Saturday, February 9, 2008

In Honor of My 100th Post

I'm positive that without the cookbook project, I would never have "connected" with my Grandma Draeger, so the resulting book is a treasure to me. It is a cookbook like no other, filled with recipes, yes, but also with people's funny, touching stories of Grandma, and childhood memories of her four daughters and one son. We sold 300 copies of that book, and it is now (sadly) out of print. So, in honor of my 100th post (today), I've decided to have a contest!

I decided two summers ago (at our bi-annual family reunion) that it is time for another cookbook! I got the ball rolling last summer, and the recipes have been arriving for months. This book will be called, "Hungry for More: A Second Helping of Draeger Descendant Favorites With a Dash of Family History," and it, too, will be special. Instead of a tribute to Grandma Draeger, however, this one is a tribute to her offspring (my mom and her siblings). Cousins are sending recipes, along with memories of Uncle Bill, Aunt Charlotte, Aunt Pat, Aunt Mary, and of course, Aunt Elsie. Here's a sneak peak (from my cousin, Jeanie):

"We lived on a gravel road years ago, and once, for a family reunion picnic, Mom had baked a cake with white frosting. She placed the sheet cake safely in the back of the station wagon, which was filled up with Carlin kids. Well, it was a hot summer day, and we took the back roads to our cousins. When we got there and went to unload our contribution to the dessert table, our white cake had a bit of a grey color to the frosting….what to do?! Our thrifty Mother said, “Go get the Nestle's Quick cocoa mix,” and she then did a little sprinkling over the top of the cake. And guess what? The cake with the cocoa sprinkled frosting was GREAT!"

So, you get the idea. Now here's the contest part. The book is shaping up nicely, but one of our categories seems light to me. It's "Grill Favorites." We only have nine recipes in there, but they are definitely worth a separate category, so I'm inviting you to send a recipe that would fit in this category. Not a griller? Okay, I will also accept contributions to the "Soups, Stews, and Crock Pot Meals" category. With your blessing, I will consider including your recipe offering in the book. I will also choose two winners to recieve a FREE copy of the cookbook when it is finished (some time this summer). Obviously, the catch is that you'll have to wait a while, but it will definitely be worth it; I promise! (Send your recipe contributions to Mrs4444 (at) on or before Saturday, February 16th, if you're interested. And don't be afraid to spread the word; the more recipes, the better!)

And last, but certainly not least, THANKS! for reading my blog, sharing your friendship, and entertaining me with your own funny, touching, insightful posts. I'm happy to be part of this big, bloggy world! Now, get cookin'!

P.S. Almost forgot; the contest deadline is one week from today; Saturday, February 16th.


  1. happy 100th. I must say I enjoy reading your blogs. I will have to think of a recipe that I could share with your family.
    Hope you have a great weekend :)

  2. Sherrie, I have many "big, famous bloggers" on my list of blogs that I try to keep up with, but I've always kept yours on there, too, because you are so sweet and down-to-earth, and your loving spirit really shines through your posts. I look forward to your recipe!


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