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Of My Grandmother and Midnight Popcorn

Of My Grandmother and Midnight Popcorn

Wow.  Life has been pretty nuts the last few weeks, and I’ve not done a lot of writing/posting.  A big reason for that is because my heart has been weary.

My grandmother passed away unexpectedly the first week of January. As I rushed to the emergency room and then spent a day or two (it seemed like weeks) at the hospice center, I thought back on my memories of Grandma.

Grandma used to take me to town with her sometimes when I was little. We’d go to Pic N’ Save, and she’d always buy me a little something.  Usually it was a new nightgown, seems like.  I distinctly remember getting chicken boxes at Chic-King.  That’s where I learned to love fried chicken livers!

And then there’s midnight popcorn!  All the cousins gathered at Grandma’s house for a sleepover, and she made midnight popcorn for us.  The way I remember it, the first time really WAS at midnight, but at a later sleepover(s), I think the popcorn came before midnight!  I’m surprised my younger cousins remember midnight popcorn, but they do!

Happy memories!  And lots of them!

Here’s what I really want to say today:

  1.  Treasure your family.  Savor your time with them.
  2. When you feel prompted to do something, do it.

Here’s why I want to say that:

I was off work the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and I felt prompted by God to go see my grandmother on that Wednesday. I invited my daughter to go with me since she was off work that day too, and she decided to ride along.

We drove the hour or so to Grandma’s house and went to lunch with her and my mom.  Four generations sharing a meal at the Western Sizzlin’ was a beautiful thing!

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Eight days after we had this time together, Grandma passed away.  She’s with the Lord now, and we rejoice for that!  And we mourn. We miss her.

You can imagine how very, very thankful I am for that prompting from God. I’m thankful Cassandra and I decided to following that prompting. And I’m thankful we took a picture!  What blessed gifts!

During the death of Grandma and additional heartbreaking situations we faced last month, God encouraged us every step of the way.  He is faithful.

Happy memories. Laughs even while we grieve. Hugs from friends and family. Prayer cover from those who love us.  Phone calls and notes from our church family. Kitty snuggles. Campfires in the backyard. Blessings all.

To God alone be the glory.

A Table Treasure

A Table Treasure

A couple of you have asked about my dining table, and I’m excited to tell you about it!

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My great-grandfather built this table in the late 1960s or early 1970s!  He was a great man and a talented carpenter. My dad stopped by Great-Granddaddy’s farm one day and found him in his shop building this very table.  

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Favorite Cookbooks, Part 1

Favorite Cookbooks, Part 1

We’re trekking back in time again today!  Here is the cookbook I grew up with!  I mean THE cookbook I grew up with!

 

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This is The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, and it is the first cookbook I remember using.  As I said the other day, Mama taught me that if I could follow a recipe, I could cook or bake anything I wanted to!  And she was right!  (Here are the basic rules for cooking she shared with me.)

Don’t you love the messy pages of a well-used cookbook?!?

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My sweet mother helped me out today by sending these pictures of the cookbook to me–thank you, Mama!–and then she sent me another picture of a set of cookbooks I had forgotten all about!  The Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery.

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She asked me if I remembered them, and I DO!  It seems like they were slightly “fancier” than Fannie Farmer was, and it seems like I enjoyed reading through them.

THEN she told me a story I had never heard before!  She said that Daddy didn’t really think she could cook when they got married.  (“HOW did he know?” she asked!)  He worked at Winn-Dixie (a grocery store) while putting himself through Bible college and taking care of Mama.  Winn-Dixie offered this set of cookbooks as a buy-a-volume-a-week promotion, and he DID buy a volume each week for her!  All 12 volumes!

She said that at the time he did NOT say out loud that he thought she might not be able to cook, but apparently they’ve laughed about it through their 48 years (and counting!) years of marriage!  She said they turned out to be her go-to books in a lot of ways, along with Fannie Farmer!

Tomorrow I’ll share MY current go-to cookbooks, and yes, Fannie Farmer is one of them!

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen today!  I hope you’ll pop back in tomorrow!

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This is Day 18 of Michael Ann’s Kitchen, my series for the Write 31 Days blogging challenge.  Check out the series page to find links for each day’s topics.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

alice.jpegI’ll begin by saying that Alice in Wonderland makes me just crazy!  The nonsense is so…nonsensical!  I’ve never loved the book.  I’ve never liked watching Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland movie.  My daughter tried to get me to like Alice, the mini series from 2009, but I RAPIDLY abandoned that.  I *did* kind of enjoy Disney’s live action Alice in Wonderland, the one with Johnny Depp.

However.

I really, REALLY enjoyed Disney’s new, live action Alice Through the Looking Glass!

I rather reluctantly went to see it with my husband and daughter as a special treat for her.  She’s a huge Alice fan.  LOVES all the nonsense.  *sigh*  So like a good mom does sometimes, I went along to see the movie and just hoped I didn’t hate it.  I didn’t.

Here’s what I liked about it:

  • It actually made some sense.  That most likely means it was NOTHING like the book, but I’m okay with that in this case.
  • Since I am a daughter and I have a mother I could (at least somewhat) relate to Alice’s frustration with her mom.  We’ve all been there.  Mom knows nothing.  She just doesn’t understand.
  • Since I am a mom and I have a daughter I could (at least somewhat) relate to Alice’s mom’s frustration with Alice.  Would you just listen to me for once?  I might just know more than you about something.  I really DO care.  Truly.
  • I know the joy of seeing (slightly crazy) old friends again, and it was a delight to see Alice reunited with hers.
  • The costumes!  Oh my word!
  • Sacha Baron Cohen NAILED his Time character.  I’m not a huge fan of Mr. Cohen, but I DID enjoy him in this role.  He had some really funny moments, and his German accent and mispronunciations made me giggle repeatedly!  (We lived in Germany for 10 years!  Did you know that?)
  • Johnny Depp.

And most importantly:

  • Friends matter.  Deeply.  We listen to them, and we help them, even if it means going out of our way to do so.
  • Family matters.  Deeply.  Our parents deserve our respect, and we need to honor them.  We should choose to love them and demonstrate that.
  • Family matters.  Deeply.  We need to love our siblings too.
  • Honesty matters.  Lies have consequences.  Sometimes very big consequences.
  • We can’t change the past, but we CAN learn from it.
  • “Every day is a gift, every hour, every minute.”

I think I may need to go back and see this movie again!  Have you seen it?  What did you think?  Leave me a comment and let me know!