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A tisket, a tasket, the heart of a picnic basket...

As a young girl, I remember going to the park with my mom, sister, and step dad. We had music on the ghetto blaster, cooked out on those rusty permanent grills, played frisbee, and lounged in metal folding chairs. When I became a mother In a small town in Illinois, there were only a couple parks safe enough to picnic. I was mostly a single mother and had little money to spend. Food stamps and food pantries sometimes filled our cupboards. Usually, I could not afford to take my kids to movies, to the swimming pool, or out to eat at a restaurant... but I could make a good picnic basket. I would tend to each detail.... cookie cut out sandwiches, real mozzarella with basil and tomato, fresh cut vegetables, and those little fancy cookies from Sweden. We always spread out a tattered old quilt, cloth napkins, and ALWAYS used a picnic basket. I had two that became my favorite. One belonged to my Grandma and one my sister gave to me as a Christmas gift. The value of these are immeasurable and the memories contained within them. More than 20 years later, I still cherish them.

Times have changed....I live in a beautiful community and there are so many opportunities to share a picnic with our friends and families. These are still treasured experiences to be had. I share my love of food, love of connection, and love of picnics with you all. 


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Preserve the Past...honor the legacies of our loved ones, focus on shared connection, curate sweet memories, and tend to the details...  

        We Put a Bow On It. 

The term Goodness Gracious dates back to the 1700’s. It is used as a way to show excitement, surprise, or even replace cursing. It is a term of endearment, a politeness, a love language.  


Goodness Gracious strives to preserve the past with old recipes and the stories behind them. We put a bow on it.  Goodness Gracious strives to preserve the past with food and tradition. Our food is made from the legacies of love. Focusing on Food Language is the passion and the exchange. What is your favorite food? Where are your favorite restaurants? What should we do for dinner? Our food language occupies our days, dreams, and service to others. Who is your cook? Who do you cook for? It is gifting to our loved ones with special meals on birthdays, beyond our holiday traditions. Goodness Gracious loves to know more about the food language of our community, and customers. 


Food Legacy is the story, the memory, the inheritance of a recipe, the connection to the past, the honoring of your family, and sharing it with others. What are the memories around food? Goodness Gracious welcomes your stories and your recipes here.  We preserve the past by using iron skillets, bringing back the doilie, wearing frilly aprons, and giving life to old china. 

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