Genealogy Blog Party: Celebrating Traditions --My Grandma's Rolls

If you are not familiar with the Genealogy Blog Party, be sure to stop over to host Elizabeth O'Neal's blog Little Bytes of Life to learn more.

November Theme:  Celebrating Tradition

Share a favorite holiday tradition.
Examples:  

  • A favorite family recipe or complete meal;
  • A display of treasured ornaments and decorations;
  • Watching special movies or TV shows together;
  • Attending parties and other gatherings.


One day, I will be able to recreate them. At least that is my hope. What am I talking about? I'm talking about being able to make my Grandma Murrell's rolls. Those rolls were only one of many culinary feats my grandmother was able to accomplish in her tiny kitchen. It's the smell and taste of those rolls I long for when the holiday season comes around.

Here's me with my grandma back when I was in high school, posing in her kitchen. 

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You know anyone who owns an apron like that one means business in the kitchen. When I was a kid, the aroma of this sweet lady's home on the days she would bake was absolutely intoxicating.  It wasn't until I had a family of my own many years later and attempted to make rolls myself that I identified what one of the components of that scent was. It was yeast. Up until then my only bread making experience involved making biscuits. I wondered why my kitchen didn't have that same delicious smell my grandmother's had when I baked. That's because there's no yeast in biscuits. Silly me. :)

Thanksgiving was wonderful this year. I hosted and thankfully everyone was well and came hungry to my house. Sadly, I don't have my grandmother's recipe to refer to when baking. I think I wrote it down once when I was a kid but that scrap of paper was quickly lost. The recipe that I use now is from The Good Housekeeping Cookbook. The copyright on my edition is 2001. The recipe is located on Pg 595 and is for refrigerator rolls.

Very similar to that recipe is this one that I found at this link:
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/overnight-refrigerator-rolls/

Even though the recipe I use is not my grandma's, I still try to channel her spirit when I'm cooking. She put a lot of love into whatever she made and she truly enjoyed watching people eat her food. It was her way of passing on joy to those she cared about. 





Comments

  1. Why is it that some of the best things come out of tiny little kitchens? :) Our Grandmas didn't have the kind of kitchen they put into houses these days, but they could whip up the best things. And I love the apron!

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    1. You are so right! I have a small kitchen but yet mine is twice the size hers was. She was such a sweet lady. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Awe it is sad when we have a memory of a food and can't duplicate it. This happened for me too.Good job tackling the making rolls from scratch. An art form many don't do anymore. Love your picture. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Fran for your comment! Bread making is definitely an art form. I have even more respect for my grandma now.

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  3. I truly hope your experiments lead you to a recipe that recreates the aroma and texture of your grandma's biscuits! Happy holidays.

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    1. I am hopeful Marian that one day I will be successful. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. I channel my grandma's spirit, too. I can't crochet like she did, but I have other abilities that clearly came through the genes. I'm sure your grandma would be thrilled to know she passed on a love of cooking to you and the desire to share your creations with others. Thanks for sharing your story. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment Nancy! I get a thrill out of watching people eating my cooking just like my grandma did.

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  5. Andrea,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2016/12/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-december-2.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Lovely post. I love seeing you with your grandma. And yes, that apron definitely means business.

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    1. I really miss her this time of year but I know I carry her with me in my heart. Thanks as always for stopping by.

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