Feb 6, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
Great Grandmother Fraser’s Clootie Dumpling
I cook this at Christmas instead of Christmas pudding as not only is it lighter and fresher than the traditional Christmas pudding, but it is also very easy to make.
Jul 28, 2012
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.
Jul 17, 2012
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 :)
Jun 17, 2012