Friday, June 29, 2012

Allen's of California Pottery

While in the service my husband's father, Walt, asked his bunk mate who he was writing to.  The bunk mate said his sister back home in PA.  Walt told him jokingly to "send her my love" even though he didn't know her. Two years later, that joke turned to reality.  They were married in 1947.  Walt asked Jean when he got out of the service where she would like to live, PA or in the "Midwest" which was his home area.  Her response was the "Midwest" of course.  No questions asked.  Here she is city girl meets country living.

One of the things we inherited from my in-laws were a set of their dishes.  When it came time to divide things up no one seemed to want them.  Even though they were of a rather peculiar color, I found them appealing.  Especially, when I turned them over and they were "Allens of California Pottery".  My in-laws last name.  Certainly they needed to be rescued.

Allen's of California Water Pitcher  (1940's)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Grandma Lewis's Rhubarb Pie!

This year, our Rhubarb patch has not produced as well as in years past.  We did manage though to transport some to Georgia a few weeks ago....just enough to make two pies for mom and dad.  The recipe was passed down from Grandma Lewis to Aunt Martha to me.

 Rhubarb Pie
3 1/2 cps. rhubarb, fresh or frozen  (1" pieces)
1 1/2 cps. sugar
2 tblsps. cornstarch
1/4 cup water  

Mix the above ingredients and pour into pie shell.  Dot with 2 tbsps. butter and place top crust on, piercing with a fork.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.  Bake @ 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.  Place aluminum foil around the edge of crust to prevent the edges burning.

2 cps. flour
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup Crisco
5-6 tblsps. water

Grandma Lewis is the only grandma I knew growing up.  She was the best!  Over night stays meant sleeping in the guest bedroom with the sweetest smelling sheets and fluffiest pillows ever...We never took our own pajamas, as Grandma always supplied us with one of Grandpa's white T-shirts... which touched the floor on us.  You were princess for a day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


On a recent trip to Georgia, my mother gifted me with this quilted tabletopper.  The pattern is called "Twisted".  Mom has been sewing and quilting since she was just a little girl.  Growing up, I don't remember a day that she was not sewing, quilting or shopping for fabric for such.  She made everything from bathing suits for us to suit jackets for my dad.

Mom has never sold her goods for profit, but has reaped lots of compliments from gifting people with her beautiful pieces.  She has a God given talent and she has used it.  Her work is just as beautiful on the back sides as the front.  Thank you mom for being you!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Country Wilted Lettuce and special memories..

I was asked yesterday to find a recipe for a co-worker for "wilted lettuce".  I came across this recipe for Country Wilted Lettuce.  I hadn't thought about making this for years.  It brought back memories of my family picking and preparing home grown lettuce for a similar recipe.  Gardening was a big part of our lives when I was growing up.  My mother was a "stay at home" mom and she would freeze and can every summer.  I loved the smells of tomatoes and green beans simmering...waiting to be canned...along with waiting for the jar lids to "pop" while they were cooling.  Special memories...
For everything there is a time and a season...
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Friday, June 1, 2012


What better day to start my new blog than on my parents 65th wedding anniversary!  Thank you Lord for gifting me with such special parents.