Hey there…today we are joining some of our friends for a Family Recipe Swap. You know that you can count on us to bring you a wonderful weekly recipe and today is no different. After you read and save our recipe you can visit four other blogs to read their family recipe memories.
We are excited to share with you Barbara Jean’s Creme de Menthe Frosting recipe, which is one of our all-time favorites! Barbara is Vicki’s Mom and Jennifer’s Granny. She was a consummate cook, homemaker and exemplary hostess. We miss her terribly but we are grateful for our memories of how she made us feel so special and we are thrilled to have some of her recipes. We have already shared a lot of her culinary masterpieces with you in previous recipes. Today’s recipe is no different.
Vicki’s Creme de Menthe Memories
You see this crumpled piece of notebook paper? It is very special to me. Pretty much all of the recipes from my mom are in my own handwriting. I would always ask her for one of her recipes and she would say “My handwriting is terrible…I’ll call it out and you write it”. Little did I know that years later I would yearn for all of her recipes in her handwriting. This is practically the only recipe I have in her handwriting and it is one of my all-time favorites. Mom instilled in me a love for all things chocolate and mint.
She mailed this to me when I first moved to Houston, Texas. I was a new bride, far away from home and family for the first time in my life. My husband was working long hours and I was terribly homesick. Mom’s specialty was knowing exactly what I needed and when I needed it. She knew my love for this frosting and that it would be a taste of home. We typically whip up this frosting and pour it on top of chocolate brownies. It doesn’t need to be a fancy recipe…boxed brownies are great for this frosting. And right as rain…mom was right. I felt instantly better after making up a batch for my husband and I. This recipe is also dear to me because of the purple squiggles on the page – placed there by Jennifer when she was about 2 years old when she and I were baking in the kitchen. I’m so glad to share this small glimpse of my mom. I hope you love her Creme de Menthe frosting as much as I do!
Jennifer’s Creme de Menthe Memories
I remember always loving going to my grandparent’s house because Granny would always make the best food! I would spend at least one week out of each summer there, as well as some spring breaks, and she would spoil me rotten. Don’t get me wrong, she would definitely put to me work, especially in the yard, but after the work was done, there was always some kind of yummy treat waiting. I used to love watching her in the kitchen. She would rarely measure and her thermometer was her finger I know that my love of baking came from both her and my mom. They are both just so good at it!
Like my mom I love anything chocolate and mint, and these were always such a special dessert to have with Granny. Looking back, now I know why I love thin mints and andes mints so much. Granny always had andes mints in the spare bedroom that I used to sneak when I would visit. This recipe is honestly one big andes mint and is delish! It was nice to be able to make this with mom and think about the fun times we all had in the kitchen together. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and baking always brings back the best memories.
To celebrate and commemorate our day in the kitchen, we made keepsake tea towels for each other. Barbara Jean’s recipe – in her handwriting is on each towel and finished off with decorative trim. Visit us back here tomorrow and we will show you how we made them.
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