November 28, 2011

Baking Reminds me of Grandma!

Wow - this makes it 4 days in a row for posting... I'm impressing myself!!!  LOL!

Ok - so this morning I brought the invites to the shop and snapped a quick photo for you before I stuffed the envelopes with them.  It is rather simple this year - but simple is good every now and then.  I love the old recipe I included in the bottom left.  There is something magical about old recipes.  I love coming across an old recipe box filled with someones recipes that have been special to them or passed on from generations.  I still have a few of my great grandmother Lily's old recipes that she had written.  Seeing her hand writing warms my heart!  She was one of those who never really used a recipe - yet anything she would make or bake turned out amazing.  

Speaking of amazing... I am the only one who has her recipe for svensakaka.  It is kinda like a flatbread/soft round bread like...  It is rolled out and baked one side at a time in the oven.  It is best when it comes out of the oven hot and fresh and the butter melts on it when you put it on!!  (Heaven)!  It is also tasty with butter and homemade strawberry jam!  What I wouldn't give for one more round of baking with my great grandma Lily!!  Those were some of my best memories... 

Baking was a huge part of my life.  Every since I can remember, once or twice a week I would rush over to her house in the morning (we lived in the same yard) and we would bake cakes, cookies and breads etc...  She was so patient and we giggled all morning long!  It was just the best.  The crazy part is that you know how crazy flour can be - well, try cleaning up everything with no running water.  Yes - she never did accept our gift of plumbing.  I would carry pails of water (heavy - big pails!!) everyday!  And in the winter... I would haul them over in my sled.  Thinking back... It was a normal thing to do.  It is hard to imagine those "good olde days".  However, even though the days are but a memory, her legacy lives on through my baking... as I am blessed to have her rolling pins and sticks (hand widdled) for making lefsa and svensakaka, along with her recipes.  

I miss you & love you soo much Grandma!  XOXOXO 

5 comments:

Me and My Stitches said...

What a great story! I have wonderful memories of making cookies with my Grandma. Every year she always made candy cane cookies - which are among my favorites. But, she was known for her anise cookies. She had (my mom has them now) old wooden cookie molds that are just amazing. They have teeny, tiny little detail in them. She was a perfectionist and her cookies were always just beautiful. She made loads of them (they are a lot of work) and sent them to many family and friends. This is a family tradition that we have carried on. They are beautiful to look at (and we have a good time making them), but I think they taste terrible!

Beckyjean said...

Wonderful post!! I too am a baker & credit my mom & grandmom for the talent. I have many wonderful memories of baking days. Thanks for sharing yours.

Becky

Miss Stacy said...

Me and My Stitches - Love your comment. You should take pics when you are making them - I would love to see them in process. They sound so amazing. Some people have no patience these days to take the time to bake let alone make something as neat and special as those. Wow! What a great tradition to have carried on! Keep it going girl! :)

Miss Stacy said...

Becky Jean - So glad to hear you have some good memories! That is half the fun! I am teaching my girls to bake too! They love baking with me. Cupcakes are their specialty... they don't even need my help anymore! LOL! Have a great night!

Willow Lake Stitches said...

Stacy,

I really enjoyed your baking with Great Grandma story... I'll bet those memories come flooding back each time you smell those delicious smells. Something about baking and the sense of taste and smell really conjur up those memories !

I'm with ya, on the no running water... ask me how I know ! LOL ( been there done that ) Hard to imagine how our Grands - and in my case - parents- made it all work with how little they had ! It's what builds character, I think...

Beth

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