Monday, March 30, 2009

Ar's Cafe...

Birthday cake made by my Mom for my 1st birthday!
August, 1956
Photograph digitized by P. Taylor
Photo owned by P. Taylor
Food was a very important part of my upbringing...we celebrated at home EVERYTHING from birthdays to baby showers, wedding showers, graduations, and of course every holiday under the sun! My mother was a great cook but an even better baker! We never had a store bought birthday cake, and I do mean NEVER! She made sure the cake or cookies were not just great tasting they were cute too. Mom would decorate the cakes and cookies so well, you paused before you ate them, thinking they were too cute to eat! Of course, it didn't stop any of us, for who could resist dessert? Not me! Mom made the greatest bunny cakes for Easter while my grandmother Lucy made the best lamb cakes. Halloween included an assortment of decorated cupcakes and many other goodies. Fourth of July always had some dessert in red, white and blue foods. Thanksgiving and, the best pumpkin pies! But, at Christmas my mother, sisters and I made a ton of Christmas cookies. We spent days in the kitchen making cookies to give out as gifts and of course for our family to enjoy as well. My mom loved to make coffee cakes, her favorite being Walnut Walk-A-Ways, because, you guessed it, they simply "walked" off the platter and disappeared!
As Mom got older (and wiser) and more health conscious, she experimented with low fat, no cholesterol cooking. She just loved her veggies! She made some wonderfully tasty chicken and vegetable dishes, which was great because she loved to have company and she loved to feed her company.
Wow, I'm getting hungry for one of her recipes. I have her recipe boxes filled with her recipes and her first cook book...hmmmm, I think I'll go see what I can cook up! Thanks Mom for teaching ME to cook too!


SpeakUp Librarian said...

What a great photo! That cake is adorable. I remember my mom made a cake for my sister once and used iced animal crackers to decorate it.
You have certainly carried on your mom's tradition of celebrating and brought joy to those around you.
Wonderful post!

Judith Richards Shubert said...

What an interesting lady! I love your descriptions of her cooking and her special way of having your birthday cakes and cupcakes. I know you're glad you have her cookbook and all her recipes. Wish you were here, you could cook our supper!

Reference Services said...

Your blog is outstanding!

Here is the url of the blog from the Archives of the Sandusky Library, if you would like to take a look:

The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!