Thursday, October 22, 2009

Special Memory

When my sister, brother and I were growing up we always went to our Gramma Reid's house for breakfast on Saturday mornings. I remember it was a very special time for us and if I could do that just one more time I would be so blessed. Grandpa and Gramma's house was always warm and inviting. I loved going over there. I would sometimes ride bare back with my dad. We lived about a half a mile from their house. We would walk lots of times through the woods to their house. Anyway, one of the breakfasts she would serve us was sourdough pancakes. I can taste them now. This summer my dear friend Mary was able to go on an Alaskan cruise up the inlet to Juneau where I was raised. I was so excited for her, but oh how I wanted to
be smaller, so she could stuff me in her suit case. She asked me if there was anything I would like from Alaska. The one thing I have missed is a sourdough starter mix. She did just that! 2 packages. How fun is that? I have been waiting all summer long for today. You will need to have it in a warm place. Between 70-80 degrees to have the starter get started. This
starter jar is just like my Gramma's. You also can use a wide mouth mason jar. Just so easy, promise, try it.

I picked up this Bread Book this last year and can't wait to try some of the recipes. It is so beautiful inside. There are so many wonderful breads and starters. It is worth the spend!
I am giving some web sites for you to look up, if you want to start your own starter buy scratch. It is sooo easy. You just need to feed your starter every week or so. We bake so much more bread in the winter months. It has been a while since I have had an Alaskan Sourdough starter going; I will really enjoy this day. Will take me back to memories with Grandma Reid. I would love to hear from you, if you start a starter or have one going. I will be trying out some other starters later on. I will keep you posted.

If you would like to order Alaska Jack's starter call. 1 888 660 2257. That is all they have on their web site. Just the phone number.

Sourdough Pancakes Recipe
1 cup of starter
2 cups lukewarm water
2 1/2 unbleached flour
2 large eggs
2 large eggs, beaten well
1/3 cup half and half
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon soda
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Let mixture bubble about 10 minutes. Pour about a 1/4 cup of batter onto a hot griddle. Butter and pour maple syrup over the top..... It is so nummy!

My sister reads my blog so here is a note for her.

Hi Shanny,
Doesn't this recipe take you back to some very special memories? Wish we could be sitting in Gramma's dressing room (that Grandpa had specially built for her) and putting on make up, dressing up with her clothes, jewelry and painting our nails. Now that would be a very special day wouldn't you say?

If any of you ladies have memories or breakfast memories with your Gramma. Please share with us. I just love reading special stories!



  1. My grandmother made us donuts from canned biscuits. Mmm...yummy!

  2. ~*Good Afternoon Linda*~
    I just love sourdough anything!
    What a sweet post about your grandma~ I miss my grandma so much!
    As a treat, we girls would get to spend Saturday night with Gran and she would make us something special to eat and then we would almost always make chocolate chip cookies and then we would get the "beauty treatment" for church the next day...
    We would have a bubble bath and then Gran would slather us with sweet smelling lotion and powder and put our hair in rollers!
    The next morning she would let us pick a knitted sweater to wear with our dress!
    ~Such sweet memories~
    Thank you for allowing me to wander down memory lane~
    Hope that harvesting is going well!
    Wishing you tons of sweet and simple blessings today! ♥

  3. I have wonderful memories of cooking with grandmother. She babysat me when I was little. She cooked on one of those little wood stoves with 4 burners, just the right height for a little girl to learn to cook on! The first thing she ever taught me to cook was scrambled eggs. She also let me mix and cut the homemade biscuits every morning. About once a week she would make me chocolate gravy (still haven't figured out exactly how she made it). She passed away when I was 10 and I still miss her so much!

  4. Just checked in and I love all your memories. So precious...............
    love the "beauty treatment", little wood stove, and chocolate gravy. Was it real chocolate or just brown meat gravy? My Gramma is gone also. Have one still living in Alaska. Wish I could go and see her.
    Blessings, Linda

  5. Oh yes I love me some sourdough anything!!! I have a starter going right now that I started a few weeks back from chickens in the road blog. I have made several loaves of sourdough french bread, sourdough biscuits that are to die for yummy (they taste like light rolls and are really easy). I want to make sourdough pancakes. Maybe this weekend to celebrate my hubby's birthday which is tomorrow. Using your recipe of course!!!! Thanks for sharing it.

    I miss my Grandma Goldie too. She was my favorite person in the world. When I stayed with her we would sit for hours brushing each others hair. Nothing made her happier!!! I sure enjoyed it too!!! I remember one day when I was about 4 years old, she called my brother and I to come to the table for lunch but to pick up our toys first. I told her "No I was hungry" ......... well I never told her no again!!!! I had to eat standing up that day!!!

    Thanks for the memories Linda!!

  6. Oh Linda,
    I miss my grandma terrible bad, she just passed on Easter Sunday. Reading your memories actually made me tear up. I would give anything to have one more day with her baking blackberry pies or making applesauce. She was my hero and the ultimate Farmgirl! Thank-you for your memories, they are so special.

  7. That does sound nummy! I'm so glad you were able to enjoy this special memory. My maternal grandma lived right behind us, and my sister and I were completely, totally spoiled. When we were having a bad day, or for any reason at all really, we had to walk just a few steps to Grandma's. She would make us comfort food, such as tapioca pudding. And we would all 3 set down to a game of carroms. Grandma memories are among the sweetest of all :) -Tammy

  8. OHHHH...I am so excited that you posted this!! I have been wanting to start some sourdough and this is wonderful!! Thanks so much Linda! Have a terrific weekend.

  9. Sorry...just noticed the invitation to share our Grandma stories! My Grandma lived 1000 miles away from us so it was VERY SPECIAL to see her ~ let alone EAT with her!!

    We didn't have a waffle iron growing up, so at Grandma's house it was a very special treat to have "Grandma's Waffles"...which, incidentally have made it onto my blog. The recipe is under the label recipes ~ breakfast...for anyone who may want to know. They were the BEST!! Thanks for letting us share our memories.

  10. We love sourdough too! I have two variations, one from whole wheat flour and one from Buckwheat, they had different flavors and are fun to use.

    My Grandpa and Grandma memories are few but precious to me. My Grandma is still living, in fact she'll be 95yrs. old in July 2010. She did have to move to an assisted living facility last Fall, otherwise she lived alone. Back to my memory; We used to go over to my grandparents home sometimes for supper on Friday evenings, that is when Grandma made her oyster soup and fresh rolls. Now she didn't make it with a cream base but rather a tomato base, with lots of veggies. She always had a pie or cake of sorts for dessert as well. I sometimes would stay overnight. One time, when my Uncle was home on leave from the service, he told me the drift wood pieces( my grandpa collected driftwood) on the walls downstairs were really petrified snakes my other Uncle( who is a archeologist)found in one of his digs and when it was all dark they came to life. Only being 5-6 yrs old I knew this was true, besides Uncle wouldn't lie. From that time on I refused to go downstairs after dark, and either slept on the couch( upstairs) or on my grandparents bedroom floor. When I shared this memory, at a family reunion several years ago, my Grandma said she always wondered why I changed so quickly, but shrugged it off as a childhood fear. She gave my Uncle grief the whole reunion about what a cruel, mean thing that was to do to a little girl, I just grinned and he winked!

  11. Hello Linda,
    I am soo glad i came by today, first I enjoyed you sharing this wonderful memory, as I also enjoyed much precious time at my grandparents.
    Second I have been wanting a sour dough recipe starter, and thank you so much for sharing this information.
    Have a wonderful week end.

  12. Hello Linda :)

    What a wonderful memory of time with your Grandma :) I wish that I had some memories to share but I never really got to know either of my grandparents.

    Yum! Sourdough pancakes. I made a starter a few months back (didn't keep it going) and made Sourdough everything. it's really tasty and easy :)

    Oh, I also had to chuckle at your note to your sister. My father used to call me Shanny :) How he got that from Sharon I'll never know :)

    Have a blessed weekend sweetie!


  13. What fond memories I have of my Granny W. in her kitchen on the farm. She and I had our day once a week and she never let this Ozarks farm chick down. The pancakes sound delish I will try them as soon as I order the starter. They sound yummy-good!

    Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

  14. I just wanted to thank you for poppin' in with your sweet comment and jumpin on. I sure hope you enjoy the ride. Hey, I have Granny W's old butter churn, I'll bring the butter if ya bring the pancakes. Yum!!!

    Enjoy your day!!!

  15. I have never done this, but I love to bake bread so I am going to use your links and get myself set up!

  16. That is such an awesome baking book! I found it at my library, and now I'm wanting to buy it. :) I love sourdough bread, but I've never made sourdough pancakes.


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