Grandma Said “Don’t Go to Bed Mad”

When I was quite young, I remember my maternal grandmother talking to me about  family relationships.  I distinctly remember her saying "To get along, you never go to bed mad.  Remember that.  You should always talk things out before sleep". I don't remember the context of the conversation, I was probably only 7 or 8 [...]

A life lesson – Get out & Enjoy Nature

  Today was a beautiful early spring day – bright sun, warmer temperatures that earlier in the week, the rain is gone, and nature was at its best outside the back door.  I watched a news broadcast earlier in the morning, where they interviewed people who would go into parks and wildness just to hear [...]

Mom’s Fruit Crisp

For whatever reason, I am in a rather nostalgic mood today. I feel like I need some of Mom's wisdom today, and therefore making something she always made for us on the farm just feels right. And it's Saturday, when I usually spend in the morning in the kitchen cleaning and cooking anyway.  We always [...]

How to make Galumpki’s

My mother-in-law taught me to make galumpki's (stuffed cabbage rolls) before we even got married. Her way was pretty traditional in the Polish manner (though she would always correct her sons saying she was Ukrainian, not Polish).  You need a fairly large head of cabbage, so you get large enough leaves to stuff.  The number [...]

Scalloped Potatoes and Corned Beef

Family Recipes are one of the best things passed down through generations.  Usually they are not too fancy or complicated - just good down home food best served family style.  When that dish is put on the table everyone dives in. Such is the case with my mom's Scalloped potato and corned beef casserole. Potatoes sliced [...]

Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do or Do Without

My grandmother used to use this phrase.  It's from the depression era, in a time when flour came in sacks that could be re-used to make aprons or other items. It was a time when food, clothing and work was lean.  People learned to re-purpose all kinds of items, and in some cases, adjust to [...]