August 29, 2016

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – Fruitcake

If you live near someone long enough, eventually you will share recipes. It’s just part of being neighbors and I’m happy to say that’s what’s happened to be throughout my married life.  My mother never made fruitcake and as far as I know, none of my family exchanged them either.

Way back in the mid 1970’s we lived in Clinton, Iowa and our neighbors were Hazel and Carman Eckman.  Hazel was always baking cookies, cakes and desserts of some kind. I’d go over and have coffee with her some days and so I got the benefit of sharing the fruits of her labors.

A recipe Hazel gave me was for Unbaked Fruitcake. It sounds funny, but it tasted pretty good! (There’s nothing in it to harm you if it’s not baked)


No Bake Fruitcake

1 qt. chopped shelled pecans             1 box seedless raisins

1 – 10 oz bottle of marchino cherries, drained

1 C. evaporated milk          1/2 pound vanilla wafers

1/2 pound graham crackers

Combine all ingredients and press with spoon into an 8 X 8 inch pan lined with wax paper. Chill until set. Serves 4

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

You might also like to read:

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Holiday Foods

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Christmas Cards

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Outdoor Decorations

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – Santa Claus

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Food

I realize that this isn’t exactly a Christmas photo, but it does show the house and room I remember best when it comes to Christmas.  Too bad no one thought to close the blinds so the flash didn’t look like the mother ship was landing in Grandma and Grandpa’s back yard!

That’s our son Greg sitting on his great grandpa Will Yates’ lap, with his cousin Eric Yates standing beside them.  You will probably deduce correctly that two different people took the pictures.  Dad took the one on the left, and Dave took the one on the right.

We were probably through with supper, and Grandma (with her apron still on) was finally sitting down to rest for a few minutes.  My brother Dave and I were having pumpkin pie, and if you look closely in the picture to the right you will see me being rude silly. The pictures would look pretty American Gothic-ish if it wasn’t for me and the mouth wide open and full of whipped cream. 😀

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

You might also like to read:

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

 

 

 

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

While others in the United States might have had a challenge in finding a Christmas tree, forced to buy them from lots, we were very fortunate to live here in Washington State where Douglas firs were very easy to come by.

We lived at the end of Dennis Street in Tumwater, and up until 1965 we had no houses anywhere near us. We were surrounded by a huge acreage that most likely had been a family farm at one time. The fields around us were cleared and I don’t even remember any tree stumps to speak of. Far behind us were some woods and it could have been from those trees, or the large firs to our west, where the seeds for the small Christmas-size trees in the fields were blown into the sandy loess soil waiting for us to harvest one each December.  I like to think of it as the Old Fuzzy Top effect.

Mom always called it “pestering” when my brother Dave and I would begin our annual campaign with the question, “When can we put up the tree?” No doubt, we didn’t really want the tree to go up so much as we wanted it to be there so we could have presents underneath it! Oh sure, we liked decorating our little tree (not quite Charlie Brown-ish, but sometimes small-ish in size) for the most part.

I think we had some commercial ornaments, and we’d always wind a string of lights or two around through the boughs, but we also had some hand crafted by Yates children artisans these aluminum foil decorated milk bottle caps too.  We’d beg Mom and Dad each year to buy a new package of silver tinsel and we had strict instructions to put it on one piece at a time.  As soon as Mom left the room we’d revert to rebellious heathens and toss it on the tree with wild abandon.  Hey, it looked artistic to us.

The tree was positioned in front of the living room window that faced east so that anyone coming up the road would see the lights at night and take notice of our earnest attempt to show our holiday spirit.  Our little tree was saying, “Hey, look at us, we have a tree too!”.

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

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