Last week was Grammy Vittles' 80th birthday!
My grandmother is just adorable. I love her to death.
Let me tell you a little about her...
She is super stylish and loves to shop (but at good stores, like J.Crew and Anthropologie- not 'old lady' stores).
Her favorite hobby is hooking rugs, and over the years she has made so many amazing keepsakes for everyone in our family.
She spoils her grandchildren rotten, and her nickname for us is "Pumpkin" (except she says it like "punkin.")
She calls grilled cheese sandwiches "toasted cheese sandwiches."
On the first day of the month, she tells people "Hello Rabbit" because it's supposed to be good luck.
She got a computer just so she could play Mahjong Solitaire on it.
She gave me the cutest ruffled polka dot apron for my birthday last year, and suggested "You can surprise [Mr. Vittles] one night and wear it with nothing underneath."
(In case you were wondering- no, I have not done that)
She makes a fierce grilled skirt steak and potato salad.
Whenever she spills on herself, or if something goes 'down the wrong pipe' when she's eating, she says "Don't mind me- I'm just learning."
And... she keeps her bourbon under the kitchen sink, where it's "more easily accessible."
How cute is she?
Grammy, October 2009
Although Grammy does not really go on the internet, she's been very supportive of Vittles and Bits. She even gave me one of her recipe boxes, as well as the recipe box that belonged to her mother.
I never knew my great-grandmother on her side, in fact not even my mom did - she passed away in 1954, not long after after my mother was born.
So to see her recipes (many of them written in her own hand) was extremely special.
I couldn't help but notice she had a ton of recipes with orange- orange pound cake, orange sherbert, orange ice, orange icebox cake...etc, etc. And Grammy conceded that she did enjoy citrus desserts!
But one that I picked to try first was this recipe for chocolate pudding. "For utmost deliciousness," it said, "serve with whipped cream.
Utmost deliciousness? Apparently, being adorable runs in the family.
Easy Chocolate Pudding
- 2 C. milk
- 5 T. cornstarch
- 1/3 C. cocoa powder (dutch processed)
- 1/3 C. + 1 T. granulated sugar
Recipe Origin Unknown
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