A gift poem

I’d been remembering how my grandmother used to write sweet and silly little poems to go with hand made gifts. Being relatively poor, gifts that she sewed or baked or otherwise crafted were often given to friends. Of course, the poems had all gone away and I so wished I had just one. 

Yesterday, I was cleaning out an old wooden toy trunk from my childhood. Among accessories for my grandma’s old treadle sewing machine, I found this and immediately recognized her handwriting. It must have been the rough draft of a poem to go with some sort of soapy sewn gift. 


I am so pleased to have found this precious treasure. 

Grandma’s Recipe Box: Pie

My grandmother was renowned for her light and fluffy pie crust.  I wonder if she used this recipe:

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Raisin Cream Pie. I know I would not have liked this one.
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Cream Pie
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Chocolate Pie
lemonpie
Lemon Pie …fine!
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Rhubarb Pie
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Washington Cream Pie
pumpkinpie
Cox’s Pumpkin Pie (possibly from as far back as her 20s when she was married to “Papa” Cox.

She also made a wonderful apple pie which she always served with a slice of cheddar cheese.

 

 

 

Grandma’s recipe box: desserts

From the recipe box of my grandmother, Gladys Corinne Walker.

Gladys was a wonderful cook, and for collectors of old recipes, these may be interesting.

A lot of the details about the recipes came out of Gladys’s memory so only an experienced cook could re create them.

She made many different kinds of cookies, so those are on a separate post.

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One Minute Icing

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Spice Cake

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Apple Crisp

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Lemon Yellow Cake

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Ethel Warley’s Apple Sauce Cake

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Gold Medal Orange Cake
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Nut Spice Cake

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Eggless, Milkless, Butterless Cake

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Cream Fruit Cake

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White Gingerbread

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Coconut Brown Sugar Cake

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Oatmeal Cake
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Carrot Bread

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Bran Muffins
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Mrs. Doolittle’s Bran Bread

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Date  Nut Bread

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Apple Dumplings

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Double Decker Fudge finally!
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angelfood
Yellow Angel Food Cake

strawberrycake
Strawberry Short Cake
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pineapplecake
Pineapple Cake

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“This is very good.”

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Orange Donuts

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Tapioca Cream Pudding
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Boiled Custard Pudding
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Bread Pudding

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Ruby Cranberry Ring
 

vanillasauce
Vanilla Sauce

 

Grandma’s Recipe Box: pickles

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Moony’s Bread and Butter Pickles

Grandma made pickles every fall; her little red house smelled deliciously of salt and vinegar.  I helped her prepare the cucumbers.  These are the only pickle recipes in her recipe box.  I also remember Virginia Sweet Chunks (her favourite) and water melon pickles.

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Mustard Pickles
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Doris’s Dill Pickles

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Just because I could not figure out where else to put mayonnaise:

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Mayonaise

Grandma’s Recipe Box: main dishes and salads

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Meat and Potato Pie

I am not a cook.  These old recipes of my grandmother’s from the 1940s and 1950s might be of interest to friends who are.  I am sure many of the details were just kept in her mind!  Gladys was an amazing cook and I still remember her dinners 50 years later.

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Baked Ham

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spaghetti
Spaghetti with bacon and tomatoes
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beef with fruit
SwissSteak
Swiss Steak
macaroni
Savory Macaroni
CornSouffle
Corn Souffle
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Corn Fritters
meatloaf
Meat Loaf. My mother added onions and bread crumbs.
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Cannelloni

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Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
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Lou’s Salad Dressing (must be her sister Lou)
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Wilted Lettuce
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Best Salad
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Twenty Four Hour Salad
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Salad Dressing
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Fruit Salad Dressing