Thursday, July 9, 2015

Happy Birthday to US!

Our nation celebrated another year! We had fun with grandchildren, fireworks, and food. Hope you all enjoyed your family on this holiday!


Monday, June 29, 2015

The End of another Season!

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!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A long line of Fathers

We obviously all have a long line of father's in our family. We took the time to celebrate some of the fathers in our family this past Sunday.
Brian, Shannon, Andrew and I all went down to see James for Father's Day. We took him to a nearby park to play.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

More Family Recipes

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.

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.