Puttin’ on the Ritz

by Jenn (eating bender) on September 28, 2009

Have you seen the well-to-do
Up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thoroughfare
With their noses in the air

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High hats and narrow collars
White spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime
For a wonderful time

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Now, if you’re blue
And you don’t know where to go to
Why don’t you go where fashion sits

Puttin’ on the Ritz

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Different types who wear a daycoat
Pants with stripes and cutaway coat
Perfect fits

Puttin’ on the Ritz

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Dressed up like a million dollar trooper
Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper
Super-duper

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Come, let’s mix where Rockefellers
Walk with sticks or “umberellas”
In their mitts

Puttin’ on the Ritz

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Tips his hat just like an English chappie
To a lady with a wealthy pappy
Very snappy

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You’ll declare it’s simply topping
To be there and hear them swapping
Smart tidbits

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Puttin’ on the Ritz

Recipe: Maple-Raisin Pumpkin Bread (minus the raisins)

I found out this past weekend that my grandpa’s nickname for my grandma (her name is Rita) was Ritz. I immediately found this Fred Astaire video and was brought back in time to what life must have been like for her back then. I’ve heard so many stories from my aunts, uncles and Dzia Dzia (our Polish name for grandpa) these past two weeks, and it has made me realize just how little I really knew about her. My goal is to get better acquainted with the woman who battled difficult childhood circumstances, bore 10 children and battled cancer as long and as hard as she could.

My grandma passed away at 10:30 pm last night, surrounded by the family she has nurtured and loved for 78 short years. She is now in a better place and no longer in any pain. I know she is being taken care of and even though my heart is heavy, a part of me is smiling in memory of a wonderful woman.

Rest in peace, Grandma Rita (April 23, 1931 – September 27, 2009)

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1 Nicole September 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I am so sorry for your loss <3

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2 Mel September 28, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your loss…

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3 Lindsay September 28, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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4 Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Im so sorry Jenn… love you, and you know where i am if you need ANYTHING.

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5 glidingcalm September 28, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I love you Jenn. Big hugs. This post was amazing and so sweet.

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6 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) September 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

This is so sweet, and I feel like it’s such an appropriate and beautiful way to honor your grandma’s memory. You know I’m thinking of your family during this time – it’ll be trying but you’ll get through it. Love you!!

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7 plentifulplants September 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

So sorry of your loss, but it’s a good thing that she is no longer suffering.

In a completely surreal moment, and hopefully a good sign that she’s in a better place, as I was reading this post the Young Frankenstein version of Puttin’ on the Ritz started playing on the Internet radio station I’m listening to.

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8 Heather September 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

And what a beautiful little tribute to her from you. <3

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9 megzzwinsatlife September 28, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I am so sorry for your loss.. I am praying for you and your family!

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10 lola September 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

so sorry about your loss.
that bread looks delicious and i love that song!

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11 VeggieGirl September 28, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Sending all my love and support xo

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12 verbalriot September 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Sorry for your loss Jenn. I’m really close with my grandmother and I can imagine how hard it is to lose someone that amazing in your life.

We’re here for you! <3

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13 Michelle September 28, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Aw Jenn. I’m so sorry about this loss. It’s a BIG change, but I know you can get through it.

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14 Betsy September 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Beautiful post. I’m so sorry, Jenn.

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15 Molly September 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm

My heart goes out to you and your family! Keep strong, and indulge in all the maple pumpkin bread you can :) Your grandma would want it that way.
Youre still in my thoughts and prayers!

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16 Anne K. September 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Aww, sweetie. I’m so sorry for your loss <3 This was a beautiful tribute.

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17 Lori September 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm

So sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself during this very difficult time.

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18 Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) September 28, 2009 at 7:49 pm

I am sorry that your Grandma was taken from you, but like you- I’m glad that she is no longer suffering here. At my Mom’s memorial earlier in the year I read something aloud that my step sister made up…I thought it was beautiful: ‘We are born of our mother. She nurtures us and sets us free. Later, we nurture her, and finally, Nature sets her free’. Same can be said for Grandmas. Thinking of you.

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19 Brittany September 28, 2009 at 7:52 pm

What a great post in memory of your grandma. She sounds like one lovely lady. I’m very sorry for you loss Jenn. Know that you are in my thoughts.

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20 Susan September 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Awwww, I couldn’t think of a better way to remember your grandma. I hope you and your family are doing okay. xo

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21 Victoria September 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Jenn, I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother. This is such a sweet tribute to her.

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22 Karla September 28, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Jenn, what a sweet post in memory of your Grandma. She sounds like an amazing woman! I’m so sorry for your loss.

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23 Gina September 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Sorry to hear about your grandma. You are right, she is pain free and in a happier place. I like to tell myself the same thing about my own grandparents. In light of your loss, your post was very fun, and mouthwatering :)

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24 gina (fitnessista) September 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

what a beautiful post- she sounds like a truly incredible lady. my heart goes out to you and your family, friend. thinking about you.. and that bread…and singing that song…and doing the tap dance i did to it for one recital ;)

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25 broccolihut September 28, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Jenn, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I agree with the above commenters–you couldn’t have chosen a better way to honor her life. I’ll be thinking of you, and feel free to call me if you want to chat:)

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26 MarathonVal September 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I’m so, so sorry Jenn. That post was a beautiful tribute to your grandma – she must have been so proud of you and all of your amazing accomplishments (getting engaged, your new JOB, being named one of the top food blogs out there, your recent race, and the list goes on!!) Please keep in touch and let me know if you need anything dear!

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27 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 28, 2009 at 9:15 pm

This post made me tear up. What a beautiful way to honor your grandmother. I am so sorry for your loss.

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28 Sara September 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss! But what a sweet way to pay tribute to her. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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29 Rebeca September 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Love you J. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll keep your family in my prayers!

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30 Kristen September 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm

So sorry to hear of your grandma’s passing, Jenn. This post was wonderful and touching. Stay strong and remember all of the good times.

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31 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) September 28, 2009 at 11:24 pm

What a great tribute, Jenn. I’m so sorry you lost your dear grandma, but I know she is smiling down at you baking her lovely bread. When my grandma passed five years ago, I spent weeks making her apple strudel. It was so therapeutic. You are in my thoughts and prayers, my friend.

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32 Jenny September 29, 2009 at 12:10 am

Such a beautiful post to honor your grandma. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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33 s September 29, 2009 at 12:22 am

so sorry for your loss.

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34 nic September 29, 2009 at 1:25 am

My condolence!!
My thoughts are with you and your family and
I wish you all the strenght you need right now!!
Hug n.

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35 Catherine September 29, 2009 at 5:31 am

I’m so sorry for your loss :( You & your family are in my prayers.

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36 Shannon September 29, 2009 at 6:20 am

aw jenn, i’m so sorry for your loss, you’re family is in my thoughts!

what a lovely tribute, sounds like she had a life full of love and happiness!

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37 Shannon September 29, 2009 at 6:21 am

your (not you’re)… sorry

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38 Jessica September 29, 2009 at 6:39 am

So sorry to hear about your grandma. :( Hang in there!

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39 MelissaNibbles September 29, 2009 at 6:59 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

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40 Rachel September 29, 2009 at 7:23 am

Oh Jenn, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandma. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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41 Rose September 29, 2009 at 7:39 am

I’m so sorry for your loss, Jenn. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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42 Sydney September 29, 2009 at 7:40 am

Dude. Awesome post – she’d be proud. :) Let me know if you need anything!

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43 Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 29, 2009 at 7:49 am

beautiful post.

my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I guess heaven couldn’t wait anymore – they are lucky to have her ;)

xo

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44 brandi September 29, 2009 at 7:55 am

I’m so sorry to hear this Jenn, but what a fun tribute to her. I’ve found out a lot more about my grandfather and nany who I lost in the past 2 years, too, and it just makes me appreciate the time I had with them more.

(((hugs)))

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45 Aimee September 29, 2009 at 7:58 am

Sweet post Jenn! I know your grandmother must have been proud of you and is smiling down on you still. My prayers are with you that you and your family heal quickly.

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46 Danielle September 29, 2009 at 8:15 am

So sorry about your loss.
This was a super sweet post!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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47 ellie September 29, 2009 at 8:17 am

I’m so sorry for your loss, Jenn. You and your family are in my thoughts…xxx

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48 Brooke September 29, 2009 at 9:27 am

I am so sorry Jenn! Stay strong beautiful! Your family and grandma are in my thoughts and prayers!

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49 Andrea of Care to Eat September 29, 2009 at 9:38 am

Oh Jenn. So sorry for the loss your family is experiencing. Your family seems so close-knit so I’m glad you have each other during this difficult time. I’m thinking about you :)

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50 lilveggiepatch September 29, 2009 at 9:40 am

Jenn, I am so sorry for you and your family. I’m thinking about you all.

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51 Dawn (HealthySDLiving) September 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

I’m so sorry for your loss–my thoughts are with you and your family!

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52 RunToTheFinish September 29, 2009 at 10:04 am

ohh what an adorable nickname, that’s such a heart warming thing to learn in a tough time.

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53 ksgoodeats September 29, 2009 at 10:21 am

I’m so sorry, Jenn. My heart goes out to you and your family. My your Grandmother rest in peace.

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54 Kimberly September 29, 2009 at 10:42 am

I am sorry for your loss. ((HUGS))

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55 chandra September 29, 2009 at 11:25 am

That is an adorable nickname. So sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts! *hugs*

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56 natalie September 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm

oh me oh my, that looks so great!!

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57 foodieinthecity September 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Oh sweetheart, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. We all love ya very much. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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58 Michelle September 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Jenn, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please take extra good care of yourself during this sad time.

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59 Ash September 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I am so sorry for you loss. My grandma, who is 79, has also been battling cancer and recently was given the term “terminal”. I know how difficult it is to see your loved ones in pain. Keep your head up.

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60 inmytummy September 29, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your Grandmother.

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61 Jenny September 29, 2009 at 6:42 pm

all my love to you and your family sweetheart <3

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62 Erin September 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

So sorry to hear this Jenn. You’ll be in my thoughts.
And this post was so sweet and beautiful!

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63 bobbi September 29, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Praying for you Jen…

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64 Miz. September 30, 2009 at 4:26 am

Im so so sorry Jen.

Carla

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65 luckytastebuds September 30, 2009 at 8:19 am

Hey Jenn, I’m so sorry about your grandma. I’m sure she’s so happy knowing that you and the rest of the family love her so much. I’m also sure there’s probably no grand daughter more wonderful than you. Let me know if I can do anything at all for you to make life a little bit easier!! Really, anything at all!

Love,
Michelle

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66 foodcents September 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I am so sorry to hear of your families loss. Good thoughts and engery being sent to you all!!!

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67 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Sorry about your loss sweetie. My heart goes out to you and your family (hugs)

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68 CaSaundra September 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Losing someone is never fun, but just keep the memories alive–God bless you and your family!

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69 Lo September 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm

so creative of a post! hence why i gave u an award ;)

xoxo
Lo

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70 Jordan October 1, 2009 at 10:25 am

Sooooo sorry! I’m Polish too!

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71 Marina October 1, 2009 at 11:29 am

I am sorry for your loss
*hug*

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72 Kristie October 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Hugs and Hearts to you, sweet Jenn, and your entire family.

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73 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm

What a lovely tribute to your grandma. I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!

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74 Tiffany S. October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

What a wonderful post in honor of your grandmother. I hope your fond memories of her are comforting during this difficult time for your family. Hugs!

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75 Heather Eats Almond Butter October 2, 2009 at 6:35 am

Oh Jenn,
Such a sweet post. Thinking of you. :)

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76 Emily October 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

jenn, i’m so sorry for your loss & i hope you and your family are doing well. your grandmother sounds like an amazing and well loved woman.

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77 Erin October 2, 2009 at 4:41 pm

All my love.

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78 Simply Life October 2, 2009 at 6:49 pm

WOW, this looks amazing!

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79 Courtney October 2, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Much, much love …. This was a very nice post for her!

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80 Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) October 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. What a beautiful tribute to your grandma.

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81 Jenn (eating bender) October 3, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone. Your words, support and love have really helped me get through this difficult time. I appreciate you more than you know and hope that I can provide half as much guidance and thoughtfulness as you have for me!

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82 Marianne October 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your grandma Jenn. It’s never easy to lose a family member, but you will always have the good memories of her with you, and you know she’s no longer in pain. Keep that with you when for when you feel sad.

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83 Lara (Thinspired) October 10, 2009 at 2:26 am

So sorry to read about your grandmother :( I lost my grandma this past summer and it was tough. Hugs!

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