Another suprise from Grandma

I decided to go back this week to looking through the boxes I inherited last winter. It is hard at times to see all those memories and can overwhelm me with sadness of  all those I have lost. You see I became an orphan at age 37 (if one can be one at 37) and then over the next few years after that all my relatives died. All the sudden I was the lone and eldest left in my family. Scary to contemplate at age 40. Maybe this is why I love family history as it connects me to something bigger than just me.

Well, my Grandma was a packrat and I was sorting through some old cards in a plastic bag that was in one of those boxes. I was amazed and surprised to see some very old writing on an envelope. Well I opened it up and was speechless.

My Great Great Grandparent’s wedding invitation and marriage certificate from 1891 in Brooklyn New York!!!!!!

Wedding Invitation from my Great x 3 Grandmother for my Great x2 Grandparents Wedding

Wedding Invitation from my Great x 3 Grandmother for my Great x2 Grandparent’s Wedding

Marriage Certificate of Jessie Cochrane Kennedy and Alexander Yuill

Marriage Certificate of Jessie Cochrane Kennedy and Alexander Yuill

Oddly Unique Family Recipes

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A chilly night and I am craving some comfort food. My great grandmother’s recipe for hot dogs and tomato soup ! So it’s what I’m making for dinner tonight.

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I am sure every family has a recipe for a  the unique dish that has been passed down through generations and has a story attached to it.

I have a recipe that I love and asked for when I came home from college and wanted some homestyle cooking. People at first turn up their nose when it is offered but then say it is delicious once I can convince them to try.

My great grandmother Bertha May Marold used to make this dish to stretch the family grocery budget during the Great Depression and feed a family of 11 a meal that would fill their bellies.

Bertha and her second husband Joe (love the white sparkly Christmas tree!)


Bertha’s Hot Dogs and Tomato Soup

1 package of hot dogs, sliced
Mashed potatoes
1 can of tomato soup
Water or milk
A small onion
3 tb butter
3 tb flour
Black…

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Kitchen Widow Garden

Looking at the weather forecast today and it seems like fall is on the way. This gets me in the mood to gets my garden ready for winter. I like getting the soil cleared and raked and mulched after a long summer of use.   And I do need the break from gardening all summer and canning this early fall. However, I miss the fresh food.  My solution is grow fresh herbs in my kitchen window over the winter.

So I have started my herbs- Parsley, Basil,  Rosemary and Lavender. I use seeds for some and cuttings for others. I make a little greenhouse with plastic wrap and a rubber band. Once the seeds germinate and leaves are maturing then I take off the wrap.

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Springs of lavender I trimmed from a plant in my garden

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Terra cotta pots are best as they hold in moisture needed to root

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A little tent with a plastic bag.

Below is my parsley and basil that I started  from seed in march and cut all summer.

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Well used parsley

Basil

Basil

This is a close up of the woody stems where new leaves grow. I am going to bring my old basil plant inside and keep trimming. When the plant went to flower last month, I trimmer it down to a few inches and hoped for new growth.

Woody stem with new leaves.

Woody stem with new leaves.

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A little rosemary started

I found last year that my rosemary loved a nice cool window to grow. My kitchen windows were perfect. I would trim off a few springs to make a lemon chicken in the oven.  The plant will regrow.  Well worth the effort to have fresh herbs over the winter.

 

Happy Grandparents Day

Today is National Grandparents Day! I hope all the grandparents are having a fabulous day. I still have my 94 year old grandfather and appreciate him still being here with us. My kids unfortunately don’t have my parents to spoil them rotten as all grandparents do to their grandchildren.  I learned so much from my grandparents but didn’t really appreciate them until I was older and then they were gone . So today I celebrate my grandparents!

 

Mitchell Sosnicki and Delores Burke (my grandparents)

Mitchell Sosnicki and Delores Burke (my grandparents)

Grandma and I in her yard under the pines

Grandma and I in her yard under the pines

Gertrude Yuill and Robert Schwarz (my grandparents)

Gertrude Yuill and Robert Schwarz (my grandparents)

Together again

One of the things I always rember sitting on the mantle in our living room as a kid was an old fashioned iron. It is one of those items that never moved form its spot in my childhood home. I dusted it more than once as a kid. It was one of those quirky things I wanted when we were clearing out my childhood home for sale.

IMG_20140902_135031291_HDRI really have not had a use for it other than sitting on a bookshelf. It too has not moved much in my home. However, I was at the local antique show this summer and came across something that goes along with the iron. I initially bought this as a trivet for the kitchen. The seller told me it was a stand for a hot iron. Well I had one of those in my house!

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Stand for a hot iron

IMG_20140903_094108176_HDR[1]I was pleasantly surprised when I brought home my trivet that it fit my old iron perfectly.  These two pieces were together again. So now I need to look for another trivet. I cannot bear to keep these two antiques apart.

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