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Who played the father in the 1950 romantic comedy Father of the Bride?

A Valentine's Twinkle

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Do you have a love as sweet as pie? Or one as savory as meat loaf?

In the January/February issue of Good Old Days, Dixie Chipman Simpson tells us how her parents met through a pie auction event: Her father-to-be bid on his favorite pie, a cherry one, which happened to have been baked by her mother-to-be, the teacher at the one-room school holding the event. Well, the teacher's pie was always the most popular item, so Dixie's father had some major bidding opposition to contend with. He was from a neighboring town, so no one knew him, and he didn't know the teacher, but his determination prevailed. He paid an "utterly ridiculous" price for the pie and a romance was born. Forever after, whenever Dixie's mom made a cherry pie, it sparked a "twinkle" in her dad's eye.

For my mom and dad, it wasn't a pie that started it all. In fact, it was nothing close to sweet. It was meat loaf! My dad raved every time Mom presented it at the supper table. She made it a special way, just for him, with a multitude of chopped onions in the hamburger and extra brown sugar in the glaze. It was one of the first meals she ever made for him, and its power to influence lasted for over 50 years.

My husband will tell you that for him, cinnamon rolls sealed the deal in our relationship. Lucky for me, back then, the rolls did not have to be made from scratch to have an effect -- he was happy with the rolls from a can or mix until I perfected a homemade recipe a few years ago. Now, unfortunately, there's no going back to the quick versions.

Even so, I plan to make him some for Valentine's Day.

I'm sure it will put a twinkle in his eye.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. What favorite food did your sweetheart make or what did you like to make that put a twinkle in your sweetheart's eyes? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine!

Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

Spencer Tracy. Tracy played Stanley T. Banks, whose daughter, Kay (Elizabeth Taylor), is set to marry Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor) in a lavish wedding. Joan Bennett is Ellie Banks, the mother of the bride.

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