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Good morning friends, did you have a nice Mother’s Day? Were you able to be with your mother? Or your children? This year I wasn’t able to be with my mother but my sister and niece made sure that she knew that she was loved and special. Hopefully soon I will be able to do the same.
Have you ever picked up a book and started to read it and it was just what you needed at that moment? Lately I feel as if every quote, book, Pinterest pin, I pick up or see is sending me a “message”, or a “God wink.” Things like, when it’s time things will fall into place, to be grateful for what I already have, to stop wishing away my time here, and that maybe what I want is not what God wants for me. Whatever the case these quotes and books are giving me pause and frankly a little balm for the soul.
I found The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman in my “to read pile” and it was just what I needed, a little baking, a little romance and a loving tribute to the women in our lives, perfect for Mother’s Day weekend. From the first page I felt as if I was standing by the side of my own grandmother baking our favorite family recipes, just as Sam the main character was standing next to hers. Set in Michigan on a family orchard and interspersed with recipes the book was perfect for me not only for my love of baking but also knowing how special old family recipes are.
As for the orchards, many of my summer days were spent in Michigan orchards. My aunts and cousins would drive over from Wisconisn and we would pick bushels of peaches and apples and baskets of blueberries for my grandmother to “put up”, and to make jam and preserves for the winter. Each summer when I take my first bite of a fuzzy peach I am instantly transported back to those warm summer days picking peaches and running amongst the trees where I think I ate more peaches than I put into the basket. I know they say Georgia peaches are the best but I am partial the Michigan peaches. I love them best when they are fresh, plump and warm from the sun and the first bite causes a river of juice to run down your hand and arm. I am looking forward to my first summer peach and all of the other seasonal offering from my local farmers market.
I don’t have a recipe box of family recipes but I have a book of of my grandmother’s recipe, each page is decorated with photos of me, my siblings and our adventures with my grandparents. My aunt and my cousins made it and gave it to me on my wedding day. Every time I open it and see my grandmothers handwriting or the faded photos of my sisters, brother and I standing by my grandmothers side making cinnamon rolls or Christmas cookies I wish that she were here to bake with, to talk to and spend time with and I savor those wonderful memories and the gifts she passed to me, one of which is my love of baking.
Do you have a recipe box or book filled with your families favorite recipes? Have you ever thought about making a book of your family recipes for your children or grandchildren? If you have a family recipe that you would like to share with us please leave it in the comments or leave a link to it.
Have a wonderful day friends and a beautiful week.