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well, to keep your bowels moving well. I strongly recommend a tasty treat such as this.


Mom's Upside Down Cake


Rhubarb (or other fruits) Upside-down Cake.
3/4 c butter
1 1/2 c brown sugar.
5-6 stalks rhubarb. chopped 
In 9x13 lightly greased pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over bottom. melt butter and pour over sugar, then cover bottom of pan with rhubarb
1/2 c butter
1 1/2 c sugar (less for sweeter fruits)
2 eggs
2tsp vanilla or almond extract
3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
cream butter with sugar add eggs (unbeaten) and extract. Sift flour and baking powder together, add to butter, alternating flour mix with milk and mix. If too stiff add more milk. Pour batter on top of fruit Bake at 350 for 45 min or until toothpick comes out clean (rhubarb or other moist fruits may take a little longer) 
Dad and I like ours with a bit of milk poured over top, or served with ice cream. Mom eats hers as is. 
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Is there a better time of year to buy a car?


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