Here's the crew ready to dine--sorry the photo's so dark. From left: husband Eric, Mom, son Nathan, niece Emily, Dad, brother-in-law David, and sister Monica. Missing in action: I took the picture, and my niece Rachel was scooting around on the floor.
For our place settings, we used silverware and Haviland china that belonged to the family of my father's grandfather. So elegant!
We grilled meat for supper, accompanied by Golden Glow Salad (Granny's recipe), chips with my maternal grandma's special dip, and my mom's doctored-up baked beans. Yum!
Dessert consisted of apple crisp (there's an apple orchard in our family's history), homemade ice cream (our own summer tradition) and "Pride of Iowa" cookies, shown above. This recipe, reprinted exactly, comes from my paternal great-grandmother. I was especially excited to try these treats since I now live in the Hawkeye state.
Pride of Iowa cooky
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. margarine
2 c. flour
3 c. uncooked oatmeal (quick oats)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla or almond flavoring
1 c. nuts or raisins
Mix sugars and margarine; add eggs. Mix well and add remaining ingredients. Bake in 325 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
My mom made photocopies of the various family recipes she received and gave them to my sister and me. After the kids were in bed, we sat outside and looked through photos, letters and newsclippings from past generations. We enjoyed learning the stories of relatives, some we know, and some we never got to meet--tales of war, business and romance preserved on photographs and bits of paper.
I asked to keep one clipping, which I'd like to frame--I was fascinated by the idea of an egg farm:
It was a memorable evening, and I appreciate all the thought and effort that went into it. Thanks, Mom!