Hand Me Downs

My husband and I have an ongoing disagreement about hand me downs. When our children outgrow their undies, I do not believe they should be passed on… to a younger sibling, to Goodwill, to cousins.. to anyone. Yes, I know they are washed and clean but I just have issues with that kind of undergarment being passed on. His argument? It is what they did when they were growing up, and so that’s that. Why should it be any different with his kids?

Am I the only one who thinks that this kind of hand me down is a bit icky? Help me see the light or give me a good argument to go back and set my husband straight. And for those of you thinking, “Geez, don’t they have better things to argue about than this?”, we do.  Like which direction our trash can should face, or how far up in the garage I should pull the van in and my favorite… why do I get a Netflix subscription and then let the movie sit on our TV for 2 months. Lots of important arguing going on in the Doyle household, but this issue has been gnawing at me for some time now, so I just need to bring some closure to it 😉

I do believe that hand me downs are great, but not of the undie variety. Some of the best recipes in our repertoire are hand me downs from others. One of my favorite wedding shower themes is where people share their family recipes with the bride. What a great way to start off your marriage, with a collection of favorite recipes from those you love.

My mother-in-law recently passed on the recipe for her fruit turnovers. She makes these often for breakfast when we are home (didn’t I marry into a great family? Pie as a breakfast food… genius!). What I love best about hand me down recipes is the verbage in the recipe. I’m going to share this recipe with you, exactly how she gave it to me. If you decided to make these and need some clarification, feel free to contact me and I’ll pass on to you my interpretation.

These turnovers are great for breakfast, dessert, or as a hand held picnic treat, which is why I am including them in the Waiter There’s Something In My Picnic Basket event over at The Passionate Cook.

Fruit Turnovers

2 cups flour
3/4 cup butter
Pinch of salt
10 tbs ice water (might need more)
Canned Pie Filling

Use pastry blender to blend flour with 1/4 cup butter (get crumbly) in a stainless steel bowl.
Add 10 tbs of ice water to make a plyable dough, use fork to keep mixing in until a dough ball forms.Add more water, a bit at a time if the dough ball doesn’t form right away.
Cover with damp, clean dish cloth. Chill about 15 minutes.
Remaining 1/2 cup of butter leave out until plyable and easy to work with.

Roll out the dough on lightly floured surface and then place the butter over the top of the dough – spread butter around surface of dough until thick
Pull up one corner of the dough and bring it over so corners meet (so butter to butter). Keep folding until butter starts to seem through. Keep doing this (roll, fold, fold, fold, roll, fold, fold, fold) until the butter is well incorporated into the dough. (Essentially, this is the way you knead the dough). It will be slimey.
Chill overnight in covered bowl (Kristen here – I’m an instant gratification girl and skipped this step with great results)

Roll out on flowered board, cut it into squares. Place fruit in center, fold over and seal your edges. Canned pie filling works best because it is soft and won’t bust through the dough. For apple, use one apple per turnover and a little bit of the gel. For other fruits, one small tablespoon of filling/fruit works well. Jam – use one heaping teaspoon full.
Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes. Once cool, feel free to use a powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, milk drizzle or glaze.

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  1. Lucy says

    I guess I’m the minority on the topic of underwear hand-me-downs. I have 3 boys, the younger 2 are 3 year old twins and this will gross you out but they do wear their big brother’s old underwear (along with new underwear, too) and not only that, I have their underwear in one drawer! I have never and won’t ever donate any type of undergarments to charity or pass them onto friends/relatives. I don’t think I would share underwear among girls but for some reason, I feel it’s okay with boys. Can you believe I’m a TOTAL clean/germ freak?? Go figure! :)

  2. says

    Hey, I grew up on hand-me-downs from other people, but even I had my limits. Don’t pass on the undies. That’s something that should be tossed when the time comes, in my humble opinion.

    Your mom started a blog?! I think that fantastic! I’m off to find out what exactly she has to say…

    Oh and bring some of those turnovers tomorrow. They look absolutely scrumptious!

    Shalees last blog post..Day In The Life Of An Unemployed Mom

  3. says

    Haha I had to laugh at arguing over which direction the trash can should face. :) I can see your husband’s argument but I know I wouldn’t want to wear someone else’s underwear, no matter how clean it was.

  4. says

    oh, i don’t have a problem with underwear being passed on, but i think that SHOES are just gross… you can’t even wash them! but i agree: these fruit turnovers are definitely a better hand-me-down 😉
    thanks for your contribution!

  5. says

    There’s absolutley no reason why clean, used underwear should go to waste when someone else needs it…
    I’ll pass, thank you very much.
    Sorry I can’t give you a logical reason to help but it isn’t logical… it just is!
    I’m the same way about shoes – but, in my defense, shoes can’t really be cleaned!
    I grew up with wonderful hand-me-downs (no undies) from a cousin who was just 2 years older and lived in ‘the city’.

  6. Lisa says

    Eww…. I’m into being frugal/thrifty and green and all, but Nooo! to the hand-me-down undies! That’s just icky (unsanitary), isn’t it? If you do wash them in bleach, they won’t last long after that, because the bleach eats at the elastic in the garment. (Plus, bleach isn’t exactly enviro-friendly!)
    Just my two-cents. :)

    Loved this post, and that recipe is mouthwatering–just the thing to help chase thoughts of cooties away! 😉

  7. says

    No hand me down undies in this house!!! Kris likes different things than Kye does anyway, ie Kris-Scooby and Thomas Kye-baseball and basketball. Hey whatever it takes to get them to wear them!!!

    Whitneys last blog post..Kye turns 7!

  8. Laura says

    These look soooo good, I’m craving sweets recently (yikes!). Will definitely be on my to-make list.

    And I think a good argument to anyone that says ‘it’s the way it was when I grew up…’ is that things change. If that argument holds as valid, can I say that because my mom drank alcohol while pregnant with me (poor woman didn’t know back in those days, but I think I still turned out OK!) that I should do so too? Um, no. It doesn’t work like that. We learn from so many of our parents past mistakes. Like handing undies down from child to child. Hold strong on this one! Very funny insights though into your homeland conversations. he, he.

  9. says

    Ok, I went searching the internet tonight to discover if it was ok for my boys to share underwear. See, they are 3 and 4 so they both want to wear Spiderman, Thomas the Train, & other special undies. They share a room. They share clothes. They share a dresser. They share underwear.

    Now, the REAL question is… at what age should they STOP sharing underwear?

    As far as hand-me-downs go; I wore them and as a mom of 3 kids, I thank GOD that my kids have friends a little bigger than they are because I greatly appreciate their hand-me-downs. Therefore, I do pass on children’s clothing AND underwear to friends with smaller kids. And I know for a fact that their kids are wearing my daughters old panties. Is that so wrong? We all own washing machines. And for goodness sakes… children are not going around spreading diseases down under. Right?


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