Lost Relatives – Found

In 2011 I started scanning old photos that my mom had saved. One person seemed to show up a lot and it was a friend of Mom’s that she knew growing up.  When she shows up in my mom’s photos from her wedding I decide that she must have been someone special and I needed to get these photos back to her family.  

Photo taken at Mom’s wedding February 27, 1953 at her brothers home in Eastaboga, Alabama. Mom is on the left and her best friend Mary Elizabeth Hicks in on the right.

I posted those photos online in 2011 in hopes that someone would find them. After no such luck I started digging again in May 2017. First up was some research on Ancestry.com. I located an obituary from 1959, just 6 years from the last photo I have of Mary Elizabeth.  I started searching harder on Ancestry.com and located someone mentioned in the newspaper article I’d found earlier.   During my search I was lucky enough to trace the same person down on Ancestry.com via a family tree listing for Mary Elizabeth.  And then I sent the email.  I really didn’t expect an answer, but later that day I did receive a response..   After exchanging several email I determined this was in fact the grand-daughter of the woman in the photos with my mom. I shared the photos she’d never seen with her and she said I had made her day.  Given a little time, even lost photos can find their way back home to their family.  That day I stepped away from my computer smiling.


The full set of photos can be seen here:  Lost Photos Find Their Home

Favorite Meatloaf Recipe

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It’s my favorite recipe and also the name of the recipe I found in the Blue Flame Favorites cookbook published in 2003 by the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company.  This book contains a lot of recipes collected and published for the previous 70 years.  A few are very familiar to my childhood.

Favorite Meat Loaf

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 small onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 pounds ground round
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Preheat the gas oven to 350 degrees.  Melt the shortening in a skillet over a medium flame.  Add the onions and green pepper and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Combine the onions, green pepper, ground round, bread crumbs, eggs, salt, dry mustard, horseradish and 1/4 cup of the ketchup in a large bowl and mix well.

Press into a greased 5×10-inch loaf pan or shape into 4 small loaves and place in a shallow baking pan.  Do not allow the sides to touch.  Bake the large loaf for 45 minutes or the small loaves for 30 minutes.

Combine the remaining 1/2 cup ketchup and brown sugar in a small bowl and mix well.  Brush the loaf with the ketchup mixture and bake for 15 minutes longer.

Note: Meat loaf freezes well if cooled completely and wrapped in an airtight foil package.  To reheat, place the unwrapped meat loaf in a baking dish, pour tomato juice around the loaf and bake until heated through.

Favorite Meat Loaf

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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GlobeIn – Bathe

I’ve subscribed to GlobeIn and thought you might enjoy it as well!  It’s a monthly subscription to food and lifestyle products from around the world. I thought I’d give it a try since I can cancel it at anytime.  They source these products from remote artisans and farmers.  There are several different theme boxes to choose from and plenty of items just in case you want to add extras to your monthly box.  This month my box was a surprise!  The Bathe Box contained a Hand woven 100% cotton pestemal bath towels from Turkey, small soft hand towel from Izmir Turkey, Lemongrass Citrus African Black Soap from Togo, Silk Face Scrub from Bursa, Turkey and it was all packaged up in a hand made palm leaf basket from Mexico.

Each of the towels are very well made.  I’m thinking the Turkish bath towel will be good for travel or camping.  It’s light and would dry faster than a normal towel.  In a pinch it can also be used as a wrap if the weather is chilly or the airplane too cool.

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