Treasured Memories

Treasured Memories

Amongst my crock of utensils of wood,
There’s a spoon of much wear yet good.
I’ve known this spoon unlike all of the others,
It is rather old you see,
It was my mother’s.

This spoon stirred up many bubbling saucepans of sugary syrup on a burner,
Scooping, then dripping candy marbles in a small saucer of water.
This spoon scraped the rest of the stream of syrup into a mixing bowl of spinning, stiffened egg-whites,
Forming a meringue of marshmallowy fluff.
This spoon dabbled soft peaks onto an angel cake or pie.
This spoon stirred cookies, cakes, frosting, divinity or fudge,
And whoever helped stir was treated afterwards.
Many times, as a child, I had licked this spoon coated with chocolate or butterscotch.

The spoon is still here, and so is my mother, yet her mindful of memories are all but gone.



Gett’n Plaid


First Overnight Road Trip with my Fiancé Rick.

A local Lutheran church, decorated in buffalo plaid, provided hotdishes and Bundt cakes served to the polka music provided by an accordion player and singer. Songs included were from the “Grumpy Old Men” movies and other polkas including the “Mickey Mouse” polka.






A fundraiser at Slippery’s Bar served spaghetti to the costumed plungers who braved the icy Mississippi River waters.

Shopped at variety shops and found “Jeannie’s bottle” to paint. Visited the Eagle Center where they let you have a photo taken near a Bald Eagle.

Monday, I granny-sat my mom before celebrating her belated and my daughter’s 30th birthday.



Further Mom’s Tin Recipe File

Vivian’s Sweet Soup

2 1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup minute tapioca (large)

Add tapioca to boiling water,
Add rest of ingredients and simmer.

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 cups grape juice
1 stick cinnamon
1 cup currants
1 cup raisons
1 cup stoned prunes
1 cup chopped apples
(May add additional dried fruit, as desired.)