35 years ago we packed up 1515 after my Grandfather died.
We all took something, I am still amazed how much has
returned to 1515 since our family owns it again.
This weekend was cousins weekend.
the 5 of us just adore being together twice a year.
This year my cousin Donna brought something very special
strapped to the top of her Jeep all the way from Michigan!
My Grandmothers beloved Hoosier Cabinet.
It sat in the kitchen from 1926-1978
We wondered how many cakes, pies, noodles were made
on its top?
Donna said Grandmother always kept her flavorings here
my cousins told me she always had pieces of paper with recipes hanging here with a clothes pin.
As I have told you before my Grandmother died 2 years before I was born
I listen with such awe as I hear my older cousins talk about this women.
She probably got the red hots she gave to people as "pills" from that cabinet.
She made cakes for her parents 50th wedding anniversary there in 1938.
Cooking there during the Depression and WWII.
The conversations that Hoosier cabinet has heard.
the 5 of us reminisced, yes we cried too as we
put it back together
Cousin Donna took such loving care of it all those years.
Years that she used it to cook meals for her children.
It heard all her family stories too over the years.
to roll out the enamel top
I asked what the piece of wood was? Mine at home did not have that?
I was told for Grandmother's meat grinder, so I moved it to where it use to be
the original spice rack and jars
the flour bin was taken out but what a great display area for
my Friendship Pyrex
on the top sits there Campbell coffee can and coffee grinder
that Grandad had given to my Dad.
we had to move a shelf, but cousin Fred was there to take care of it!
Here sits her cookie jar, crock and wooden spoon.
I heard " oh the cookie jar was always right on the corner, so when
you came in the kitchen you grabbed an applesauce raisin cookie"
our Grandmother's specialty
OH NO! Fred got caught with his hand in the cookie jar!
seems to be a popular place!
here is what it looked like when we were done
there is even 2 strawberry/rhubarb pies cooling on it!
My favorite picture of the weekend.
Donna with her Hoosier cabinet she so lovingly cared for.
Her giving heart returned it home.
I know it had to be hard, she was thinking about her children now grown,
who use to run around this piece.
Her Mom probably had similar feelings 35 years ago when they were moving
it out of the same kitchen.
Amazing how a well worn piece of furniture can transform you into thinking
about the years past, the people we love who are no longer here.
As we finished one cousin said...
"I think if Grandmother and Grandad walked in the kitchen right now, they would know they are at home.