S: Remembering Mema and Papa
FC: This Cookbook was inspired by our beloved Ruby Lee Rogers Scoggins
1: This book is dedicated to the memory of Walter and Ruby by those who loved them so dearly. The cookbook portion is dedicated not only to Ruby's cooking but to her fierce commitment to caring for family in general. Feeding those she loved was only a small part of that labor of love. | Ruby Rogers Scoggins 11/24/21 - 6/23/10 Walter Leonard Scoggins 9/314 - 1/2/00
2: Breakfast With Mema | When you stayed at Mom's house she was always the first one up in the morning. Even before she made sure that everyone else in the house was up, she would start to think about their breakfast. Feeding people at the house was her mission. Mom thought that if anyone was under her roof she should plan their food. That probably goes back to when she lived with her Mom and was responsible for cooking for the farm workers since she was the baby of the family and wasn't expected to carry the weight of a farm hand. In her later years, breakfast at Mom's house was usually cereal but she would always say, "I can cook you an egg and there's bacon in the freezer." In earlier years, when the kids were living at home, breakfast was usually a cooked one that varied from chopped beef gravy on toast to eggs and homemade sausage to some gourmet delight that Carolyn created. In any case, breakfast at the Scoggins house was always a priority of the day.
8: Cook and cut up 4 large chicken breasts. Then combine and set aside 1-10oz can cream of chicken soup and 1 1/3 cup chicken broth. Combine mushroom soup with 1 1/3 cup chicken broth and set aside. Combine 1-8oz package herb-seasoned stuffing mix with 1/2 cup melted butter. Reserve 1/4 cup dressing mixture for garnish. Spoon 1/2 of remaining stuffing mix into a lightly greased 13x9x2 baking dish; top with 1/2 of chicken. Cover with chicken soup mix; repeat layers. Pour mushroom soup over layers; sprinkle with reserved dressing mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove casserole from frig 15 minutes before baking. Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Yields 8 to 10 servings. | Chicken & Dressing Casserole
11: "We'll Cross That Bridge When We Get To It." ~Ruby Rogers Scoggins
14: Mom had oodles of old sayings. Thanks to Richard, Dianne started documenting them in th 1980's. Here are a few of them: "Enough for a corn shuckin'" "Wasteful waste makes woe for want" "Up to your nose and down to your toes where many quarts and gallons goes" "Don't judge my bushel by your half-peck" "The still-tongued saw drinks the broth" "Slow as molasses in January" "Fussy as a hen with one biddy" "Short coupled and long gone" "When the mule gets in the ditch, you gotta get him out" "Grinning like a mule eatin' briars" "Lie down with the dogs, get up with the fleas" "Root hog or die poor" "Rode hard and put up wet" "Every old crow thinks hers is the blackest" "Your flys in my soup" "Rough as a cob" "You need to lick your calf over" "Pretty is as pretty does" "Crooked as a black snake" "Them far-off cows have long horns" | Mama's Sayings
15: Ruby and Walter were married over 60 years and, like most couples, experienced life's joys and also their share of sorrows. At the top of their "most joyful" list had to be their three children and four grandchildren. Nothing made them happier than to have a grandchild on their lap. They also enjoyed their home and were grateful to be able to own a farm that provided them with income but also was a source of great pride for them. They bought a house at White Lake in the 60's and, even though Walter rarely had enough time to relax there, Ruby and the girls truly enjoyed the Lake House, the Lake, and the neighborhood. When Al and Carolyn married they settled within a few miles of the house and were able to enjoy it as well. Their children grew up spending summers there as had Dianne and Carolyn, so Ruby and Walter were able to see all of the family enjoy this vacation spot for many years and that pleased them greatly. Sadly, Walter was diagnosed with Alzeimer's Disease in the early '90s and the focus for Ruby became Walter's care until his death in 2000 at the age of 85. To Ruby this was a labor of love. She had a natural ability for care-taking and using this skill along with the help of some dedicated helpers, she was able to keep Walter at home until the end. That was a bitter sweet success for her. Ruby lived 10 years longer than Walter and for at least half of that time, she was able to enjoy a pretty full life. Even with the loss of most of her eyesight, she was also able to stay at home until her death in 2010.
16: Christmas With Mema | Mama loved Christmas food traditions. She really liked to think up the festive ideas and then give them to Carolyn or Dianne to create (usually Carolyn). Russian Tea was a Christmas tradition at the Scoggins house. On Christmas eve, the five of us would gather in the "front room" and enjoy Russian tea and goodies while opening presents from each other.
21: Love - The Ultimate Food | Food was important in our family, especially on holidays and special occasions. But it was not the main ingredient in the life of the Scoggins family. The main ingredient was love...unequivocal, endless, undying love.. Ruby and Walter started that tradition as two people who missed some of the love they needed by hardships at an early age. They tried and succeeded in creating a home with children who felt loved and treasured. And then those children created homes (with the help of great spouses) wherein their children also feel loved and valued. So, as the recipes and memories are passed along, we remember the importance of tradition in our lives as they mix with the main ingredient, love.