Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tale of Two Books

It is a rainy day here in Illinois 
and I am sitting snuggled in my chair
my little corner of the world

This is the tale of 2 books

my "go to" cookbook
well worn with love
a Christmas present in 1974 when I was 14
I find it funny that it is from Grandma only and not
Grandma and Pa as most of my presents said
here I am that Christmas in 1974...or at least from the waist down
one of the tabs is broken off
Grandma made the best banana bread, I can remember sitting in her kitchen
writing down the recipes from her recipe box
The oatmeal cake we made on Thanksgiving
now what do you see?
The same cookbook in near mint condtion!
I found it out shopping last week for $2
very minimal wear over the last 40 years
oh no did I say 40 years, oh my gosh!
was not given to someone by their loving Grandma
perfect pages, no flour, splatters of batter
And I think never used because the tabs have never been taken out of the back 
of the book.
It is going to 1515
So I will have my "go to" Cookbook there.
Of course Grandma's love it always with me.



Marissa said...

What a treasure you have! How nice to have all those great memories.. My mother in laws cookbook looks like that.. she is very careful with it..

Have a wonderful day!

Unknown said...

bella la nonnina..a me manca tanto il suo profumo e i suoi odori in cucina..quando cucinava qualcosa lei era così buono..tutto..e poi mi coccolava tanto sulla sua bella pancia e il suo bel petto!!!Vieni a trovarmi!!!A presto!!!

Olive said...

Ann, that cookbook is wonderful. It is marvelous you found another copy for 1515. xo, olive

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Perfect! Love that first cozy pretty picture of your place...

SImple and Serene Living said...

I have that cookbook, too. What wonderful memories for you.

Vintage Gal said...

Oh my goodness ~ you are so blessed to have something so wonderful from your grandma ~
I have my mom's cookbooks and I would NOT trade them for any thing in the world.
Enjoy and browse and create from your Grandma's cookbook ~

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I remember that cookbook! WHat a sweet post. I like the written in, batter stained book myself. What a nice way to think of your grandmother!

20 North Ora said...

That is so funny! I have the same cookbook that is just falling apart. Then I found an almost brand new one at a sale. I don't know how someone could have that basic book and not use it daily!


Jill said...

But, the tattered one is the best one!

Donna said...

What a sweet and interesting post.
I'm glad you found a new copy. I have my mom's old cookbooks, and I'm so glad I do.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love how worn and tattered your cookbook is. Such a fabulous treasure. Nice to find a new one, but not as wonderful as the older one. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

How amazing to find the same cook book for such a reasonable price...and in a binder!!!
I confess, I prefer your original cookbook with all the personal recipes, best!!!
Thanks for sharing this heart~felt memory of your cook book and Grandma!!!

LV said...

Wonderful vintage treasures. I have some of my mothers that go way back.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love old cookbooks, too and love to find a 'new' one! What a treasure you have!

GardenOfDaisies said...

What a treasure. I have a cookbook and a few other recipes that belonged to my Grandmother, and I use them all the time.

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

So sweet. I love your little cozy corner. It's a perfect place to read through a treasure like this! I love that it's dated and signed. Great picture of your grandma.

Sarah Coller said...

Wonderful! Of course, you do love your old worn copy so much more, don't you! :) Love the picture of your grandma...looks like a special lady! I'm hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love to have you join, if you'd like!

Have a great day!
Mrs. Sarah Coller

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Ann, this book is such a treasure! Love the hand written recipes that you wrote down of your grannies. I think that the gift was so wonderful that you lost your head. At least according to the picture. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.