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


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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Our tree continues to grow

These two beautiful cousins each had a "birthday" this week. Rylee turned seven months on Monday and James turned eleven months today. I am blessed with beautiful grandchildren!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

2015 update

Apparently I only blog a couple of times a year. It has been a turbulent year, but thankfully we have all come through it. The two new grandchildren are growing up nicely. We have lost a few members of our families in the past year. I have done some research, but not a lot. I have spent a lot of time working on digital scrapbooking, which has replaced my paper scrapbooking.
We did get a nice 4 generation picture done. I have done some "sideways" genealogy. I also did a tree for James on his mother's family. Hope to get more active in my genealogy and my blogs.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Well, this has been a while. My only excuse is that this has been a very eventful year, some good, some bad, but eventful none the less. We have gained two new branches to our tree.
Our son, Andrew, and Stephanie Beeber became the parents of James Michael Gehlsen Beeber in March.

Our oldest daughter, Nicole, and her husband, Timothy Morgan, added to their family on July 16 with the birth of a healthy baby girl, Rylee Jane JoAnn. I will try to actually do some blogging this year.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Busy Holidays!!

It has been a while -- let's blame busy holidays. It was fun having my family together for the holidays.
We got to spend the afternoon at my mom's house. That was a lot of fun!
New Year's Eve was spent with our oldest daughter, Niki, her husband, Tim, and their three children: Faith, Carter, and Jayce; and our son, Andrew.

Hope you all had wonderful holidays!