A Gail Lee Martin Recipe for You Separate the shells and nuts We have been using black walnut nutmeats as far back as I can remember. They are a native tree in Kansas. I love the taste of them in fudge, cookies, cakes, salads, and pie. I can still remember Daddy making a small covered wagon and Mother … Continue reading Make Sugared Nuts from Black Walnuts or Pecans
When pirates buried their treasure, they drew a map to find it again. On the map, they put a big X showing where to find the treasure. A treasure that I’ve found in my mother’s papers is a hand-drawn map she made showing the Phillips oil company camp where the family lived in the 1930s. … Continue reading X Marks the Spot
Were the Good Old Days really better or not?
Mom’s earliest days were in the Teterville area. Below is a picture of her with her mother, Ruth Vining McGhee in 1927. Here’s Mom’s description of this time, “Although jobs were scarce all across America, the oilfields of Greenwood County were booming. Those early years in the Teterville area were very prosperous. Mother’s two sisters … Continue reading Home Is Where the Heart Is
Even after 75 years or more years had passed, Mom spoke fondly of her childhood friend, Dorothy Rose Laird. Noller was a small school in Greenwood County and the children lived with their families in company housing at the Phillips Petroleum Camp. All their fathers worked for Phillips. Looking through the vintage black and white … Continue reading G is for Girl Friend
Mom greatly admired big rocks and many times we would stop by the roadside to examine the layers of rock exposed by the roadwork. It’s too bad she never came to New Hampshire to visit us. There are plenty of granite outcroppings that would have captured her fancy. I found a short memory piece that … Continue reading Big Rocks