Saturday, August 28, 2010
Sepia Saturday #38
at 9:36 AM
This is my great grandmother, Mary Minerva Smith Felmy, born in March 1866 in Snyder County, PA, died sometime before the 1950s. All our photographs of her suggest she was a rather severe woman, although photographs, especially older professional portraits, can be deceptive. Keepsakes and mementos from her are rare, but I consider myself fortunate that I have in my possession some of her recipes, written in her own hand.
1 quart dandelion blossoms
2 quart boiling water
3 cups sugar sirupe
Pick dandelion close to blossoms. Pour boiling water over them. Set aside until cold then strain and add sirupe, the orange and lemon, thinly sliced. Let set for at least 3 days before serving. If kept longer strain again, bottle and cork tightly.
Not sure that I'm brave enough to try this one. Maybe one of the cake recipes, baked in a "moderate" oven instead.
This is my great great aunt, Elizabeth Smith Benfer. You can definitely tell they're sisters, although I don't know how far apart in age they are. I'm also unsure if there were other siblings; this pair of sisters are the only ones I've been able to find record of so far.
Even later in life, it seems that Mary and Lizzie remained close. I believe this photo was taken in my great-grandmother's garden.
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