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Another trip down memory lane and a trip to 
Apr. 17, 2012 11:06 am 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2012 1:40 am
As I mentioned previously in my last blog one of my favorite “trips down memory lane” was baking with my Grandmother. She made some of the most wonderful tea biscuits but no one ever thought to write down the recipe. She had it tucked away in her head able to pull it from her memory any time she baked and we took for granted that she’d always be around giving us a never ending supply of these wonderful little treats.  That recipe was “lost” for years until I came to and began a search, a search for the perfect tea biscuit…and I found it never knowing how much it would mean! 
That recipe was “Raisin Tea Biscuits” by What’s for dinner, mom?<
Needless to say I was thrilled! I couldn’t wait to make these and they came as close to my Grandmother’s as I could ever get. To me this was like discovering a lost piece of jewelry, a family heirloom that had long been forgotten.  I cherished the moments I had with my Grandmother and having this little piece of history to relive made something as simple as tea biscuits that much more special. So when my Mother fell ill and was in the hospital she was craving (you guessed it) hot tea and tea biscuits.  When I told her I could make tea biscuits for her just like Grandma’s her face lit up as if she was recalling her own memories.  Never in a million years did I think that was going to be one of our last moments together…
I learned not to take anyone or anything for granted from that point forward. And after a while I was able to share this recipe with my niece and tell her stories of her Great Grandmother and Grandmother while we baked in my kitchen carrying on a family tradition. It was wonderful to be able spend “quality time” with her while teaching her to bake.  It was also a great opportunity to make our own memories and for me relive some of mine. The reward for my niece of course was to savor these afterwards with piping hot cup of tea just as I did with my Grandmother and Mother years ago. The reward for me was quite different now…
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Apr. 17, 2012 2:45 pm
those lost family recipes are so exciting to find! it's amazing how much they mean to us. glad you found some tea biscuits, I'm going to have to try them!
Apr. 17, 2012 3:18 pm
I love "finding" old family recipes and you're right, they do mean a lot. I highly recommend those tea biscuits by What's for dinner, mom? If you do try them AZ I'm sure you'll love them.
Apr. 18, 2012 10:15 am
Nice blog Jillian - I have been trying to catch everyone's butter blogs. I saved that recipe. I was actually looking for something similar just this week! My favorite cooking memories started at my grandparent's too! I have been able to find many old favorite recipes too and quite a few new ones to start my own tradtions. Allrecipes is invaluable that way.
Apr. 18, 2012 10:23 am
Thanks Baker Bee! I was so thankful when I found that recipe. I had tried a few others and nothing came close to my Grandmother's but that one definitely did - definitely give it a try they're delicious.
Apr. 18, 2012 11:33 am
what a lovely story Jillian :)
Apr. 18, 2012 11:41 am
Oh, Jillian! I felt the same way with my mom and your Halupki (Stuffed Cabbage) recipe. To make something for my mom, who turned away everything I offered her, that she actually ate and ENJOYED was sincerely a gift to both of us. Truth be told - I still have a batch in the freezer she never got to finish. I am holding on to it until Mother's Day as that was the day she came to live with us and the meal I made her that day. I am truly touched that these simple little biscuits could make your mom happy. Food is so far reaching even into the depths of our oldest and fondest memories.... Thank you for making special ones for my mom and me.
Apr. 18, 2012 11:47 am
Ya know - when I met my Hubs, over 30 years ago (yikes!) he ate these things all the time! It got hard to find them in bakeries or the grocery store. I tried a thousand times to get them to come out like the store baked biscuits... Finally - Hubs gave the thumbs up for his approval with this recipe. Whew!
Apr. 18, 2012 12:01 pm
Thanks weeble!
Apr. 18, 2012 12:05 pm
Thank you so much What's for dinner,mom? I am so happy that both our recipes have brought each other and those in our lives such joy. It really is funny how food isn't just for eating.. Everytime I make tea biscuits I think of my Mom. Thanks to you I have a recipe -and I'm so glad you shared it with all of us on AR. Those tea biscuits are the best and soooo much better than store bought!
Apr. 18, 2012 1:25 pm
Just lovely, Jillian! I think I have more recipe books than both my grandmothers, my mother-in-law, and my mother! I'm a little embarrassed, because they were all great "little of this, little of that" cooks who knew just what to add and when. The love of cooking is a special bond, as all us AR "peeps" have discovered. Thanks for sharing your memories and your wisdom with us!
Apr. 18, 2012 2:44 pm
Thanks Bibi! Recipe books are wonderful and my Mom had some of my Grandmothers that were from local churchs that the women would submit their favorites for publishing. I know my Grandma didn't have AR back then and I'm so happy that I do - it makes life so much easier.
Jul. 29, 2012 1:40 am
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I got into cooking and baking as a way to relax. I recently got married and this site is a life saver!! Now I don't have to leaf through recipe books. Everything is right here in one spot. I used to watch both my grandmothers and they could come up with just about anything! I don't have a lot of their old recipes, but I have been able to find similar things on this site. My Grandma Helen was a phenomenal baker and my Grandma Jean is still one of the best cooks I know. My husband is eternally grateful for their influence.
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Making spaghetti sauce for the first time. I thought it was something only my mother could do - but, it turned out fantastic!
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