This is a place to share old recipes. Popular food types have changed over time. This is just about embracing days gone by. Also a place to discuss how things were when you were young or old family traditions.
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What are some of your favorite Christmas/holiday memories and/or traditions? What were the foods your mom and grandma always served?
One thing I can remember off hand is the Christmas village my Grandma always put up. she had a high shelf that went all around the top of her living room, with german style beams that were painted dark brown and the ceiling and walls were an off white color. There was a wood burning stove at the end of the room on a stone hearth. She would put that village up and at night it was so magical. In fact, she still does it and when I go to see her for Christmas, she makes sure to have all her decorations up for me because she knows how much I enjoy it. I also love her old antique christmas tablecloths. she would also put up these old elves around the house that were supposed to watch us and make sure we were good. We would go around and try to find all of them. My grandpa always fixed clocks (but was mainly a jeweler) there were so many old clocks around the house. Some of them with mercury in them. Each one unique. I remember staying at my grandma's house around christmas time and waking up early in the morning before anyone else was up and hearing those old clocks. I have put old clocks in my house because the sound is comforting to me. I want my children to have that experience. Another thing around christmas time or any family gathering at grandma's house, things would get frantic in the kitchen. The men would hang out in the family room and the women would be busy in the kitchen working together getting things prepared. It was always a step into womanhood when you were invited into the kitchen to help with the women. Also, when you were invited to the adult's table. I still to this day sometimes enjoy sitting at the kids table, because they are always having so much more fun. I miss grandma's gazebo in the summer time, eating sandwiches, drinking lemonade and listening to classical music.
So I was at the local goodwill yesterday and as I walked to the book section, an old and worn looking cook book stood at the end of the shelf. I grabbed it and started looking through it and a hand written recipe on a very yellowed piece of paper. I saw that there were also very old magazine clippings and notes. This looked like it was once a very loved and used cook book. I wondered what it was doing there. I guess there's just some people who don't appreciate passed down recipes as much. The recipes were from the 50's. Not sure when the magazine clipping was from exactly, but judging from the font (and since I've collected old magazine clippings in the past) It's late 50's early 60's. I found some other cookbooks from the 70's and 80's also, which weren't nearly as interesting. I bought the worn one and a few others and some children's teaching books from the 50's. I collect old books, especially children's books. In fact, I'm planning on going to a local thrift store today to look through old books and records.
Oh, I forgot, I looked through some great records yesterday also. There just happened to be a record that went with an old family record I have that I grew up with that is very hard to find. I love great finds like that! Sometimes buying records is the way to go, because you can find very unique music that you won't find anywhere else. Unfortunately, one of the records I bought, that I was super excited about was split in half when I got home. I was so bummed. Oh well, I came home with some gems, anyway :)
I was just sitting on the couch with my son watching I Love Lucy and was admiring the hats the women used to wear whenever they went out. I love hats. I think it would be so cool to have a bunch of different cool hats and wear them out all the time.
About this time of year I am longing for a real Louisiana snowball. My husband grew up in Louisiana and I love going back to see his dad and getting these sweet treats. I always look forward to it. I always get the "stuffed (ice cream) dreamsicle". They really specialize in them over there. I have been thinking of making a similar recipe I could make at home and share on here. I have one I already came up with, I'm going to add the recipe shortly.
When I was a little girl we had milk, butter and cream delivered to our door and the milk came in glass bottles. It all came from a local farmer. Now, I am only 27 years old, so some people think this is unusual for someone my age. I grew up in a very small country town. Well, I was reading last night about a little farm in Northern Mississippi that has started a business like this, which made me so excited. The article talked about how people want fresh organic milk, so there is a market for this coming back. I have always dreamed of owning my own dairy farm, so maybe this would be a good reason for talking my husband into it some day... yeah right. lol. But really, I would love to have a dairy farm. Even more I would just love to have Fresh milk like that again. Nothing tastes as sweet and creamy. I only buy organic whole milk because it's the closest thing I can find, but still not the same. It's amazing how much better cereal and pudding and other things that require milk taste when you use milk like that. I think this nostalgic way of life really needs to come back. Along with a lot of other things besides milk. I wish I was raising my children in a more wholesome time.