Growing up in Iowa, Christmas was always a special time of year. I remember spending lots of time in the kitchen with my mom. We baked pumpkin bread in small metal coffee cans for gifts, other breads, cinnamon rolls, popcorn balls, cookies and last but not least CANDY.
I lost my mom to cancer when I was 16 and Christmas was never the same. I continued to bake cookies, but that was about the extent of it.
Years later, after having a family of my own, I decided it was time to bring Christmas back where it needed to be. I began all the baking of breads, cookies and yes, CANDY.
To this day, I have several good friends who request my candy at Christmas and so I decided it was time to put all the love for candy making that my mom instilled in me to good use. I always have the feeling of her presence with me in the kitchen helping me along the way.
Today, my grandson, named Cayden (only 7), shares my love of candy making, baking and just cooking in the kitchen. He is my right hand man. He calls us "Team G&C". When he comes over he always wants to know if I am making any goodies. Hence how the name, "Grandma's Goodies" was born. What would I do without him?
Then comes Pa from southern Louisiana, home of gators, crawfish and Cajun food. With my love for cooking, it was easy to learn the Cajun ways of making Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya and so on from his family recipes. Some a little hot and some just right, so there is something for everyone. Oh yeah, don't forget BOUDIN!!!
Cayden always tells Pa, "We put love in every bite." He is right! Aaayeeeeee!!!!!!!!
Historic Downtown Hollister, MO
Goodies & Gumbo