Gramma June's Birthday & Peanut Butter Brownies

Today my Grandma June would have celebrated her 89th birthday. Unfortunately, she went to heaven in April 2012. I was fortunate to have a close relationship with my Gram. I inherited my love of the kitchen from her I believe. As far back as I can remember, I think of her and she’s always in the kitchen. Through all the years of my growing up she fed us all….and by all I mean: hired men, hired gals, family, friends, branding crews, shipping crews, truckers, cattle buyers, horse buyers, feed salesman, bankers, etc. You name them and she probably fed them! If a person ever traveled out on Cherry Creek north of the Yellowstone River between Miles City and Terry, Montana I bet they ate something my Gram had made. She was famous for her cinnamon rolls and bread…..and her cherry tarts…..ground beef sandwiches….lemon meringue pie….crispies…..rolls…..fried chicken…..gosh, now that I think about it I can’t think of a single thing she made that we weren’t all crazy about! What a tribute to her today….thinking back about how she not only touched my life, but all of those who sat around her kitchen table…..branding fire….or where ever enjoying her cooking talents. A good friend sent me a message earlier today on Facebook that brought me to tears…once again….because I was missing her earlier today something horrible. It was a story told of eating her incredible food through friends who knew my Gram (this friend of mine never met my Gram, but she said what a neat lady she must have been)….and she was!!! Some folks might think of food as just something to eat and move on, but not my Gram. She clearly put more into it than just that. I believe there was a little bit of love and happiness in all she made. She made each meal special….and clearly that showed through because whoever knew her knew about her culinary expertise. 🙂

Here are some pics of my Gram that I’d like to share with you all. This one is a favorite of mine. I think she is somewhere around 17 years old in this picture….and to think they got that hay up there by hand!

Here’s another one of my Grandpa, Grandma, ReAnn (my cousin), and Me. I think we were about 3 in this picture:

Here is my Gram and Aunt Beryl (my Gram and she were close and married to brothers…and were neighbors). I’m in the middle:

Here is one of my favorites….Gram with her 3 grandchildren (ReAnn, Wyatt, and me):

Here is another favorite….just Gram and me:

My Gram was beautiful inside and out: