"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
4 December 2003

Holiday Traditions

We're in the hump between the two major holiday seasons, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A very good friend, Anita Scott, shared with me last week something she'd done for her brothers and sisters.

Anita was born in Germany and her family immigrated to the United States after World War II. She had a considerable number of recipes that her mother brought with her and kept in an old box.

To insure that her mother's legacy and traditions continued, Anita took all of the recipes and re-typed them onto regular typing paper. She then printed enough copies for each sibling and then placed the copies into plastic sheet protectors and 3-ring notebook binders.

This was easy to do and the pages could be dress-up with unique clip-art from the Internet, CD-ROMs or bys scanning family photographs.

The plastic sheet protectors and 3-ring binders can be economically purchased at Wal-Mart, OfficeMax, Office Depot or any other office supply store. You do not need to use expensive pre-printed receipt books. Instead of printing at home, you can take to the copy center for duplication and consider spiral binding.

Next year, Anita plans to expand the "Family Cookbook" so that copies are given to each grandchild when they marry or start their own households.

What a tremendous legacy she gave her family that now holds a prominent place in each person's home.

This is an excellent idea even if you only have one or two family recipes to hand down or share with other family members. Remember, the recipes do not have to be family originals, you can include those at you special family occasions. Let me hear from you about your family recipe projects.

To get you started, I'll share my grandmother's "Green Holiday Salad" for you to prepare. This might not be her original recipe but it appeared every year on my grandmother's table for Christmas dinner.

Katie Mae Knight's Green Holiday Salad

1 - 6 ounce package or 2 - 3 ounce packages of lime flavored gelatin or other flavor (regular or sugar-free)

2 - 15 ounce cans crushed pineapple (natural fruit juices or light)

1 - 8 ounce cream cheese (regular or light)

1 - 8 ounce non-dairy whipped topping (thawed, not frozen) (regular or light)

2 cups liquid (water and juice)

Boil liquid (water and juice). Stir in Jell-O into the liquid until dissolved. Mix crushed pineapple and cream cheese and blend until smooth. Add most of the flavored gelatin mixture. Blend until smooth. Add the rest of the liquid. Put mixture into bowl and add non-dairy whipped topping. Stir until smooth. Pour into 9 x 13 inch glass dish and cover with plastic wrap (be sure plastic wrap doesn't touch the top of the mixture). Let sit overnight, then cut into squares and serve. Hint: to make it a little greener, add a drop or two of green food coloring.

Internet Hint

The Texas Parks & Wildlife (TP&W) has a new booklet "Remember Texas - An Official Guide to State Historic Sites" available free on the Internet at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/admin/historic.htm or available by writing to TP&W at: 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, Texas 78744.

This booklet reveals there's much more to Texas history than the Alamo! "Remember Texas" provides a complete listing of State Historic sites and vignettes on 14 of these sites. Visit prehistoric rock art sites, Republic of Texas-era inns, frontier forts or the only U.S. battleship to have fought in both world wars, the USS Texas.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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