Diane has been a farm wife since 1958. Diane and her husband Roger were high school sweethearts. They were married in 1956. Diane said that their intended marriage caused quite a stir in the area as she was not yet done with high school. They had to go before the school board of all things to get permission to marry! Diane and Roger heard more than once that their marriage would never last. But, 56 years later I think they are going to make it.
For two years Diane and Roger lived in Rhode Island, while Roger served in the Navy. Then, they moved to Roger's home farm in Clayton County, and were dairy farmers for the next 40 years. (Roger's grandfather bought the farm in 1908.) They raised Holsteins, hogs and two sons. Today, they have grandchildren spread from here to Colorado, and two great grandchildren. Diane and Roger have enjoyed traveling over the years. They have been to every state and beyond. Diane also enjoys gardening, genealogy, and researching Clayton County history as well as the history of Clayton Center. Yep, you guest it - Clayton Center is in the center of Clayton County!
|Diane looking over records in the Genealogy section|
of the Library.
So, with no further adieu here is the Snickers Bars recipe that had everyone oooing and aaahhhing at the Elkader Jail House Inn in December.
1 cup milk chocolate chips 4 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp shortening * 1 cup chopped peanuts
14 oz caramels 1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 Tbsp water 1 Tbsp shortening *
Melt in microwave 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 Tbsp shortening. Spread in a foil-lined 8X8 inch pan and chill for 15 minutes. Melt caramels, water and butter; pour over first layer. Add peanuts on top of second layer. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 Tbsp shortening; pour over other layers. Let candy firm up in pan. Remove from foil and cut into 1 inch squares. Enjoy!
*Diane uses Crisco shortening
|Diane and Peggy (another Friend of the Library) busy|
working during the Chocolate Fest