Thursday, October 7, 2010
Granny's Remedies & Recipes
Yup! I am now an Author...well, sort of. More about that later.
It's been sooo long since I've posted here and so much has happened, but I guess that is true for everyone.
My poor ol' hubby is now in early third stage of Alzheimers, and he also has Parkinson's Desease. I've not been able to sculpt or do any of the fun things I spent a lot of time on before. I really miss doing all that crafty stuff, but hubby takes all my time now as I'm his caregiver. The kids are good to come give me a lift when I need it or come stay the night so I can get some much needed sleep. Paul was sundowning badly and was up all night every night, but the Dr. gave him some medication for bypolar which helped tremendously. He still sundowns, but usually for only a couple of hours in the late afternoon now. He usually knows everyone still and is generally pretty docile, although there are moments when it's the reverse.
I miss my dear friend and lifelong love so very badly. Of all people in this world to have this terrible terrible desease, this gentle soul does not deserve this, but I suppose that can be said of anyone with this insidious mind stealing desease, or with any other horrible illness. I guess we just have to accept it as part of the human condition.
One night while I was up with Paul most of the night I began looking at my grandmother's old book of recipes and remedies, and thought "Why not copy them and put them in book form." So that's what I've done. I'm selling copies at $9.97 each to help defray some of the medical bills Paul is incurring. I can either email a link from which the ebook in Adobe pdf form can be downloaded or I can just burn it to a CD and mail it. Add $1.97 for shipping. I use Paypal and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
In the early 1900's Grandma lived in rual Texas and did not have a commercially published cookbook as we do nowadays but wrote down her recipes, etc and pasted them into an old law book.
Many of the recipes were handed down from mother to daughter since colonial times, and include a recipe for Martha Washington‘s Cherry Bounce. The cooking recipes have been updated for use with modern cooking and baking methods. They are good recipes and I use them myself.
I am including Grandma’s home remedies because I think they are so interesting and some are hilarious. Also included are some of the poems that Grandmother loved and a few letters discussing women’s suffrage, which she apparently cut from a newspaper in the early part of the 20th century and pasted into her book. They are very interesting and give an insight into the lives of many rural women of the time.
Many of the remedies were given her by others, and I have copied those and the letters verbatim, so the grammatical errors were not hers.
The editing and Graphics by Nicole Franklin of Kaniki's Connections. The photos at the top of this post are the cover page (and that is my Grandmother in 1900) and one of the pages from the book. It's done to look old, old as Grandma's book actually does. The pages ar yellowed and very brittle now.
I think you would get a kick out of the remedies and would like many of the recipes. A few of the recipes are actually my own.