For Thanksgiving, the doors were open in our home for dinner. This oven door got quite a work out with some sweet potato casserole and dinner rolls.
So after eating the turkey, and some deciding to lie down and take a short snooze, we had the priviledge of a little cookin’ lesson from Mother, aka Grandma.
After some discussion of the dynamics of the recipe, there was some mixing and stirring.
The recipe is for homemade Divinity as mother makes it and as her mother before her. Further discussions revealed that some people add pecans or dried fruits while we prefer our own local black walnuts.
Did you know that Divinity has to be made with a humidity level of below 50% or your candy will not set (harden). We were blessed with 45% humidity according to the local weather report.
We learned that early versions of divinity were recorded in the early 1900’s and the recipe in it’s current form around 1907, except they used milk. We use corn syrup in our recipe.
Google also explains the name was probably derived from exclamations of “Divine!” after biting into one of these nougats. We can certainly understand why!
Welcome to small town, USA. In this case you have a view down Main Street, Green Ridge, Missouri. To your left is the Business District….about 6 or 7 buildings. Across from it there once were buildings that, unfortunately, were destroyed by fire in days long before I was born.
Think of the cattle drives that went down this street to the stock yards. The cattle were ‘stashed’ in the foreground, fenced until the cattle cars arrived to haul them back East. I used to listen enthralled as my third grade teacher told us these stories. It’s thanks to her that I’m repeating them this Thursday Doors.
For the purposes of the subject matter, I’m going to display some pictures of the Green Ridge Hotel.
Recently, a someone decided to take it upon themselves to save this building. I wonder if they know about the legend that Frank James stayed here once? It’s rumored he was waiting for his brother Jesse to send word to him on ‘plans’. I don’t know how much truth to this there is, but the railroad ended just next to this hotel in 1870, the year Green Ridge was platted (mapped) as a town.
I would love to know if someone has a record of this hotel’s guests!
Before it was rescued to its current state of an apartment, it held a local bar that I have to admit entering as a highschooler. A girlfriend wanted to purchase a pack of cigarettes while we were on lunch break. (wink) My how times have changed. You can’t leave a school during school hours anymore. And those cigarettes are no longer obtainable under age 18 (I kicked the habit in 1990 btw), much less entering a bar under age 21. Wait! and now pot is medicinally approved! Whodathunk?
And that’s what memories are made of when walking past doors of your youth. Hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks entry to Norm 2.0’s Thursday Door. Please visit his blog by clicking here and finding the other entrants. He’ll direct your way.
One hundred thirty-three years have passed and this one is still standing in Sedalia, Missouri. Progress has downed several buildings around it, creating parking lots in the process, but Calvary Episcopal Church is a survivor. Just a few photos for this Thursday Doors and little hype. I have always admired the beautiful stained glass and the building itself as a whole. A lovely testament that early Sedalians intended to stay.