My Grandpa, Eugene Leavitt was born in 1893…..January 21. That would make him 118 years old today.  He died when he was 97.  And was still riding a horse at 93.  So ….why am I being all “Grandpa” today?????  Besides it being his birthday,  He was the one who first introduced me to hot peppers.  Grandpa was a farmer/cowboy and lived in St. George Utah most of his life.  I grew up in Southern California, and we would travel to Utah every summer and spend 3 to 4 weeks for our vacation.   My grandpa’s garden was huge…. Grandma bottled all their fruit and vegetables that they used throughout the year, so a big garden was necessary.  I remember eating the evening meal.  It would consist of her home made bread,  jelly, honey, and fresh tomatoes and peppers..and that was about it.  Oh…kool-aid too.  I think Grandpa and Grandma would be surprised at the amount of peppers available to us today in the supermarket.  I would love to introduce them to the Habanero…..now one of my favorite peppers.  I miss you Grandma and Grandpa.

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