Everyone has a funny story about country cooking, eating country recipes, or country kitchen events. Sharing these stories is a wonderful way to bond with family and friends. From my own experience, it’s even a way to keep the memories of ancestors alive. So, join in the fun and add your own stories below. Don’t forget to comment on others’ stories as well!
Here is one that has been and will be told in my family for generations.
Paper & Cans – Recycling Country Style
Good grief! It never fails. Cans! I had just started writing down the recipe for Three-Bean Salad and gotten as far as listing all the cans, when this hysterical picture came to mind. It was the cans that did it.
My Grandmama, Lord love her, was blessed with twin girls at the end of WW 2. As the mother of twins and an older child, Grandmama stayed pretty busy. She was a wonderful housewife. Grandmama was the kind that kept the house almost spotless and literally had supper on the table every night at 6 pm when my grandfather got home from work.
You mothers know how hard it is to coordinate cleaning, cooking, shopping, and a little “personal time” while still keeping an eye on the children. Well, Grandmama finally found a few seconds for some, ahem, “personal time” and realized there was no tissue…after it was too late, of course. There was nothing to do but call the pair of three year-olds for some much needed help.
“Girls, do you know that cabinet in the kitchen, where Mama keeps your peaches?” They nodded. “Good. Go look in that cabinet and get me some paper.” The girls went to the kitchen. They stayed and stayed and stayed. Grandmama waited and waited, getting more anxious all the time.
After a while, the girls came back. Each toddler holding several, slick-on-one-side and sticky-on-the-other-side, can labels in each hand. They had taken the labels off ALL the cans in the cabinet. That was NOT the paper she had meant! I don’t know how Grandmama ever got out of there but for days the meals were a little strange. Grandmama always said a can of peaches shakes just like a can of tomatoes!
Several lessons were learned from this.
- Don’t put your “paper” products in the same cabinet with the canned goods.
- Kids are smarter than you think. (They brought paper all right!)
- If you have un-labeled cans, don’t get your heart set on eating peaches for dessert ’cause you might get tomatoes instead.