Sunday, December 1, 2013

Memories of Grandma...

If any of you are lucky enough to have known my Grandma Herr, you probably have lots of warm memories of her!  Maybe you even tasted her cookies...or her baked chicken...or her lima beans served with milk and butter.

For the first twenty three years of my life, I was lucky enough to live next door to this wonderful lady...my Mom's mom...


Grandma had a way of making each one of her twelve grandchildren feel like we were the most special. When we walked into her kitchen, she dropped everything just to talk to us.  If she was baking cookies, we got to taste them fresh out of the oven, and of course she left us eat more than Mom would have!  :)

A year or so ago, I noticed that my sister had a recipe for her Snickerdoodles.  I commented on how special it was to have it written in Grandma's own shaky handwriting.

Well...yesterday at our family Thanksgiving dinner, Mary handed each of us sisters and Mom, a bag.  Inside was a pack of Snickerdoodles..and something rolled up and tied with a ribbon.  As soon as I began unrolling mine, I noticed that shaky handwriting.  This is what it was...


Here's a close up...


(Yes, maybe I should have ironed it before taking the picture, but that's ok...)

Grandma passed away on December 31, 2000, at the age of...101 years! She was a very special lady...and you can bet that I won't be using this tea towel.  It will be framed and hanging in my kitchen some day soon!

Thanks Mary!

19 comments:

  1. Oh Alica that is something that will be cherished forever what an incredible idea. Your sister is very wise. Your Grandma sounds perfect, I had a Grandma like that too and I do have her recipe book. Oh Alica this is such a great way to honour her memory she would love that you have it hanging on your wall.. Cookies sound yummy. Thank you for sharing. Hug B

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  2. that brought tears to my eyes. what a sweet, amazing, heartfelt gift...

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  3. Those Snikerdoodles cookies sound delicious. What a wonderful idea to do that for all her sister. It makes me want to try bake some.
    I'm so happy for you.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  4. I forgot to add that your grandma grew some hugs cabbages and has beautiful flowers.
    JB

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    1. Julia...that's what everyone says when they see that picture! :) She did have beautiful flowers. I remember her mostly in the years when her garden was mostly flowers, and only a few vegetables, like the cabbages you see here. The flowers I remember most are her lady slippers. We could pop the see pods open, and it was so much fun!

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  5. A work of art worthy of a frame. How nice to have such a gift.

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  6. That is the most thoughtful gift I have ever seen... kudos to your sis for thinking of it! It's just wonderful!

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  7. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. I have a contract my Grandmother wrote for a relative. It was how to take care of the dish towels she gave him. It has a huge story behind it. I would love to do what your sister did. Such a precious gift! I am very excited for you.

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  8. What a lovely gift. You are so blessed. I love that picture of your grandma in the garden. I love her bonnet.
    You are so blessed.

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  9. That is beautiful! Your grandmother sounds like a lovely woman.:)

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  10. That is so very special! Bless you, Alica.

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  11. OH! That is incredibly special and wonderful! I am so happy for you!!!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  12. Wow! What a wonderful gift!!
    How thoughtful of your sister to do that for each of you.

    Have a wonderful week :)

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  13. What a very thoughtful gift. I did not know my grandmother well, but I have a few of her china teacups, which I treasure.

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  14. What a beautiful idea! How would one transfer a recipe to that big of a tea towel? Would a tea towel be the same thing as a flower sack towel? I would love to do this with one of my grandma's recipes as I also hold the only hand written recipe card she had. Thank you for any valuable information that you can pass on! I really enjoy your blog as our lifestyles have a lot in common. Blessings!

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    1. Sherry, I can find out how she did it. I think she took a picture of the recipe and somehow transferred it to fabric. If you send me your email, I will try to get the info to you! My email is on my profile. Thanks!

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