Much of our knowledge about cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, and entertaining has been handed down over four generations. We thought we’d take some time to introduce you to the key players who taught us what we know.
We’re not quite sure where the name came from, but it just seemed to stick. Ginnie is our maternal great-grandmother and grew up on a farm in a tiny town called Rice, VA outside of Richmond. She lived in a house in Burkeville, VA where there was about one stoplight and the biggest thing that came through town was the Norfolk-Southern train. Ginnie worked for years in the school cafeteria back when school lunches were actually homemade and tasted good (that really existed you ask?). Ginnie was an avid green thumb, caring for her 100 rose bushes and mowing the lawn into her 80’s. She also made the most delicious pound cake EVER… let’s just say when she passed away, the whole family fought for the last frozen pound cake in the freezer!
DaGa is our maternal grandmother and Ginnie’s daughter. She grew up in Burkeville, VA during the Great Depression and World War II. DaGa went on to attend James Madison University, back when it was an all-girls college where she met our grandfather who went to Virginia Tech. DaGa worked for many years as a home-economics teacher at Culpeper County High School where we later attended high school. We remember visiting her as little girls in her classroom and eating all the delicious food she taught her students to make. Not to mention we also loved playing with the programable dolls that cried and students had to care for to practice parenting skills. Growing up DaGa had a large vegetable garden that we would help plant and harvest, beautiful flower gardens, and taught us the basics of how to cook and sew.
GG is our paternal grandmother who lived “in town” in Culpeper, VA. She grew up on a farm in Mt. Jackson, VA in the Shenandoah Valley. She lived there until moving to Washington, D.C. during World War II to work as a secretary while our grandfather was fighting the war in Europe. GG always served our milk and water in baby mason jars and made some of the best fried river trout around. We remember her yummy pimento cheese sandwhiches (we always thought they were called parmenna cheese sandwiches) and how she helped us set up our first lemonade stand in her and my grandfather’s front yard. GG and our grandfather “Pop” always had a huge vegetable garden that was well, right in the middle of town!
Our mom has handed down gardening, cooking, and sewing skills that she learned over the years. She was born in South Boston, VA when our grandfather was selling New Holland tractor equipment and grew up in Culpeper, VA. She is very creative-minded and always is trying out something new. She graduated from Virginia Tech (as did we… Go Hokies!) and got her landscape design certification from George Washington University. Growing up with our mom has ingrained in us the name of every plant native to the South! We are still trying to perfect our Green Thumb so that hopefully our gardens can look like hers! She is a very talented clay artist and makes beautiful pottery with the Orange Street Potters in Wilmington, NC. She is also a member of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild.