I started my “death cleaning” this weekend – kitchen cupboards – but I didn’t get far because as I started I took down 3 recipe card boxes. Two belonged to my mom and one to her older sister, Mildred. Oh, how times have changed! I’ll bet I had 20 homemade bread and rolls recipes which went in the trash. I’m not making homemade rolls. I started removing all the odd scraps of paper on which recipes were jotted down.
Vegetables did not pass through my mom’s lips yet this scrap of paper which turned out to be a blank check from a local bank (which I know she never banked at!)
was a recipe called Frozen Broccoli/Brussels Sprout/Cauliflower casserole.
I’ll bet you a hundred dollar bill she never made this￼!
Here’s another recipe written in the margins of a church bulletin, right above the words to Jesus Is All The World To Me. Hmmmm…..where was her mind during church?
So many scraps of paper and cutouts from newspapers and magazines! I found some recipes several times.
My Aunt Monie’s recipes were not like Iowa farm recipes – she lived in Little Rock, AR most of her adult life and her recipes were more complicated and just different – such as orange slice cake.
Honestly I should have looked closer but I’ve already put them in the trash. Mom had lots of recipes from Orange Grove, TX where she wintered for about 40 years. One in particular I remembered and found – grapefruit pie. She was so anxious to make this for us when she came home in the spring and I wish I had been kinder. I didn’t like it at all but she loved stepping out her door to pick the grapefruit and then make a dessert. It was probably pretty good as pot lucks were held often in her RV park and all those Winter Texans from Iowa were good cooks.
Lots of this sort of recipe is going in the trash. I cannot be sentimental about this – I still have all her cookbooks, too.
A friend from church gave me all her old wool clothes to cut up and I thought it would be fun to make her a placemat out of the wool. There’s a huge tub and many other colors but I kept this one black and gray. I hope to finish it tonite and give it to her when they return to Iowa in the spring.
Because I know someone will ask – yes, the book and Dvd called Rugs From Rags is available for $20.00. Postage is included.
Dirty Dozen Projects
It’s beginning to snow tonite but we have had the most springlike weather for about 2 weeks! My favorite part is seeing the chickens make their way to the house yard where I can watch them from the windows.
And here are some “au natural” pictures of The Tribe.
And the Christmas trees for the goats.
My amaryllis bulb is a dud this year, I think. I gave several as gifts, too – they’re all slow or duds as well.
Somebody on Facebook made this – from the Jen Kingwell group maybe? I love it!
I think it’s going to get nice next weekend, too, so I’m going to wash a few windows and doors – the ladder is not a problem for me by now. Here’s the recipe again.
Off to work on my wool placemat.