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My grandma Pearl was 19 years old when she got on a train, with her friend Irma, and traveled to San Antonio Texas in 1942. There, Irma and her beaux Fred, stood up for my grandma and grandpa Gozart as they got married in a small church close to the Alamo. Grandpa Joe was in the army, and stationed just outside of Waco Texas at the time. They both lived their whole lives here in Washington State, so it’s funny to me that they got married in Texas.

There isn’t a wedding photo of that them on that day, I sure wish there was. Grandma hated having her picture taken, so there isn’t a huge catalog of photos of her. In my heart, I know grandpa was probably in his uniform, but I would have liked to have seen, what grandma had worn on her wedding day. I wish now, I would have asked her, there are so many things I would like to have asked her. They did have a gorgeous engagement photo taken prior to grandpa being sent to Texas, and it’s such a treasure!
I went to look for their church while visiting San Antonio in 2000, but all I found was a quaint little convent. Maybe this is where they got married? It had a chapel, it would be nice to know for sure. I love that got married in February. It’s such a romantic time, being so close to Valentine’s Day. I can just see them, so young, so happy, and in love, Pearly marrying her Joey.
Years later, after I was married myself, there was a Valentine’s Day dance at my parents country club on their anniversary. My husband and I went with my folks, and grandparents, and we had such a good time. I only danced with my grandpa twice in my life, at my wedding, and at this dance. Those moments are so vivid in my mind, and are like precious treasures I pull out and relive every so often. Waltzing with grandpa Joe, in that billowing wedding dress, was indeed a challenge. Grandpa would change directions, and while he and I would be heading one way, my dress was still going in the other direction. I can still hear his warm laughter in my ear, and him saying it was ok when I stepped on his foot repeatedly. No one else on earth would ever get to share this experience, because I am his only granddaughter, and that moment is just his and mine forever. Following grandpa’s lead was hard for me, I didn’t grow up waltzing, but for grandma, it was like watching perfection. They just glided across the dance floor, a perfect match. Grandma knew each step, and didn’t step on his feet once. My grandparents celebrated 50 years of marriage together before grandma passed away, and I know they will be waltzing in heaven on their anniversary in a few days. I love and miss them every day.


One of the things I inherited from my grandpa was his sweet tooth! So in honor of my grandparents wedding anniversary, I have baked his sister Betty’s, Red Velvet Cake recipe. My mom made this every year at Valentine’s Day while I was growing up. It is a dense and delicious cake that is as beautiful as it delicious. It is being presented on this adorable heart shaped dish in the Meow pattern. It is the perfect piece of pottery to celebrate your Valentine with! Regularly $75.99, it is on sale 20% off, for $60.99. Also pictured, a Blue Flower cake stand, 5.25 inches tall X 10.5 inches wide and is regularly $139.99 and is on sale 20% off for $111.99, and a Elegant Times toast plate on sale for $11.99. It is such a lovely delicate pattern to serve dessert on.

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From my heart to yours, Smacznego!

Auntie Betty’s Red Velvet Cake

  • Batter Mix
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • A dollop of Wilton’s Red gel food coloring
  • 1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoons Baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons white Vinegar
  • Sweetened Cream Cheese filling
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg

Beat all together and set aside.

Cream Cheese Butter Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Cream together butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Add powdered sugar till light and fluffy.

Cream butter and sugar and eggs. Add food coloring and Coco and mixed well. Color should be a beautiful red.
Mix buttermilk, vanilla, and salt together in a separate bowl. Add, alternating with sifted flour to the mixture.

In a separate small mixing bowl, mix together soda with vinegar. This will bubble up so be careful you use a deep bowl.

DO NOT BEAT THIS NEXT STEP.

Fold soda and vinegar into the batter.

You can now bake in two 9 inch cake pans for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

I use my bundt pans or small heart bakers. I also add a tunnel of sweetened cream cheese to the bundt pans. I just think it’s pretty.
Bake 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.