06 Feb 2011 Leave a Comment
Week 2: Winter
What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.
I spent most of my growing up years living in southwest Missouri where there was a lot of ice and snow each winter. I remember one Christmas Day when my mom had just finished cleaning up the kitchen after we ate Christmas lunch and the power went out. We had snow on the ground and then ice. Lots of ice. We were lucky to have a wood fire place in our living room and wood to burn because the power was out for days. I remember we even ended up cutting up and burning an old living room chair towards the end of that power outage.
We lived on 10 acres and behind and to the right of the house the land dipped down slightly and there was a huge low-lying area. When it would rain too much, it would flood. When it would snow too much, then melt, it would flood. When it would snow too much, melt, then freeze again, we could go ice skating.
Winter was always an adventure because we lived four miles out of town up a steep hill. School was closed a lot when the weather got too bad. The town just couldn’t get the roads clear enough for all the kids who lived outside of city limits. Snow days meant play days.Tweet
04 Feb 2011 Leave a Comment
Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog came up with a weekly challenge to write your personal genealogy and history. I am a little behind in writing mine so over the next week I’ll get caught up.
Week 1 – New Year’s
Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?
As a child my parents would let us stay up to ring in the New Year. We ate pizza rolls, had soda and other treats. I remember watching the ball drop in Times Square.
In the present day I end up going to bed before midnight but wake up at midnight when the neighbors start shooting off fireworks. My husband stays up with the boys, who don’t always make it to midnight either.Tweet
29 Jan 2011 Leave a Comment
Watch for Weeks 1 to 3 to be posted over the next week as I was getting caught up.
Week 5: Favorite Food
What was your favorite food from childhood? If it was homemade, who made it? What was in this dish, and why was it your favorite? What is your favorite dish now?
I have several favorites from childhood. My mom used to make houska growing up. It is a Czech braided bread with dates and nuts. We would put a little butter on it and enjoy. Mmmmmm. Just about anything my mom made was great, except green beans. I spent many nights at the dinner table after everyone was done eating because I wouldn’t eat my beans. Ugh. I really could have done without the beans.
Since I spent most of my growing up years in southwest Missouri, I also had favorite Chicago foods which I would enjoy when we would visit. The foods I loved are Home Run Inn pizza with sausage and mushrooms, Veseky’s bakery salty horns and kolacky, and Novi’s Italian Beef sandwiches. Sadly, Veseky’s is gone. I’m not sure about Novi’s. Haven’t driven by there in a long time. Home Run Inn is about two miles from my house today and we enjoy their pizza once a month or every other month.
My favorite dishes now – pretty much everything I ate as a kid, but add dark chocolate. Almost any kind of dark chocolate dessert has been added to my list of favorites.Tweet