Five…

Five…

plus 51…

That would be what I am today – starting my 56th journey around the sun.

…Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessings and be happy. ~ Abhishek Bachchan

And, I thought a little montage of the much, much, much younger me would be  nice way to reminisce about this monumental event.

We start with this little girl in a laundry basket on my Nana’s porch – I think I was about 6 months old. And, although I do not remember this at all, my Nana’s house was a place that I spent a great deal of my life. My Aunt Jacque was in high school here.

My Nana always loved to tell the story of me sitting in the laundry basket. The best part of memories is hearing others tell them and even though you can’t remember – but somehow you feel like you remember it because you have heard it so many times. I still have the basket in this picture.

This family fills my mind with the best of memories. My Nana was my favorite person in all the world. And, seeing this photo with my grandpa (and his two sisters – Aunt Sylvia and Aunt Marion) from the days when he could still get outside on his own is the best. He had MS, but he taught me how to swing and so much more!

This was one of very few vacations we ever took as a family – Here are my sister and I going through the Soo Locks. I remember this photo being taken and really – could any girl be more stylish? Looking at it today, I think my mom must have had a Sophia Loren obsession!

Here are my sister and I at the house my dad and his dad built and this is the house we lived in the longest.

One good thing about having had so many birthday’s is that you have so many memories! And, that makes me feel happy and so blessed!

 

 

 

I am Sam. I am Sam. Sam-I-Am. – Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham

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The Food of Love

The Food of Love

You can’t escape the taste of the food you had as a child. In times of stress, what do you dream about?

Your mother’s clam chowder. It’s security, comfort. It brings you home. – Jacques Pepin

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means! Carole wants to know:

10 Favorite Foods Your Mom Used To Make

Now this poses a bit of a problem for me… Why you ask? Well, truly my mom was good at many things, but cooking was not one of them. At all. And, while I loved her dearly – it was not for her culinary skills!

food collage

Rather, I will make this about the foods of my Nana and my dear Mother-in-Law (though I did not know her when I was a child, she made things that the child in me loved!) My list starts with 2 things from her and the rest of the items on the list are devoted to my much beloved Nana (my maternal grandmother) she was a fantastic cook and I spent hours in the kitchen with her. Add to that, the number of times I called her while cooking a meal to see what she thought – and it was LOTS of time! It is because of her that I am the cook I am today.

  1. My Mother-in-Law’s Sloppy Joes. So good, and my kids most commonly requested birthday meal. Very deserving of the #1 spot!
  2. In slot #2 would be her Æbleskiver’s – to die for!
  3. Nana’s mashed potatoes.
  4. Denver Omelets – a treat for breakfast if you spent the night there. These also could be a supper treat to eat while watching Charlie Chan movies!
  5. Baked German Pancake, especially delicious when topped with raspberries from my Nana’s garden!
  6. Smelt – key factors here, they must have been dipped by my Uncle Denny and fried outside on the Coleman stove.
  7. Coleslaw – she made the best!
  8. Knödel – German Dumplings. She made them by hand, grinding the ham and the potatoes to an exact consistency. Absolutely amazing!
  9. Potato Salad, while she was a good German – she did not make a typical German potato salad. How she made it is how I make it still today. Potatoes, celery, radishes, and Hellman’s. The best!
  10. Mexican Wedding Cake cookies – these were the ultimate treat! Getting a “care package” in college that contained them and made you extremely popular.

The foods of my youth that bring warm memories to my heart whenever I think of them.

What food takes you to another time? Please share!

Sparks of Joy That Burn Brightly

Sparks of Joy That Burn Brightly

While doing some Konmari in my office last week, I found this…

IMG_1099 It is the first thing I ever created. I was about 5 years old and my Nana (who was an amazing seamstress) was sewing and I wanted more than anything to learn. She helped me make this pin cushion. I cut out the pieces under her guidance and sewed them on her sewing machine. I was infinitely proud of this small project and a crafter was born. I used this pin cushion for a long time, and then it got packed away with the sewing machine – both sitting long forgotten for a good number of years. The sewing machine is out and back in use now, but I had entirely forgotten the pin cushion until I found it cleaning out my office.

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A First Birthday, Remembered

A First Birthday, Remembered

A rare photo with my dad (complete with the perpetual cigarette he always had) on my sister’s 1st Birthday! I do not remember this at all, and I would have been almost 5 years old. However, I do remember that double weave tablecloth in blue and white – almost Delft-like and most appropriate for where we lived. It is odd the things we remember!

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