Saturday, January 7, 2012

Grandma's Kitchen

Among my favorite memories of my grandmothers and my mother, are those that center around the kitchen.  One grandmother was an amazing cook whose melt in your mouth food was country cooking at its best.  The other grandmother and my mom weren't great cooks, but they did let me linger in the kitchen with them and learn the basics.  

This is a tiny painting I made about 15 years ago of my Grandmother and Grandfather in their country kitchen.  My memories of the goings on in their kitchen are vivid and warm.   I especially remember waking up to the sound of the cows outside and the butter churn inside.   I remember the huge production of grape juice and jelly making with my cousins.  I remember watching with amazement both the cake batter and the very bowl itself moving around under Grandma's ancient  standing mixer. There were wooden spoons and antique bowls.  There were cans of bacon grease and pitchers of real, raw milk.  Fresh eggs.  Fresh meat.  Homemade butter.  Mmmmmmm.......

I want to create lots of warm kitchen memories with my own granddaughter.  Whenever we are together, we cook.  Holidays together are spent doing the stereotypical kitchen things.  Easter eggs at spring visits.  Crabs at summer visits.  Sugar cookies at Christmas.  "Hattie's soup"....campfire cooking.....  I hope she has as vivid and warm memories of cooking with me as I have with my own beloved mothers.

7 comments:

LDH said...

Sweet childhood memories! They must zoom back each time you see the wonderful drawing you made.

And of course, your dear granddaughter will cherish the time spent with you in your kitchen whipping up yummy treats and hanging out together. Then one day do the same thing with her grandchild.

Amazing how we have become the grandparent when often I feel like the kid :)

Sara Bowen said...

I'm suyour granddaughter will have GREAT memories of spending time with you, Jan! She's a very lucky girl... I like your painting of your garndparents in the kitchen.

Julie said...

oh, you struck a cord in me...I had a set of country grandparents too...wonderful memories!

i have done some cooking with my grands...but also gardening. your picture of your grandparents is priceless...i miss mine tremendously and wish i had them now to teach me everything they knew!
Your granddaughter is so pretty...love her curly locks!!!

Little Ol' Liz said...

At the risk of sounding morbid, make sure your daughter knows which of your kitchen tools and dishes you'd like passed on to your Granddaughter, just in case you don't get to send them off yourself.

I have my Gma's mixer, blender and Corningware and feel her love when I use them. I can't wait for my kiddos to move out and need them like I did years ago.....

jackie said...

I love that you and your granddaughter are carrying on the tradition. I too have the fondest of memories from both of my grandmother's kitchens. The one from Smith Island - the giant crab boiling pot, rice in the salt shakers to absorb the moisture, the old red formica countertops, the little curio shelf with the calamine lotion for the gaint mosquitoes. My midwest grandma and grandma - potato chips stored in a giant coffee tin can, cinammon sugar toast made in the oven, the refrigerator with the bottle of peppermint schnapps!

LDH said...

Hello Jan,

I just visited a new-to-me blog and thought of you. This lady is from Brazil and her blog is about quilling. Maybe you know her but if not here is the link: http://natiquill.blogspot.com/

Lorraine

Art Project Girl said...

Lovely! The kitchen is what makes a home. I love kitchens that are full of scents and not too new and streamlined. Something says home about it. Great story:)