Carter likes things that are old (I refuse to use the word antique because some of the items he view as antique are from the 80’s). He also likes things that are sweet.

He has recently become enthralled with his great grandmother’s cookbook.

I never got to meet my grandmother, my mom’s mom. She passed away when my mom was a senior in high school, but I do have her cookbook, given to me by my mom.

Inside are recipes, newspaper clippings, brittle and yellowed with age. Most, if not all of them are for sweets: cookies, candies, cakes, pies, and puddings.

Some of the recipes are handwritten.

So far, Carter has made us Snip Doodles – imagine a snicker doodle cake – and he is considering macaroon brownies or chocolate cake as his next project.

He told me yesterday that his late New Year’s resolution is to make 3-4 different recipes from this cookbook per week during the summer. (Apparently it is never too late to make those New Year’s resolutions).

Carter, that sounds like a sweet idea to me!

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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9 Responses to Sweet(s)!

  1. Rivergirl says:

    What a treasure to have. Enjoy the treats!

  2. Definitely never too late for resolutions! I never stick to them, so I am trying to set new ones monthly, sounds more achievable! The cookbook is such a treasure, amazing!

    • Shoes says:

      Monthly resolutions, I really like this idea.
      He is really enjoying the cookbook but we are finding that we have to make some modifications and best guesses with some of the recipes. Most are from the early 60’s and were printed in newspapers and magazines in Canada. Yesterday we used sour cream when it called for sour milk and when told to bake the cake in a “moderate” oven, we made a good guess on the temp. His chocolate cake turned out wonderfully anyway.

      • It is great that you are finding your way to make them work! I really need specific temperatures, every time I followed my guts I ended up with proper baking disasters!

        • Shoes says:

          We do try! I thought a moderate oven would be about 325 and Carter thought 300 so we settled on 315. It ended up being too low so we bumped up the temp and the time and it worked out well. He went rogue and scattered a couple handfuls of chocolate chips on top during the last three minutes. Yummy!

  3. Mary Ann says:

    I have one recipe from one of my grandmothers – a sugar cookie recipe with nutmeg as an ingredient – that I treasure. How awesome to have the entire cookbook. Carter is always creating new things and is good at using his imagination, which I enjoy reading about!

    • Shoes says:

      Nutmeg in a sugar cookie – I am going to have to try that. There is something special about creating food that you know was made by someone well before you in your family. I’m glad Carter is so taken with the cookbook.

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