The Love of a Grandmother

One of the ways I like to show affection is for cooking or baking for others. Growing up I always remember my grandparents giving or receiving food items for many occasions. I was very fortunate to have the influence and be taught by some amazing cooks and bakers throughout my childhood and into my adult years. From my grandmothers and even grandfather, friends and co-workers, they have all helped me along my way and due to their influence I believe that is why I associate cooking/baking for others with affection. Last night I attempted yet again my grandmothers chocolate sheet cake. Although I still have work to do, I am getting closer. I began thinking back at watching her in the kitchen, she was always so calm and made it seem so easy. Now while being in the kitchen has been very natural for me, I assure you I am no where as calm and collected as she was. I’ve also begun to appreciate those Sunday dinners so much more, because I understand the work that actually went into them. I don’t know how she managed to bake that cake, cut up and fry the chicken, slice all the potatoes to mash them, and still remain so graceful.
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Over the last few months I’ve also been attempting to re-create some of my husbands favorite foods that his grandmother made. Now this is no easy task, she was a homemaker and farmer’s wife for many years. Now while I’m getting pretty close on her chocolate chip cookies, Baked mac and cheese was something I was not familiar with. My family just made mac and cheese with Velveeta and macaroni. I’ve made a few batches, and well let’s just say I feel like they have a long way to go. My husband however says they are great. I only hope that I am able to pass along my love of the kitchen along to my children, it doesn’t seem like many actually know their way around the kitchen anymore. No matter what I will continue to fill my cookie jars and making goodies for others, holding dear to me the memories of the past that brought me to where I am today.  Feel free to share your favorite memories in the kitchen too!

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Food for the soul

When your hair can form icicles it is just too darn cold to do anything. I would rather crawl up with a book, blanket and coffee forgetting that the hair on my legs (hey its cold, cut me a break) could cut someone thanks to the goosebumps. When it’s cold there is always those foods that you instantly think of. For me its two things, Biscuits and gravy, or chili and cinnamon rolls.
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Of course you can use canned biscuits but nothing is better than homemade. I’ll make sure you include a copy of the recipe I use at the bottom. Growing up I honestly thought everyone knew you eat cinnamon rolls with your chili. It wasn’t until  I was married and my in-laws from outside of Kansas pointed out that this actually wasn’t a well known thing.  Nothing is better than some chili with homemade cinnamon rolls, it warms you down to your soul.  Make your chili, if you need a recipe just say so I’ll send you mine,  add a little sour cream and shredded cheese on top. Take a bite of your chili, then a bite of your cinnamon roll. I promise you won’t regret it. You can even crock pot your chili so you can come home to a warm meal, if you don’t have a crock pot you really need to get one! Crock pot, cast iron skillet, and a coffee maker are three things I just couldn’t go without. My kitchen aid mixer isn’t far behind on that list though, homemade noodles are amazing.

Despite that I’m more of a baker than a cook, I do love being in the kitchen and making meals that will bring my family together. I’ve been tossing around sharing some of these recipes and even trying out recipes suggested to me. I would love to try out something new! I will warn you I am not a fish eater though, I have texture aversions and fish just don’t mix with that.  Now that I’m nice and hungry though I think I will be making another cup of coffee and making some cinnamon rolls and chili!

Stay warm and God Bless!