Tuesday, July 27, 2010

now and then

I picked the last of our peas yesterday - kind of bittersweet - and used them to make this. And what you see here is the last of our cauliflower.

From one of my aunts yesterday:

"You make me think of picking peaches and shaking apples from the tree and picking okra and black eyed peas and shelling and canning them but somehow when I was growing up I didn't think that was all that much fun but I do remember that Grandma Wolf and Grandma B were plenty busy as well as Mother and how good Grandma Wolf's frozen cream corn was in the winter and how I hated and still do to this day apple butter but I liked the peach butter bet my grandkids don't even know what they are. Oh another trip down memory lane...."

Makes me happy to feel like the life I'm living is a life my great-grandparents would be comfortable in. And at the same time, thankful my life is easier in so many ways.

12 comments:

Sammi said...

Its funny really.. its like things have gone full circle with us growing all of our own fruit and veg nowadays again after so long of just buying things...

likeschocolate said...

What sweet memories! I remember the pantry of my great aunts shelves being full of canned fruit and vegetables from her garden. Always so yummy!

Deidra said...

So sweet. You're keeping a legacy alive.

Jane Flanagan said...

I love this post. I made Irish soda bread on the weekend and whenever I do that I feel such a connection of all these Irish women I grew up around... my Mum and Gran Mary-Jo and aunts and Mrs O'Hanrahan, who used to make the best marmalade to go on her soda bread...

Barbara said...

My mother, aunts and grandmothers always had vegetable gardens and canned things over the summer for the winter to come. They made the best chili sauce I've ever eaten. Three of them would get together in the kitchen with baskets of tomatoes and make huge pots of chili sauce all in one hot, exhausting day.

How nice that you are keeping these traditions alive...I do miss having a garden.

Purple Flowers said...

I love to hear about a legacy!

Francesca said...

Thank you aunt for sharing these memories with us, I loved reading her words.
PS I also don't like apple butter, I had it once only, and I'm sure I'd lake peach butter better too!

Char said...

that is living a beautiful life. what great ways to honor their memories.

Jessica said...

A beautiful life for sure! That is the key, isn't it? I always use a "grammie" check on life.

KPiep said...

Yes, it was a good way to live...but it was also very, very difficult at times. I try to remind myself of that when I get a bit too sentimental.

Than again, they had wonderful things like cherry pitters and pea hullers!

Ina in Alaska said...

ahhh.... thanks for sharing that! xoxo

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