G'ma Gladys January 24, 1917 ~ January 22 2012
She is my inspiration! I miss her terribly!!I have always loved to "give" food. Since I was a little girl, I have cooked for everyone around me. As a pre-school, early years child, I would cook with my grandma for our large family while my mom and dad were at work. In elementary school, I would make pickles and would take a jar to school once a week to share with my "friends". I look back now, and realize that they just wanted my pickles. I was also responsible for cooking breakfast and lunch for my dad and brothers while they were working the garden and my mom was at work. In high school, I would make pies, cobblers, and cakes to share with my FFA/AG crew. I so enjoyed those years of my life. Now, I get to cook or a tassel of children who tell me EVERY NIGHT that "this is the best food EVER" ;o) I just LOVE to cook. PERIOD. I have caught myself, over the years, giving ingredients for meals in a roaster, pot or pan at bridal showers, newly weds, or a house warming when a freshly cooked meal just wasn't a smart gift. I just think it is charming...you know?! A totally use able gift....lots of smaller gifts inside a large one. These people are going to need food, at some point....anyway. My grandma's generation would have a "POUNDING" for these same things that we call "SHOWERS". They would assign certain staples and very modestly wrap and give them to the people who were the object of this time of sharing. I know that money and food were much harder to come by in the early 1900's, so this has always inspired me when it comes to giving. We ALWAYS have SOMETHING we can give. My sweet grandma never had much in earthly possessions, but she had a giving heart...and until the day she wouldn't let you leave her company without a small token of her love and appreciation. I desire to pattern my life after her precious example. So, with this series, small or great....I want to share a few ideas on how to do just that!