Friday, December 5, 2014


Background:  My parents divorced when I was 3 years old and we had been living in Abilene, Texas. My Mother and I came back to Tennessee and lived with my Grandmother, two Aunts, and an Uncle.  A full house, but I was the only child!

My Grandmother was from Ohio and she didn't make southern dishes very often. One thing I do remember her making at holiday time, was boiled custard.  It was similar to eggnog, but not thick.  She cooked it, left it in the big pans and she kept it outside on a screened porch on top of a chest freezer.  I was only told to get my cup from a certain pan.  Hmmm, wonder what the other one had in it? (hehehe)
She also made a fruit cake, but to this day I can't tell you what was in it.  It was very, very dark, and heavy.  I didn't care much for it, but I do remember her making it, and cutting up 'stuff'for it. 
For Christmas dinner, we always had a turkey or chicken and dressing of course.  Her dressing was made with left-over biscuits as the base.  She made tiny little biscuits and they were hard as rocks!  I didn't know anything about big, soft biscuits until I got married and my Mother In Law made the best ever.  Needless to say, I didn't care too much for her dressing either, but the rest of the family did.

So, not caring for these things too much, how did I get so 'plump'?  lol




  1. Good morning, Linda!
    So enjoyed sharing some of your Christmas memories with you...
    And am looking forward to more!
    Isn't it wonderful the things we carry in our hearts and minds.
    The years pass, but can never take some memories away.
    Have a nice weekend. We are in for some freezing rain here...

  2. I love to make custard... delicious! I really like fruitcake and a nice turkey dinner would be lovely. Your memories are making me hungry :)

  3. Joe loves egg nog, and I just can't drink it...even with a little something extra in it! The custard might be a different story, though. I love custard! Linda, you should continue this on Monday, for the Memory Monday that some of are doing now. Monday's prompt is Christmas Memories! Yours fit right in! It's from blogger "Retired Not Tired". Your grandmother sounds like a special woman, to take you in like she did!! I'll look forward to hearing more!

  4. Linda, my grandmother and then my mother made Boiled Custard for Christmas. I loved/love it! Linda....refresh my memory....was your aunt a hairdresser?

  5. One Aunt was a hairdresser at Tinsleys. You have a great memory. She died when I was 12 though....lupus. My other Aunt that lived with us was an RN.

  6. Hmmm, I don't think I'd care much for those choices either. My grandmother always had fruitcake on hand...she didn't make it, I don't know where she got it but it was awful.

  7. My grandmother Dorothy Bird always made custard at Christmas. I used to love it!