My grandma grew up in the era of the Great Depression, and therefore was always very frugal and loved to save and reuse anything that was worth keeping. She would save pieces of foil to use again, our Sunday dinner leftovers were always send home in old sherbet or Cool-Whip containers, and once she even tried to give me a bunch of old bras that she wasn’t using anymore. Which, when you are 13 years old, is absolutely mortifying to even consider wearing your Grandma’s old bras.
Even though retired brassieres weren’t my thing, I really learned a lot from my grandparents and their simple, waste-not lifestyle. They kept a huge garden in their younger days, and spent a lot of time freezing and canning produce to eat all year round. They always cooked from scratch, including the most amazing loaves of fresh bread. One of my grandma’s favorite things to make was this chocolate mayonnaise cake, and we often had it for dessert at Sunday spaghetti dinners.
- 3 cups flour