Sunday, March 29, 2009

Do you have an Aunt Woody?

Clara Mae Riggs (1907-1988) and Gladys Naomi Riggs (1913-1990)
Do you have an Aunt Woody and Aunt Gladys who live next door to each other? I do and love and miss them as they have now passed on.  But I have a few memories of them from when I lived in Texas. They lived in Oklahoma and I was able to visit them a few times, back in the 70's. They are my grandmother's sisters and granny would tell fun stories of growing up with them. 
At one time during their teen-age years there was this dress they all love and would borrow from each other. One night all three girls wanted to wear the dress and I guess they fought over it, well you can image what happened. No more dress, it got shredded. They laughed and giggled over that story many times.
My grandmother moved to Califorina and Aunt Woody and Aunt Gladys married had families of there own and somehow moved next door to each other. This is when I new them, as neighbors.
Aunt Woody's real name is Clara Mae (Riggs) Woodring. As you can guess she got her nickname from her married  name.

         (Aunt Woody at her house.)
When I would visit I was married to my first husband and had my first daughter, so she and I would drive up to Oklahoma and stay with Aunt Woody.  Oh, I loved her house. She would tell my daughter she could have any food in the house as long as she stayed in the kitchen to eat. Aunt Woody made sure we had full tummys, she was a good cook, like my grandmother.  We would walk over to Aunt Gladys through the back door. No fences were there, but in the back of Aunt Gladys' yard, there was a storm shelter in case of tornados. So dusty down there, and luckily we never saw a tornado when we visited. 
Noble, Oklahoma is so small that we would walk over to Uncle JE's plumbing shop to give him his lunch.  Some days he would close down for lunch and come home.
At 10:00 a.m. sharp Aunt Woody and Aunt Gladys, each in their own homes would watch a soap opera and it was like the town closed down. No one was allow to call each other for that hour.
But by the time it was over, got lunches made and some phone calling done, all in time for the noon hour.  
One time we were there for Easter, we went to their church and afterwards, cousins came from Oklahoma City and we had an egg hunt. My daughter had a blast meeting her Oklahoma cousins, Jay, Jeff and Jan. They are Aunt Gladys' grandchildren.
Clara married Pete Woodring and had one son, Joe.
Gladys married JE Jordan and has one son, Sonny.
Interesting enough that each son, married and has 3 children.
           (Aunt Woody,Uncle Pete and Joe)    
I still keep in touch with my cousins from there and am glad that we can visit through facebook.
We also got to go to a football game, when the twins, (Jay and Jeff) were in high school.  Towards the end of the game, some men came over and told my cousin to get the women out as soon as the game was over, as they heard their might be a big fight. That never happen to me before, so we all left quickly and were so happy nothing happen.
Granny and her sisters were very crafty, they could make the newest craft and it would turn out great. I think they would of love how we scrapbook.
Their were 8 girls and 3 boys in that family. Could you imagine growing up in the early 1900's and 1920's with this fun group? Good times and hard times, as they lived through the dust bowl, the great depression, WWI andWWII, time periods.
Sometime I will have to write about the 2 uncles that I knew.
To Uncle Pete, Aunt Woody, Uncle JE and Aunt Gladys: love and miss you and can't wait to see you on the other side some day.
Aunt Gladys, Uncle JE and Sonny.

                                Uncle JE (on couch) and Uncle Pete (in chair)
Aunt Woody (sitting in the chair) and Aunt Gladys (on the arm of the chair). These were taken in Aunt Gladys' house.

(Lea, if you or anyone else reads this and knows of my Aunts, please comment and leave your story, so I know how you remember them.  If you have pictures, that would be nice too. Thanks.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Coconut Pineapple Bread

Canceled the wordpress blog, too hard for me to do more than one. So here is what I wrote was from the word press blog.

For Bread Baking Day this month is ‘Quick Breads’ hosting by:

Who doesn’t enjoy Quick Breads, there are so many that you can bake!  I wanted something a little different. Most of us make banana, date, orange or zucchini breads, which are all delicious!  But, I am entering something different that I haven’t made in a long time, my version of Coconut-Pineapple Bread.

I use to baked this coconut bread  for Easter time and decided it needed a new kick to it.  I loved the bread and it bakes up nice and white, but always remembered it being a little dry.  So, I decided to add pineapple and butter to the recipe to give it more moisture. As you can tell by the picture, that added the butter and pineaple and a farm fresh egg, the bread now has a bit of yellow coloring.  I think it turned out great! Just needs to bake a little longer than the orginal recipe. 


Coconut-Pineapple Bread (Glenda’s revised recipe)


1 can, 8 ounces – crushed pineapple, drain and reserved juice and add water to make 1 cup liquid, set aside.


Cream these two ingredients into a large mixing bowl:

¼ cup butter, cold, cut into cubes

1 cup sugar


Now add:

1 egg


Add in order and mix thoroughly:

3 cups flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon soda

Crushed pineapple from the 8-ounce can

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup reserved pineapple juice

1 cup shredded coconut

Pour mixture into a loaf pan and bake at 350˚ for 50-60 minutes. Test for doness with a toothpick inserted and comes out clean, not sticky. If the top starts getting too bread cover with foil and finish baking.


*Notes: I would think you could use 1 cup coconut milk, or  pineapple juice for the liquid.



Coconut Bread (original recipe from a Women’s Day cookbook, 1968)


3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted twice

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Sift dry ingredients and add coconut. Mix thoroughly. Combine liquid ingredients and stir into the dry ingredients. Blend carefully. Let stand for 20 minutes. Pour into well-greased loaf pan (9×5x3 inches). Bake in preheated moderate oven (350˚F). for 45 to 50 minutes.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Wedding - Part 2


Well, tonight we set down and went over more things for the wedding. The main part was the budget. 

Tomorrow Michelle, a friend and I will be looking at more patterns to see what type of dress Michelle wants. Looking at many different types of invitations, wow are there a lot online!!!

She and Alex have decided on a lighter shade of periwinkle blue, silver and a little yellow for their colors.  They have found someone to help with the reception decorations, a photographer along with many friends taking pictures.  So much to do!

One thing I did ask this evening was if they have talked about their own budget after this wedding. Are they ready for rent, utilities, food, etc? Who is going to pay the bills, one of them of both together? They looked at each other and said they would sit down and discuss it.  Along with this they also are filling out scholarships for the fall semester. Should a parent worry or ever so slightly  remind them that a budget is a good thing?????

The one thing we did accomplish – there will be bridesmaids and groomsmen!

They did get engagement pictures done. Here is one of the engagement pictures. 


Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Wedding Cake

The last few days I have been busy making a wedding cake for a daughters friend.  I always make a small cake ahead for practice to make sure I have the decorations correct on how I want the cake to look, my family and neighbors love that part.
So, on Saturday the day of the wedding all was going well according to my time spent. Then about an hour before, my neighbor comes over and lets me know that my daughter has been in an accident. They (my daughter and her youngest son) were alright but wouldn't be able to help me transport the cake. Being the mom that I am, I had to stop and go see how bad this accident was. I find them not to far from home and thank goodness everything wasn't too bad. I took my grandson and went to pick up my granddaughter, as that is what my daughter was doing, and we went home and waited for my daughter. I had to call the groom and explain the wedding cake would be a  little late. I then called my younger daughter home from work. And when my oldest daughter arrived, the three of us departed with the cake. It was a good thing all 3 of us went as we had to do some stairs and I couldn't have done it that much by myself. There was also an elevator which we used, but still had a few stairs to go up and down.
Next as we were putting on the final flowers someone noticed I had misspelled the brides name wrong. Of course, I didn't bring that tube of coloring as I didn't think I would need it. 
Luckily my youngest daughter drove home and got there just before the ceremony started. You see with everything going on I didn't have time to change into my outfit I  was going to wear and didn't want to be seen by their guests.
So having all of that happen, here is a picture of the cake!

Monday, March 9, 2009

A Wedding - part 1

Well, my youngest daughter is getting married in June! We will be busy, busy for the next few months. I am hoping I will find the time to do my other hobbies as this will now take over. Find a dress, baking the cake, getting the flowers, etc., etc. We are going to try and do a budget of less than $1000. I am sure we can do it, but my daughter has doubts and is worried.  I look at it as an adventure and a challenge!

First I made her a planning book, to help them know what to get when and how to budget. It turn out cute. She can add color schemes or anything she thinks needs to be added into it. There is a place for the flowers, music, program and hopefully everything one needs to have a perfect wedding. Mostly I made it so that nothing is overlooked.  By the way, it didn't cost me a thing as I had scrapbooking papers and the notebook, what a good deal!

We did go out looking for a dress, oh my! First, my daughter is having a time deciding what type of dress to get. She said she thinks she can afford up to $200. I figured if we sew it ourselves she should be able to make the dress for $100, depending on how much material and the trimmings. She is also finding it hard to find a modest dress, one with sleeves and no low cuts in front or bake.  We have friends who sew much better than I and have asked to help, what a blessing.

I have made a few wedding cakes and have found where the bargains are for the ingredients.

My oldest daughter is the person to do the flowers! She knows where to look and how to make beautiful bouquets.  

It will be quite interesting how all this falls into place, I think it will be quite elegant. I hope they will have a great day!

Here is a picture of the happy couple.



Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dilbeck side of family

Have had a couple of distant cousins email me through the with questions of family members.  I have over 3,000 family names and they just keep coming! That might not sound like a lot to some, but I have been working on this for over 30 years off and on.  Just the last few years, I have really concentrated on doing my family history and am amazed everyday what is out there online. I know I have mentioned this before, but it still amazes me.
One distant relative has asked about her mother's family and I found some answers for her. It is on the Dilbeck side.
My grandmother's, mother is a Dilbeck. As I researched and found these answers, I came across 3-4 different articles that I have and was surprised at how different names were given for the same people. I really need to do some extra research and get this corrected. Some skipped a generation and added a brother as a father. Sometimes doing genealogy gets confusing, so please re-research before you think you have everything correct.
I try to go by census and family Bibles. Whoever writes in the census usually spells the names as they hear them and not by how the family may have spelled them. The family Bibles, I think are correct as the mother of the family should know how she wants her child's name to be spelled.
I love when people write their stories and are able to pass them down, these are precious to me.
In my family the Dilbeck's and Riggs' are close first cousins and "3 of the cousins, just before 1920's were riding a bareback together on an old horse. The old horse had been eating grass and had a bad case of flatulence. When they kicked him into a trot, he began to expel gas every time his feet hit the ground. This got the girls so tickled that they couldn't hold on and all three fell off the horse." This story brought laugher to all three girls even after 50 years. This story I received from a cousin and now as silly as this must have been then, I have it to pass down to my children. (Poor horse.) I like how he said the girls were 'tickled'. You don't hear of that word used that way anymore. The cousin that I received this from also sent me a CD with many generations back and 32 pictures of relatives I have never met, pretty cool.

Ok, back to the Dilbeck's story, as told by John C. Montgomery:
It looks like the Dibeck's line entered the USA in August of 1683 when Isaac Dilbeeck and his wife Marieke landed in Philadelphia in the ship, "America". They may have had two boys with them, Jacob and Abraham, according to Samuel W. Pennypacker in his book, "The Settlement of Germantown." They apparently were hired as indentured servants by a wealthy German writer and colonizer, Francis Daniel Pastorius, while the "America" was docked at Deal, England in June 1683. Because he was a writer, there is a wealth of infomation availabe about Pastorius and the early days of Philadelphia, so we are able to deduce much about what life was like for this ancestor. In addition, Pastorius mentions Isaac and Marieke by name (or as servant) several times; he tells us that Dilbeck was a "Dutchman", a "Hollander", a weaver, and was of the Calvinist religion.

This story goes on to explain how the Dilbecks' went to Georgia and came to Oklahoma. I need to ask if I can print the rest. As one can see there is a lot of work for each side of your family. 
Here are a couple of pictures of my great,great-grandparents:
David Nuel Dilbeck and his wife, Amanda Matilda Allen (Dilbeck)