Saturday, February 28, 2015

RECIPES FROM ELIZABETH


This is my friend Elizabeth.  Most of you know her story and that I've been visiting her, first at her home and then after she fell, in a Assisted Living Facility.  She's 98 and I only dream to be as sharp as her.

She was so excited when I got my KitchenAid and since it was impossible to show her in person, I took a picture of it and gave it to her on my last visit.

Today, when I arrived she had several recipes for me.  Here she is with then laying on her lap.  They are almost as old as she is.  The pages tatted, torn, and faded.  She was excited because most of then are bread recipes and she knows I'm anxious to make bread with my new bread hook.

There is a bagel recipe, a 5" popover recipe and a "Real" German Chocolate Cake...No mix here, and the Coconut Pecan frosting from scratch.  The hard part.  She wants me to try all of them, and either take a picture or bring her some.  Her son is making me copies so she can keep her originals.

Today I told her that I was learning so much from her....and she said she was learning from me too.  She pointed to a letter that had a "forever" stamp on it and told me she will love me forever.  Brought a tear to my eye.  I do love this dear woman.

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  1. Oh, that brought a tear to my eye too, Wanda. How wonderful that you both inspire each other. And boy, you better get crackin' - you have a lot of baking to do!

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    1. It good to be a learner at any age. I do love hearing her stories and ideas. Yes, I better get crackin'. HaHa

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  2. I love reading about the special friendship you and Elizabeth share. That is so cute that she would like to "sample" the recipes she's sharing! When I was a child, my mama would make German choc cake for all the holidays, from scratch.

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    1. I'm a little nervous, as she will be a good critic. Looking forward to doing for her.

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  3. You two brought a tear to my eye, too. I know those recipes are going to be so good... in LOTS of ways... hugs and blessings ~ tanna

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    1. I will be posting them...hopefully they all turn out. HaHa

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  4. Aw, she is so sweet. Maybe you will share some of the recipes with us. I have a fancy Kitchen Aid mixer too.
    :0)

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    1. I certainly will, Martha. She remembers you and I'll share her recipes as I make them.

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  5. Wow. I think the thing I fear the most about getting older is not be "sharp" any more. You friend sounds wonderful.

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    1. Janet, me too. I'm amazed at her memory and her quick wit.

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  6. How sweet! Friendships like this are precious. German chocolate cake is my favorite. It was the one I always requested on my birthday.

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    1. I'm looking forward to the German Choc. Cake the most. Maybe for Easter.

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  7. This brought a tear to my eyes too. Elizabeth is such a sweet lady. Precious recipes and memories you are gaining.
    If I could be as sharp as her would truly be wonderful.

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    1. I wish you could meet her Sue. She is the best friend and I will treasure our memories forever.

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  8. So wonderful your friendship with such a lovely person. German Chocolate cake is one of my favs...

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    1. That cake is the one I'm looking most forward to try.

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  9. Oh Wanda, that is just the sweetest thing. So touching. What a blessing you are to Elizabeth! I love that she had the recipes ready for you! I used to bake from scratch German chocolate cake. I remember one of my husband's co-workers telling me it was as tender as a mother's love.

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    1. She took the time to have her son go through her storage and bring her the recipes. Now he's going to make copies for me.
      I'm anxious to make the cake.

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  10. She sure is a fun lady! How sweet to get those recipes! I love German Chocolate Cake but have never made one! I must do something about that! Maybe for Easter!

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    1. Betsy, I'm surprised you've never made a German Chocolate cake. I've only made the mixes, never from scratch. If you make one please post it!! I will take a picture of it to Elizabeth and tell her she is inspiring us.

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  11. I have a 3x5 card box full of grandmas old recipes in her handwriting in pencil. I don't cook or bake anything, but I wouldnt give it up for anything. Elizabeth looks good for 98.

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    1. You have a treasure Jim. How special that you have her original recipes. Yes, Elizabeth is doing great for her age. Her body is failing...but her mind is so sharp.

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  12. This was so sweet to read and i love that you have a photo of her with the recipes in her lap. Hope you try them all and share them with us...I mean that literally, lol.

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    1. She doesn't mind at all that I take her picture. Usually I'm in the picture too, but this was just to cute with all those tatted and faded recipes in her lap. A treasure. I will share.

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  13. so very sweet....for a moment there, reminded me of "Fried Green Tomatoes"....with just a different story to tell. This is so very kind of you to take time to visit here. Be sure and show us the foods you cook....

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    1. I loved that Movie. She is a delightful woman, and I look forward to try the recipes. Yes, if they turn out, I'll take a picture.. HaHa.

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  16. What fun for her and you to try some of these recipes!

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  17. Your kindness touches my heart!

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