family recipe

I have a friend who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  We met back while living in Oklahoma.  Every single birthday they celebrate or anniversary or special occasion they celebrate by making and enjoying Spaghetti sauce.  Not store-bought, they make their family’s recipe.   I have mentioned it in birthday cards I have written, “enjoy your spaghetti”.  I have sent her e-mails asking “how was your spaghetti?”  At the heart of it, that is what “it” is all about.  Tradition, comfort, predictability, the known……..heck restaurants of all kinds that are franchised, aim very hard and spend oodles and oodles of money to re-create the same dish over and over and over to taste exactly the same, no matter where you are or when you order it.

At our house, we have the same “Special Day” plate that gets used for every single birthday, raise, special occasion…….  every single year on the Thursday prior to Good Friday, I bake Hot Cross Buns to share with others for Friday breakfast.  Every single year, we make our crazy version of Wilson Christmas cookies .  Every single year for both Canadian and American Thanksgiving I bake the same pumpkin pie I have been baking for 30 years.  Every year, every couple of months, I make the same Refrigerator Rolls for every single funeral, or a church gathering or for supper at our home and always, always for holiday dinners.  Tradition.

Family friends in California wake up to several little bowls of candy for breakfast on the morning of their birthdays.  Every single year, they wake up and begin to celebrate with their favorite treats.   Que the loud broadway music. “Tradition!”

A friend who lives in Chelan, Washington enjoyed some birthday cake yesterday.  It was her birthday.  Mr. Right and I enjoyed the same birthday cake (at our home on the other side of the mountain)  in her honor.  She shared her family’s recipe for Cinnamon Dainty Cake.  Their family enjoys the wonderful combinations of flavors every birthday that they celebrate, young and old alike.   Her grandma is the giver of this recipe.    I like the idea of having a family recipe to share and use over and over and over for an occasion.  I like the idea of waiting for “your turn”.  You get to enjoy the cake when it is someone else’s birthday, but you know without a doubt, that “your turn” will come.  Why, because it is tradition.

Maybe her grandmother would be pleased to see “her” recipe on this blog?  Maybe the recipe will be tried by another family and used over and over for their family celebrations?

“Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.”


Cinnamon Dainty cake

Angel food cake mix and add 1 Tablespoon cinnamon.  Cook as directed on package.

Frosting:  1 pint of whipping cream, 1 cup sugar, 3 Tablespoons Cocoa, Place in bowl do NOT whip.  Set in the refrigerator over night, then when you are ready to frost the cake, whip the bowl of frosting.

Cut the cake horizontally.  Layer the whipped frosting on the inside, replace the top layer, then frost the entire cake.

Brown 2 1/2 cups of coconut, sprinkle over the cake.

If there is any left over cake, keep refrigerated.

Say Grace and DIG in!  yum!