Reta an author and remarkable mother was born into a family of ten; five girls and three boys. She was a lucky one, born an identical twin. Growing up she and her twin had fun considering no one could tell them apart, including her parents expect for their little sister. Her mother sewed dresses for all the girls, always making the twins clothes identical. From the leftover fabric scraps, her first sewing projects began at the age of ten with dresses for her dolls. Reta’s folks owned and operated their family pottery business where she learned to paint with her mother. Her favorite things to paint at an early age were chicks and bunnies. As a child she also learned to love cooking; helping her mother cook large family meals for Sunday dinner. Saturday was completely spent baking pies, cakes, salads, and more for Sunday dinner. As she grew her mother let her try new recipes for the family meal, lighting a spark to her future. Later down the road Reta married George and they started a family of their own. Her early sewing projects bloomed into designing clothing for her daughters and grandchildren while sharing the traditions from her childhood in the kitchen. Her fire continues to grow with the addition of each grandchild. Today, she honors her mother Eileen with treasured heirloom recipes in the Bittersweet Walnut Grove series.
Bittersweet Walnut Grove: Winter Thyme 2012
Bittersweet Walnut Grove: Spring Thyme 2013
Bittersweet Walnut Grove: Summer Thyme 2013
Bittersweet Walnut Grove: Fall Thyme 2013
Farm Fresh Spring: Bittersweet Walnut Grove 2014