Thursday, March 15, 2007

Goodbye Sweet Lucy

Jane and Lucy
Jane and Lucy,
originally uploaded by jillpettis.

This is a picture of my Great Aunt Jane and her sister my Great Aunt Lucy. Lucy has the black hair. Lucy passed away last Saturday and in honor of her I'm posting her recipe for Apple Cake. My Aunt Jane loved Lucy's Apple Cake so in a way I'm honoring them both!

Lucy was an interesting person. Her temperament was not all that warm, but she had a hearty laugh and loved her grandchildren. At the funeral they said things like, "she let us get toys out all over and never said anything about it." That's something coming from a woman whose house was spotless every single time I entered it. Really, her floor was SHINY! You could quite happily eat off it as they say. And her BLACK hair was always perfect.

When their mother passed away Lucy said to Jane, "we're the old ones now." Looks like I'm one generation away from the old ones now myself. I thank God that I knew them and I hope that they, their mother, father, sister and brother are having a wonderful homecoming.

For me, I'll just have to wait to see them. But at least I can have the cake.

Lucy's Apple Cake

4 cups chopped Apples

3 cups flour

1 cup oil

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup raisins

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup flaked coconut

Mix apples and sugar and let stand a few minutes until juice forms. Sift flour, soda, salt and add to apples. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Pour into a tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.


brooke said...

She's beautiful! She looks a lot like my grandmother who passed away when I was very young. I love that picture!

brooke ( said...

I'm sorry about your Aunt Lucy. Pretty picture. I love that time period...I can picture my mother and my own aunts with similar hairstyles and red lipstick. I'm going to copy the recipe and save it. I just love recipes that have sentimental stories behind them. Love you, Jilly!

One Crabapple said...

Ohh Sweet Lucky. I am so sorry for you loss ... I like that you posted a Lucy Recipe in her honor and I will make it (sort of like a send off / a prayer ?) and be thinking of her. Toast her with some tea and apple cake while it is still warm and fresh.

YOu have a really nice blog and I understand that bit about realizing where you are in relation to the comment "we are the old ones now".

Love, S