Grandma’s Kitchen Challenge BOW #2 is called Sticky Buns by Pat Sloan. It was a fun block to work on and the instructions include how the block would look in a quilt. Part of this weekly challenge is to relay a childhood memory in addition to the blocks.
This week’s block called Sticky Buns lead us towards food memories. I was born and raised in the hills of East Tennessee. My Mammaw (Southern for Grandma) Cooper’s kitchen was small and without any of the conveniences we enjoy today. She did all cooking on a wood fed cook stove, carried water in from the cistern, and heated water on the stove. She could get a meal on the table quicker than you could imagine. She grew her own food in the garden, killed pigs in the winter for pork, had a cow for milk and butter, and raised chickens for eggs and meat.
She was also very patient with me as I loved spending time with her and she was always either in the kitchen or working in the garden or around the house. She taught me how to make biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast, how to pick berries and make jelly, churn butter, peel potatoes, hang out laundry, and many other things.
My fondest memory of her was one time she started into the kitchen to make breakfast and I did not want to be left out so I ran to ‘help’. She always kept her flour in a 25 pound tin container on the floor as we bought flour by the 25 pound bags. She would slide the flour bucket out to get flour for the biscuits then I would stand on the bucket to reach the table to roll and cut the biscuits. This morning when I jumped up on the flour bucket I tipped the lid and fell into the flour bucket as the lid wasn’t snapped back into place. I was always very small for my age and my head was the only thing showing out of the bucket. I was not allowed to help with the biscuits for a week. Mammaw passed away when I was 5 and left a big hole in my heart.
We would love to have you join us in this BOW.