I just discovered that Barbie and I both turned 60 this year. She has held up much better than I have. She hasn’t aged a day since 1959.

Mattel has sold more than a billion Barbie dolls. Barbie is the company’s largest and most profitable line of toys. Barbie made her debut at the International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. This is also considered her birthday. Her debut attire was a black and white zebra swimsuit with sunglasses and her signature top-knot ponytail. You could purchase her as a blonde or a brunette. She was promoted as a teenage fashion model. Around 350,000 Barbie dolls were sold during the first year of production.

As a little girl growing up, I loved to play with my Barbies. My mama made most of my clothes and she would make Barbie a matching outfit from the scraps of material. I can still see the round black suitcase that I kept all my Barbies and their clothes and accessories in. I also remember having Midge, Skipper and, of course, Ken.

I kept them for many, many years. Some memories are hard to get rid of. I was so excited when my granddaughter, Leila Rose, was old enough for playing with Barbie. I was almost as excited as she was to get a new Barbie and some new clothes for her. She would sit for hours and play on the den floor. Outfits would be changed, as well as scenarios for play. They would go to school, go on vacation, and even be a little naughty from time to time and get in a little bit of trouble. That, I found amusing.

I have always loved mandarin oranges. I keep them in the refrigerator because my granddaughter loves them, too. I hope you will give today’s recipes a try. Thanks for reading.

MANDARIN ORANGE CAKE

(This is one of my favorite cakes. I love to serve it for Easter and other springtime meals.)

1 box yellow cake mix

¾ cup oil

4 eggs

1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, do not drain

Mix all ingredients together, and pour into a greased and floured 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.

Frosting:

1 (16-ounce) can crushed pineapple, do not drain

1 (3-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding

1 (8-ounce) carton Cool Whip

Mix pineapple and pudding mix, and fold in Cool Whip. Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate.

• This can also be made as a two-layer cake.

AMBROSIA SALAD

(Also known as 5-Cup Salad. I made this recipe for Sissy Spacek to eat in a movie scene. It is simple and easy.)

1 can mandarin oranges, drained

1 flat can of sliced pineapple, drained and cut up

1 small jar red maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half

1 cup mini marshmallows

1 cup coconut

1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream

Mix fruit, and add sour cream. Mix well. Refrigerate before serving.

MANDARIN ORANGE SHERBET SALAD

(My mama used to make this, and it was one of my favorites.)

1 (3-ounce) box orange gelatin

1 cup boiling water

1 pint orange sherbet

1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained

1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

½ cup sugar

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add sherbet while still hot, and mix well. Add oranges, and pour into dish to set. When gelatin is set, mix cream cheese, sour cream and sugar. Blend until smooth. Spread over congealed mixture. Refrigerate and serve.

Contact Lee Ann Flemming at lafkitchen@hughes.net.

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