My sister, Bev has been working hard at cleaning out the clutter in her life and as she purged, she came across Nana's old classic pie basket.
Nana was a baker and I have memories of pies, molasses gingers snaps, old fashioned hermits, chocolate chip cookies and Pompadour Pudding. Bev emailed my daughter to see if she would like Nana's old pie basket. The basket came to me to bring to Boston the next time we visit Karen and when I opened the lid I was brought to tears when I discovered Nana had signed the inside of the lid.
This relic was just elevated to an entirely new level because it has a pedigree. The signature is so recognizable and clearly Nana's. I will bring the basket to my daughter's and I will encourage her to also sign the lid, thus starting a new tradition. Imagine a basket, passed down through the family generations, which each successive cook signing the under side of the lid. If you have a pie basket, sign the lid and start your own tradition.
I then went through my old recipe box. I never use it anymore because all my recipes have been digitized, but sure enough. I still have a few recipe cards written in Nana's hand.
I think I'll look into having them transferred to tea towels as Christmas gifts.
Directions for doing so are posted over on SpoonFlower
Previous Posts of Interest:
- A Tradition • DIY Family Calendar
- Tole Painting • An Old New England Craft
- Handmade Christmas Cards Through the Years
- Christmas Traditions • When Do You Change Them?
- Making a List • Checking it Twice
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