Monday, September 10, 2012

My Grandmother's Apron

My Grandmother's Apron
Please scroll down to the poem!

No one knows who wrote the original piece, but it's been changed over the years to adapt to all of our own memories of our grandmothers and aunts.  This picture is my Aunt Juanita who is the Matriarch of our Lunsford family from Georgia.  Aunt Juanita and Uncle O.D. have 3 children and I can't even tell you how many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

But I can tell you about some delicious meals and a lot of unconditional love coming from this beautiful woman!  Oh, all of you southern belles out there - you know G.R.I.T.S. Girls Raised In The South - she would serve up Fried Okra, Sweet Potato Casserole, Snap Peas, White Rice and Gravy, Fried Chicken, Baked Ham, Cornbread, Biscuits with Red-Eye Gravy....yum!  Then dessert would be the infamous Lunsford Pound Cake (keep reading for the recipe at the bottom of the page).

I hope you enjoy this poem and hope all of you have special memories of the special women in your lives.
My Grandmother's Apron

The principle use of Grandma's apron, was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken-coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy children. And, when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen with that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron," that served so many different purposes.
Lunsford family
Pound cake
By Janis Lunsford Taylor
3 cups sugar
8 oz. Cream cheese
1 stick butter or margarine
½ cup Crisco
(Cream cheese, butter and Crisco should be at room temperature)
6 eggs - beaten
3 cups flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
¼ tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Vanilla
Mix sugar, cream cheese, butter and Crisco.  Add eggs 1 at a time.  Add vanilla
Add flour, baking powder, salt.
Mix well and pour into a well-greased bundt cake pan.  Bake at 300 for 1 ½ hours.

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