Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Remember When: Mom's Dishes

My mother loved to cook and bake. As the holidays approached smells of cinnamon
and fudge filled the house.

One of Jessica's strongest memories of the holidays at her Nana's was this dish loaded with sweets.
She'd stand by the table and stand on tip-toes to see all the wonderful foods. Mom made divinity, fudge and peppermints. The rest of the table would have cookies, pecan pies, pumpkin pies and more.
Over the weekend Doug and I did some baking. We haven't been able to do this for years because of a bad oven. We also have to keep it down because of Doug's diabetes.

Pumpkin bread to share with friends.
And one of my favorites, Scottish shortbread petticoat tails named after the shape they are baked in. They aren't very festive but they've become one of my special traditions.

One of the genealogy blogs I follow Olive Tree Genealogy has hints on writing memoirs and then publishing them on Lulu.com.
Go take a look at the gift book she made for her children.
Thank you, Lorine.
Seven Memoir Prompts:
Make note of your favorite holiday recipes.
Tell about climbing a hill or mountain.
What is/was your favorite candy?
Do you save all the holiday paper and ribbons for future years?
Write about roller and/or ice skating.
Write about a visit to Santa Claus?
Have you ever built a snowman?




  1. Hi Rita!

    I'm having a holiday open house at 2 p.m. Sunday. You're welcome to bring some of those delicious looking cookies! Hope to see you. I sent you an email but not sure you received. Susanne

  2. Looks yummy! I hope this comment goes through... maybe???

    1. Yay. Your comment made it. Thank you.

  3. I just love cake stands and your baking looks delicious especially the shortbread..my cake stand has tangerines on it at the moment trying to get healthy after all the christmas goodies but think I will bake later as my sons love baking and of course anything baked doesnt last long with them around;)

    1. Baking is just part of home isn't it.


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