By Linda Stewart, 21 November 2018
Genealogy is not about just the names and dates of our ancestors, it is about the treasurers they left to us. Our values and traditions. That picture or piece of crochet. This holiday season I would like to share some recipes from two of my grandmothers. I hope your family enjoys them as much as my family has.
Gingerbread Cake – Ruth McKinney Beard Paschall
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Crisco
1 cup Steens syrup
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup HOT water
Mix the above ingredients together then add 1 cup HOT water. Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.
Once the cake was cooled, grandma would serve it with a spoon full of whipping cream on top. So good ….
Tea Cookies – Nellie Shelton Sherman
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour (or enough to handle well) could go up to 5 cups
Cream sugar and shortening. Add other ingredients and mix well. Turn on floured board and work until you can handle. Roll thin as desired and cut out. Bake 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until brown.
The tea cookies are good as is, or you can sprinkle them with sugar before baking, or you can decorate them with icing after baking. Enjoy!
By Linda Stewart, 28 September 2018
John T. and Mary Cook Paschall’s first child was Robert Anderson Paschall. He married Mary A. Ham, who was the daughter of Young Davis Ham and Susannah Clark. Robert and Mary were very well educated and they made sure their children were also educated. In addition to everyday life lessons of cleaning, cooking, and sewing, it would appear that Mary also taught her daughters about midwifery and herbal medicine.
One of their daughter’s Mary Ann Frances Paschall Fletcher was a midwife who lived in Texas. She would deliver the baby and stay with the new mother for a month helping her until she was well enough to take care of her family.
Another daughter, Amanda N. Paschall Newsom was a healer with herbs. Her family lived in Texas and later moved to Oklahoma. On 17 May 1937, Amanda’s son Thomas was interviewed by John F. Daugherty for the Indian Pioneer History Collection in Oklahoma Historical Society. He said, “When we got sick, mother went to the prairies and gets menna leaves, horehound, balimony [sic] weed, dogwood, celindia, and black haw. She boiled those and made a tea, which we had to drink. It was a bad dose, but it certainly cured our minor ailments. There were no doctors at that time. I didn’t know what a doctor was until I was twenty years old.”
Today, you can still take classes to learn to be a midwife and a herbalist, but these everyday lessons that were taught by our pioneer grandmothers to their daughters have been lost to time.
If you have any medicinal recipes or grandma’ remedies that you would like to share, please let us know by leaving us a comment.