About

Tumbleweed Contessa and Company

By her daughter…..

My mom is too humble to brag about herself so I made this web page for her. She is a tough, smart, practical, West Texas Lady. She is the mother of two girls, one boy two darling grandaughters and two precious grandsons. Her accomplishments and credits include Girl Scout leader, crafter, seamstress, laundress, gardener, master baker and self-taught chef. All of these accomplishments were inspired by the fact that she was a wife and mother first, foremost and always. In good times, bad times, rich times, poor times…..you get the idea. These “times” have caused her to call on her creativity and practicality to make the best of what was available. Rich lessons that were supplemented by her mother, grandmothers, friends and neighbors. She shares them freely, openly and upon request. If she really likes you, you will get something baked, breaded or hand-crafted.  She even took all the recipes and put them in a cookbook for her family. Actually, two cook books.

Volume I was created when I started college and was learning to cook myself. I was constantly calling on my schedule, not hers, to ask how to make something. These were recipes she had made a million times and knew by heart. So, she forgot things like cooking temperatures, important ingredients etc… Thus, precipitating the need for long awaited Volume 2, which to date, appears complete.

Volume 2 was in the works and in need of title when a heated e-mail debate about Thanksgiving side dishes occurred. You see, my mother passed on her stubborness to her children. Most of the time this is to her advantage, but occasionally she gets a taste of it herself. As a last ditch effort to get my mother off my case, I dubbed her the Tumbleweed Contessa (she still has the email, which will probably be stapled to her will.) She loved the title. She wasn’t done with me though. We received our copy of Volume 2 at Christmas the next year, aptly titled, “Recipes and Ramblings with the Tumbleweed Contessa.” And so, the Contessa, as we lovingly refer to her now, had the last word.

Those of you who are children of West Texas Ladies will laugh when I tell you that I initially typed Recipes and Rantings with the Tumbleweed Contessa as the title for the website. OOOPS! The second order of business is that my sister and I claimed the right to establish “Whatever Contessa” at the time of our choosing.

I know that everyone’s mother is the best cook, but my opinion has been validated by many a person, potluck and bake sale. I can’t tell you how many times I have made something that my mother shared with me and people have just gone nuts about it. The ideas are usually very simple, but so good.  She has given me recipes for crowds or just dinner, ideas for holiday gifts, tips for the garden and more. All of which have met with resounding success and welcome.   So world, here she is!

If you need a kitchen hint, would like to share an idea or have a suggestion.  Drop her a line at:  thecontessa@tumbleweedcontessa.com

3 Generations of TWC

Comments (22)

  1. Jane Rabe

    I love your blog! Fun recipes that are easy for people like me to make them!

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    1. The Contessa

      Thanks for dropping by my kitchen.

      Reply
  2. Melissa @Red, White and Blueberries

    How fun! So glad we found each other and can’t wait to see what’s next!

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    1. The Contessa

      Thanks for checking in. I’ve taken on a new desk soon to my job and am trying to keep my head above water. I guess I haven’t done such a good job.

      Linda.

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  3. Angela

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful things. Found you on Let’s get social Sunday! Newest follower :) You can find me painting, decorating and baking at HickoryTrail

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    1. The Contessa

      Thank you for dropping by. Hope you will stop by What’d You Do This Weekend and share with us.

      Following you.

      Linda

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  4. Diane

    Sounds like you learned a lot from your mom. I know I sure did from mine. Thanks so much for joining us at the Let’s Get Social Sunday linky party. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. The Contessa

      Love your party. Check in at What’d You Do This Weekend on Mondays.

      Reply
  5. Kim

    HAHA, I found your site via the Doritos Casserole, listed for comfort foods on yahoo! I too am a daughter & granddaughter of great West Texas women, I LOVE that you point THAT out!! :) Live in the big city now near Ft. Worth but my heart will always be in West Texas!! Cannot wait to try this casserole, as I had never heard of it (??!!) and I know have 4 kiddos myself, so it sounds like it will go over well in my house too! One of my grandmothers was the cafeteria manager at Abilene HS for 30 years…back when they cooked everything from scratch…talk about a GOOD cook!!! I miss her so much, she was a doll & thankfully she left me ALL her recipes (most large enough to feed 400+) which I cherish more than anything! Thank you for doing this site for your Mom, I can’t wait to dig in to her recipes!!

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    1. The Contessa

      I’d love it if you shared some of those recipes for 400. That would be fun to pare one down. It had to be awesome food. We could dedicate the blog,to her.

      thecontessa@tumbleweedcontessa.com

      Linda

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  6. Evelyn @ My Turn (for us)

    I love the fact your daughter wrote this:))) You raised her right!! LOL!
    Just dropping in from Lets Get Social Sunday to thank you for always supporting Lets Get Social Sunday:))

    Hugs, My Friend!

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    1. The Contessa

      She is special. She knows me better than I know myself.

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  7. Karren Haller

    Thank you for finding my blog and linking yours today!! I would like to make a recommendation, that you add your social links to follow, Twitter, FB and if you have a Pinterest board. I am now following on Bloglovin. I love that your daughter took the time to help you with your blog!! I am wishing you all the success you deserve!! If theres anything I could hep with let me know!!
    Karren Haller karrenh@gmail.com

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  8. Kim Brwon

    She would love to blog about food & cooking if she were still here!! :( I’ve even given thought to opening a restaurant using her recipes…she would’ve loved that too!!! I will have to work on paring some of them down & get to you, thank you for the kind words for Memaw!!! :)

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  9. Laurie Kelly

    I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes! :)

    I wanted to invite you to the Meet & Greet Blog Hop! It runs from Tuesday nights till the end of Saturday, Come stop by if you have some time :)
    http://createdbylaurie.blogspot.com/2013/07/meet-greet-blog-hop-36.html

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  10. Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner

    Thanks so much for linking up to our blog hop! I’m already a follower so just stopping by to say hi!

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    1. The Contessa

      Deb, I made your cute little candy birth announcements. We are using them in our blog to introduce the twins. They were a hit!

      Linda

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  11. Stacey @ This Momma's Ramblings

    What a beautiful idea for what must be a beautiful lady to have that much love and devotion from a child. For me there is nothing more amazing than the strength of a woman and all that she will do for her family and those she cares about. I am now following you. Thanks you so much for sharing and linking up with This Momma’s Meandering Mondays…welcome and would love to have you join us again. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. The Contessa

      Stacy, you are right. I have an amazing daughter. She has boundless creative ideas and is a lovely person.
      We have found a great way to communicate and share our family traditions.

      Checking your site out.

      Linda

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  12. Deb @ kneaded Creations

    Really nice blog! I think you’ve got a good thing going here- cute and fun! Of course, I am pinning this, and I’ll follow! I just popped over from the Marvelous Monday Linkey. I would love it if you dropped by for a visit at http://www.kneadedcreations.com . Happy Day to you! Deb @ Kneaded Creations

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  13. Kristen R.

    Whereabouts in West Texas are you? I was born in Iraan, graduated in Midland and went to college in Lubbock. I miss the big west Texas sunsets and sunrises. So glad I found your site! I can tell I’ll be using some good Texan recipes from here!

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    1. Linda

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope we can stay in touch. I have new twin grandsons. I’m about to launch into a blog about how wonderful they are. :-)

      Reply

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