Marie Blandford Ward recalls: When I was about 5 or 6 we kept rabbits outside in a hutch. I just loved them and thought they were my pers. One night a big storm came. The next morning when I went out to check on the rabbits their hutch was overturned and they were gone. when I went in for breakfast all the boys were teasing me, that the rabbits were gone for good and I’d never see them again. I was feeling so sad and upset. Well, George felt sorry for me and motioned me over to him. When I went over, he said, “Look over there, under the buffet.” All the rabbits were there. The boys had brought them in earlier. George was always very tender-hearted.
Fr. Ray Goetz recalls: Uncle Damien had a couple of favorite phrases that I remember. I never heard him curse, but he would use the phrase “dad bum”. He also taught me to sucker tobacco. He said that to be able to sucker a plant without using a knife I would have to learn the “fossiarity” of the plant. I still don’t know how to spell it, but I knew what he was talking about from the first moment. Joe, Hubert, Damien.
Patty and Barbara: Patty Blandford Liu recalls: We moved from Rome to Owensboro in the middle of January. My dad (Hubert) loved ice cream, and I can remember him going to the grocery store late at night in the snow to get ice cream. He thought it was great to be close to stores where he could buy ice cream anytime he wanted and not have to make it to enjoy it. We all remember him as a kind, gentle person, never angry, who loved to cook and pull practical jokes on family and friends. All his siblings tell this story. Aunt Eleanor had a friend home to spend the day after Sunday Mass. There was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc., and of course home-made ice cream. Daddy was in charge of dishing the ice cream, and when it came to Aunt Eleanor’s friend, he took a scoop of mashed potatoes and covered it with a layer of ice cream, then stood back to watch her reaction. Daddy said she took a bite with everyone watching and said, “Mrs. Blandford, this is really good.” Of course, my Dad was cracking up, and Grandmother knew he had done something, so it all came out. I don’t remember what Grandmother did to Daddy, but this was typical of my Dad.
Low fat substitutions, submitted by Patty Blandford Liu
Substitute apple juice for oil. Use twice the amount called for in the recipe (1 cup apple juice for 1/2 cup oil)
Substitute 2 egg whites for 1 whole egg.
Finely grind 1 1/8 cups oats in a blender and substitute for 1 cup white flour.
In cakes, muffins or quick breaks, replace all or part of the butter, margarine or other shortening with half as much applesauce, apple butter, fruit juice or pureed fruit. If recipe calls for oil, replace all or part of the oil with 3/4 as much fat substitute. Mix the batter, and if it seems too dry, add a little more fat substitute. Some recipes need a one for one substitution.
When eliminating all fat from a recipe, reduce the number of eggs by half, or substitute 1 egg white for each whole egg, or use egg substitute.
Mary Blandford Goetz recalls: I thought of a funny story I heard about Coleman and Ambrose when they were small boys. Papa sent them out to plant beans in the cornfield, and when they came in to dinner that day he asked them if they planted all the beans. They said “yes”. Papa checked the cornfield periodically to see if the beans were coming up, and after about a month there was still no sign of the bans, but he was walking by an old tree stump that was nearby, and that old stump was covered with bean sprouts!!! Coleman and Ambrose finally admitted that they had just dumped all the seeds in there, thinking no on would ever know.
That’s it for this edition. Only one left, unless you want to send me more memories. I may put in more of my own if I don’t forget to remember them. And I’ll try a post with as many of the photos as I can find that haven’t been destroyed over the years. BTW, the low-fat substitutions by Patty were what I was looking for when I started reading the comments in the book. Thanks Patty. I want to try out my oven to bake a cake this afternoon.