This is Myrna Ritz, my mother-in-law. She is an amazing woman, and I have been so fortunate to learn so much from her over the last 24 years. She earned her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education in the 1950’s, which was not very common at the time. She later used this degree professionally and privately. She raised 5 sons, and 1 daughter as the wife of a farmer.

My hubby is the baby.

The funny thing is that I also have 5 boys and 1 girl, just like her.

I am married to her youngest. I came into the family after they had sold their farm, and my father-in-law had passed away. I have always seen her as the Matriarch and grandma who is always ready love and teach, quilt and bake. My children have been so fortunate and blessed to know and love her.

If you’ve read our Colleen Mott Approved post then you know that I come from a line of women who love to show their love through feeding and nurturing others with good food. I see my husbands family and traditions as my own now. The things I have learned from them, especially my mother in law, have greatly enriched my life.

We will be sharing many ideas and recipes from Myrna Ritz, and you will see the “Myrna Ritz Approved” tag on things that have come from her. She is an award-winning chef and baker who won many awards at the Polk County and Oregon State Fairs through the years. She also used to bake at home for a little cafe called “The Brown Bagger” in my husband’s hometown.

Myrna on the left, being awarded “Queen of the Kitchen!”
Me – Which one of these is your mom’s? Hubby – ALL of them! This is how you win QUEEN OF THE KITCHEN!

A few years into our marriage she gifted all of us with a cookbook she had put together of all their family favorites. This book is one of my greatest treasures! It is possibly the most used gift I have ever received. I have LOVED learning knew recipes and surprising my husband with old favorites. I have LOVED watching these old Ritz family recipes become favorites of my children, and even sharing them with my own parents and siblings.


Christmas gift from my mother-in-law.

Copies of handwritten recipes in the book.