Thursday, July 22, 2010

recipes and lost treasures

yesterday, the girls and i packed up for a mini road trip headed to an estate sale in hogansville, ga. this little town is about 40 minutes from our house and is one of those places you pass on your way to somewhere. but not this time, this time, we stopped and i am so happy we did. the town is so quaint with a half dozen antique stores, a quilting shop, and a children's theater amongst other main street america staples.

but on to the estate sale. some people get really creeped out by estate sales, but i love them, i love going into someone elses home and seeing how they lived. i rarely feel sad for the person who once lived there because i know that what i buy will be loved and integrated into my own home. which brings me to the recipe box above. for $2, i bought this woman's cherished family recipes. seriously, how can her children have given this up??? now, possibly she was an awful cook, but if you are a bad cook, would you really go far enough to keep this detailed of a box with hand written additions and subtractions for getting the recipe absolutely perfect?

on quick glance, my favorite quirky recipe is this...

forgotten cookies
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • beat 2 egg whites stiff
  • add 2/3 cup sugar
  • fold in small bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup nuts
  • drop on foil lined cookie sheets
  • put in oven and turn oven off
  • do not open door until 8 hours later
i have no experience with this recipe which may in fact be awful, just thought i would pass this little gem on to you all. and if you happen upon a 50 year old recipe box in your travels, and come across the term "oleo", don't fear, it is only another word for margarine - who knew ;)


  1. as a child, one chore would be to "mix" the OLEO. You got a block of white stuff (60+ years later I presume it was 'margarine'???)and a small capsule of orange gel. Mix the 2 together thoroughly and you had oleo that looked like butter!
    Can you believe it!!!!

  2. just found your blog! it's so beautiful and you are so talented! can't wait to read through your past posts.

  3. those cookies sound like the gluten free chocolate meringue ones they sell at whole foods

  4. i love estate sales! last year, i found an old, worn out binder stashed with the books. looking inside, i found dozens of recipes, all hand-written and some dating back to the 1930s. there was no price on it, but when i checked out, i was charged a whopping $3 for it! i just can't believe no one else in the family wanted that treasured recipe book. congrats on the find!

  5. Ms. Rowena would be so happy that her box of treasured recipes found the right person to enjoy them. She is smiling I am sure of it. It was a magical day:)


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