Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Recipe for life

Years ago, when I was in elementary school, my mother "did hair".  She went to a cosmetology school and then when to work as a "hair dresser".  A lot of her clients were the older women that came in for a Shampoo and Set.  When my mom changed jobs to something different, one tiny little lady started coming to our house on Saturdays for her Shampoo and Set.  Over the years she became our Auntie Peg.  She never had children of her own. 

Auntie Peg passed away a couple of years ago.  I was lucky enough to become the keeper of a few of her things.

















 One was her sweets recipe box, apparently she had more than one recipe box...

















This little box from the sixties is plum full, as you can see.  Most of the recipes are typed (on a real typewriter) on plain ol' index cards.

















Some of the recipes sound delish,
















some just sound interesting... really Party Size Angel Food Cake?  Who knew this existed!






















I also have my mom's first copy of Betty Crocker's Cooky Book.
















She gave it to me when she got a new, pages till attached copy.   You can find the favorites quickly, since they are the pages that are the messiest!






















I've amassed a few cookbooks myself over the years.  As you can see, I'm partial to the Barefoot Contessa series!  On the top shelf, to the far right, is a copy of a cookbook a cousin made when my brother got married 22 years ago.  She had everyone in the family submit at least 4 or 5 recipes to be included in the book.  It's such a great idea since many of the grandmothers and great-aunts are no longer with us, but we have some of their recipes for us and future generations.






















I too have a recipe box, a cute little metal Martha Stewart box.  Not so full, but it does hold MY recipes.  Many of OUR family's favorites.  Maybe one day some thoughtful person will be the keeper of my recipe box.... and wonder what in the world you do with a recipe for Tomato Soup Cake.


















The days are getting longer and spring is almost here... I am a happy girl!


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18 comments:

  1. I want some Cherry Slice! It looked yummy, maybe you could post some of Aunt Peg's recipes.

    My mother in law still gets her hair curled and set. She went to Sumas for years and years to get it done.

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  2. If I didn't know better, I would think I was looking at my collection as I own many that you have, including the old Betty C. Cooky Book. I keep collecting and I can't seem to stop (don't really want to) myself. I also get very excited when I come across old recipe boxes like you have from 'Auntie Peg', to me they are real treasures.

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  3. What a sweet recipe collection! The recipe box is wonderful!

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  4. Yes, I am a closet hoarder of recipe books too..
    And I have two recipe boxes of my moms, alhtough I just love to look at her handwriting...

    If only these recipes came out edible as they "sound" when I bake them! Im trying! *holds head down in baking shame, holding a spatula*

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  5. I love the old recipe books and especially the hand-written notes the 'cook' would make in the margins. Sweet post, lots of wonderful memories!

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  6. I could never get rid of a vintage cookbook or recipe box - all those wonderful food-memories!

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  7. What a wonderful keepsake! I have some recipe books, but never seem to have time to use them. Maybe I'll try to start, you've inspired me.

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  8. I think I get to be the keeper of recipes, don't I?

    And I do think it's time we do another family recipe book.

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  9. I have the cooky book, too...isn't it a treasure! I love old recipes and cookbooks! You have a wonderful collection! ♥

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  10. You were blessed with this dear ladies vintage things. You never know what good will happen when you are kind and help others.

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  11. I love old recipes like the ones you got from your Aunt Peg. I have all of my nanny's and adore having them. Did you see the post I did where I hung some of them in my kitchen with twine and clothes pins? I LOVE that because I get to see her handwritten recipes everyday.

    Love all of your cookbooks!!! Happy almost spring!

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  12. I am always on the hunt for a cute recipe box, I love that red martha one.

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  13. That old recipe box from your Auntie Peg must be chock full of no fail recipes and old family favourites! Have you made any of them? I really enjoy baking and there are a few that sound yummy. I love the idea of a family recipe book ... I've seen it done before at bridal showers! Enjoying a lovely, mild day here today with sunny skies. Happy St. Paddy's Day!

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  14. Love your old cookbook and what a sweet recipe box!! Nice to have something from someone you treasure so much

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  15. That's funny. I have that same tourquoise Woman's World Cook Book (laying on it's side) that you do. I think I found it at Goodwill years ago. That is really cool that you have all those vintage recipes. Are you just gonna leave them in the cool recipe box or display them some way?

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  16. I don't have any of my mother's recipes or cookbooks, but I have those that had belonged to my mother-in-law. Some of the cards say who the recipe came from. I need to get them out and look at them again!

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  17. I would so love to dive in that recipe box and look at all the recipes. Great memories with this post, my mom used to go to the "beauty shop" and we'd have to go....could not stand that!!! LOL

    So nice you got some of her things. They are surely treasures in your eyes. Happy VTT!

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  18. I love the idea of the recipe book as a wedding gift, that is really great. The family recipes are really the best! Great post.

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