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Grandma’s Kitchen BOW blocks #11 & 12


Block #11 of  Pat Sloan’s Grandma’s Kitchen Blocks is called Peppermint Swirls and the corresponding memory  is for candy dishes. Mammaw Cooper kept a candy dish but instead of candy it was filled with buttons. She wasn’t one that had a sweet tooth but often we would have a fruit cobbler or pie for Sunday dinner. Sometimes we even had a yellow cake with chocolate icing.

Block #12 is called Kitchen Door. My memories of the kitchen door was from my Aunt Monnie’s house. She had a wooden door with windows and it was called the back door. It led out of the kitchen to the back porch. The cistern that held the our water was located at the left of the porch and the porch was built up to the cistern so we could draw the water without going into the yard. This was very handy if it was raining or icy. Our garden was located only a short distance from the back porch so when we gathered vegetables they were carried to the porch and readied for the kitchen. This system could not have worked any better if it was designed by a time management expert.

My aunt told me that when it came time to name any of my children to stand on the porch and yell out the potential name about 10 times at the top of my lungs. If the name rolled out easily, that would be a good name for the child. Her logic was that you would be yelling that name a lot and it should be easy to ‘holler’. I just shared this little story with my daughter-in-law while she was hosting us during our hurricane evacuation. Unfortunately, now the parents call the kids in with cell phone….I miss the old days. 🙂



I am a retired grandmother living in hot and sunny Florida. I spend most of my days doing what I love: sewing and quilting. I have a spoiled rotten Boston Terrier named Sami who keeps me busy mostly by cleaning up after her and refilling holes in the yard that she insists on digging and burying her toys. Of course then she digs them up and brings them into the house resulting guessed it...more cleaning. I will be posting pictures of Sami, quilts, flowers, and other things as they come along. Glad to have you join me.

21 thoughts on “Grandma’s Kitchen BOW blocks #11 & 12

  1. Hi Peggy,
    I love both of your blocks, but especially the swirls. They look great – oh heck, I also like the pinwheels. So did you test out the holler system when you named your kids? I don’t know that Dominic rolls off the tongue – too many syllables. One or two at the most would be perfect for hollering. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thank you Roseanne. I wanted to keep the blue theme so my swirls became blue instead of red. Yes, I did the holler test. My kids are named John, Robert, and Misty. Believe me, over the years I practiced hollering those names many times. 🙂

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  2. I think your blocks are beautiful, but your story caught my heart. I miss the old(er) days and the memories take me right home. Unfortunately, I was a kid of the suburbs. However, that didn’t stop my parents and grandparents from telling me about the farm. And I do have the odd memory or two of living in the unincorporated areas of SoCal where there were still barns, cows chickens, and that donkey next door,,. 😉
    So glad you shared.

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  3. The blocks look amazing, so creative. What I like best is your story. I like hearing the background or meaning behind blocks. The stories give the block more of an emotional impact. Thank you for sharing your family story. I could almost picture myself there observing. I also love the insight on choosing names. I would have never thought of that. I miss the good old days when people visited and we talked face to face, sat on porches and shared family dinners. It’s a lost art.

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  4. I am glad you have had a chance to get to the “sweat shop” and play! You are caught up. Surprise, block 13 is out a day early! Love the story of “how to name the children”. My mother was forever mixing our names up! Your blocks look fantastic.

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  5. Cute candy swirls. Lovely to see you back in your happy place. {{{hugs}}} Post storm clean up and rebuild follows with every major weather event like Irma and others. It’s a tough row to hoe. I still hold all there affected in my prayers. Bless you and Sami. cheers

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