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Feb. 7, 2014 11:09 am 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2014 10:23 am
For most of my life - at least since I've been old enough to give a hoot, mom has shared the story of her visit back to England after my (older) sister was born.  Maybe I was a "twinkle in an eye" at that time, but I doubt it!  She left NY on the Queen Mary, her newborn in arms...

It was on the return journey that her tale begins.  She was a shy gal of 30 yrs old, spending much of her time aboard ship tending to her babie's needs, though she did have a deck chair (they used to reserve them in that era,) and thus spent time on deck watching the ship forge ahead - nothing in sight but water, and more water. 

Over the course of the week long voyage, the kindly older couple who occupied the deckchairs next to mom, were able to coax first a few words, and eventually some chatter out of mom.  I imagine the conversation  began with Wendy being the center of the universe, but eventually mom mentioned that she was headed to her "new" home in Lansing MI.  As coincedence would have it, the older couple were residents of not only the same state, but in a nearby town called Battle Creek.

As the voyage came to it's close, the couple extended an invitation for she, dad, and the baby to pay them a visit.  Mom would never be so forward as to follow up, but to this day it still rings in my head...  Every time I think about breakfast cereal, I think of mom spending a week chatting with Mr and Mrs Kellogg, of Battle Creek MI!

While this event happend in the early 1950's, I must question whether the couple were THE Kellogg's, or offspring of the founder, but as I just read that Kellogg was founded "more than 100 years ago," it seems possible that Mr Kellogg was indeed, THE Mr Kellogg - if not, surely a sibling, or offspring...  I'll let you decide, but I'm leaning toward this couple on holiday, aboard the Queen Mary, were thefounder of the cereal company, and his wife...

Next time you put "Tony the Tiger" on the table....
Feb. 8, 2014 7:30 am
wow stevie what a nice story, i too would be thinking just like you, wow...i love things like this, hope you are well friend ...judy
Feb. 8, 2014 9:07 am
Stevie - that would be very cool if indeed it were the same Mr. Kellogg of the cereal! I would lean toward that being so. (Mother Ann)
Feb. 8, 2014 9:09 am
Judy, don't know what got me thinking of that yesterday! Guess you never know "who" is sitting next to you - lol Be well ~ stevie
Feb. 8, 2014 2:59 pm
mother ann - mom swears that "they" were of THE Kellogg family, my question is, was it the "Kellogg" who began the company, or a relative of... Their website says co. began 100 yrs ago (ish), and was founded by W.K. Kellogg. IF the couple on the ship were 60ish or older, she may well have met W.K. himeslf... Be well, ~stevie
Feb. 8, 2014 5:43 pm
Hey Stevie, what a nice story. Hope you are well.
Feb. 8, 2014 7:36 pm
Manella here: wonderful story. How are you doing? My sisters are in Arizona right now, how I long to be there. Maybe in March, when hubby might take some time off. Being your own boss is not the greatest thing.
Feb. 9, 2014 10:23 am
Cat:)(: What a sweet story! Wish your Mom would have paid them a proper visit just to see :)
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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