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On Being Kreativ

An award, an award – my kingdom for an award!  You have been far too kind in the last month or so nominating me for awards!  And now Marie, at My Little Corner of Rhode Island, has nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger award!  It made me smile that she mentioned cooking and Middle Earth in the same sentence!  How cool is that?  I fell in love with Marie’s blog the first time I visited – and saw gorgeous pictures of her gardens – long, slim beds with brick walkways!  This is our dream of a back yard.  Perhaps one day!  And I love Marie’s outlook on life!  I raise my glass to her!

Now comes the part where I tell you ten things about myself you don’t know.  Hm, I’ve already done this for one award, but let’s see what I can come up with.

1.  I have at least 346 cookbooks – yes, I just tried to count them and I’m sure I missed a few along the way!  And the doesn’t include the 150 I sold to Half-Price a few years ago.  Some are very old, some are new – I love getting an idea for a recipe, then making it my own!

2.  I’ve been the finance officer for a local school system for 21 years.  I like my job, but it does take up quite a bit of my time!  Can you tell I’m longing for retirement?

3.  I’m probably the only person you know with photo albums and SD cards with just gravestone photos – at least 2,000 total!  But I’m a genealogist – not a lunatic!

4.  My favorite colors are purple and green.

5.  My birthday is June 30th and I know very few people born on that day – is that lucky or unlucky?  Even with all the people in my genealogy file there are only one or two.  Strange.

6.  I could read all day given the chance – but I find very little time for it.  Histories are my favorite, biographies – I’m always sad to get to the end of the book – I’ve come along on such a journey through each life, and then come to the final moments.  David McCullough is one of my favorite authors.

7.  I dearly love my KitchenAid mixer!

8.  Old Kentucky Chocolates makes the very best dark chocolate covered grapes.  Ritchey, tomorrow is Monday – dark chocolate day – shouldn’t we make a trip to the big city?

9.  I am the oldest of five – I have three sisters and one brother.

10.  I love to have my picture taken with my hubby!

I hope you didn’t fall asleep!  Now to pass the award on to those who have not received it.

Back Road Journal – Karen has beautiful recipes to share, as well as travels – you feel as if you are tagging along!

Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide – Greg and Katherine have such wonderful and varied recipes and it’s just such a fun blog!

The Southern Lady Cooks – Judy is a also Kentuckian, and really knows everything about southern cooking!


An Award and Only Three Months Old!

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Surprise doesn’t exactly tell the entire story when I found out ChgoJohn at from the Bartolini kitchens nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award!  I greatly appreciate his faith in me!  Not only does John turn out the most marvelous looking food, I love his sense of humor and his accompanying stories!  And he has that great Italian heritage to back him up!  I’m sure you’ve visited from the Bartolini kitchens many times – but just in case there are a few of you that haven’t, please do so!  I truly feel I am a toddler among giants, but will try to live up to this honor!

I’m supposed to present seven unknown facts about myself and pass the award on to 15 other bloggers.

1.  If there’s one thing I’m even more passionate about than cooking, it’s genealogy!  Since I was a toddler, sitting on the arm of my grandfather’s chair and listening to his stories, family history has become almost an obsession!  My actual research started almost 40 years ago!  I have some of my family lines back to the 700’s.  My genealogy blog began in April of this year.

2.  Dressing up for renaissance faires and other period festivities is something I love.  We are attending a Tolkien Festival – A Long Expected Party 2 – later in the week.  My elvish costumes for Lady Celebrian, wife of Lord Elrond, are ready and waiting!

3.  There are far more books in this house than in the normal household – perhaps 5,000.  Most are histories, biographies, genealogy, science – and a few fiction.  Dare I mention we like to read?

4.  I used to be a very shy, quiet, person but when I turned 50 decided to throw caution to the wind – and can now even monopolize a conversation!  And no, it doesn’t bother me to tell my age!

5.  When I was growing up – and through high school – everyone thought I would be a concert pianist.  I still love to play, but more as an accompanist for Kate or Ritchey.

My first teapot - a Hall's cobalt, Gold Label, Los Angeles Teapot - a birthday gift years ago from my mother.

6.  I have a teapot collection of well over 250.  My favorites are my Halls teapots – from the Hall China Company in East Liverpool, Ohio – many of which date from 1910-1930.  But they don’t just sit on the shelf – I enjoy a spot of tea from them!
7.  I love to travel, but have never been out of the United States, whereas Ritchey has lived in exotic places the world over.  My dream is a trip to Europe – what food and history to be found!

8.  And the best I have saved for last!  I live with my soulmate of 31 years – my husband, Ritchey, whom I adore!  We share many interests – including those listed above – but are different enough to make things interesting!  We have two children, Linton, our son, who is 29, and Kate, our daughter, who is 27, who have taught me as many things as hopefully I have taught them!

Now comes the hard part of passing on the award!  Please forgive me if I’ve overlooked someone or if I pass this to someone who has recently received it!

Thank you, again, ChgoJohn, for The Versatile Blogger Award!

Mordecai’s – And A Sunday Adventure!

Ritchey has had two weekend long activities with Relay for Life – for the American Cancer Society – for the past two weekends.  This was our weekend to spend together.  Sunday after church we drove to Springfield to eat lunch at Mordecai’s.  Naturally, you can order from the menu, but everyone gets the buffet.  Normally I do not eat from buffets, but this is the one exception I make!  Mordecai’s has the most fantastic food!  In fact, their wait staff wears shirts that say, “Life’s too short for average food!”

A sign outside the door announces the menu for the day – well, at least part of it!  Turkey and dressing caught my eye!  There was also fried chicken, ham, Italian green beans, sweet potatoes, corn, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, breakfast items, a station to make omelets to your specification – so many choices! I’ve waited until this moment to mention the whipped red potatoes – light, delicate, just the right amount of butter and cream – so very good!  The salad bar is always fresh and includes a huge platter of fresh fruit.  There are several soups offered and at least five or six desserts.  I always get cherry cobbler – it’s my favorite, so why mess with a good thing!

Our hostess seated us immediately.  It is a very pleasant atmosphere – a hometown feel – which, of course, it is.  Most people there were locals – some were having breakfast, some Sunday dinner.  Friday and Saturday nights draw people from out of town – several counties away – to enjoy the good food and company.  It is especially a homecoming for me since my mother grew up in Springfield.  The building that houses Mordecai’s used to be the IGA foodstore – I was there many times with my grandmother!

Since I didn’t know, as we left I asked our hostess why they chose the name Mordecai’s.  Abraham Lincoln’s uncle, Mordecai Lincoln, lived a short distance outside the city limits of Springfield.  His house, built in 1797, is still standing in the original spot.  Abraham’s father and mother were married in Washington County, very near the Mordecai Lincoln home.  This is Lincoln country!  Lincoln Park is just past Mordecai’s home.  As a young child I remember visiting the park and going through the buildings – remembrances of days gone by.  But I had not seen Mordecai’s house!

As with anything else new, Ritchey and I couldn’t resist driving to the Lincoln house for a photo.  The rest of our day was spent driving the backroads of Washington County, looking for small cemeteries and taking gravestone photos.  We actually follow maps since it is easy to get lost on the tiny roads – some that are so small it’s hard to meet an oncoming car!  This doesn’t sound interesting to most people, but it is what we do.  At the rate the older stones are deteriorating it will be impossible to photograph all in the neighboring counties before they are unreadable.  This is an important part of our heritage.  No one should be forgotten.

I photographed all the stones at Hillsboro Church – many have been broken and removed!  This church is no longer used for services.  The sky was such a gorgeous blue!  At a cemetery at the corner of Coulter Road and Glenn Creek Lane the grass was waist high!  We will return in late fall and try to get better pictures.

We tried to find several other small cemeteries on our map, but with no luck.  As we were driving back to Harrodsburg  Ritchey asked if I had ever been to the Old Mud Meeting House, one of only two that have survived in Kentucky.  I had not.  Then he told me a cemetery was beside the meeting house.  I was excited, but not prepared for what we found.  This was a Dutch Reformed Church, established by 50 families who came to Mercer County from Pennsylvania in 1781.  There are 25 – count them – 25 Revolutionary War veterans buried in this cemetery!  The Sons of the American Revolution have placed plaques with their name, birth and death dates, the name of their regiment and their rank.

Many of the stones are in bad shape – lichens are destroying them little by little.  Erosion from the elements plays its part, too.  Both sides of this stone look alike – the writing has faded – time has taken its toll.

My goal is to get good pictures of each stone and each plaque; and draw a map of the placement of stones.  If not done now, in a few years most of the stones will be unreadable.

This is a fairly large cemetery, all old stones – with a few of the above ground monuments that were popular at one time.  A couple of these are crumbled and broken.  The Old Mud House is being restored to be viewed and enjoyed by future generations – the cemetery needs the same care – to be photographed and cataloged for posterity.  Instead of a recipe, today you got a genealogy tour and a history lesson!