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  •  Yep, my mom made GREAT spicy pumpkin pie. nt (4+ / 0-)
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    by Melanie in IA on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 07:33:48 PM PST

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    •  :-) (2+ / 0-)
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      Great with ice cream or with real whipped cream.

      Great the next day cold for breakfast... if you're lucky enough to have any leftovers.

      Better yet...?  I have my mother's recipe.  It makes two eleven-inch pumpkin pies and one has to mix it in the largest bowl.

      When I left home and had my own household, it dawned on me I didn't have Mom's recipes memorized because she was always there in the background telling me the ingredients to put in.  Naturally, I begged her to write my favorite ones down and send them to me, so I have them in her own handwriting.  The cards are well-used and even smudged with some of the ingredients that splashed on them.

      Pumpkin Pie
      Chocolate Chip Cookies
      Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
      Banana Bread

      And I know there are a few others, but I just can't remember them off the top of my head this instant.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 09:22:27 PM PST

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      •  And you will send me (3+ / 0-)
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        the pie recipe? I've actually NEVER made it, as I had no idea how she did it and couldn't have guessed the rights combination of spices.

        I have a darn good peanut butter cookie recipe from Jim's mom, and mmm rhubarb custard pie from my grandma. Jim makes the pie for me with rhubarb from our yard (or the neighbors', when that fails.)

        Dignity. Opportunity. Prosperity. These I wish for you, now and in the future.

        by Melanie in IA on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 04:08:45 AM PST

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        •  I have to find it first.... (3+ / 0-)
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          It's in a box of recipes right now.  I haven't done much baking for years and years, but at least I know where the box is.  Yes, I will find it and send it to you.

          I have to dig out Mom's old recipe book, too.  My bro wrote last night wondering if there was a lefse recipe in it.  I don't think there was.  It was another one of those things, like the bread "recipe" she used (and added to slightly when she made buns) where the recipe was in her head..., and died with her.  "About this much" of each ingredient - she eyeballed the amounts and knew "about" how much she needed for anything.  The basic potato lefse recipe seems to be pretty much the same on two continents, and if my memory serves, there are fewer than five ingredients in it.

          Mom's recipe book is dog-eared and close to falling apart, and it was one she got from a church ladies' aid when she was a young.  Among some of those pages is my name in ink from when I was just learning to print my name in capital letters.  I suppose I was about four or five.  No kindergarten in those days, so I was six when I started first grade.  In first grade when the teacher was working with the three other grades in the room I would copy the cursive writing above the blackboard so I taught myself how to write.  My printing is atrocious, but when I slow down my penmanship is still pretty good.

          Every year about this time there are people on all three Scandinavian genealogy lists who start trading recipes, so there are lots of different versions of most Scandinavian foods "out there."

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 07:27:51 AM PST

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          •  At some point you may wish to scan her book (3+ / 0-)
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            and have it rebound at the copy shop. It would be a shame to lose it completely from deterioration. Though of course, scanning itself could damage it more, too.

            It's a treasure to have some of these things from our prior generations.

            Dignity. Opportunity. Prosperity. These I wish for you, now and in the future.

            by Melanie in IA on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 07:35:30 AM PST

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            •  Actually... (2+ / 0-)
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              ... I did scan close to half of it....  I have a couple of nice scanners, can scan old odd-sized negatives with them.  I taught myself how to restore old photos with one of the programs that came with either a Wacom Tablet or with one of the other scanners, I forget which.  All I had to do to scan each page was put the recipe book flat on the screen.  The recipe book has one of those old wire binders, not the kind with paste that fall apart, so scanning is pretty easy.

              Then my PC frazzled on the screen one day when I clicked the On button, so I turned it off and haven't put it back on.  A couple of months later I got a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium in it, and it's pretty well useless for everything except going online and watching videos and TV shows and whatever else involves being on the web.  I can't do anything really creative with it like I could with Office 2000 and the added programs and the two email programs where I could make fancy emails with graphics and such.

              Y'know that cropped graphic I use for my avatar (if that's the correct word)?  It's from a larger image.  I have a book purchased years ago with stained glass graphics minus colors.  I scanned the images and filled in the colors.  In other cases using a different program, I did things like scan jewelry I've made and made jeweled graphics from them.

              I have to replace the PCs HD, and I have a backup that's from about a year before the frazzled screen..., but if they still make 'em, I have to go get an antiviral program for Office 2000.  I've checked into Office 20?? (10?/higher number?), and there's no more FrontPage to edit web pages (like the home page of the genie web site where I add my own personal graphics that I made with fancy fonts).  About the time the PC's HD frazzled, my knee was giving out and I can't crawl around on the floor close to where my console is on my computer desk, and since then I've had my right knee replaced and my left knee is now acting up, so that's probably going to have to be taken care of next.  My next aim is to get the HD out, take it to someone who can take info off it, and whatever is between the backup and the stuff added after that I can then combine to a whole working system again.

              That's the one that has all my nifty gizmos and funky programs I know how to use for images of all kinds, as well as Microsoft Front Page with the Publish button that can do the .ftp upload of my genealogy web sites.  It's the only one that has the great program, PhotoStudio 2000, with the clone tool with a pencil shape that is terrifically precise (not that damned clone stamp thing that f's everything up with a big glob of mis-matched colors on every other graphics program I've tried).

              Eleven years ago I went from zero to using a PC and a Mac iBook (it runs my genie program) within six months, then got a Wacom Tablet and worked my way through an elementary scanner to the fancy ones, plus experimenting with graphics, restoring photos, making photos from negatives, genealogy research in between, et cetera and so on and so forth.  I didn't have a learning "curve."  I went straight up the side of a cliff with barely a string for a lifeline (only a couple of people even knew what I was talking about half the time - I didn't have any computerese lingo down yet and could barely explain myself).  I overloaded the first two hard drives with images (the high dpi tiff docs I make to work in fine detail to restore old photos take a lot of MB).

              Eeeerrrrrmmmm....  I did mention I'm a creative type of person, didn't I?

              The original page in the book is a letter-sized page, but this is what the original stained glass image looks like that I cropped for my avatar:


              I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

              by NonnyO on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 08:28:05 AM PST

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              •  Wow. I'm rather bowled over. (2+ / 0-)
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                My computer use is so very, uh, elementary compared to yours, I don't know most of what you're talking about, either.

                When I commented about the recipe book, my main thought was that if it were glued-binding, you would break the back and all the pages would fall out. But since it is spiral bound, that's really no issue. And you can get a newly scanned version bound at the copy shop same way. But you knew that already. :)

                The stained glass piece above is really beautiful. I can imagine (not me) creating that in fabric.

                You do all the genealogy (haha! spelled it right this time) as a hobby? Not as a profession? Do you also work at a paying job?

                Bum knees... bad deal. Hope you can get the old one fixed up soon.

                Dignity. Opportunity. Prosperity. These I wish for you, now and in the future.

                by Melanie in IA on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 09:09:07 AM PST

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                •  I have several... (2+ / 0-)
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                  ... of those stained glass graphics.  They were quite fun to work with since I was just learning about the graphics programs when I first started with them, so I have them in more than one color scheme.  Since then I found some nifty graphics with blanks that are drawn from the Anglo-Saxon and Viking burial mounds.  I haven't worked with those yet.

                  I used to also haunt JoAnne Fabrics, and some ten years ago I purchased a packet of backed muslin meant to go through computer printers.  Yes, I have thought of making a quilt with either my graphics or having quilt blocks with individual photos of ancestors.  It would be an ambitious project, but I'll have to work with them on an experimental piece before actually doing them for a larger project.

                  :-)  Yes, I did know that about the book binding.  I may do that eventually, after I finish scanning it.

                  I have scanned full pages from books (very carefully), some with glue binding, some with sewn & glue binding in hardcover where my ancestors were mentioned.  They're rather obscure books, but genealogy publishing companies have them.  Now Google Books has some for free.  One reprint of a late-19th century genealogy book on one of my RI Quaker lines I ordered several years ago; I splurged to get the hardcover version for $50 (it was my combined gift to myself for Xmas, New Year's, Birthday & St. Patrick's Day).  Just recently I found it on Google Books for a free download because the copyright ran out a long time ago.  I'm still glad I have the hardcover version.  It wasn't even the most expensive book in my genealogy shelves.  That was one for the Vital Statistics for the island in Maine where some of my ancestors lived, as well as those who married siblings of ancestors, also purchased before Google books came online, but since it's vital stats, it'll likely never find its way into Google Books anyway since those records were transcribed only within the last 25 years or so (copyright is still good).  In spite of askew pages at times, I like Google Books and have downloaded out-of-copyright books that mention all kinds of ancestors, both history books and genealogy books.  One of the downloads is a book I was looking for years ago not long after I got my PC and even people on a rare books web site couldn't find it.  Another obscure genealogy tome.

                  I got interested in genealogy as a result of a genetics project in biology class in high school when I was a sophomore - 50 years ago.  In the early 1980s I took two years of Norwegian because I knew if I could read one of the three Scandinavian languages, I could probably understand the other two (turns out modern Norwegian is different from the pre-1917 Dano-Norsk).  I worked on it off and on for many years, as I had time between working, leading a life, etc.  I very slowly got info on both my maternal and paternal New England ancestors.  (This was back in snail mail days....)

                  A year and a half after my spinal fusion surgery I was on the disability list and got my first computer.  It was a year after my cousin found living fifth cousins in Norway on a fluke search, and while using the computers at the public library one of those cousins and I exchanged a lot of info.  I wanted ancestral info and he wanted descendants of immigrants info.

                  Norway's Digitalarkivet was online by the time I got my first computer, so I first worked with the transcribed records, then joined the Norway List (and Denmark List since I'd just found my Danish ancestors on their migration records), and the Sweden List.  Norway and Denmark's records are free online, thanks to the taxpayers in those countries.  After the 5th cousin in Norway (of two I knew then, but the other one isn't yet into genealogy) who did the original groundwork (minus info on records) died, Norway put all their church records online over a period of a couple of years (and finished early).  Some are transcribed from those records, otherwise one has to scroll through them.  I have added a LOT of info to the original data, added people, other lines connected to siblings of my direct ancestors and such.  Plus, the spouses of the siblings of my parents, grandparents, and gr-grandparents almost all married either Norwegian immigrants or offspring of Norwegian immigrants, so once I got the US data on them, I started researching their lineages in Norway, too, as well as for spouses of a couple of cousin lineages (perhaps two dozen lines, more or less).  Sweden's records are online on two or three web sites owned by corporations so they are fee-based, but one of them is putting digitized color images of church records online, and I like that site (I've been trying to save to subscribe to it for a year).  I take advantage of their free weekends and look for records for my Swedish ancestors.

                  I also help people on the three Scandinavian genealogy lists I belong to if I can, especially Norway (they have the easiest search engines and I'm familiar with the various areas because of my own research).  I do genealogy on a daily or weekly basis, so while I can say it's a hobby, it's not.  (I fall short of calling it an obsession. ;-))

                  No, I don't work any longer.  My triple lumbar fusion didn't quite "take," so that put me on the disability list, and now I'm old enough for retirement (assuming Cretinous Congress Critters don't f&#% up everything).  The only thing still fully functioning in my body is my brain, and that's how I pass on any help anyone's given me either for genealogy or for anything else in life.  I firmly believe in passing on knowledge of every kind, and I have multiple avenues of interests that cross over into different areas of my life.

                  :-)  I did bite off more than I can chew with the kind of learning I do - computers and everything else.  Full immersion learning...!  I am most definitely a perpetual student.  :-)  I didn't go to college until age 41, and had a blast.  To avoid PE, my Honors English prof invited me into the full Honors program.  I made the honor roll every quarter.  English major, Art History minor, Honors program, and started an Art degree before leaving college, with an emphasis program in ceramics (I love working with porcelain clay).

                  I've had a long and varied life....  :-D

                  I'll send you my mother's pumpkin pie recipe on a Message, and then I have to take a break and try to find her recipe book since I have to get in touch with my brother soon before he wonders if I got his email....

                  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

                  (¯`•.¸ ~♥~ ¸.•´¯)

                  I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

                  by NonnyO on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 11:17:08 AM PST

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