Yesterday, I was hunting in my mom's recipes, and I came across this Treasured Recipe: Great Grandma's Rolls handwritten by my late grandpa Chuck: a recipe from his mother Maude. (It's been almost a year since Papa is in heaven, so to find this recipe was a complete tear jerker)
I pictured my grandpa as a kid watching his mother make these rolls, then my dad watching Papa make it, then me watching my Papa, and I am going to hopefully try my hand at this so my kiddos can watch me. It's a recipe that has been passed down 4 generations so far, and I hope it keep right on going going going.
When I saw my Papa's handwriting, I began to cry a bit. It's so precious to have "this" copy of the wheat rolls recipe; how it got into this box is a bit of a mystery. Anyway, that's for another time.
Now the funny thing is that no one can duplicate the rolls like grandpa. (I've tasted others attempts and I don't know, call me weird, but I think Gramps had it down.) Whether it was because of his strength in kneading the dough or if he added his own TLC ingredients, we will never know, but He made the best WHEAT ROLLS ever.He would also use this recipe to make Cinnamon Rolls, or his Sweet Pecan Rolls, which we smelt every holiday walking into his house. Oh boy, so many of my childhood memories were wrapped in this recipe.
To find this recipe yesterday sent me singing Christmas Carols all over the house (not really but it did make me very happy to see Papa's handwriting on the BEST Holiday food memory I have).
I miss Papa so much, I will ever miss him preparing holiday meals in the kitchen, smelling his rolls, smelling his pies baking in the oven, and him telling me, "Nessa, rolls are ready." He always gave me the heads up when they were piping hot.
Until, we have rolls together in heaven, I am going to try my hands at this one soon; well actually I will let the Kitchen Aid knead it this time; it's the only thing that can get close to your strong hands.