Easter Challenge

My grandmother started the tradition of baking a lambie cake for Easter. I love Easter as it is the beginning of spring and always falls around my birthday. It is just an exciting time of renewal in my honest opinion.

My grandma and mother tried unsuccessfully to make a lambie cake for decades in this mold. It turned into a challenge that as the next generation I have got to take up!

Lambie Cake Mold

Lambie Cake Mold

My father told me in the year before he died that it was my job to make the lambie cake work. I am armed with cooking spray and am going to carry on the tradition. Wish me luck this Easter.

Family Lambie Cake recipe from 1950

Family Lambie Cake recipe from 1950

Scottish Family Bible

History Rambler:

A reminder to myself to get back to researching this branch of my tree.

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Over the summer, my uncle surprised me with a priceless gift.. the 200 year old family bible from Scotland. This gift came as a total surprise in a nondescript brown box. When I opened the box, I cried with tears of joy. Genealogy and family history research are my passion.
1808 Bible Cover
very thick pages

Names and dates of deaths in the cover page

pages are still crisp and easily turn

 The bible is a mystery in some ways. I know it passes down from my Great Great Grandmother Jessie Kennedy Yuill.  However, I cannot connect all the names to the Kennedy family. Jessie was the daughter of Annie Andrews and William Kennedy. The bible is from the Andrews line of descent. The mystery is half the fun! So I keep on researching until I know who John, Janey and Hugh Andrews are in my research.

Jessie Kennedy Yuill…

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It’s a small genealogy world….

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There are times when the internet amazes me in how it makes the world a much much smaller place. You can reach out to people all over the world. In the genealogy world, the internet has made research so much easier and affordable. It is the tip of the iceberg in research but can be a great connector of people looking for ancestors.

Recently I received an email out of the clear blue that shows how small a world it is and good things do happen. A guy bought a box of books at a garage sale and at the bottom was a couple of pictures from the 1800′s with names on back. He felt they belonged with the family. He googled the name of Henry May online and found my name on “find a grave” looking for Henry.  They are pictures of my great great grandfather in long island…

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Four Generations.. My most cherished possession

I am sure we all have one favorite photograph that means the world to us. My favorite is the only photograph taken with all four generations of females in my family. My great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and me at 2 months old. I am the only one left in this photo. My great-grandmother died when I was 6 years old, my grandmother when I was 24 years old and my mother when I was 11 years old.

Four generations (1973)

Four generations (1973)

Next week is my birthday and I was thinking about all these wonder women in this picture. I wish I could have spent more time with them all but I know that part of them are what makes me who I am today! This is my greatest treasure.

Spring for sure

Finally after a long winter I am seeing signs of spring. My daffodils are starting to pop up and the lilacs had buds! After so much snow and cold this winter, I am ready for spring !

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Daffodils

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Lilac

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Rose bush

My little rose has been blooming this month too. I think I will plant outside once the threat of frost is gone.