In My Grandmother’s Hand

All you need is love. And good food. Someone to share it with.
Love on Valentine’s Day. Remembering. Going to photograph a Valentine’s Day Wedding tomorrow. In the recipe box lid is a prayer, Be Gentle When You Touch Bread.

Ruth E. Hendricks Photography

The Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe.    My father’s mother’s recipe box. Sitting on my kitchen shelf.   Yellowed newspaper clippings between the file cards..  I was looking around for items to put on my Keep or Pitch blog and the antique radio  from earlier this week reminded me how objects can tell a story. Or two.  There are recipes for pickles and yeast rolls. Illinois cuisine.  The edge of the file card is discolored as well. I am not going to pitch this in the downsizing effort. I sifted through the cards, read her notes, remembered how she made egg noodles and hung them to dry on the broom handle. Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892.  She taught me how to knit.  I sleep under one of her quilts now and am figuring out how to repair an afghan she knit. In her retirement, she worked in…

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4 thoughts on “In My Grandmother’s Hand

  1. It is so wonderful that you have Mary Alta’s items. And she taught you to knit and I know how important that is to you. Wonderful memories. Happy Valentine’s Day!


  2. Ruth, I have been meaning to reply to your blog and so glad my brother, jim, reminded me. I love the fact that i have wonderful memories of Mary Alta also. And you too!! Remember teaching me to play the piano at Grandma’s?? i sure do. And I’m sure the reason I love to make homemade jellies and jams is because of grandma and Aunt Vesta. How special your dad was. I love lovely memories of him too. He always made me feel so special. Could you send me that recipe for pineapple upside down cake?? That would be special. Thx


  3. Love comes in so many forms. It’s wonderful to see the care from your grandmother continue to influence you (and others – now including me!). 🙂


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