rolls
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In small bowl combine all ingredients except rolls; blend
well. Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. Spread 1/4 of mixture over each rectangle. Starting at long side, roll up each section jelly-roll fashion. Cut each roll into 10 slices. Place cut-side down on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot. 40 snacks.

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