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Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama - 1961

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama – 1961

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90's

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90’s

Big Mama

Big Mama

NOTE:  I am repeating a post I made several years ago in honor of Big Mama’s birthday.  She was so special and I miss her every day. 

Anyone who has taken a crochet class (or almost any other type of class I teach) at The Studio has heard me talk about Big Mama and all that she taught me.

She was my maternal grandmother and a wonderful person who lived a good long life….almost 100 when she passed.  Today would have been her 110th birthday!  Everyone loved her.  Once I took some friends home to meet her and when they got back home to Kentucky they sent her a thank you note for the lovely lunch she made for us.  They didn’t know her name…only Big Mama.  So they mailed the envelope to “Big Mama, Offerman, Georgia”  and it was delivered without delay.  LOL

She taught me so many things….things I still use to this day and that I try to share as I teach.

I have written about Big Mama before to share some of her recipes…most recently when I made the Carrot Cake at Thanksgiving.  I also shared her recipe for Syrup Candy and talked about her in a Plum Jelly post.    I love her recipes and making anything that she used to make for us always brings back floods of memories.

Crocheting was the thing she taught me the most about.  She loved it and was almost always making something.  The amazing thing about her crochet was that she just kept patterns in her head.   When I would asked her to teach me to make a certain stitch or design she would just pick up a hook and start crocheting.  She would tell me what she was doing and I would write it down.  I think that is where I get my “making up” patterns from.  I think she would like that!

So today I am so grateful that I got to know all four of my grandparents and am especially blessed that Big Mama played such a big role in my life.  I wouldn’t be enjoying this creative life I am living with having known her.  Happy Birthday Big Mama!

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Banana Bread

Kelly’s Banana Nut Bread

Sunday morning I made Banana Nut Bread for breakfast.  I often buy bananas and don’t eat them until they get soft and I don’t like them like that so I end up making bread.  I mentioned in previous posts that I grew up in a pecan orchard (read that and get those recipes here and here)  so we had LOTS of pecans to cook and bake with so I love them and still cook with them even though I don’t have the wonderful endless supply that I once did.  Here’s the recipe that I use for Banana Nut Bread. I like it because its moist but not too sweet. Enjoy!

Banana Nut Bread

2 cups self-rising flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 eggs, beaten

1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 5 medium or 2 large)

1 cup sugar

½ cup cooking oil OR melted butter

1 cup chopped pecans

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine dry ingredients (except pecans) and then mix in eggs, banana and oil or butter.  Mix well.  Fold in  pecans last.  Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake for about 55 minutes for a large loaf pan or 40-45 minutes for a small loaf pan.  Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan.  A slice is perfect with a little butter!

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Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama - 1961

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama – 1961

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90's

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90’s

Big Mama

Big Mama

Anyone who has taken a crochet class (or almost any other type of class I teach) at The Studio has heard me talk about Big Mama and all that she taught me.

She was my maternal grandmother and a wonderful person who lived a good long life….almost 100 when she passed.  Today would have been her 107th birthday!  Everyone loved her.  Once I took some friends home to meet her and when they got back home to Kentucky they sent her a thank you note for the lovely lunch she made for us.  They didn’t know her name…only Big Mama.  So they mailed the envelope to “Big Mama, Offerman, Georgia”  and it was delivered without delay.  LOL

She taught me so many things….things I still use to this day and that I try to share as I teach.

I have written about Big Mama before to share some of her recipes…most recently when I made the Carrot Cake at Thanksgiving.  I also shared her recipe for Syrup Candy and talked about her in a Plum Jelly post.    I love her recipes and making anything that she used to make for us always brings back floods of memories.

Crocheting was the thing she taught me the most about.  She loved it and was almost always making something.  The amazing thing about her crochet was that she just kept patterns in her head.   When I would asked her to teach me to make a certain stitch or design she would just pick up a hook and start crocheting.  She would tell me what she was doing and I would write it down.  She didn’t use patterns very often.  I think that is where I get my “making up” patterns from.  I think she would like that!

So today I am so grateful that I got to know all four of my grandparents and am especially blessed that Big Mama played such a big role in my life.  I wouldn’t be enjoying this creative life I am living with having known her.  Happy Birthday Big Mama!

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Loaded with Plums

Loaded with Plums

The trees out at the cabin were loaded with plums this year.  There is a long row of trees along a road where we walked in the mornings there.  I’ve watched them grow all summer.  And finally…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Plum Jelly 2I picked them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Jelly 1And washed them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Jelly 3And cooked the pitted plums with a cup of water to get all that good juice going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Jelly 4And once the cooked plums cooled a little, I squeezed the wonderful plum juice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Jelly 5And then back into the pot the juice goes with sugar and Sure Jell.  I’ve used Sure Jell for years and it always makes great jelly. Just follow their directions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Jelly 6Ladle the cooked jelly into the prepared jars…

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Jelly 7

The jars go into the pot of hot water for several minutes to finish off the cooking process.

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Jelly 8And then you have the finished product ready to share with friends.  (Notice Truman, always in the background, giving instructions.)

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