Last week, while in Walmart, I saw the exact waffle maker I wanted. Today was its maiden voyage.
My inner maternal great grandmother, Jessie Pool VanGilder, kicked in and I decided to make the waffles from scratch. No premade mix this time. As the waffles were baking away and as each one, done and stacking up on a plate for later freezing, my mind traveled to a memory from my early years.
In the early 1950's, there were special times that I would spend a weekend at my paternal grandparents, George Henry Hughes aka "Pop Pop" and Sarah (Sara) VanGilder Hughes aka "Grams".
When I stayed at 168 Lincoln, I slept in Aunt Faith's bedroom. She was attending school at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. My mother's alma mater. Later in life, Aunt Faith told me that her bedroom set formerly belonged to her maternal grandmother, Jessie Pool VanGilder. Holy Toledo! I slept in Great Grandma VanGilder's bed.
One Saturday morning I awoke and hurried downstairs following the aroma of breakfast that was filling the apartment. When I entered the kitchen, Grams was busy at the stove and Pop Pop was at the kitchen table reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee nearby.
I need to add here that my Grams was a wonderful cook. Nothing fancy....just delicious.plain.home cooked food. It was mostly made from scratch. She was well schooled in food preparation. Her mother ran boarding houses and then was the cook on several different steamboats.
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