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Lessons from Grandma Bauer

Grandma Bauer and Aunt Hyc

My Grandma Bauer was a feisty, loving woman. She came to America from Germany as a young woman. Grandpa Joe also came from Germany. I wish I knew more about their early lives but these are stories I never heard. The first thing she taught me was to be more curious about my relatives because their stories are too important to lose. Continue reading

Creamed Chicken

creamed chickenMy mom made the most fabulous chicken recipe. Unfortunately, after she passed it seems to have gone with her.  I would ask for this delicacy often and found it to be absolutely delicious. It was what she called creamy chicken.  Not such an original name, but it was incredible tasting.  It was, of course, with chicken cut up not in small pieces, she used condensed milk and the drippings from the chicken.  This is what Legacy writing is all about.  See I might have had this recipe had I had the opportunity to ask her about this and have it in writing.  This is all I really can tell of this recipe. I have searched in her recipe box and it just has not shown up.  Once when I was pregnant with my first child I actually had three helpings of this delicacy.  That was the last time I had the luxury of this dish.  After that, she tried to use substitutes like chicken soup or whatever, but it just wasn’t the same.  I am still searching. Continue reading

Chile Relleno Casserole

Chile RellenoMexican Food is one of my favorites. I’m not sure if this recipe qualifies as traditional Mexican Cuisine but in my opinion, it’s a delicious side dish with any meal. The hardest part for me is finding the whole poblano peppers to use as the basis of the casserole. I have substituted diced chiles however my favorite is still the whole poblano peppers. Continue reading

Rhubarb Custard Pie

When It was summer, I was the one responsible for mowing grandma Is’ lawn. In the backyard, I would make slow careful circles around her peonies and rhubarb patch.

rhubarb custard pieThe peonies would bloom and later be held up with a circular piece of chicken wire through the summer. The rhubarb grew unrestricted. Leaves were generously pulled–never cut–from the plant. I would pull and single stalk and suck on the puckeringly tart end as I sat on the hard dry ground under the weeping willow. The cicadas song sounded like the power lines vibrating. I loved the late afternoon when the cooing of morning doves was accompanied by other lawn mowers humming from distant yards.

Grandma would bring in an armload of the big-leafed stalks to make her rhubarb custard pie. Continue reading

The Dragonfly Speaks to Me

Traditionally, we do not choose our spirit animal. Instead, it must choose us.  Animals have often held a spiritual significance in our lives. Being aligned with specific animals is thought to exist throughout indigenous cultures. Continue reading

A Turtle’s Timid Transformation

A Turtle's Timid TransformationI used http://www.spiritanimal.info to determine my spirit animal. The turtle was what I have been drawn to for years. I wear a bracelet every day with one on it. The turtle reminds me to take small, steady steps toward my goals.

But apparently, my spirit animal can change. Who knew? Continue reading

The Call of the Wolf

wolfMy spirit animal is the Wolf

Having taken a test to find out what my spirit animal is I was surprised to see it is the wolf.  It is stated that these animals are actually very social, family-oriented, and good at communicating with each other.  With the use of body movement, touch, eye contact, and vocal sounds, they engage with other wolves constantly. Continue reading

Always Landing On My Feet

cat - spirit animalI think my spirit animal is the cat.

According to https://www.spiritanimal.info, the cat carries many meanings revolving around the balance between seemingly opposites, such as inner and outer, action and rest, and light and dark. It’s strongly symbolic of the connection with what usually hides in darkness or the unknown. The cat generally represents: Continue reading

Give Me Aladdin’s Lamp

One of my favorite Disney movies is Aladdin.  I love Robin Williams’s portrayal of the genie.  He has so many great lines and it makes me laugh every time I watch that movie.  While watching that movie, I’ve often thought, “What would I wish for if I had 3 wishes?” Continue reading