On this blog I have a label with recipes "from my daughter's kitchen" and another one titled "Terry's pick". From the very first post and each one since; it has always been about family, cooking healthy food and sharing it with family. And since I really like that topic, it will always be about the food and the sharing and the family.
When the family changes with the usual suspects like jobs, a new home, marriage, kids etc etc (and every family has their share of etc's!) I try to be fast on the trail and get things back to a manageable level of enjoyable chaos. Sometimes at a family gathering not everyone can be present. But the truth is, all family gatherings start with mom.....
She might be a great cook or not. She might work outside of the home or not. She might be the happiest woman on the face of the earth or not. She might be many things, but one thing is true, she is your mom.
She loved you first,
loves you still,
and always will.
Today I would like to share a few things about my mom.
She was not the happiest person on the face of the earth, but she did love a good laugh.
She was a stay at home wife and mother, later she did work out of the home. Especially after we were all on our own and of course for her secret spending money...........
She was one of the greatest cooks on the face of the earth. But she did not like (or know how?) to share her kitchen.....I still learned a lot by watching and being allowed to grease a cake pan, shred some cheese or thinly slice a head of cabbage.
She was the only girl in a family of 13 children, that's right 13! I guess being the only girl is why she had three first names, Mary Ann Louise. She did not like the Ann part, and only went by Mary with Louise as her middle name, and not as a real part of her first name.......she actually preferred to go by Mary L. and not use her full middle name at all.
She hated beans, but would cook our dad's favorite white bean dish. Not very often mind you, but she did cook them.........
She loved to make this fresh apple cake, so much so that it was a regular at any dessert offering......... sometimes serving it with ice cream.
She canned, made jam and yeast breads. And a wonderful Pineapple Raisin Sauce for ham.
She sewed, mended and crocheted, but she did not iron unless there was absolutely no other option! The year I was 13, I earned a trip at the end of summer by ironing baskets of "ironing" that had piled up, and there was a lot! Hmmm, maybe that is why I only iron when there is no other option.......
She loved dachshunds, coffee with sugar, and the song Proud Mary.
She was born on January 1, and always started celebrating her birthday on New Year's Eve because as she told me one day "the world celebrates my birthday". As a young child I was unaware that the world was not celebrating her birthday!
She could take not much at all and make do or make it better. She had big dreams, often times bigger than her follow through.
She drove a bright red Thunderbird. Listened to country music and could talk over anyone she chose.
Included in all of that, she was also my mom.....
Happy Mother's Day!
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