Happy Birthday Gram! A Guest Post of Sorts

June 11, 2009 · 39 comments · Print This Post

in Friends / Family, Maine, Nostalgia

Gram and Little Erin

This is one of my favorite photographs of my grandmother and I. Look! It’s my natural hair color. Amazing… Anyway, today is my grandmother’s birthday. Happy Birthday Gram! Now she doesn’t own a computer and still uses a camera that holds actual film which has to be developed at the drugstore but she always takes the time to have my sister Nicole show her the new posts on my blog when she visits. A few weeks ago I received the following email from Nicole:

Gram Makes Coffee

Grammie asked me to send you these pictures and she wrote this for you –

Show Chris how real coffee is made. No, french press for me! In the background is my lettuce and spinach garden. In the creamer is evaporated milk. The other coffee pot (Pyrex) is 50-years-old. I got it for a wedding present. Have fun with this!

Pyrex Coffee Pot

I hope you enjoyed my grandmother’s first “blog post.” The biscuits in the above picture are one of her signature dishes. Perhaps someday I’ll share the recipe but in the meantime whenever I go home to Maine I ask her to make them for me. Then we all pile into my mother’s car and drive over to Gram’s house in our pajamas to enjoy them with real butter or sometimes homemade strawberry jam. If you have time today please wish my grandmother a “Happy Birthday” in the comments. I know she’d love it!

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Theresa June 11, 2009 at 10:36 am

Happy Birthday to your Gram! She sounds like a wonderful lady, and those biscuits look to-die-for!


2 Regina June 11, 2009 at 11:05 am

Your Gram and I have the same birthday. Happy Birthday to us. Hi, Gram!


3 anna June 11, 2009 at 11:16 am

Happy Birthday to your Gram! I hope she continues to guest blog now and again 🙂


4 Allen June 11, 2009 at 11:20 am

Happy Birthday, Gram!

The biscuits are some of the best I’ve seen, so hopefully Erin will share that recipe with us soon 🙂 As for the evaporated milk, I love it in coffee. If you enjoy sweetened coffee, condensed milk is rich and delicious too!

Enjoy your birthday and behave yourself 😉


5 wummy June 11, 2009 at 11:38 am

Happy Birthday Mom!! The biscuits are the best I have ever had!! Even with the recipe they are not even close to yours. Even with lessons!!


6 Erin June 11, 2009 at 11:41 am

So true Mom! Mine never come out like Gram’s version even though she shows us how to make them all the time.


7 Tracie Meader June 11, 2009 at 11:48 am

Those biscuits look yummy! I want to come over for breakfast I work with Elisa here at CMP & she showed me these! Happy Birthday Gram!! Evaporated milk I use in my coffee in the morning..takes me back to the good ole days!!!

Have Fun!!

Tracie Meader
Vienna, Maine


8 April in CT June 11, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Would it be wrong of me to want to make a trip to Maine for some of those biscuits? My stomach started growling when I saw that picture. Makes me miss my family in GA big time!

Happy Birthday Gram!!


9 CK June 11, 2009 at 2:05 pm

happy birthday Gram!


10 Jo Knowles June 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I’ll be in Maine this weekend. Can I come over in my pj’s for some biscuits and jam??

Erin is a lucky lady to have such a cool gram.




11 Erin June 11, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Happy birthday Gram!! Hope it’s a good one! 🙂


12 snooky doodle June 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Happy birthday to your gram. Hope she has a wonderful day 🙂


13 Joan June 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Happy Birthday to your Grandma!
I love her picture. 🙂


14 Emily June 11, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Happy Birthday Grammie! : D


15 Tabby Kelliher June 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Happy Birthday Erins’ Gram! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and I love your biscuits and coffee press.


16 kristina June 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Happy Birthday, Gram! Those biscuits sure look yummy. K x


17 Jen June 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Sending along best wishes for a very happy birthday to your Gram! I love her coffee pot!


18 Mary-Lynn June 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Happy Birthday, Gram! I miss both of my grandmothers terribly! Your coffee pot is wonderful and your biscuits look delicious!


19 Rosie June 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Gram! Happy birthday!! Best wishes to you 🙂


20 Holly June 11, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Happy birthday Erin’s Gram! Perhaps I should swing by next time I’m in Franklin County (which will be this weekend!) and sample some of those yummy biscuits! 🙂


21 Dani June 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm

A very happy birthday to Gram! It’s great to see that your family treasure your recipes, as well as you.


22 Charlotte June 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday, Erin’s grandmother,
Happy birthday to you.


23 Kerstin June 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Happy Birthday to Erin’s Gram! So cute she reads your blog 🙂


24 Monica H June 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

For sure- Happy Birthday Grams!

Grandmothers are special- great guest blogger 🙂


25 Michelle June 11, 2009 at 9:28 pm

What a wonderful, heart-warming post! Happy Birthday Gram!


26 Carolyn Pluckhahn June 12, 2009 at 3:25 am

Happy Birthday Erin’s Gram U hope you have many more together I wish my Gram was still around she taught me to cook and we cooked together all the time, I miss her all the time especially when I am cooking enjoy each other as often as you can.


27 Evelyn June 12, 2009 at 8:29 am

Happy Birthday Gram! I remember Eight O’Clock Coffee form my childhood!


28 Unkie & Crystal June 12, 2009 at 8:32 am

Happy Birthday !
How fun to see that photo of you and Erin!
Love, Eric & Crystal


29 Jackie Watson June 12, 2009 at 8:40 am

Happy Birthday to Erins Gram!!! I drink Eight Oclock Every day! Fond memories of Coffee with canned Milk, as my Grandma called it!


30 Jacki June 12, 2009 at 9:04 am

Happy Birthday, Erin’s Gram! Have a happy, healthy and delicious day! Here’s to many more.


31 Fuji Mama June 12, 2009 at 10:39 am

What a fun post!


32 kitchenbelle June 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

This is priceless–how cute! She is so proud of you! What a great post! Happy Birthday Erin’s Gram!


33 Jackie @ PhamFatale.com June 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Hope Gram enjoyed her bday. This post is so cute.


34 Tammy June 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Happy Birthday, Erin’s Gram!!! Enjoy your day! (and your biscuits look lovely!!!)

Tammy…Maine native, transplanted in Seattle, WA


35 jacquie June 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Happy birthday Gram. yuummmmm. that is what food is supposed to be – real butter and homemade strawberry jam. i hope you had a great day and something delightful to eat.


36 Elissa June 12, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I’m a day late but a very happy birthday to your Gram! 🙂


37 Margaret June 13, 2009 at 5:50 am

Love your lettuce/spinach garden, Gram!


38 sami June 13, 2009 at 12:18 pm

i love the coffee grinder with the hand crank! happy birthday!


39 Julia June 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Your Gram’s “post ” was just about the cutest thing I have ever seen. I love it! I have never heard of evap milk in coffee but something tells me I would like it, will have to try!


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