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5 Old Timey Sweet Recipes From My Grandma's Food Journal

I recently discovered my grandmother's well-worn, food-spattered food journal. Here are five of her wonderful desserts.

Two of the spattered pages from my grandma's recipe journal

Two of the spattered pages from my grandma's recipe journal

My Grandmother's Handwritten Journal

My mother would have loved the testing of recipes that are featured here. That is because she genuinely enjoyed her desserts. She indeed baked enough of them for our family of five! Not only did she bake cookies, cakes, and pies, but while we lived in Wisconsin, she also made homemade loaves of bread. We were spoiled. I had just turned 13 years of age when we moved to Texas, and before 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 old yellowed newspaper clippings with a variety of what must have sounded like tempting recipes to try. Others were scraps of paper with handwritten recipes.

An old journal caught my attention, and I was delighted to find that it had belonged to my maternal grandmother. It had 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 handwritten, mostly in my grandmother's penmanship.

Many of the recipes have the names of the people who would have shared them with her. Her mother is the author of several plus her sister, some aunts, and some friends.

Candid photo of my grandmother, taken many years ago

Candid photo of my grandmother, taken many years ago

My Grandmother

My great-grandmother died when my grandmother was a young child. These recipes from her dear mother provided a personal culinary link to her past and were undoubtedly cherished. The crossed-out recipes, when tested, were obviously not to her liking.

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

This old journal was often used when cooking and baking because some pages have years of accidental food spatter. It is reasonably easy to determine which of the many recipes were the favorites judging by just how marked up the pages had become!

Spine of this old journal

Spine of this old journal

The Recipes

When trying some of the recipes, it made for some happy neighbors of ours. My husband and I are not substantial sweet eaters, but we know people who savor desserts.

In reading many of these recipes, there were only ingredients for many of them. Cooks back then would have known how to proceed. Measurements are also hard to decipher as packaging has changed dramatically over the years, and I could not find some ingredients. Many recipes in this old journal will be read for entertainment purposes and will probably never again be made for those reasons.

We did taste the results of ones that I could decipher, and five of them are below.

Recipes in This Article

  1. Soft as Silk Cake
  2. Date Bread From Mrs. Kraase
  3. Crumb Cake
  4. Crunchy Chocolate Cookies
  5. Cherry Torte by Alma
Piece of soft as silk cake

Piece of soft as silk cake

1. Soft as Silk Cake

A notation says that this recipe originated from listening to the radio. Television was a relatively new thing when I was a youngster, and I still remember my parents listening to the radio for broadcasts.

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 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 ounces chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. Sift flour with the baking powder.
  2. Beat eggs until very light.
  3. Beat in the salt, sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Heat milk with the butter, and beat into the egg mixture.
  5. Add in the flour and baking powder.
  6. Pour 1/3 of batter in well-greased 8-inch pan.
  7. Blend melted chocolate into the remaining 2/3 of the batter.
  8. Put into pan and bake in 350 degrees oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. (Work fast with cake.)

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

2. 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.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup dates, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 heaping tablespoons shortening
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 rounded teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the sugar, dates, and shortening, and let stand until cooled.
  2. Then add the beaten egg and one teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. Sift 2 1/4 cups flour together with one rounded teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture.
  5. Stir in 1 cup of chopped nuts.
  6. 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 finished baking.

3. Crumb Cake

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

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup lard (Using lard was common back then, and shortening can be a substitute.)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Mix the first six ingredients "like pie-crust" and take out 1 cup of mixture reserving it for the topping.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and beat well.
  3. Put in greased tin and sprinkle with the 1 cup of topping.
  4. Add dates and nuts if desired.
  5. 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 recipe reminded my husband and me of some coffee cakes we have had in the past. So a little more of this stayed in the house instead of it all going to our neighbors. Oh, the research and sacrifices that we made for this article!

4. Crunchy Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) package of chocolate bits
  • 1 (6-ounce) package of cherry bits
  • 1 (6-ounce) package of butterscotch or caramel bits
  • 1( 6-ounce) can of chow mein noodles

Instructions

  1. Melt over hot water (not boiling) the chocolate, cherry, and butterscotch or caramel bits.
  2. When thoroughly melted, add the can of Chow Mein noodles.
  3. Stir and coat the noodles thoroughly.
  4. Drop by teaspoon onto wax paper.
  5. Stir often, while dropping them.
  6. Let harden.

Note: I could not find cherry bits, so I only used the chocolate and butterscotch in this recipe. One could also use other combinations of bits like peanut butter and chocolate.

This recipe 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.

This recipe was handwritten 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 Rathmann's resided in Minnesota.

Fond friendships ensued, and many of them ended up moving down to McAllen permanently. I think that Mrs. Rathmann is undoubtedly in this picture shown above, along with my grandmother and other friends.

5. Cherry Torte by Alma

Alma (standing on the left in the second picture above) 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:

  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans of tart cherries, drained until dry, or press dry with a large spoon (save juice)
  • 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

For the topping:

  • Reserved cherry juice
  • 1 level tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

For the torte:

  1. Sift the dry ingredients together and then add the nuts, egg, butter, and cherries.
  2. Blend well and pour into a buttered 8 inch by 11-inch pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.

Note: When cake or baked bread starts pulling away from the side of a pan, it is an indication that the baked goods are getting close to being done.

For the topping:

  1. Boil the ingredients until thickened and pour over cake.

This topping makes a beautiful cherry-colored glaze.

Suggestion: Serve with whipped cream.

Well-worn journal of my grandmother's with handwritten recipes inside

Well-worn journal of my grandmother's with handwritten recipes inside

Back to the Journal

This 236-page journal could have served several purposes. 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.

My grandmother decided to make this blank paged and 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 journal's overall condition is not in the best shape, 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 marbleized endleaves as a final photo.

Beautiful endleaves in this old journal of my grandmother's

Beautiful endleaves in this old journal of my grandmother's

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 30, 2015:

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. :)

C E Clark from North Texas on August 30, 2015:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 04, 2015:

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.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 04, 2015:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 12, 2013:

Hi Hyphenbird,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 11, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 11, 2013:

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. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 11, 2013:

Hi IslandBites,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 11, 2013:

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.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 11, 2013:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 10, 2013:

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

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on August 10, 2013:

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

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on August 10, 2013:

Loved this hub!

moonlake from America on August 10, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 03, 2013:

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.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 02, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2012:

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!

Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on June 27, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2012:

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.

Melissa Spicer from Kentucky on March 26, 2012:

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. :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 05, 2012:

Thanks Brett,

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

Brett Winn from US on January 05, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 04, 2012:

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!

Brett Winn from US on January 04, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2011:

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?

Fiddleman on December 05, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2011:

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!

RVDaniels from Athens, GA on December 04, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2011:

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.

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on September 15, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 08, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 08, 2011:

Hello Glemoh101,

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

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on January 08, 2011:

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!

Glemoh101 on January 08, 2011:

Thanks for your very helpful hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 13, 2010:

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

Tony McGregor from South Africa on December 12, 2010:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 12, 2010:

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.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on November 12, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2010:

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!

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on July 01, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2010:

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!

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on June 30, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2010:

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!

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on June 30, 2010:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 29, 2010:

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!

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on June 29, 2010:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2010:

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!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on June 26, 2010:

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.

billyaustindillon on June 26, 2010:

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.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 26, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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!

prettydarkhorse from US on June 25, 2010:

Congrats again YOOOHOOO! Maita

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

revortay1 from PA on June 25, 2010:

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

EC Mendoza from Philippines on June 25, 2010:

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. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

Frances_30s from Texas on June 25, 2010:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

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.

CarpetDiem from Southern California on June 25, 2010:

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

Om Paramapoonya on June 25, 2010:

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! :)

judydianne from Palm Harbor, FL on June 25, 2010:

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!

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on June 25, 2010:

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

And Congrats!:)

Shona Venter from South Africa on June 25, 2010:

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.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 25, 2010:

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

charanjeet kaur from Delhi on June 25, 2010:

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.

agusfanani from Indonesia on June 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

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. :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

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.

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 24, 2010:

Congrats on the win!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

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.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on June 24, 2010:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

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.

Sriparna from New Delhi on June 24, 2010:

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.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on June 24, 2010:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

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! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

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.

prettydarkhorse from US on June 24, 2010:

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

oscillationatend from a recovering narcissist. on June 24, 2010:

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

swosugrad09 from Oklahoma on June 24, 2010:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

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.

oscillationatend from a recovering narcissist. on June 23, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2010:

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.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on June 23, 2010:

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!

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 23, 2010:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2010:

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!

Money Glitch from Texas on June 22, 2010:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2010:

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! :-)

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on June 22, 2010:

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.

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