My family, my life, my story. This blog is my record of my search for ancestors here in the United States and their countries of origin. It is also a record of my life and that of my descendants. Genealogy is a long time passion of mine and I hope you will join me. My main surnames of interest are Grashoff, White, Chaffin, Wells, Matzdorff, Fogleman, Stinehart, Omvig. Past, present, and future all come together. Preserving the present is as important as discovering the past.
Well, another ball season has officially ended. Jayce had his last T-ball game yesterday. Carter's game was last Thursday. Faith missed her last three games due to going to camp. I always greet the end of the season with mixed emotions. June is so busy, especially with three kids in three different leagues. But I really enjoy watching them play. So, here is to the end of another hectic, fun season of watching the grandchildren play ball!
My Grandma's bean soup. All of my Grashoff Cousins will remember this one. I assume it came about to "stretch" the meet because their wasn't usually a lot of "chunks" in this soup. However, it was very, very tasty! Grandma grew up in a large family and went on to have a large family. I remember her telling me of a "snide" remark from her mother-in-law about doing something else instead of just having more babies. I am sure stretching the food was something that she grew up with.
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.
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.
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.