TODAY THE WORDS are REWIND TO BETTER HOMES AND GARDEN. Last evening someone posted a Better Homes and Garden cookbook as shown in their picture. This cookbook is from the 60’s and it flashed so many memories, I wanted to share them with all of you. Yes, I had one too. My husband and I received one as a wedding present in 1967. This cookbook has taken quite a journey with me. Here is how it happened as we rewind to Better Homes and Garden days.
When Ralph and I got married, I knew how to cook basics as I had to do the cooking for the family as a teenager when our Mother worked. This was not a bad ordeal as it helped me as I started my own family. This cookbook was a great help to me and it went to Valdosta for my husband’s college days and on to Germany where I prepared a lot of American food and shared it with my German friends and landlords. They in turn taught me some great German food. I became a better cook with each meal and lesson. I found out I liked to cook and even today, some of my wonderful days are from hearing the ohs and ahs when I have cooked and baked for our family.
Along came our daughter Missy and we returned to Georgia. Once she became a toddler, I would sit her on the counter top when I was preparing dinner. She would watch and of course talk up a storm while I entertained her. Missy had an artistic talent and loved to draw; and draw she did with a pencil over the recipes in my beloved cookbook and on my index cards (a long time before Pinterest). Well, let me tell the whole story, she took a magic marker and made a great design down the hall walls too. I still have those index cards and the cookbook still has her marks, because those are symbols of some of the most cherished memories of bonding with my child. I find it somewhat fitting when she, now grown and quite an accomplished cook herself, comes for a visit; we plan around our “feasts and Seafood beach spread” (that is a blog within itself for another time). We laugh and joke and I haven’t caught her scribbling yet. We reminisce about the days and places we have shared tossed with a lot of laughter.
Fond memories abound from a cookbook and shared moments with those we love and that brings me to the deeper thought….. when Joel and Gloria, my brother and sister in law gave us the cookbook I don’t know if they knew the value of this gift. They might have desired me to become a better cook; just kidding. Times have been blessed by sharing love through meals prepared from this book but more than the book; times are precious when we share our time whatever we are doing with loved ones. The cookbook still resides with all of my other books and I smile when I take it down. LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE and LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST by sharing food, love, and time to make memories which live on after we are gone.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Romans 14:1-23 ESV
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. …
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