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Making a contribution in the kitchen

August 24. 2013 10:22PM
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BLUFFTON — Clarabelle Wilson has many sweet memories.

“I used to bake all day long,” she said. “I loved to cook, and I loved to bake.”

Wilson, who now lives at Bluffton’s Richland Manor, grew up in the country outside Bluffton learning to cook at her mother’s elbow.

“My mother taught me how when I was small,” she said. “Anything she’d do, she’d let me know.”

Wilson married and raised three kids, continuing her love of baking throughout her life. She became known for her baked goods in the area, and she remembers people stopping by her home and asking for items. She baked many cakes.

“I just loved to bake,” she said. “That was fun.”

Wilson’s late husband fully supported this, even volunteering to do dishes and help in any way he could. She said he was adamantly against her working outside the home, so he wanted to encourage her at-home baking skills as her way to contribute to the household.

“I just couldn’t hardly stay in bed in the morning. I just would want to get up and start baking,” Wilson said with a smile.

The recipe she shares today was a favorite from the time she was raising her children, one she made many times.

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