Sunday, May 3, 2015

Living History

Spring in my rural Iowa yard is beautiful. It is a treat for your senses. You can feel the fresh green grass under feet. The trees are laden with beautiful blossoms. The white Mountain Ash in the front of this photo is my mother's day tree. The pink blossoms in the back belong to my flowering crab which grew from a start I dug out of my grandmother's yard. The fruit trees are all blooming as well which my mother planted. My many lilacs are blooming which I also dug up from my grandmother and aunt's yards.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Son, the cook!

My son is really a good cook. He is pretty much self taught. He figured out this recipe and makes them for him and his dad to take in their lunch to work and warm up in the microwave.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My fellow family historian.

My Aunt Dori is not famous for her cooking. What she is know for is HELPING everyone. She will do things for others that they won't do for themselves. Who goes to someone else's house and helps them clean their garage -- for free??? Aunt Dori is also into family history. This past summer and fall I helped her put together a book on her Smith family ... no small task!! She did the research and I did the typing and layout. It was a big project they ended up with a nice book that is on the shelves at the Allen County Genealogy Library! A published author!!! If you are interested, you can go to their online catalogue and search for "Mordecai and Phebe Smith, The Story of a Family" by Doris Grashoff. There are tons of pictures and interesting stories.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sweet Treats!

My mother is an awesome cook, a talent I did not inherit! One of our favorites is this tasty hot fudge sauce which is really good over ice cream and cake or cream puffs! These recipes made their way into my family recipe book.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Grandma Joyce's Cookies!

Grandma Joyce's Mexican Wedding Cakes are one of my all time favorite Christmas
cookies. I always remember Grandma having these cookies every year. Grandma Joyce is my
dad's mom. Joyce Maxine Fogleman White was born May 4, 1918, to Arden Carson Fogleman and Ruby Edna Kerns. Joyce was married to Theodor Jefferson White on November 5, 1935. She
died July 23, 2005.
Grandma also was very talented with fabric and yarn arts. I think most of the grandchildren
received a hand-quilted quilt. I know from very minimal experience with making
quilts that is a lot of work. She was also famous for the dishtowels with the crocheted
top on them for hanging. Grandma also made a lot of afghans.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kuchen

This recipe is from our German background. My Grandma use to make huge batches of this tasty treat. I remember there being multiple pans, bowls, so on, sitting all over the house "rising".
We always ate this with lots of butter and hot coffee. My Grandma was born in rural Buena Vista County and lived in rural Cherokee county when she died. Never having moved any further away that that. She was a loving, energetic woman. She kept a huge garden and canned and preserved foods. I remember my grandmother with a lot of love and happy memories!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

My first actual family book!

I recently finished helping my Aunt Dori produce her book on the Mordecai Smith family. She did all the research I did the typing and layout. You can view this book on the Allen County Genealogy Library website. I decided after that when I was finished I would like to start a family history recipe collection. I have 20 family history binders, but no real book. With this project I have combined my love of digital scrapbooking with my love of family history. So I have started my collection. This is one of my first pages. My favorite dish ever! I have this every year for my birthday dinner. Ham and beans! Served of course with raw onion slices, fresh fried potatoes and fresh corn bread! Delish!

This dish obviously doesn't come from our German background. We started eating this when we lived in Oklahoma while my dad was serving in the Air Force. I hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane with all of these recipes.