ARCHIVED: 11 Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas

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As part of Myrt’s 2nd Annual Heirloom Recipe Exchange & Pampered Chef Party tonight’s webinar demoed great ideas to make the day special for the sweethearts in your life. Ol’ Myrt here showed some of her favorite PC bowls, and other implements.


00:29:40 Cousin Russ: The party itself is taking place on Facebook.
00:31:34 Cousin Russ:  These Were the First Cookbooks Published By Black People in America

00:31:44 Cousin Russ: Melissa LeMaster Barker “This is a great newspaper clipping from the Houston County, TN. Archives, Mrs. P.L. Cook with her 1,000 jars of preserved food from her prize winning garden.” #genealogy #archives

New_Babas-Kitchen-Cover00:31:51 Cousin Russ: Mary Cooper “I so enjoyed the recording of the “recipes.” My mother’s parents were both from Slovakia. I have a file envelope with handwritten recipes by my grandmother. (I just have to find it.) She would write them down on whatever paper she could find. My cousin put together a family cookbook which included Mary Sarna Gabuzda’s recipes along with all 4 of her daughter’s recipes. I have had fun trying some of them. Here is a scrapbook page of my grandmother in the kitchen with two of her ‘old country’ recipes. I love Baba’s Kitchen by Lisa Alzo.”
00:32:40 Sheri Fenley: I shared my ratty old cookbook that belonged to my great grandmother a couple of weeks ago on the last GENDOC session
00:33:34 Cousin Russ: Sue McCormick Mother in the Kitchen [Stories from Tried and True Recipe book]
00:35:25 Cousin Russ: Wendy writes “Here’s some tips on cake decorating. There’s nothing like hands on practice too. When I was first learning to use a piping bag, I practiced on the back of cookie sheets. Then I could scrap up my mistakes and reuse the icing.”
00:36:23 Cousin Russ: Egg Cooker Recipe E-Book
00:37:43 Sue McCormick: June Sterns Butke (name correct?) added a recipe for Peanut Butter Soup to my post about mother in the Kitchen.

Heart shaped brownies
00:52:14 Cousin Russ: Make HEART SHAPED Brownies with a little tin foil in the corner –
00:57:08 June Butka: I would put a cut out pie crust heart on top before baking.

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2) Click Shop and add items to your cart. If you have any questions or concerns, call/text me at 682-203-7393(text) or message me here on FB.(WendyGunderson.PamperedChef)
3) You may also place your order with Pat or me directly.

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01:01:40 June Butka: Love the spatulas.
01:03:51 June Butka: The quiche can be individual size in the brownie pan.
01:04:13 MelissaBarker: Need to post pics on the FB page, can’t wait to see it all set up!
01:06:28 Sue McCormick: Does the “Mix and Mash” replace a Dover Beater?
01:07:49 Sue McCormick: A hand powered beater powered by turning a handle. It predates the electric beater.
01:11:46 June Butka: Nice prize
01:12:21 June Butka: I make my oatmeal in mine. I need a second one.
01:13:24 June Butka: Spiralizing veggies instead for pasta base is what I do.
01:17:28 June Butka: Video one of your cooking session with her for a reminder when she is older.

Door Prize Registration:
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Ordering closes on 02/12 [EXTENDED TO THE 16th] at 10pm CT. You can order anytime at the Party Shopping Page: and your credit card won’t be charged until the close of the show. It’s easy to add on or take off products as we party and you see other things that would make great gifts for upcoming weddings, birthdays, etc.

01:22:43 Cousin Russ: WENDY GUNDERSON LIVE – Her genealogy story.

01:24:24 June Butka: Peanut Butter Soup
01:25:16 Cousin Russ: Wendy Gunderson Finally, something every kitchen needs; Silicone Oven Mitts to protect your hands and give you a secure grip.
01:26:33 Cousin Russ: Barbara Beddow Benson writes “Only memories for me. No recipes written down. I wish I had some of my ancestors recipes. My mom didn’t like to cook and neither did her mother. I have a recipe from my mother-in-law for a CORN CASSEROLE. Very simple really. 3 cans cream style corn, 1 stick butter, 1 medium onion, 3 eggs, 1 cup minute rice (or cooked rice), shredded cheese. Saute chopped onion with 1 stick butter. Mix corn, rice, eggs and sauteed onions with butter. Mix until blended. Pour in glass casserole dish (sprayed with oil). Top with shredded cheese (no such thing as too much cheese). Bake at 350 for 1 hr.

01:29:34 June Butka: Enjoy your visit. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

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ARCHIVED: 2nd Annual Heirloom Recipe Exchange & PC Party

2nd Annual Heirloom Recipe Exchange

This is the first of two, count ’em, TWO webinars for Myrt’s 2nd Annual Heirloom Recipe Exchange & PC Party being held in a Facebook Group here.

Melissa LeMaster Barker says “Don’t forget to be on the lookout for recipes from your ancestors for medicine. Before pharmacies and other medical facilities, our family members concocted home remedies! And yes, they were called “receipts” before “recipes.”

This tattered recipe from Wendy Gunderson’s great-grandmother ended up being Molasses cookies. Watch her Facebook LIVE demo here. Find out about the whys and wherefores of “folding in” versus “stiring” ingredients together.

Wendy's Molasses Cookies

IMAGE: Courtesy of Wendy Gunderson.


00:31:39 Cousin Russ: ASK TO JOIN the 2nd Annual Heirloom Recipe Exchange & PC Party Facebook Group:
00:32:06 Melissa Barker: Hello Everyone!

Preserving Family Recipes (book)Cary Bright won a copy of this book tonight!
00:33:34 Cousin Russ: Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions by Valerie Frey

00:34:50 Cousin Russ: INFO About Myrt’s 2nd Annual Heirloom Recipe Exchange & PC Party

00:54:50 Sue McCormick: I remember those old margarine tubs.

Butter churn00:55:16 Sheryl Whisenhunt: We did the butter churning, homemade ice cream, homemade pies, etc.
00:55:28 Sue McCormick: My father’s cousin churned her butter. I remember seeing the churn.
00:56:01 Sue McCormick: We also turned the ice cream maker when when had cookouts with my grandmother.
00:59:33 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Plus my sisters and I had to help Mom with canning. We had a peaches and we canned a minimum of 300 quarts each year. One of us peeled the peaches, one did the ringing and one did the pitting. Then Mom did the rest. We had a basement under the farm house and all the canning was stored down there where it was always cool.


01:02:07 Cary Bright: I just posted a memory for a similar piece of furniture, Bakers table that came from my Uncle about his grandmother. Thanks for the reminder to write that one down!
01:03:23 Sue McCormick: When me made applesauce, we all cut the transparent apples before we started. My mother, my sister and I cut the peck Transparent apple (which are NOT eating apples). One slice for the pot, and one slice for the cutter.
01:06:19 Sheryl Whisenhunt: A peck of pickled peppers, Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where is the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper Picked. 🙂 Test for you Russ!
01:06:54 Sue McCormick: You rendered pork fat; something like bacon fat, but harder.
01:07:49 Sue McCormick: We had scrapple here in Missouri, when I was growing up (even though it is eastern in origin).
01:08:08 Cary Bright: So would our generation saving our favorite Cookbooks. With all our handwritten corrections & additions and all the history about certain cookbooks. We brought this up in one of DearMYRTLE’s groups with how much character some of our Betty Crocker cookbooks are from spills and burnt covers. I am working on a scrapbook layout about my cookbooks.

01:17:04 Cousin Russ:
01:18:06 Cousin Russ: Gaylord Archival recipe card covers “Presentation packets”

01:21:03 Cousin Russ: Door Prize Registration:
01:21:57 Cousin Russ: Interactive Catalog:

***** HOW TO SHOP: *****
1) Go to 
2) Click Shop and add items to your cart If you have any questions or concerns, call/text me at 682-203-7393(text) or message me here on FB.(Wendy Gunderson, Pampered Chef)
3) You may also place your order with DearMYRTLE directly. Guests who spend $75 or more will get their pick of the guest special for free!

Check out the Monthly Special Here:
All orders will be submitted together and credit cards will be processed at when the party closes. Direct shipping is available to anywhere in the U.S. Local orders may be sent to our host for pick up if you prefer. They’ll receive them in 7-10 days from the close date. Thank you for joining us! Wendy Gunderson Cell/Text 682-203-7393

01:25:27 Sue McCormick: The one time we had fresh chicken (at a friend’s farm), the decapitated chicken actually jumped over the house!
01:28:22 Doris Lanier: I use to past a house walking to school that would have the killed chicken hanging on the closesline
01:30:38 Cary Bright: Got to go serve up dinner for my guy. Thanks for the walk down memory lane from you all! You all have inspired me!
01:33:45 Cousin Russ: Create Your Wish List:


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REGISTER: Feb 2018 DearMYRTLE Webinars

DearMYRTLE's Profile PicThis is the lineup for February 2018 DearMYRTLE study groups and online events. Please note we are using a brand new interface called ZOOM. It’s way cool, and very easy to pick up. Most registration links I’ve created permit you to sign up for all meetings in the series.

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Powerful #genealogy breakthroughs happen during our video hangouts. Practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians. We talk about everything that’s come across our genea-desks in the past week. Powerful breakthroughs happen during our live hangouts. This is our flagship webinar, held most Mondays in 2018. Registration link:
5 Feb 2018
12 Feb 2018
19 Feb 2018
26 Feb 2018 LIVE! from the 3rd floor glass-enclosed nerve center at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you come early for #RootsTech2018, stop by in person!

Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Heirloom Family Recipes

Myrt’s 2nd Annual Heirloom Recipe Exchange & Pampered Chef Party

Wendy Gunderson will demo food prep during these webinars scheduled for 9pm Eastern US (New York) time.

  • 3 FEB 2018 – WENDY’S BIG REVEAL as she pours through her great-grandmother’s old recipe cards. It’s all about updating old ingredients to what we have today.
  • 12 FEB 2018 – VALENTINES DAY IDEAS – special treats for that special someone.

Other fun things we will be doing during the multi-day event:

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JewishGen Study Group
Featuring our mentor Emily Garber who has been conducting family history research since 2007. She specializes in Jewish genealogical research and has worked with records from both German-Jewish and Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Her client work has included research into narrowly-defined genealogical problems as well as development and writing of broadly-based family history narratives. In June 2013, she toured family shtetlach in Ukraine and explored archives in Lviv, Khmelnitsky and Zhitomyr. An archaeologist by training (B.A., and M.A.), she recently retired after a 30+ year career in natural resources management.
Registration link:
Wednesday, 7 Feb 2018
Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Albion’s Seed Study Group
Syllabus – Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer, 1989 (New York: Oxford University Press). Paperback available from

Registration link for all sessions:
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Plusword – A game show hosted by Sir Michael Daniels
Come support the home team as we meet two other teams in a match of wits.
This is a “view and comment” only link. No need to register.
Friday, 9 Feb 2018
10pm Eastern US (New York)
9pmam Central US (Chicago)
8pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
7pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

Genealogy Game Night – Who’s In My Line?
A great way to spotlight our ancestors. He or she doesn’t have to be famous. Try to get the panel to guess his/her occupation, location, place in history or ??? There will be prizes! THIS is the time to test out your mic and headset and learn to share your screen.
Registration link:
Saturday 17 Feb 2018
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

AmericaGen STUDY GROUP – Chapter 2
Syllabus – Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback
21 Feb 2018
Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central (Chicago)
10 am Mountain (Salt Lake City and Denver)
9am Pacific (Los Angeles)

21 Feb 2018
We are delighted to feature our resident archivist Melissa Barker, who serves as the Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. A popular genealogical speaker, author and blogger, Melissa is also the FGS Forum Reviews Editor.

During #RootsTech2018 You’ll find DearMYRTLE will interview folks from around the world. Ol’ Myrt here is serving as an official 2018 RootsTech Ambassador.

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Here’s the link to DearMYRTLE’s Event Calendar –

Here’s the link to the GeneaWebinars Blog & Calendar of other genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts –

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