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Melba's swap shop for Dec. 25, 2019

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Merry Christmas!

DEAR READERS: What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? "I hope my family has a Merry Christmas today" or did you think, "Happy birthday, Jesus?"

Does the first thing you think of, the first thing you do include Jesus? Does just reading a paragraph in the newspaper cause you to think about Jesus? That was not you. It WAS Jesus.

It would be nice if everything we did, every thought we had, brought thoughts Jesus wants us to have. Let's share some of the simple thoughts, things you read or memories of past experiences. When we start thinking this way, He calls things to our attention that we hadn't thought of before, or maybe must remind us. Do you want to share? Not just Christmas thoughts, but every day thoughts and actions.

— Melba

A touch of green

DEAR MELBA: It's not too late to try this salad today or any day. It's quick and easy.


• 1 avocado

• 1/2 cup sour cream

• 2 tablespoons lemon juice

• 1 teaspoon minced garlic

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/8 teaspoon ground back pepper

2 to 3 tablespoons milk

• 1 small head lettuce

• 8 radishes, sliced

• 1 medium onion, optional

Cut avocado in half lengthwise. Scoop out pulp with a spoon and place in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Pulse until texture is pureed. Thin with milk.

Transfer to a bowl. Cover and store in refrigerator.

Wash lettuce and tear into serving pieces. Wash and slice radishes. Peel and slice onions into rings.

Toss lettuce, radishes and onion rings in large salad bowl. Spoon dressing over all and toss gently.

Serves 4.

— Linda L.

Like water for pie?

DEAR READERS: Remember the recipe for Water Pie we had recently? I said I did not plan to try it, but if anyone did to let us know how it turned out. Here is what you said about it.

— Melba

DEAR MELBA: I made the Water Pie from your column and took it to our Sewing Group at First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater. Everyone liked it. Yes, if I brought it again they would be glad to have another piece of the pie.

The pie, when cooked, looked like a pudding pie, and I did bring prepared whipped topping to spread on top of it.

You had this recipe in your column Wednesday, Oct. 23.

— Rita Breuning

DEAR MELBA: I made the Water Pie. My boys liked it. They suggested it would taste better if it had pecans in it. I plan to make it again and will add pecans.

— Sharon Bass, Oklahoma City

If you have a problem other readers might help solve or an idea you’d like to share, email or write to Melba’s Swap Shop, Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Please include your name and address.