I am somewhat obsessed with houses. For some reason I do not care much for decorating them (probably because I stink at it), but I very much enjoy imagining and looking at homes. When other little girls were planning weddings, I was planning my migration to the big city and my future home. Starting when I was about twelve years old I also got into touring old, historic homes. I was raised on the Gulf of Mexico within shouting distance of Spindletop - the site of oil discovery in Texas. So these old homes speak of a time when no one imagined that the "big money" would move back to the "big cities" leaving only the smelly refining plants behind. They are often surrounded by similar homes that have long since crumbled in disrepair. My younger sister is a tour guide for a relatively new historic home on the Southeast Texas Scene, The Chambers House. I am going to let you click on the link and read about it yourself, but it is sufficient to say that it is pretty creepy or shall we say... ripe for the imagination. In short, two sisters lived in the same house they grew up in until the day they died. Their father was wealthy and sent them East for an education. They came home, played in the stock market and died millionaires and childless. I am guessing the neighbors never imagined the millionaires part!
So, what do you do with your money when you do not have anyone to give it to? I can think of a million organizations or people that could use it, but these two ladies willed a good chunk of it to their house. Yep! They had let it fall into complete disrepair, but no need to worry because now their money has completely restored it and turned it into a museum... complete with their left over soap bars and still unfinished beverages! Needless to say, I would love to interview them and understand who they were and how and why history has unfolded the way it has!
1 cup b. sugar
beat into egg
1 tablespoon flour
mixed with nuts
10 or 15 min
... there you go... from the ghosts of The Chamber's House. Let me know if you make it!