Remembering Things Again

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Yesterday, I went to my dad’s house two hours south of me for his 50th birthday.  My broth and sister came as well and it was so good to see my family.

We visited my grandpa and my aunt happened to be there as well.  She had picked off all the grapes from my grandma’s old grapevine and was going to make jelly like grandma used to.  She had my grandma’s recipe book on the table.  I have never actually seen the book, but looking at it brought back memories.  The picture above is of the page in the book on how to make grape jelly.  My grandma was too sweet and this reminded me so much of her.  I was happy to see her handwriting again and to see the pictures she so carefully pasted inside the book. I love how she did so many things the long way 🙂 I’ll probably never be patient enough to make grape jelly.

Here’s a picture of all the grapes!

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It’s strange losing someone and even stranger to remember them years later with something so simple as a recipe book.  It’s difficult losing anyone.  I miss my grandmas and can’t believe they are both gone.  They were totally different from one another, but sweet and beautiful in their own ways.  

On a happier note, my brother, sister, and I decided to recreate an old picture we had taken 21 years ago.  Here’s the original picture:


Here’s the one we took 21 years later:


We improvised with a lot of it. We didn’t have a blue blanket, but used this weird sheet instead.  My brother and I couldn’t find any clothes besides these that even resembled the originals.  I’m not turned enough, but I couldn’t see without my glasses.  Anyway, I think it turned out really well and is quite hilarious 🙂 I love my brother and sister.  We have always all been close and have so much fun when we’re together.  

I hope you all had a good weekend too!



27 thoughts on “Remembering Things Again

  1. Your grandma’s recipe book is lovely. I like the way she pasted in pictures. And the photo you recreated with your brother and sister is glorious. Must have been a lot of fun to do that.

  2. Bless you! I love reading positive stories about grandparents. Sometimes I pretend the nice ones are mine because I did not meeting any of my four. Enjoy your grandpa, I bet he loves telling stories of older times when things were different 🙂

  3. I have never tried grape jelly so I looked up some recipes on the net. I also found something else quite interesting about grape jelly.Grape jelly meatballs ! Sounds delicious 🙂
    I love to watch recreated pictures. Yours is very good 🙂

  4. Spending fun time with family, it doesn’t get any better.
    It is great having memories that are triggered by tiny things.
    I still see me and my granddad plucking beans from his garden. every time I see such a bean.
    I miss those days.

    Great and lovely memory post.
    Keep on smiling xx and hope you are doing good?

  5. I loved your “re-created picture.” What a nice memory that will spring. Perhaps you can do it again in ten years and so on. As to Grandma’s recipes, I remember my Grandmother’s amazing soda bread, and wish someone had written down how she made it.

  6. Your grandma sounds like a wonderful person 🙂 That jelly recipe is awesome. I love how she cut pics of grapes and put them under the recipe. I have kind of made my own recipe book, but it’s not cute or organized, lol. I love grapes too 😀 And that pic you recreated is too cute :3 I’ve seen several other examples of it. I never thought of doing something like that, but it’s a cool idea. I just have a little sister. I miss her because she lives on the other side of the country. She went to Harvard for grad school. I’m proud of her, but I miss her :/

    1. She really was a wonderful person. Both of grandmothers were special and unique in their own way. When my siblings and I get together, we usually have a lot of fun. I miss the days when we actually could hang out with each other. Now we all live so far apart 😦 Boston is definitely far away! Much further for you two than my brother and sister.

  7. Megan,you are quite right. Simple things do bring back memories…it could be just a simple aroma or taste.I loved the pic of you and your siblings. Its great to have a loving family…you can create new memories!

  8. The picture was good! I have a couple that would be fun to try that with. We will see.
    I am so glad that the memories you have of her can remain with you. I have lost some memories due to the stroke, so the ones I have are really precious.

  9. I recently asked my cousin for a family recipe and rather than type it she emailed a photo of the recipe book my grandma hand wrote for her one Christmas. It was even more of a gift to see something written by my Grandma who died a few years ago than to cook the recipe she used to make for us. Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as handwriting can make you feel so connected to the people you love?

  10. My mom uses recipe cards, the 5×4 kind. When she makes a new one she’ll put in the corner how well it went over. Good. Very good!! She also includes notes if she changed something up with another entry of how it turned out. I love the food stains on the paper proving your grandma was cooking with the book wide open. It’s funny how we associate a lot of our memories back to food.

  11. I have my mother’s book, filled with her own recipes, on top of my file cabinet right now, so I can look tlhrough it when I have a spare moment. Some of the pages are handwritten, and some are typed. But each recipe brings back so many memories.

  12. This post is so fun, loved the picture remake. Because of you, I remembered gathering blackberries and my mom making jam. We ate so many berries in the bushes, that we didn’t mind waiting until the next day for jam, after it had cooled. Our fingers were stained. Thank you.

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