The holidays are coming up and I like to give homemade gifts. I decided to do some canning. This happens every 5 years or so. It's like having a baby or a doing a garage sale, it takes awhile for me to forget how much pain or time it took to do it.
My mom used to can every year but it wasn't because she necessarily enjoyed it. My Dad always grew a big garden and she didn't want to waste it. They would annually get into an argument about how he grew all this stuff and then drug it through her clean house and plopped it all down in the kitchen sink for her to can.
Loved the dill pickles! I ask Mom about it, but unfortunately she's 90 years old and doesn't remember recipe details anymore. So out of the cabinet came the recipes. Rather than looking it up on the internet or saving the recipes in a word file, the pre-internet women just wrote or typed each one down and stuck it in a box. After getting them all out, I thought that perhaps I should get them in order , organize them , type them and put them in a word folder. They were after all kind of a mess.
Other than recipes , I found little blessing and memories. Old notes from my kids written on recipes that I had left out on the counter. "Went to Jakes. Don't worry Mom, I did my homework. Be home by 6:00." A recipe for sugar cookies written by my Grandma. My grandma never went to school but wrote fairly well and always signed her last name only . She just signed it "Whitten". A stack of recipes, Mom typed and gave to me when I got married. She obviously knew I was completely clueless regarding cooking from these recipes. They were simple recipes, like spaghetti or meatloaf. She was right though, I WAS completely clueless. I also found these little tips written down in mom's writing in a variety of locations. They were interesting so I'm
As for my pickle recipe, I found it in several locations, typed and written down. One of the written down ones made me smile, scribbled on the bottom, it said , "Clean up John's mess." :)
Organize these? No way! What was I thinking? I can't throw this stuff away. Good memories don't come in word files.