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Simple Happiness

July 30th, 2023 at 06:10 pm

My grandmother has been gone almost 40 years. Like most dysfunctional families, my mom and my grandmother were on the outs and I didn't really get to see her very much. I feel like I was robbed of the one lone grandparent who was alive when I was younger.

I'm not really sure how I inherited my grandmother's rolling pin and recipe box, but I did. A few years ago I tried using the rolling pin and found it was larger than I anticipated and found it unweidly. But I put it away because it was hers and I didn't want to part with it.

I have been baking things for church and was making cinnamon buns and decided to try and use her rolling pin. It is interesting how since I've gotten more practice using a rolling pin (not an expert by any means) how much easier it was to use it. And I enjoyed using it, thinking of my grandmother and wondering what kinds of things she used it for. It made me happy. 

The other day I was with a friend and he asked me to take some photos of him to use for his conference calls on his computer. I was playing around with the photo and on my iPhone, I noticed when I had my finger on his picture, it did a white running line around him. I wondered what that was all about and later, I played with it. Seems it "cuts" around the person and the background becomes white. I had a good time playing with that and told him about it and sent him some of the results. We had a fine time just sending photos back and forth after I told him what I had found. We laughed that we were easily amused and it wasn't anything we had to purchase since we already had the phones.  Learning something new and using what we had, we agreed this resulted in simple happiness. 

2 Responses to “Simple Happiness”

  1. Lots of ideas Says:

    I have both my grandmother’s cookbooks and one of their recipe boxes. Some of the cookbooks are in Swedish, and the measurement conversions on the ones she used written in. In the recipe box are the menus she served on holidays and for parties. She also wrote a note each year on the day she made traditional Christmas cookies.

    My mother (her daughter in law) continued that tradition for a few years and I have her recipes too,

    I don’t use many of the recipes - some use ingredients I don’t recognize to make food I’ve never heard of - but I love looking through them.

    One way women’s history is told is through cookbooks.

  2. Wink Says:

    My mom had a notebook she used to write down random recipes or cut them out from magazines and tape them in this notebook. My sister and I treasure it. I'm so glad you have these things from your grandmother to use and to enjoy!

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