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3 Generations – Elsie, Aimee and Olivia

My beloved Grandmother, Elsie, is a hoot. I had no idea how hilarious she is while I was growing up. She was just my grandma, whom I loved very much.

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As an adult, I came to see my grandmother in an entirely different light!

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She is quite the ham and wonderful at telling funny stories, which we’ve all heard many, many times, but I still love to hear them. She has even been known to hang from trees and wear Rasta hats as you’ll see in this blog post where Elsie shared her Oyster Stew recipe.

My family threw a 90th birthday party for her earlier this year, and of course Greg and I made the trek to Maryland to join the festivities.

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My cousin, Kara, made the charming birthday cake and included a photo of Grandma that I had never seen before! This is the photo of Grandma Elsie – known affectionately by her family as “Peach”, at the age of 9 years old. IMG_0924

I had never before seen a photo of my grandmother as a child!  I was suddenly struck by how much my niece, Olivia, resembled Grandma and made a note to myself to dig out photos when I got home. However, what really knocked my socks off when I finally did get around to digging out old photos was how much I too resembled Grandma! Aimee1980Here are photos of me at 9 years old – don’t you think I look just like her?

Aimee4thgradeI have to admit that I was quite a precocious child and got into a good bit of trouble. So now I know how I’ll look at 90 – pretty great! I hope I’m at least half as fun.

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And here are a couple photos of my brother’s daughters, Olivia and Genevieve, when Olivia was 9 years old. You can definitely see who she looks like too!

100_0128Olivia can be quite the jokester in her own right…

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… so it looks like Grandma’s lively personality will carry on for another generation too!

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Aren’t I lucky? Who do you resemble in your family? We’d love to hear your comments in the comment box!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: Elsie’s Oyster Stew Recipe & Uncle Dick’s Bloody Mary

Thanksgiving dinner with Elsie's Oyster Stew Recipe for breakfastI love spending time with family during the holidays. This Thanksgiving, Greg and I look forward to traveling to Maryland to visit my family. We’re looking forward to it so much, I want to share my grandmother’s Oyster Stew recipe with you and my uncle’s wonderful Bloody Mary!

My grandmother, Elsie, lives in Westminster and I’ve always loved going to her house. As a child, it seemed like it took forever to get to Grandma’s house on the long drive from Florida. But Grandma was always waiting for us with open arms and some home-made delicious treat. She always let me lick the beater – even if it was a cherry pie filling that got all over my white jumper.

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As I child, I didn’t realize how hilarious my grandmother is. She is quite the family clown and especially loves to tell stories. Even though we’ve all heard the stories many, many times, I still love to hear them again. At 87 years young, she’ll still climb up and hang from the tree branches with her grandchildren or strike a pose with a Rasta hat. (She claims she didn’t know I put that hat on her head – not true!)

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Oysters and Bloody MaryMy Uncle Dick and Aunt Leigh host the big Thanksgiving meal and they surely know how to put on a gourmet feast for a crowd. The table is spread with all of the traditional favorites. Of course, my favorite part of the meal is when they serve the oysters! My Uncle Dick actually raises oysters in the Chesapeake Bay and lovingly tends to them all year long. We feel so blessed that he shares his bounty with us! Oysters on the half shell are served as appetizers with Uncle Dick’s Famous Bloody Mary cocktails. I am a huge Bloody Mary fan, so I will share this fantastic family recipe with you.

 

Uncle Dick’s Bloody Mary recipe

2 cups Clamato juice
1/2 cup vodka
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

If you want a spicier drink, add more hot sauce or Old Bay Seasoning. (I do both.) Serve over ice.

Grandma after frying the oystersUncle Dick actually puts the oysters on the grill for a few minutes, which makes shucking easier. Grandma is in charge of making fried oysters – also a family tradition that I love. After the big meal, we all sit around digesting, watching football games, and catching up with the latest family news. I snapped this photo of my dad and grandma kicking back – she still has on her chef’s coat from frying the oysters!

Uncle Dick always brings enough oysters to make Elsie’s Oyster Stew recipe for breakfast the next morning. If you’ve never had it, you might think it sounds gross. (Greg won’t even try it!) But if you like oysters, it is heavenly.

Elsie’s Oyster Stew Recipe

Stick of butter
1/2 pint of shucked oysters
Milk, enough for everyone to have a bowl
Salt & pepper to taste
Old Bay Seasoning

Bring the milk, butter, and spices to just below boil. (Don’t boil it or the milk will scald.) Take it off the heat and add oysters and juice. Let the stew sit for a few minutes until the oysters curl up on the edges.

Aimee&Grandma2013I always look forward to spending time with my family, and especially my grandmother, as you can see from this photo taken this year.

Do you have fond memories of your grandparents? Tell us about them in the comments area below, or share some of your favorite family recipes!

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love Right Now – June 2013

Father’s Day is on June 16 and this post is dedicated to dads! As a family business, we’ve been on a family photograph treasure hunt. I also have some Father’s Day gift suggestions, if you haven’t found the perfect gift for dad yet.

This family photograph shows Greg aged 2Greg’s mom Kathy (our Director of Restoration Services) kicked off our family photograph treasure hunt while working on her scrapbooking albums. She found this photo of Greg as a 2- year-old on a horse with his aunt Therese. The horse’s name was Peppermint Patty. I find it a riot that Therese actually kept two horses in a suburban backyard! I doubt you could get away with that now, but hey… it was the 1970s!

 

Family photograph of Kathy (our Director of Restoration Services) with her dad at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, 1951. EuroLuxAntiques.comThat gave me the idea to ask everyone for photos of their dads. Kathy’s dad was John Wallace Weathers, known as “Big John” and this photo is from when she was around 10 years old in 1951. They are at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, a minor league baseball stadium where the Spartanburg Peaches used to play. Kathy has fond memories of going to baseball games with her dad. He always insisted that Kathy would go to college and his wish came true. In fact she was the first to graduate from both high school and college on her dad’s side of the family.

Family Photograph EuroLuxAntiques.comJohn is our gallery greeter and champion accountant, and this is him aged about 6 with his dad John Henry Talbot Sr. in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1949. John Jr.’s grandfather, Max Vern Talbot, is also in this photo with John’s younger brother. This is John’s first memory of meeting his grandfather, who lived in Florida. His grandfather was quite a “cut-up” and taught John to play cribbage. John fondly remembers many hours spent playing cribbage, and later, a deep sea fishing trip adventure with his grandfather.

Family photograph of Greg in a cowboy hat in Texas, aged 5. EuroLuxAntiques.com
My husband Greg looks so cute in his cowboy hat! He was 5 years old in this 1977 photo with his dad John. They lived in Lubbock, Texas, and Greg particularly remembers going to the Texas Rangers museum and going horseback riding down into the canyon. Greg associates music with different periods of his life and seeing that photo reminds him of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams and Undercover Angel by Allen O’Day.

Therese cJohnTherese1963-2ounts Shipping Manager among her many jobs at EuroLuxAntiques.com. Here she is with her dad, John Sr. in 1963 when she was about 5 years old. They are on Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC and she is very fashionably modeling her favorite dress of the time! Later, she and her dad did horse shows together and she remembers many afternoons happily spent reviewing the results of the horse shows.

 

 

Family photograph Aimee and dad at Disneyland 1975. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis is me, Aimee, and my dad, Robert Thomas Legore (Bob) riding the Dumbo ride at Disneyland in California in 1975 when I was about 5 years old. The family moved to California from Florida in a big blue station wagon while Bob helped develop the F16 jet engine at Edwards Airforce base. I was always a “daddy’s girl” and recall snuggling on the sofa to watch Star Trek with dad when he got home from work.


If you’re looking for a super gift for Father’s Day, check out some of these ideas!

This aAntique English Regency Tallcase Grandfather Clock. EuroLuxAntiques.comntique English Regency Tallcase Grandfather Clock is a great gift for dad or granddad. It’s signed by clockmaker, James Green, who worked in Liverpool between 1800 and 1829, dating this clock to the King George IV era. The mahogany clock is topped by a dramatic eagle with outstretched wings, and the Moonroller feature above the clock face marks the phases of the moon. It also features hand-painted sailing ships on the sea, in tribute to Liverpool’s maritime history. The working clock still chimes on the hour!

Etagere à vin (wine rack) crafted in the Louis XV style. EuroLuxAntiques.comIf dad’s a wine buff, this high-quality reproduction etagere à vin (wine rack) is perfectly sized for the modern home. It holds nearly two cases of wine and he can keep his corkscrew, coasters, and wine accessories in the two drawers. The etagere à vin is crafted in the Louis XV style, with a hand-rubbed distressed finish on the rich cherry veneer for an authentic antique look.

Antique chalkware sculpture circa 1900, Saint Joseph and the Christ Child. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis antique chalkware sculpture is a truly unique and meaningful gift for dad. Dating to 1900, it portrays a poignant moment between Saint Joseph and his son Jesus Christ as a child. The touching encounter is beautifully rendered in this 18 inch high sculpture, right down to the expression on the Christ child’s face.

Do you have any special plans for Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments box below. I’d also love to hear about your own family photograph treasure hunt. Photos bring back such great memories – do you have a favorite family photograph in the album?

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!