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Happy Holidays from the Burns Branch Library staff! Remember, we are closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25.

I love this time of year with the music, the movies and homes decorated with lights. Take a drive around either Burns or Pine Bluffs. There are some wonderful holiday displays.

And, of course, the food! Fudge, cookies, clam chowder and pumpkin bread! Let me share a few family recipes that we make only during the holiday season – and look forward to all year.

Clam Chowder

2 cans chopped clams

½ c. chopped onions

1 c. sliced celery

2 c. diced potatoes

¾ c. butter

¾ c. flour

1 pint half & half

2 c. milk

1 ½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. sugar

Drain clams, saving juice. Put clam juice in pan and add vegetables. Add water to cover and cook until done. Melt butter and add flour. Cook 1-2 minutes. Add half & half and milk and cook until thick. Add vegetables & liquid, clams, salt and sugar. Serve.

Pumpkin Bread

3 c. sugar

1 c. oil

4 eggs

1 ½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. soda

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 c. pumpkin (1 can)

3 1/3 c. flour

1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

2/3 c. water

Mix together, blending well. Prepare pans by placing a piece of waxed paper, grease or spray Pam in the bottom of a bread pan. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Easy peanut butter fudge (Fantasy Fudge)

3 c. sugar

2/3 c. evaporated milk

¾ c. margarine

Combine these and bring to a rolling boil,stirring constantly. Boil 5 minutes over medium heat.

Remove and stir in 1 c. peanut butter, 7 oz. jar of marshmallow crème, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 c. chopped nuts (optional).

Beat until well blended. Pour into 9X13” pan. Let cool and cut into small squares.

Don’t forget that “The Room” in the Burns-Plex is still looking for canned foods and paper goods.

Burns Branch Library

Laramie County Library System

112 Main Street

Burns, WY 82053

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