I was going through one of mommy’s recipe boxes the other night, looking for recipes to try or copy down. I did find some recipes, but I found something I treasure more than the recipes of my great grandmother – a piece of family history.
This letter was written to my grandmother, Elizabeth “Zib” Gishpert from someone. An Aunt Ruth, who I have never heard of before. The Mary Susan talked about in the last paragraph is my dad’s cousin. I don’t know what the typed note is from. The header at top of the stationary implies that it came from a store that my great uncle’s family owned. Nate and I spent a few minutes trying to decipher some of hte handwriting the other day:
How do you like the “Red.”
I’ll stick a weeny note in with your Dad’s letter. It’s plenty cool today. Maybe he told you yesterday was “HayDay.” We put stuff out on the walk – marked down items and got rid of a few. But it was cold standing out and today my legs are stiff as 2 sticks.
Honey – about the doughnuts – the dough is soft. I usually put it in the ice box for at least an hour then just take out about 1/3 and pat it into a strip then cut off slices about 3/4 to 1 in wide and roll with palm of hand on lightly floured board. If you like then stand about 10 min after you have rolled them they seem to be a little better – I heat fat to 365-370. Real often mine are grease soaked too. Another thing if you use buttermilk or sour milk – don’t have it very sour. I often add sweet milk to the buttermilk. Too sour and too holey.
I hope – ? her ? under his cold before this: it’s good weather for a cold.
Your evening “out” sounded very interesting. and the food good.
I presume John sent you a picture of little Mary Susan – very cute baby. Why not? Now I can boast of two dolls. Lucky me!
Here’s something else I found, too:
It’s a note from my teacher to mommy from when we lived in Jordan. Little Stars is the preschool Cait and I both went to, and I think at one of the parties mommy liked something my teacher made, so wanted the recipe. 🙂
Cait has a post up from a while ago about some family, including my great-grandmother Rose, after whom I got my middle name.
And speaking of family – yesterday we went to the hospital to visit the Y’s and their new baby – Elizabeth (Bethan) Anisa. She’s so beautiful, and I’m so glad I was able to make a baby hat for her, and that it fits her perfectly. It was precious to watch her older brother (‘Miah) and sister (Ellie) hold her, cuddle her, love her – and fight over her. 😉 I loved holding her, too – there’s something so wonderful about holding a newborn, and joyous about life.
I am so thankful for it.