Since no ceremony or marking of the lives of the two amazing women occurred several of us thought there should be a gathering of friends to say good bye. Here's the Sunday afternoon event.
Guests were greeted with a sister's theme.
A nod to their love of hats. (Classic Garfinkel's hat box $4 from Friday's estate sales.)
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
1 C sugar
1/2C salad oil
2 eggs beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C poppy seeds
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 C cream sherry or additional salad oil
6oz evaporated milk or 1/2 C sour cream
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 c chopped pecans (optional)
zest of 1 lemon
- In a large bowl mix together with a whisk or wooden spoon the sugar, oil, sherry, eggs and vanilla.
- Whisk flour, baking soda, salt thoroughly and add to the above, mix alternately with milk
- Stir in poppy seeds and pecans, or place pecans on top of the cake
- Pour into a greased 9" tube or Bundt pan.
- Bake 40-45 min at 350 F.
We halved the original recipe since Alice cooked in quantity.
Grape leaves with feta and blue cheese.
For Alice and Anna:
When I was young, I was always afraid of them. Mainly because I thought they were crazy- I didn't know of anyone else who thought "taking the dog for a walk" meant carrying said dog around the parkway. And they did this not just for one dog, but two. And when Mia (Genny's dog) arrived on the scene, they did it for her too. My dog knew more people on the parkway than I did. If I ever return to this world as a dog, I want to be their dog.
As I grew older, I began to understand them more. And saw the influence they were having on me. I learned that no occasion was too casual for a fabulous hat. That always being put together was an art, even if your sister didn't think so. When my sister and I were having 'clothing' discussions, Anna would say "Honey, I have been fighting that battle forever!"
They were the best example I knew of that women could be anything. They wanted me to know I could be anything too. Both of them made sure I understood that being a girl might mean I would have to try a bit harder, but it wasn't a deterrent. Alice always wanted to take the world by storm, and Anna understood that being smart, sometimes meant using a little charm and wit.
When it comes to the value of a dollar...... I had no idea what a yard sale was, but it surely seemed something not to be missed. They gave new meaning to 'one person's junk is another person's treasure'. I had no idea you could plan an entire Saturday around these 'shopping' excursions. And don't be late - all the good stuff was long gone before 8 am. And don't forget to haggle. You never, ever pay full price! I am fairly certain there was no greater sin than paying full price.
I honor their humor, wit and absolute self confidence, I will miss their stories, their kindness to all four legged creatures, and lemon poppyseed cake. I will miss the way they always made me feel like I could do anything, Even when children, job, chores, etc made me feel like I would never get through the week. Both of them always had complete confidence in me, You don't often get that from anyone other than your parents and in my case, my spouse. And even when they frustrated the daylights out of me, they were a gift to have known.
I'm so sorry I couldn't be there today, And even if I could, I don't know that I would have had the right hat. :)
All my love,
I think that says it all.
Alice (May 1913-February 2011)
Anna (June 1917-January 2011)
Picture from Genny's wedding
Picture from Genny's wedding