The Holiday Season - Mom and Me - What's your favorite memory?
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With the upcoming holiday season I get into a melancholy since my mom passed in 2008. It's not sadness; I miss our talking about holiday recipes. I remember when she and I began discussing what to ea
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The Holiday Season - Mom and Me - What's your favorite memory?

posted at 11/8/2010 8:37 PM EST
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With the upcoming holiday season I get into a melancholy since my mom passed in 2008. It's not sadness; I miss our talking about holiday recipes. I remember when she and I began discussing what to eat, what recipes we will be using, updating them, perhaps even changing the recipes up a bit. We were hoping the new season’s food menu would taste better with a fresh approach for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My birthday is in December and she used to make it special by making individual little Christmas tree cakes, I'll never forget how beautiful they were and not wanting to eat them so they could be part of our family decorations. We also made changes to the long standing "stuffing" the turkey. We stopped stuffing it! We baked the stuffing in a baking dish and we made twice as much so there were always leftovers for everyone. Later we learned it was better and safer not to stuff the turkey!  Mom admitted she never liked the giblets my grandmother added to the stuffing, so we changed it to sausage added some water chestnuts and we made a new tradition. This change happened in the 70's, so now I am thinking about a new change to the stuffing, mom would have thought it was time. What do you do that you have changed in the menu over the years?  Did you replace the giblets with something else?  She grew up in Utah and she and my grandparents used to go to the woods and gather pinon nuts, maybe I’ll add them in tribute to her. I still feel mom is with me every day!  The last change we added was in the 90's -at Christmas- and adding  the cake "Yule log". Yum!   Cool

Re: The Holiday Season - Mom and Me - What's your favorite memory?

posted at 11/8/2010 9:42 PM EST
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First: 8/7/2008
Last: 1/17/2012
Mom loved Christmas and went all out decorating. The house and tree were so beautiful. She had many beautiful decorations and ornaments. We always had bread stuffing no meat or nuts added. Had turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, mashed tat 1983ers with turkey gravy, rolls, salad, green beans pumpkin pies. Mom died in 1983 and I still miss her. My birthday is the day after Christmas and she always made both days special. Each year she hide envelopes with money in the tree and did this until she died. I keep the same traditions going.

Re: The Holiday Season - Mom and Me - What's your favorite memory?

posted at 11/24/2010 1:42 PM EST
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First: 10/6/2010
Last: 6/11/2011
My mom also loved Christmas, all the holidays were special when she was alive. I think I got the decorating bug from her  because I love to decorate ! It takes me days to put things in perfect places! The house seems so bare after holidays!

Re: The Holiday Season - Mom and Me - What's your favorite memory?

posted at 12/13/2010 5:29 AM EST
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First: 10/2/2008
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We always had a Christmas tree with lights and tinsel.  It was kept in a parlor and the doors were closed until Christmas Day.  Then we opened the doors to see the magic of the lit tree with presents underneath.  What a memory!

Re: The Holiday Season - Mom and Me - What's your favorite memory?

posted at 3/19/2011 8:09 AM EDT
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Christmas is my favorite holiday.  Now St. Patrick's Day is over, and it's time to decorate a little for Easter.

Re: The Holiday Season - Mom and Me - What's your favorite memory?

posted at 3/19/2011 12:41 PM EDT
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With Easter in the near future, this memory of my Mom & me comes to mind.  I was not quite four years old (69 yrs. ago!) and it was the day before Easter....and....my Mom was close to delivering her third child.  Still, she was an avid baker, and she insisted on baking the traditional cupcakes that she baked every year.  She hollowed out the center of the cupcake, lined the hole with coconut to make the nest, and put in 3 or 4 jelly beans (eggs) and distributed them to the kids in the neighborhood on Easter morning.  That Easter, my older brother and I took the cupcakes around, because early on Easter morning, she delivered my younger brother!!  That was an Easter that none of us has ever forgotten, especially my brother!  My Mother continued that tradition for many years, until her health (and age) told her it was time to rest.

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