Murdo Girl…Ingenious Narrative

Today Murdo Girl and Queen Lav are sharing a cooking experience with all of you. We are following the instructions given in a paper Murdo Girl’s grandson Mason wrote for one of his classes. It details how 2 write a how 2. Mason’s written instructions will be in italics so you can see and understand how to write a how 2, and demonstrate how the how 2 works, with your how 2. Get it? Got it? Good!

Hi guys. Do you love to write? Well if that is so, then you will love this! It’s a narrative instructing you on an ingenious way to write a how 2. Now.. to learn how to do this wonderful task you will need to read this amazing narrative, but don’t read too much at one time. You might hurt yourself.

First you will need your magical supplies.

Queen Val is writing her how 2 as she recreates her Mother Ella’s roll recipe.

Queen Val: (clears throat.) My magical supplies are: The recipe, ingredients, bowls, utensils, a warm spot for the rolls to rise/raise twice…(Preferably not in the sunny spot where the cat suns himself. My cat was rather irritated.)

Once you have all of your supplies gathered, all you need is an ingenious mind and you can get started.

(tick, tock, tick, tock,) Are you ready Queen Val?

Okay now we can get started. First you should start with some sort of thought organizer such as; a t-chart or idea web. This should help you organize yourself. Then you need to think of a hook or something interesting to say. It should intice your target audience to want to read your how 2 narrative and of course, the best outcome is for them to make your Mom’s rolls. (*hint* My example: “Do you love to write? Well if you do? You will love this!”) You should also use descriptive words to replace boring old plain words.

Queen Val: My hook is: Do you love to watch an ingenious, beautiful Queen baking heavenly rolls? (I just searched in my “idea web” which is in my ingenious head, for this gotcha hook!) If you’re hooked on rolls, then welcome to my world.

Now comes the body. This is where you take all of those ideas from that handy-dandy organizer you so ingeniously thought of, (you can thank me later), and just take those ideas right off the page. The body should be full of juicy details that you didn’t give away in your hook. (You didn’t did you?) If you don’t know what I mean by body, it’s just the stuff in between the beginning and the end of your how 2 narrative. 

Queen Lav: I mixed up the dough by following my Mom’s instructions to the T. Well, except I’m not sure what Oleo is. My “idea web” thought of a good idea! I looked up Oleo in the dictionary, which said, “We don’t know. Ask someone from South Dakota. It’s probably going to be the same people who worsh their dishes, instead of washing them.”

wp-1487815725778.jpgQueen Lav: Now for some juicy details. After I let the 10 pounds of dough rise, I had to punch the dough, make little balls, put the balls in the pans and let them rise again. While they were rising, I chewed on a piece of Juicy Fruit gum. That takes care of the juicy detail, so I guess I will do what comes next. I have been working on this how 2 for over two hours. I have dirty dishes to worsh, and it’s hot in this kitchen. I hope the rest of this narrative goes fast so I can get these little beauties baked.

After all of that, you can head on to the conclusion. The conclusion is technically the end. but we all know there is no end to learning. In the conclusion, you can write a nice summary of what you have so perfectly written and done. You can leave the people who haven’t already gone out to eat with a nice little goodbye note.

Queen Lav: To summarize what I have written and done, I will say this. MG sent me Mom Ella’s recipe for rolls that was featured in the 1951 Methodist Cook Book. I spent 2, maybe 4 hours following the instructions on the narrative she forced me to write, baked 36 rolls and then stood in a long line at the store to buy my favorite Hawaiian rolls. So narrative person, what do I do next? Oh yeah, I will leave you with a nice little goodbye…CYA..

MG: I’m sure she meant see ya! I asked Queen Lav to send me a picture of “Ella’s rolls” after she baked them. I told her I didn’t need all 36, just a sampling.

Gone Fishing

MG: I don’t know what to say except, “Do you like to fish?” You have the hook, you stood in line, and now you have 36 weights or sinkers.  You have created a fishing experience with your hook, line, and sinker rolls, and you don’t even have to swallow them. See?..a frown is just a smile turned upside down.


Note from Queen Val’s family. We support her narrative. Let’s see, 36 divided by 6 is only 6 fishing weights each. The cat: So I can eat the fish and I don’t have to eat the weights? I’m in!

Well I hope you liked my how 2 on how 2 write a how 2. This has been a lot of fun. If you’re reading this, or if I’m reading it to you, my hope is that you have a nice day..Mason Masteller. Now I’m off to shoot some hoops.


MG: Unfortunately we are all out of time. The ink is barely dry on my amazing narrative. I will leave you with some tantalizing photos of my world-famous apple and zucchini chips and psgetti squash, accompanied by psgetti squash seeds, which I have roasted to perfection.

If you beg me, I might show you my narrative. I’ll copy it as soon as the copycat moves.

wp-1487889718080.jpgSkyler: Isn’t Grammy funny? That’s her Loretta pose. Ryan Constance: Am I funny haha, or funny peculiar like Grammy?

19 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Ingenious Narrative

  1. lifelessons February 28, 2017 / 12:07 am

    I’ll have one of those rolls, please. My mother used to make potato rolls.. had mashed potatoes as an ingredient. I think perhaps they were in the Methodist cook book. She only made them for Xmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and for the Progressive Study Club when they met at her house.. And she’d grind up cooked beef roast with hard boiled eggs, onions and seet pickles, add mayonnaise and a bit of mustard–and make beef salad sandwiches with the rolls. Yum. So good. I bought a hand meat grinder at a second hand shop a year ago thinking I’d make them, but never have. Her grinder fit onto her mixmaster. Ah culinary memories!!!


    • Mary Francis McNinch February 28, 2017 / 12:10 am

      I’ll look in the cookbook. It really sounds yummy. Do you have the red one from 1951?


      • lifelessons February 28, 2017 / 12:39 am

        No. My mom did, but Patti or Betty must have taken it. I remember the black plastic spiral that held it together had decomposed.

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      • lifelessons February 28, 2017 / 12:43 am

        If Marie Nash has a roll recipe, try hers. She made the best dinner rolls and cinnamon or caramel rolls. She was such a good cook.

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      • Mary Francis McNinch February 28, 2017 / 6:16 am

        I saw Marie’s name on one or two. Some ladies have several recipes in there.


  2. scoper07 February 24, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    We used oleo in our house. Someone pointed out I said warsh when I was pretty young so I corrected it then. I called a creek a crick for many years. It was hard to beat that one out of me.


  3. Mari Jackson February 24, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    This is darling and just plain precious!! I giggled and enjoyed myself all the way through! An FYI for you ladies, we Iowan’s called it oleo “back in the day” and now it is called margarine! Love you both!!!

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  4. Mary Francis McNinch February 23, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Maybe we should start a movement! WOGS (Wise old girls) we could write a how 2 narrative.


  5. Patti February 23, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    I never said worshed, but I did say catsup (cat’sup) rather than ketchup. My whole family did. Is that a Murdo thing or just a Dykstra thing?


    • Mary Francis McNinch February 23, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Must be a Dykstra thing. I heard your Dad always asked what was on the menu besides catsup and dead flies. Is that true?


  6. sanjuan831 February 23, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Good work, Mason! This was a strong lesson and I learned a lot about writing and hopefully cooking. Plus I learned from the previous blog and an excellent book report that, “Old people are not useless, but they are wise.”
    Actually Mom liked Sugar’s rolls best but we don’t have her recipe. I am motivated and hooked.
    Those chips and buhsghetti squash look delicious! Thanks for a fun blog read.


  7. Patti February 23, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    In case you haven’t already asked someone else from South Dakota, oleo is oleomargarine, now just called margarine. Butter is better!

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    • Mary Francis McNinch February 23, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Queen Val said she used butter. She thinks her yeast was bad. Next she will try Elsa’s roll recipe. She said her Mom said it was the best.

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      • sanjuan831 February 23, 2017 / 7:44 pm

        Mom used to say that. So is the state called Worshington?


    • sanjuan831 February 23, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Yes, butter is better.


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