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Treasured Old Timey Sweet Recipes from my Grandma's Past

Updated on October 24, 2016

Well worn spattered pages of recipes inside journal.

Two of the spattered pages in this journal used for recipes
Two of the spattered pages in this journal used for recipes | Source

A discovery!

My mother ( had she still been alive ) would have loved the research that has gone into this hub when discoverying these old timey sweet recipes from the past. That is because she truly enjoyed her desserts. She certainly baked enough of them for our family of five!

Not only did she bake cookies, cakes and pies but all the while we lived in Wisconsin she also made homemade breads. We were definitely spoiled! I had just turned 13 years of age when we moved to Texas and prior to that had never eaten store bought bread!

Upon going through some of her things recently I discovered a box of recipes. Some of them were simply old yellowed newspaper clippings with a variety of what must have sounded like tempting recipes to try. Others were scraps of paper with hand-written recipes.

Picture of old well worn journal

Well worn journal of my grandmother's with hand written recipes inside
Well worn journal of my grandmother's with hand written recipes inside | Source
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Candid photo of my grandmother taken many years ago.
Candid photo of my grandmother taken many years ago. | Source

Old Journal


An old journal caught my attention and I was delighted to find that it had belonged to my maternal grandmother.

It had obviously been well used and is in fragile condition with some of the cover crumbling away.

A few of the pages are loose and every recipe in this book is hand written, mostly in my grandmother's penmanship.

Many of the recipes are attributed to the people who would have shared them with her. Her mother is listed as the author of several as well as her sister, some aunts and some friends of theirs.


My great-grandmother died when my grandmother was a young child. Therefore these recipes from her mother were undoubtedly cherished. At the convent school where my grandmother and her sisters were schooled, cooking would have been included in what they had been taught. But these recipes from her dear mother provided a personal culinary link to her past.

Some recipes are crossed out and obviously when tested, were not to her liking.


My grandmother was an excellent cook and baker which were only some of her many wonderful attributes. She was like a second mother to me when I was growing up.


This old journal was obviously used in the kitchen often when she was cooking and baking because some of the pages are heavily marked up with years of accidental food spatter.

As a matter of fact, it is fairly easy to determine which of the many recipes were the favorites judging by just how marked up the pages had become!

Recipes

Deciding to try some of the recipes in my grandmother's journal made for some happy neighbors of ours.

My husband and I are not huge sweet eaters, but know people who savor desserts.

As already stated, if my mother was still here, more of what was baked would have stayed in our home and not been given away.

She would have been very happy to have been a part of this "test panel" in not only rating these recipes...but consuming them as well.

In reading many of these recipes, only the ingredients were noted.

Obviously it was taken for granted that no other instructions would be needed to complete the recipe. Cooks back then would have known how to proceed.

Measurements are also hard to decipher as packaging has changed greatly over the years and some ingredients could not be located.

So for many of the recipes in this old journal, they will be read for entertainment purposes only and will probably never again be enjoyed.

We did taste the results of the ones that I could decipher, and if you are curious to see what was entered so many years ago into this journal...let's begin with some of the selected and sampled recipes.

Cake photo

Piece of Soft as Silk Cake
Piece of Soft as Silk Cake | Source

Soft as Silk Cake

A notation was made that this recipe originated from listening to the radio. Television was a rather new thing when I was a youngster and this book obviously predated that.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

4 eggs

2 Tablespoons Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup milk

1 Tablespoons melted butter

2 ounces chocolate melted

Directions

Sift flour with Baking Powder. Beat eggs until very light. Beat in the salt, sugar and vanilla. Heat milk with butter, when scalding hot beat into egg mixture. Beat in flour and Baking Powder. Pour 1/3 of batter in well greased 8 inch pan. Blend melted chocolate into remaining 2/3 batter. Put into pan and bake in 350 degree's oven about 25 to 30 minutes. ( Work fast with cake. )

My impressions...very light and airy chocolate cake. The name does it justice. Check with a toothpick to make sure the cake is done. It took a little longer than the time stated in this recipe with our oven.

Hand written recipe on spattered page

Date Bread recipe
Date Bread recipe | Source

Date bread

Date bread in small loaf pans instead of "fruit cans"
Date bread in small loaf pans instead of "fruit cans" | Source
Slice of Date Bread
Slice of Date Bread | Source

Date Bread from Mrs. Kraase

What drew my attention to this page was the notation at the bottom of the page stating that it "Takes 5 fruit cans to bake this amount." Oh the good old days! Naturally I would not have known what size...nor do I ordinarily bake in fruit cans...so I used my mini-loaf pans to make this date nut bread recipe.

In case you cannot read the handwriting on this spattered page above, here are the ingredients and directions:

1 cup sugar, 1 cup dates, 2 heaping Tablespoons shortening. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over this and let stand until cooled.

Then add 1 beaten egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Sift 2 1/4 cups flour together with 1 rounded teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt adding to liquid mixture.

Stir in 1 cup of chopped nuts.

Bake about 1 hour in a moderate oven. I took this to mean a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven which seemed to work well. Start checking the bread after about 45 to 50 minutes to see if it is completely baked. This could be made into a larger loaf as well.

This recipe passed muster with us and I now have several small loaves frozen which will be used when we have the right occasion to give a little gift or have some company that might wish to enjoy some slices with some fresh made coffee.

Crumb Cake

Photo of my Great Aunt Lona
Photo of my Great Aunt Lona | Source
Crumb Cake
Crumb Cake | Source
A scrumptious slice of crumb cake
A scrumptious slice of crumb cake | Source

Crumb Cake

This recipe is by my Great Aunt Lona...one of my grandmother's sisters.

Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 cups flour

1/2 cup lard (lard was more commonly used back then...shortening can be substituted)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

Mix the above ingredients "like pie-crust" and take out 1 cup of mixture reserving it for the topping.

Add 1 egg

1 cup of buttermilk

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

and 1 teaspoon salt.

Beat well. Put in greased tin and sprinkle with the 1 cup of topping. Add dates and nuts if desired. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until done.

Note...I added about 1 cup of chopped pecans and the baking time took a little longer in our oven. This reminded my husband and myself of some coffee cakes we have had in the past. So a little more of this stayed in the house instead of all being passed out to the neighbors.

Oh the research and sacrifices that were done for this hub! (Smile)

Crunchy chocolate cookies

Crunchy Chocolate Cookies
Crunchy Chocolate Cookies | Source
Group of vacationing friends in McAllen.  My grandmother is the 2nd from the right.
Group of vacationing friends in McAllen. My grandmother is the 2nd from the right. | Source

Crunchy Chocolate Cookies by Mrs. Rathmann

This particular recipe was hand written on a slip of paper by Mrs. Rathmann and was dated March 19, 1959, McAllen. My grandparents vacationed in McAllen, Texas and had a large group of friends that did the same each year at the same prearranged time in the Winter. They had regular reservations at the Royal Palms Motel.

At the time my grandparents lived in Wisconsin, and the Rathmanns resided in Minnesota for the balance of the year. Fond friendships were formed and many of them ended up moving down to McAllen permanently. I am guessing that Mrs. Rathmann is in this picture to the right.

Ingredients and Directions

Melt over hot water ( not boiling ) one 12-ounce package of chocolate bits; one 6-ounce package of cherry bits and one 6-ounce package of butterscotch or caramel bits. When thoroughly melted, add one 6-ounce can of Chow Mein noodles. Coat thoroughly. Turn off fire and drop by teaspoon onto wax paper. Stir often while dropping them. Let harden.

Note...we could not find cherry bits and simply used the chocolate and butterscotch. One could also use other combinations of bits like peanut butter and chocolate.

This reminded us more of tasting a crunchy candy bar than eating a cookie. It is rich! Crunchy candy bar lovers will like this! Our neighbors were once again made very happy with the gift of this completed recipe.

Cherry Torte

Cherry Torte
Cherry Torte | Source
Standing left to right...Alma, my grandmother and others gathered for a birthday party celebration.
Standing left to right...Alma, my grandmother and others gathered for a birthday party celebration. | Source

Cherry Torte by Alma

Alma (standing on the left in the picture) was my great grandparent's daughter. My great grandmother is seated on the right. My grandmother is standing next to Alma, the author of this mouth watering recipe.

Ingredients for the torte

1 can cherries drained until dry, or press dry with a large spoon (save juice) Note: I used two 14 1/2 ounce cans (411 grams)...weight of cherries, 11 ounces each can...of pitted red tart cherries to get the correct amount for this recipe.

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup chopped nuts ( I used pecans )

1 beaten egg

2 cups of the drained cherries

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Sift the dry ingredients together and then add the nuts, egg, butter and cherries. Stir together well and pour into a buttered 8 inch by 11 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. The directions did not say how long to bake this but this timing worked out well for me. Hint: When a cake or baked bread starts pulling away from the side of the pan, this is an indication that the baked goods are getting close to being done.

Ingredients and directions for the topping

Combine the reserved cherry juice in a pan with the following ingredients:

1 level tablespoon corn starch

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon butter

Boil the ingredients until thickened and pour over cake. This makes a nice cherry colored glaze.

Suggestion: Serve with whipped cream.

Endleaves in journal (book)

Beautiful Endleaves in this old journal of my grandmother's
Beautiful Endleaves in this old journal of my grandmother's | Source


Hope that you liked these 5 old timey sweet recipes from the past gathered from my grandmother's old well worn journal. If you decide to try them, let me know which ones you liked best. Thanks!


Back to the journal...

This numbered 236 page journal could have been utilized for a number of things. My grandparents kept logs of their vacation trips writing notes in smaller booklets and often jotting down notations onto the back of postcards of places where they stayed.

It was obviously decided to make this blank paged beautifully bound journal into a cookbook of tried and true recipes gathered from relatives and friends. I am so happy to have come across this treasure.

While the overall condition of the journal is not in the best condition, the Endleaves are particularly beautiful. After all of these pictures of family members and the desserts that they shared with my grandmother (and tried and tested by me these many years later) I decided to show you the dazzling colors of this journal's marblized endleaves as a final photo.

Which of these old timey sweet recipes from the past do you think that you might wish to try making?

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Climbing rose

My maternal grandfather always loved his roses.  This photo is in memory of him and comes from a plant in our backyard.
My maternal grandfather always loved his roses. This photo is in memory of him and comes from a plant in our backyard. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Ever since trying the cherry torte for the first time, it has been made several times more when we have had people invited over to our home. Everyone seems to really like it! This does make for a great remembrance of my grandmother along with some of her favorite recipes. Hope you are also enjoying your weekend. I baked some molasses sugar cookies today for my hubby and some of the neighbors. :)

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I think you are so lucky to have your grandmother's recipe book! Such a great way to remember your grandma. Several of these recipes look scrumptious! I like the cherry torte for starters. Can't believe this is another article I haven't seen before!

      Pinning this to Awesome HubPages, also to my 'Fabulous Deserts' board, and sharing with followers.

      Hope all is well with you and that you're enjoying a cool restful weekend!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      Usually I only do baking for gift giving at Christmas or when we have company at our home with rare exceptions. I do make bran muffins quite often for my hubby and me. I vary them by sometimes putting in different ingredients like mashed banana; raisins or sometimes dried cranberry bits.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      its a good thing that she passed on the baking talent to you

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hyphenbird,

      Glad you liked these memories, the old journal plus the heirloom recipes. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      So glad that you enjoyed reading this and are going to try that recipe. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jaye,

      This is indeed a treasure. Will have to make sure that it stays in the family. Glad that you liked this and that it brought back memories of viewing your father-in-law's cookbook. I'll bet those notes do make for interesting reading. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi IslandBites,

      So happy to hear that you liked this hub. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Glad that you liked this. There really are some great recipes in this book. I featured more of them in another hub. I should try some others out of that book someday. Thanks for the pin.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      It is just wonderful. Thank you for sharing these treasures with us, the memories as well as the recipes.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      What a wonderful treat to have this piece of personal history. The recipes look good, and I plan on trying the crumb cake.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Such a keepsake is priceless for the memories it gives you, and I'm so glad you found your grandmother's journal-cookbook. It reminds me of an old cookbook that was my father-in-law's--not handwritten, but so well-used for decades that it, too, was food-splattered and full of notes. In fact, most of the pages had come loose from the spine by the time of his death. Reading his notes was almost like reading a journal. I think his granddaughter now has it.

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Loved this hub!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I don't think I have ever been on this hub. The recipes look so good. Voted up, shared and have to pins these to my recipe board. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello justmesuzanne,

      The cherry torte IS fabulous! We have repeated making it for when we have had company and everyone seems to love it. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      That Cherry Torte looks fabulous! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi nancynurse,

      So very glad that you enjoyed this hub with all of the recipes and a backdrop of some of my family history. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy making these old fashioned recipes!

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      Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

      Peggy this is such a special story. I enjoyed it so much and the recipes look yummy. Can't wait to try them.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello susanc01,

      I definitely hope to keep this old journal with all of the hand-written recipes in the family. Will have to make sure that it gets passed on to someone who will appreciate it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Melissa Spicer 5 years ago from Kentucky

      This hub is just delightful. I enjoy looking at old recipes that were written out by hand. You have a definite treasure in that old journal, an heirloom that you should never part with. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Brett,

      We liked it! Hope that you also like the recipe. Will look forward to your report. Thanks!

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      Brett Winn 5 years ago from US

      I am going to try it and will let you know!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett Winn,

      If you give the date nut bread recipe a try, please let me know if you think the taste is similar to what you remember. It just might be since these old timey sweet recipes are old ones. Thanks for commenting on this hub about recipes from my Grandma's past. Makes me think of her everytime I am brought back here because of a comment. So thank you!

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      Brett Winn 5 years ago from US

      What a great hub! I loved reading about your grandmother's recipes. When I was a child in the 60s-70s, the grocery stores used to carry this fabulous "date nut" bread that came in a can ... I think Dromedary was the maker. I've so missed it since it disappeared from the grocery shelves ... your grandmother's recipe sounds very close to what I recall! Thank you so much!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Fiddleman,

      Those old timey recipes...especially family ones...can bring back good memories. Glad that you have them as well. Thanks for commenting on this hub. Do you have your great-grandmother's recipes?

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      I had the good fortune to have eaten some of my Great grandmothers Walnut cakes and the memory of her and those wonderful home made cakes is still precious. You have a treasure, thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RVDaniels,

      I appreciate your kind comments. My Grandma was very special to me as is this journal written in her own hand. Glad that you liked the sound of these old timey sweet recipes. Thanks!

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      RVDaniels 5 years ago from Athens, GA

      Peggy this is wonderful. The love that went into this hub really shows and the recipes are fabulous. Thanks for blessing us with this.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi anndavis25,

      What you said is so true! I have many recipes from my mother and grandmother which always kindle memories when I use them. Thanks for your comment.

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Isn't it wonderful how recipes keep us in touch in a special way with our relatives?

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello bayoulady,

      As you say...just having this old journal in my Grandma's handwriting is a treasure in addition to the recipes some of which I tried specifically for this hub. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Glemoh101,

      Glad you liked this hub about some treasured ole timey sweet recipes from my Grandma's past.

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      bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Stumbled on this, and oh my! Such an enjoyable hub! I am bookmarking it, as I think all of the recipes are certainly worth trying!Additionally , I loved the stories with the recipes. What a treasure you have!

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      Glemoh101 6 years ago

      Thanks for your very helpful hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tony,

      Nice play on words...treasure-trove. Thanks for reading this hub about the treasured old timey sweet recipes from my Grandma's past. That cherry torte is delicious!

      Love and peace to you.

      Peggy

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      I really enjoyed this Hub - I love old family treasures like this journal. I think the cherry torte looks quite awesome!

      Thanks for sharing this treasure-trove.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Let me know what you think when you try them. Glad that you liked the fact that these old timey recipes came from my grandmother's treasured and much used journal.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      These recipes all sound delightful! I definitely have to try the date cake and the crumb cake. I love that they came from your grandmother's journal.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rmcrayne,

      Nice that you have those recipes of your Mom's and can actually call her and talk to her about them. I no longer have that option and miss my mother terribly. Cherish the time you have left with your Mom. The old time recipes are a link to the past and this has been a venture for me. Just wish I had done discovered this old journal when my mother was still alive. She would have LOVED this!

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Peggy, A friend implored me years ago to get my mom's classic cake recipes. She said no matter how morbid you might think it to be, just do it, you won't regret it. I have 2 hubs on my mom's layer cakes, and one on her pound cakes. I have lots of recipe hubs, and call Mom often when I am writing recipes.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rmcrayne,

      Isn't it nice to find things like this? Your mother's recipes and church cookbook...and my grandmother's old food stained journal with tried and tested old timey sweet recipes...they are to be treasured. I have one more recipe to bake and then will publish another hub from that old journal. Stay tuned! Do you have your mother's recipes copied or are they still on those brown paper towels? Enjoyed reading your comment. Thanks!

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      My mother has a huge sweet tooth and has recipes scribbled on brown paper towel from coworkers in the cotton mill. SHe has an old church cookbook, one of her first, that is worn and stained with ingredients like you describe. Looking forward to more from the journal.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello travel_man1971,

      Thanks for taking a look at this hub of old timey sweet recipes from the past. That is exactly what I wanted to accomplish...combining the recipes with memories of the people that had a hand in either inspiring the recipes or my grandmother who hand-wrote most of them into this marvelous journal. I am currently working on another hub with more recipes from that same journal. Thanks for the congratulations! It was a wonderful surprise!

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Congratulations on winning, Ms.Peggy. It's like going back to your past with all the sweets as the added attraction in a conversation of long ago. Thanks for this hub. LOL:D

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello BkCreative,

      Like you, I also learned how to cook / bake in my mother's kitchen. How inventive of your mother to instill a love of baking by giving you your own little lids in which to create your own mini pies and such. I'll bet that they were the best things that you ever tasted! Ha!

      OK...for you and others who have voted wanting more recipes...I have started a new hub. Just wait until you read the last one posted in the next hub!!! You and others will be amazed!!! Not saying any more...stay tuned. (Smile)

      Thanks for commenting and rating this hub about the old timey sweet recipes from the past. Much appreciated!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I voted for trying all of them because that's the kind of 'Old Timey Sweet Recipes' person I am. I too grew up with a mother who baked these treasures. And unlike my silly siblings who played outside during baking time - I was smart enough to hang around should something drop on the floor. Even better, my mother saved jar lids and let me baked mini apple pies and cobblers in the lids right along with her. It worked perfectly!

      Such a great hub! Rated up and more of course!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dolores,

      I agree that the chow mein noodle recipe is more like eating candy. It was a pleasure sharing these old timey recipes with you. Am testing others from the old journal... Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      Haha! That Cherry Torte picture did turn out good, didn't it. My good old digital camera is always at the ready! That recipe is also very tasty as well as pretty. Appreciated the nice compliment on this old timey sweet recipes hub...and my others. You are kind.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela99,

      For chocolate lovers who like an airy, light cake, the Soft as Silk cake is a winner. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment on this old timey sweet recipes from the past hub. And thanks for the congratulations!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Peggy, what a treasure and wonderful legacy from your grandmother. Me, I'm all for the cherry torte, although I make a cookie from the Chow Mien noodles. I use melted butterscotch pieces. Quite popular, but more like candy than a cookie. Thanks for sharing these wonderful old recipes.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      What a marvelous tribute to your great and grandparents, Another beautiful hub with the pictures, tales and recipes. My favorite was the cherry torte - that picture you took should be illegal it is just so tempting. Also congrats on your win - your hubs are simply a pleasure to read Peggy.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on your win. That book is sure a treasure. I have a book similar to that from my grandmother but not quite that big and it is a treasure to me. All of your recipes looked good but I think the soft as silk cake would be fun to try.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Maita,

      I have been doing some YOOOHOOOing also! So exciting! Thanks again for the congratulations on this hub. You should still be YOOOHOOOing your win also! :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello revortay1,

      Happy to be sharing this story as well as the recipes. Thanks for the comment and let me know which of the old recipes you liked best if you do in fact try them. Thanks!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Congrats again YOOOHOOO! Maita

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello queen cleopatra,

      What sweet memories you have of working on making those decorative cakes with your great grandmother. Glad that reading this hub about my grandmother's hand copied old timey sweet recipes from the past brought back such good memories for you. Thanks for commenting.

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      revortay1 7 years ago from PA

      Wow that is a really cool story:] Thanks for sharing! I will be sure to try some of those recipes. They look delicious!

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      Roselyn Mendoza 7 years ago from Philippines

      My great grandmother was known for her creamy but firm purple yam cakes, which we used to knead using our clean little fingers until the small lumps were smooth and maleable; and then shape them into fish, flower, boat, and many more. What a pity, my late "lola" didn't make a journal for her authentic recipes... Reading this wonderful hub brought back many happy childhood memories. Congratulations, Peggy W. :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Frances_30s,

      As you said, finding this old journal with all the handwritten old timey sweet recipes is a treasure indeed and a connection to many of my relatives from the past. Thanks for the comment.

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      Frances_30s 7 years ago from Texas

      What a great hub and how wonderful to have found such a great connection to your great grandmother. Thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Steve aka CarpetDiem,

      Those Crunchy Chocolate Cookies are easy to prepare. Would have loved finding cherry bits as the recipe called for as an ingredient, but we had no luck. Let me know if you were able to find them. Other combinations would also be good. This is definitely a recipe for sweet lovers! Thanks for the comment and happy to hear that it brought back some good Christmas-time memories for you.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Om Paramapoonya,

      Thanks for the congratulations. Your win was also well deserved. Thanks for reading and commenting on this Old Timey Sweet Recipes from the Past hub. Just knowing that the journal was my grandmother's makes it very special to me.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello judydianne,

      I know what you mean about many of the old timey recipes. A "pinch" of this or that or "to taste" or no instructions but merely ingredients make some of the recipes (even in my grandmother's journal) hard to decifer. Sizes are also no longer relevant in many cases or ingredients cannot be found. Many cooks back in your and my grandmother's day and age just KNEW what to do and how things should appear without written instructions. THAT was real talent!

      Thanks for the congratulations and your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Purple Perl,

      Thanks for the congratulations on this hub about old timey sweet recipes. I will agree with you that I am very lucky to have had such a sweet and wonderful grandmother...and finding her recipes is a real treasure. Thank you for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Shona Venter,

      I agree with you that real ingredients make a big difference when preparing food. When I was a child in Wisconsin margarine was not allowed to be sold in the state...only real butter. One would have to cross the border into another state to purchase margarine if desired. The Dairy Industry must have had a lot of influence back then! Of course Wisconsin is labeled "The Dairy State" for those who do not know.

      Thanks for visiting this hub about Old Timey Sweet Recipes from the Past and leaving your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Prasetio,

      Thank you for the wonderful compliment on writing this hub. Much love and memories along with the recipes were combined in it as you detected.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi charanjeet kaur,

      So this made you nostalgic also in thinking of the time spent with your grandparents. It surely did that for me. Nice that we both have our memories! Thanks for taking the time to read this Old Timey Sweet Recipes from the Past hub and thanks for the lovely comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      It was nice finding and getting to sample some of these family heirloom recipes. I do not desire to go into the restaurant business, but thanks for the compliment.

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      CarpetDiem 7 years ago from Southern California

      hey Peggy,

      Your journal is a treasure, in more ways than one!

      The recipe for Crunchy Chocolate Cookies brings back childhood memories of Christmas time. I think I may just go to the store and get a can of chow mein noodles and dome chocolate and butterscotch chips, and then attempt to "relive" some memories!

      Thanks for sharing the journal! :) Steve

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Hey, Peggy. This is such a charming hub. What a treasure you have found. I wish my grandma had left a journal of old recipes for me as well. lol .....By the way, congrats on the win. Well-deserved! :)

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Love old-timey recipes. I always tried to get my grandmother to write down a recipe, especially for her home-made cloverleaf rolls, but she didn't have a recipe. She said just a little of this and that (you know). Her rolls were as big as a loaf of bread.

      You are so lucky to find something as valuable as the journal.

      Congratulations on the win!

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      Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Peggy,you lucky girl!Wonderful grandmom & her recipes. Thanks for sharing. Am bookmarking this hub.

      And Congrats!:)

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      Shona Venter 7 years ago from South Africa

      Brilliant recipes. Thank you so much for sharing them. So often, the older recipes are far nicer than those of today, because a lot more care was taken back then to only use the proper ingredients. Horror of horrors if we had suggested to them to use Orley Whip or margarine!

      I am also a firm believer of only using 100% pure ingredients for baking and food preparation, as it definitely does make a huge difference in the quality of the end result.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Do you believe the secret behind the ancient things? I found all that things through this hub. This recipes like treasure, and I found something glittering in this hub. Simple recipes but delicious. To appreciate this hub, I rate this one. Good work, my friend.

      Prasetio

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      charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

      What a well deserved win indeed. This hub in itself is a masterpeice in itself. Your grandparents will be so proud of you. You really found the treasure of recipes, but you taking such good care and writing a hub speaks a lot of you. I am bookmarking this especially for all the love it has.

      Great recipes, incredible photos, lovely ladies; reading the hub made me nostalgic of the times we spent with our grandparents. Rated it up for good memories. Kudos and once again congrats on the big win.

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      This is a great hub! you have legacy recipes which can be family's treasure. I think you can make a success in restaurant business.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi habee,

      You also won in this hubalicious contest so congratulations to you! It was fun finding and getting to write about these old timey sweet recipes from the past. Am currently testing more from my grandmother's old journal making friends and neighbors very happy with the shared baked goods. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Steph,

      Thank you! Am sure that my mother is smiling down on me also. She would have enjoyed all of the testing of these old timey recipes and could probably have identified some of the people's names that gave the recipes to my grandmother...ones that I do not know. I appreciate the comment.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Congrats on the win!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings sriparna,

      Thanks for the congratulations! It was truly a labor of love testing these recipes from the past, taking pictures of the baked goodies and locating pictures from photo albums to include in this hub. Thanks for taking a look and leaving your nice comment.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      A very well-deserved win! Great photos and delicious recipes that look just wonderful. I am sure your grandmother is smiling from above. Best, Steph

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello oceansnsunsets,

      What a great name you are using for hubpages! Thank you for the sincere congratulations on winning the best hub category for Week 3 of this hubalicious contest with my grandmother's old journal and the old timey sweet recipes from the past that were handwritten into it. If she is looking down, she is probably smiling.

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      Sriparna 7 years ago from New Delhi

      An extremely good hub, useful content but above all I liked your discovery, digging old photographs and sweet remembrances of your loved ones through long kept cookbooks. Congratulations for being selected as the winner! You deserved it.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Peggy, this is such a wonderful hub. I think its just lovely, and I love all your pictures, and what you wrote. Congratulations on your win as well. Some of my most precious recipes are from my grandmother and other family members. The writing alone is worth so much. Ocean

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Maita,

      That is a true compliment from an already awarded winner in this contest. Thanks! Happy to hear that you liked this hub about the old timey sweet recipes from the past.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello again oscillationatend,

      OK...will look forward to the smiling faces as you indulge in eating some of these old timey recipes written down by my grandmother. Be sure and dab your mouth with a napkin and catch any crumbs! :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello swosugrad09,

      Yes, I am fortunate in finding my grandmother's old journal with the old timey sweet recipes hand written and copied from other family members as well as friends. Happy to hear that you enjoyed reading this as well. Thanks for the comment.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      I like this hub, the recipes and of course the memories, Congratualtions for your nomination, truly deserving, Beautiful, Maita

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      Maybe we'll shoot some video somehow for you. That way you can get our reactions in a visual show. ;)

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      swosugrad09 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow these all sound amazing! How cool that you have her old journal. Thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks oscillationatend for the compliment. I'll be curious as to which of the old timey sweet recipes you try and/or like the best. I'll be testing more from my grandmother's old journal in the future.

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      Om nom nom. I'm gonna get ingredients for some of these this weekend. And then ask K@ri to make it. Muwahahahahahah. ;)

      But, besides the great recipes--I enjoyed all the media here, the background, all of it. Excellent writing.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello akirchner,

      My husband and I also have recipe cards and old cookbooks from both of our mothers and some from our grandmothers. Every now and then we do some sampling of old recipes and rate them. Some, of course, get discarded. Thanks for the good luck wishes and thanks for taking the time to comment regarding these old timey sweet recipes from the past.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi habee,

      Then you know exactly the feelings I am experiencing by trying these old timey sweet recipes from the past dating back to my grandmother's days and even further back. Fun, isn't it! Thanks for the comment.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Pretty cool - I have some old recipe cards and a cookbook from my husband's mom in Michigan. It is so fascinating to look at old recipes. Good luck!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Awesome! I love heirloom recipes! I found my great-grandmother's recipe collection a few months ago, and I've had a blast with them!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Money Glitch,

      It is an honor being nominated for the "Best Hub" of the week. Thanks for the good luck wish. I am pleased that you liked the nostalgia behind the recipes from this old journal of my grandmother's. It certainly generated many memories of days gone by for me!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Great hub! I love the nostalgia, behind the recipes! Congrats, on being selected as a "Best Hub" nominee this week. Good luck to you! :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello 2patricias,

      Like you, I had eaten Crumb Cake as a child and had pretty much forgotten about it. This journal of old timey sweet recipes is dredging up all kinds of memories. Thank you for the compliment on how I laid out the hubs with the photos. I really appreciate it. Here's to eating more Crumb Cake! :-)

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is not only an interesting hub, but also a work of art! You have done the photos in such a beautiful way.

      I picked Crumb Cake because I ate something similar when I was a child in Nebraska (Pat writes). I had forgotten all about it, and now would like to try the recipe.