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Soap box irritation hits before call for recipe out again

March 27, 2011
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

I didn't think it would ever happen - people actively advertising to find a sugar daddy or sugar baby.

What is that anyway? Even the concept irritates me. But I'm not kidding. There's a new website pushing "for generous men looking to spoil, and dynamic women looking for financial support with bills, or who just need some excitement in life! Started by a real sugar baby, (it) only accepts true, proven sugar daddies and sugar babies, and provides a staff of sugar dating experts to help you find the perfect mutually beneficial arrangement."

I called it "it" because I refuse to even say the words.

Why don't those potential sugar babies just say "I'm too lazy to work and I'm pretty enough so somebody should take care of me."

Oh, gag.

Man, get me off this soapbox. I've got to put some kind of "stupid" filter on my e-mail. Spam I can just delete; stupid irritates me. You can't fix stupid.

That's one of my sister's favorite sayings. I'm wondering if I should be worried when she says it looking straight at me.

On a happier note, I got an e-mail from Ann Stauffer Haugland, who also is looking for something. Only she's looking for something worthwhile - help putting together a cookbook with recipes from Eagle Grove alumni. She's already gotten a lot of recipes, but wants more.

"It's so much fun to see what people are sending," she said. "They are coming in from all over the country. There is going to be incredible variety in the book. It seems the word is really starting to spread, so I've decided to extend the deadline to April 15, right along with taxes. I want to be able to have the book available in June, so can't go beyond that. I hope to have 400 to 500 recipes - we are getting there, but not there yet."

One more time then. Haugland is looking for recipes from Eagle Grove alumni for a cookbook that will be available during the Summerfest celebration and all-school reunion in June, with part of the proceeds going to the Eagle Grove Memorial Library in honor of all students and teachers in Eagle Grove. Her mother, the late Roberta Stauffer, was a teacher and a librarian.

Recipes may be sent to her at 1312 S.E. Linn St., Boone, IA 50536 or by email to

I would offer to accept recipes for her, but I'm thinking I'd need to see the finished food first. Really. And I'm offering to accept recipes for the cookies category. Or brownies. Or lemon pie.

Certainly someone will put in a recipe for lemon pie.

Oh, here's a good idea. And this is one of my sister's ideas, too. If you've got several recipes you really like and use all the time, submit all of them to the same cookbook, then you'll have them all together in one spot without having to go looking.

For those with ties to the Eagle Grove school system, why not let that cookbook be the one Haugland is putting together.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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