My mom started making cinnamon rolls in the shape of a Christmas tree for Christmas morning when I was about ten years old. She saw the idea at a homemaking meeting for Relief Society in the 1990s when we were living in Seattle. She later found a recipe in a Rhodes rolls recipe book and started making it for us once a year on Christmas morning. Here's how she does it. On Christmas eve, she makes rolls with her mother's roll dough recipe. Then she uses some of the roll dough to make the Christmas tree. Before baking it, she...
Family reunions, gatherings, and potlucks are here, with summertime in full swing. Here is a fun book and activity to do with your kids this summer as you get ready for those family reunions and gatherings. Hope and her family arrive at Aunt Poogee's farm, which is five hours from the city she lives in. She's there to spend the summer with all her aunts, uncles and cousins on her mother's side. When she arrives, she finds her aunts and uncles, catfish, corn pudding, a trumpet, cousins, homemade ice cream, special family recipes, crab cakes, and fun. They have a...
When did your family last gather in the kitchen to cook a favorite meal? Did you use tried and true recipes? Recipes that have been handed down from previous generations? If so, you preserved a piece of your family's history. Now you just need to recognize and record your family food traditions. Steve Rockwood kicked off the RootsTech 2017 theme of food and family history with sharing his own family's tradition of making his grandmother's rocky road fudge. He reminded us that the kitchen is the place where families always gather, and that food is one of the most universal...
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