Grandpa believed that all men should be respected regardless of social status. One of my favorite stories about his time in the marines is one about him punching a higher ranked officer. I am spotty on the details, but you'll get the main idea. There was on officer who was heckling a new recruit and it made my grandpa mad so when the officer didn't stop, grandpa punched him in the face. Of course the officer wanted my grandpa court marshaled, but the commanding office at their base agreed that the fellow officer was in the wrong, so my grandpa was not court marshaled. However, he was never promoted after that.
He also believed in telling the truth. Grandpa Collins was made a recruiter for a short time (maybe 6 months), but he would tell the potential recruits exactly what it would be like in the marines and in battle and consequently didn't sign up very many, so he was quickly transferred back to camp Pendleton.
My grandpa Collins died a few years ago and I miss him every day, but he has left a strong impression on my heart that will stick with me for the rest of my life. He taught me to work hard, to respect everyone around me, and to love with all my heart.
The first time I made apple turnovers, I made them for my grandpa because apple turnovers were his favorite dessert.
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 cup cold butter
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups flour
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon water
Mix together all filling ingredients, cover and place in fridge.
Make the crust by combining all ingredients with your hands, then form it into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight. Roll out the crust to 1/4 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut off the edges of the dough to make a large square. Cut the square into 8-10 equal smaller squares. Put a tablespoon of the filling into the center of each square. Place egg wash on two connecting edges of the dough, then fold diagonally and press the edges down with a fork. Cut two small slits in the top. Brush with egg wash, then bake for 25-30 minutes in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven.
Note; Don't worry if the dough breaks open a little on top. As you can see in my pictures, my apple turnover has an extra hole, but it still turned out great!