11 May 2014


Mom with Max, me, and Brenda; Thanksgiving 1974

Although she wasn't big into cooking when we were growing up, my mom did make a delicious scalloped potatoes and ham, which she taught my sister and I how to make.  Sometimes, when my parents went out and we had a babysitter, my mom would let my sister and me make scalloped potatoes for dinner.  The recipe was fairly straightforward, even a kid could make it: slice Idaho potatoes into a shallow dish, add some sliced ham, sprinkle liberally with flour, salt, and pepper; add chunks of sliced butter (as much as you'd like!), and pour whole milk over the top until the potatoes are covered.  Bake in a 400 degree oven until the potatoes are cooked, and the top is brown and bubbly.

I still make this dish exactly like this occasionally for my husband, and it always makes me feel closer to my mom.  Since my mom lives a few hours away, I don't get to spend as much time with her as I'd like.  As it often goes between mother and daughter, things don't always go as planned.  But I love my mom more than anything, and she loves me.  I don't have a picture of my mom's scalloped potatoes, but I do have some great photos of her to share.  She's as beautiful now as she always was!  I love you Mom- Happy Mother's Day!

Mom with newborn Brenda, 1967

Mom with Brenda (L) and me (on Mom's lap); Christmas at Gran and Grandy's circa 1970

Mom in the hospital after delivering Max (I think!), 1971

Mom's Rusty, 2009

Mom and me, 2010
Me, Brenda, Mom, and Max at Gran's birthday, 2011

Mom on her birthday in my backyard, 2012

Mom with Trisha, David, and Brenda; 2012

Mom and Trisha, 2012

My beautiful Mom, 2012

Gangnam-style Mom, 2013

Mom and Brenda, 2014

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