My mom went to nursing school when I was young, I believe around two years old. During this time I stayed with my grandma. My grandma is an amazing baker and she shared her love of baking with me. We baked more batches of peanut butter cookies than I could ever count. They are still my favorite cookies. However, I have to make them with sunflower seed butter now, as I’m allergic to peanuts.
I have such wonderful memories of standing on a red vintage stool, measuring ingredients in Tupperware measuring cups, and using a vintage mixer in my grandma’s kitchen. This time made a special bond between my grandma and I, she is where I get some of my love of vintage as well. Plus I’m a pretty good baker, and my grandma gets a lot of the credit for that, much to my husband’s happiness.
My grandma had been asking what things of her’s were special to me. I told her of everything her Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book was the thing that matter to me the most. I knew I’d some day get it but she surprised me this year and gave it to me for my birthday! It was a wonderful surprise, well kind of a surprise, she told me awhile before my birthday. She isn’t the best at keeping secrets, but who can blame her, it’s hard to keep happy things to yourself.
I will have to see if my grandma remembers around what year she got the cookbook but from looking online it seems to be from the 50’s or 60’s. It’s falling apart, it’s full of recipes from magazine and newspapers as well, handwritten notes, and all kinds of other wonderful things. It’s something I will treasure forever and I will also use it, carefully!
The newer cookbook I use the most is a newer version of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. I use it all the time and several recipes are the same and the general feel of the book is the same. There is nothing quite like wearing a vintage apron, baking a vintage recipe, and remembering spending time with your grandma. Growing up playing with vintage toys, baking from vintage cookbooks, and being surrounded by wonderful antiques, is likely one of the things that makes me love the 40’s and 50’s.
What is a favorite memory and/or item from your childhood? I’d love to hear about it, share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.