I found a treasure today....I didn't even know I had it. Well, I knew I had it, but I had no idea what it contained or the immense pleasure it would bring me in actually looking through it. I recently got into one of my Grandma Atkins' old cookbooks, and it had a ton of her recipes in it. Well, I dug out the recipe box I'd kept from her, and I could not believe my eyes when I started looking through the recipes.
I wanted to cry, I miss her so much. As I went through, I noticed she had names on several of the recipes; some of these recipes were from people I'd known growing up, who are now gone. They were my grandma and grandpa's close friends, like Miss Esther, Stella, Ann, etc. I just wanted to cry because I was so excited to have found this treasure.
I mentioned sharing my grandma's recipes on here, as she was a phenomenal cook, and she loved it just from what I can remember and from what I can tell by what she has saved in this box and throughout the cookbook. My grandma loved, loved, loved chocolate (a trait I inherited), and there are tons of recipes for different kinds of chocolate cake (I still haven't found her Mississippi Mud Cake recipe, though). So, inspired by the movie Julie & Julia, I'm going to take it to a deeper, more personal level, and I'm going to try one or two of these recipes every week. I will then share that recipe on here with you, so that you can try it out for yourself and your family. I'm so excited about this. This is a treasure I will never let go of....I just can't describe the memories that come flooding back from this. I could kick myself for not keeping all of her recipes she'd ripped out of magazines or written down. When we lived in our old house, we had a mouse get into them all, and instead of keeping some of them, I felt I had to get rid of them. I know....I am kicking myself today. But to find this, well, it just gives me joy, and it's almost as if I can feel my grandma here with me. Stay tuned, as we made some extra good cookies from the recipe box today and some homemade veggie stew last night; I'll be sharing.:)Love,