Self-Care Challenge (Day 236): Rediscovering Old Recipes

old recipes

On day 236 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I dusted off some of my grandmother’s old recipes.

My grandmother was a telephone operator and when she retired, her coworkers created a recipe Rolodex using an old metal flip card directory. It’s one of the mementos I’ve held onto to help remember her fun sense of humor.

Here are some of my favorites:

Preserved Children

Take 1 large field, 1/2 dozen children, 2 or 3 small dogs, a pinch of brook, and some pebbles.

Mix the children and dogs well together; put them on the field, stirring constantly. Pour the brook over the pebbles; sprinkle the field with flowers; spread over all a deep blue sky, and bake in the sun.

When brown, set away to cool in the bathtub!

As you like it.

1 cup of hugs
1 of kisses
A pinch of spice
Takes care of the Mrs.

A wink or two
A promise of more
Will keep your Mr.
Close to your door.

Then whatever spice
Is left in the pot
Fill to the brim
With love that is hot!

Jim’s Eggs

Take 2 eggs from refrigerator. Break gently into warm skillet with 1 tsp. of melted grease. Add salt and pepper to taste. Scramble eggs lightly. Let fry for 1 minute. Turn eggs over and completely pounce upon them with a spatula until satisfied they are well done. Pour onto a plate and EAT!!

And lastly, one was just a simple note:

“Betty – You already have my recipe for fruit cobbler. You wrote it on scrap paper in the dark, riding in the car! Enjoy every minute of your retirement! 

Yes, that definitely sounds like something my grandmother would do.

Every now and then, I love going through her old recipes. Yesterday, it was part of my self-care practice.

I have no idea how many recipes were stuffed inside those pages, but just reading through them made me smile and laugh–and I was reminded of my grandmother’s smile and laugh.

Whether it’s going through old photos or recipe collections, it always seems to conjure up old memories and emotions. That’s how we keep our loved ones with us.

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