When I think of my mother, the first thing to come to mind is, believe it or not, food! Crazy as it may sound, you have to understand that my mom was a top notch cook during my childhood years. She enjoyed making meals for her family so much and went to a lot of trouble to make sure that we were not only well fed, but that our meal times were an enjoyable experience. She taught me many things about homemaking and most of that has been about cooking.
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What a sweet and thoughtful Tribute to your Mom. I hope she reads thriftyfun to see it to know how much you appreciate her. I too love a pretty table set and the simplier it is the prettier it is I feel. God Bless
I agree with previous "poster"; that is a lovely tribute. At last we learn how you started your talent for recipes. I believe I have archived most of yours over the last few years! (And use them, too.) Please pass on my thanks to your mother...and, again, I thank you.
Cay from Fl
Robin, this is a very exceptional tribute to your mom. They deserve to be recognized in a very special way. I believe that I love cooking because of my mom too. I have tried many of your recipes.
Keep up the good work.
Raymonde G North Bay, Ontario
This was just lovely. I also remember my mother by her food, and the smell of her kitchen.
What a nice tribute for a lady whom you obviously care so much about. Thank you for this, and for all our mothers. Leah from Down Under
Robin, that was nice to give kudos to your mom for all that she taught you. I was fortunate to have a wonderful mother too, who taught me just about every domestic thing I know. Since I am a fellow Iowan, it was especially interesting to me......thanks for all the wonderful recipes you have posted.
I, too, love to set a pretty table and use my prettiest dishes and linens for my family and friends. I have taught my daughters and sons that the plainest food (like cottage cheese, applesauce, mashed potatoes, etc.) will look appetizing if you put it in a pretty compote or bowl and add something like a cherry, mint sprig, celery leaf, chive sprigs, etc. It takes very little to dress up a bowl of food. A bowl of fruit with a candle on either side (lighted, of course) makes a nice center piece.
Thank you for sharing that tribute to your mother. I very much enjoyed reading it as I do enjoy your recipes. Your mother is obviously special but clearly she has a special daughter.
Nice Robin, really enjoyed your tribute to your Mum. All too soon they have gone, and it is too late to show how much you appreciate them. Well done. love this site. Have used a lot of the recipes in my work place.
Cheers from Australia & New Zealand
Your tribute brought tears to my eyes because not many daughters have had the loving kind of relationship you have with your mom. Tell her often how much you've learned from her, how much you appreciate all the efforts she put forth on your family's behalf, how much fun she injected into family dinners, etc. - her heart will swell 'cuz we all need to know how much we're appreciated!
I love your tribute! My mother was not a great cook. I think she was traumatized early in her marriage when she made a beautiful leg of lamb with mint jelly and my dad took one look and ran to the bathroom! (In all fairness, he couldn't help it. She didn't know that he was sick with a gallbladder problem and that jelly was the color of bile. He might have told her and spared her that distress.) But one of my fondest memories with her is the day we put up tomatoes in my kitchen, and she showed me how to do it. What a gift! My ex-mother in law really could put out a beautiful feast, with good family silver and china, but she had a heart of ice. How sad!
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I wanted to share this particular picture because it is of my mom doing what she has always enjoyed most; working in the kitchen. Shes not able to cook like she used to because of Parkinsons Disease and Dementia, but I'm so thankful that the place she has moved to gets her involved in activities in the kitchen. I know shes happiest there of anyplace in the world.
My mom is responsible for most of the HUGE library of recipes that I have as well as my love of cooking. I didn't always enjoy cooking, but am finding that the older I get, the more fun I have doing it and the more I like to try new recipes. I have a husband who loves to eat and that helps!
I'm truly thankful for all the teaching my mom did, even when I wasn't being very teachable, as a young girl. I'm glad she made me learn how to cook and care for a family and truly, that is where my heart is now and has always been. I will never teach the gourmet cooking classes, have the cake decorating business or publish a cookbook like she did, but I have learned invaluable lessons from this lady, and not just about cooking.
Mom taught me how to treat people with respect and love and more than anything else, that has made a huge impact on my life. I hate to see my mom in the shape she is in, but truly Im thankful for what the memory center is doing for her. She is more active and happy than she has been in years. They have really encouraged her to stay as busy as possible and what she can. I think she has found she can still do more than she thought she could, even with the shaking of her hands.
Thanks, Mom, for all you've taught me. You have all my love and appreciation forever.
That is a really beautiful tribute to your Mom. We lost my Mom to pancreatic cancer 5 years ago, and I still miss her tremendously. Like you, I was blessed with a wise and loving Mom who taught me how to cook and bake, but more importantly, how to be kind and gracious.
With nine children and the small business she and my Dad ran, both my parents found time to be very busy volunteers in our community. School board, PTA, church boards, fire department (my Dad), driving home-bound individuals to doctors appointments, etc.
I'll never know how they found the time to do it. But they taught us all an important lesson about giving of ourselves and sharing in some of the many blessings we'd been given. If I live to be half the woman my Mother was, I'll consider myself a success.
Enjoy your Mom while you have her. Even though things are not the same as they were, you are still blessed to have her with you.
My mom just passed away two days ago on October 31, 2012. She had Alzheimers and was 93 1/2. Your tribute is beautiful and I think of what my mom taught me. I love to crochet, she taught me when I was a preteen since I used to follow her around and want to know what she was doing and was it easy and could she teach me. I think she taught me just to keep me quiet, never realizing it would become a lifelong passion.
She gave me strength and independence. She believed in me and I learned so much from her. She had a hard life yet she rose above it. Even with a lack of education (she came from Italy and back then, they would leave school to help support the family), she was brilliant.
Treasure your moms, no matter what the age you are or she is when she passes, it will leave a void in your life.
What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mother! Thank you for posting that, it was so heart-warming and reminded me to cherish the things I learned from my mom, who's been gone 10 years now. I lost her to a stroke at the age of 81 in 2002, very suddenly.
My mom grew up in the Great Depression and had a hard life, which only got better for a few years, then turned difficult again for another stretch. My mother worked until she was about 76 (part-time the last few years), on her feet in a retail store. No matter how tired she was, she never complained.
I miss her every day, and am thankful for the things I learned from her. Sometimes I catch myself doing something that would be just like her - a phrase I say, or expression I make, and it reminds me I should try to be more like her. I collect a lot of the recipes you post, and have tried a few - all wonderful.
You and your mom are good cooks! It must be nice to know that favorite family recipes will live on through being passed around through a network of friendly people like ThriftyFun. Best wishes to you and your mom. Please enjoy the time you have together. Sincerely, Rose Marie W.
A lovely tribute to your Mom. Yes, accepting "what is" can be a greater challenge sometimes than what "was". I read the three other posts and all of them are just lovely and thoughtful, also.