Five Minute Family History

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Welcome!  I'm glad you found me. I hope we can have fun here and do something really important, too. Doing family history isn’t only about visiting graveyards and documenting all the begats of dead ancestors, it’s also capturing living memory and creating a story your descendants will be eager to read.   So set aside a few short minutes–with morning coffee, at lunchtime or before bed–and write, type or speak fast!

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Food for Thought...

For many families food is a trigger for memories of good times, comfort or culinary disaster stories.  Today make a list of recipes that are/were special in your family.  You can elaborate later.  For today just make a list of every special dish you can think of and link it to the family member most famous for preparing the dish.

One famous dish in my husband’s family is the Tomato Soup Cake, which is a moist spice cake .  His grandmother (or perhaps the beloved housekeeper) started to make this cake during the war years (WWII) since it did not require using rationed butter or eggs.  It is a mainstay for birthday celebrations in our family, though guests are sometimes reluctant to try it when they hear what it’s called.  It could be worse though, the Sauerkraut cake was also popular during the war years. 


Tomato Soup Cake

1 can tomato soup (Campbell's)

1/2 c. butter

1 c. sugar

2 c. flour

1 pinch salt

2 t. baking powder

1 t. cinnamon

1 level teaspoon soda  (baking soda)

1 c. raisins

1 t. vanilla


Add melted butter to soup and combine with sugar.  Sift spices, soda, salt and baking powder with flour and add to first mixture.  Then add raisins (seedless) and vanilla.  Pour into greased loaf pan.  Bake 60 minutes (or sometimes it take 90 minutes) at 325.

Top with cream cheese frosting if desired.