In the Beginning

In the Beginning

My mom taught me to cook.  Here are the rules she impressed on me over and over again:

  1.  If you can read and follow a recipe, you can make anything you want.
  2. Read the recipe ALL the way through before you begin.
  3. Make sure you have ALL the ingredients before you begin.
  4. Make sure there’s nothing in the oven before you preheat it.
  5. Before you bake something, look back over the recipe to make sure you added everything.

As usual, she knew what she was talking about.

I was talking to Mama the other day, telling her about this 31-day challenge.  I told her that I distinctly remembered her teaching me these rules, and I asked her if she had any memories of me in the kitchen.  Here’s the first thing she remembered:

I definitely remember you making brownies all by yourself for the very first time.  “Mama, I can do it!”  You were maybe 10.  They were beautiful!  Smelled heavenly!  Until you took a bite.  You had left out the SUGAR!  Still makes your daddy and me smile.  We felt so bad for you and tried to console you.  You were so embarrassed!  Next time you were right on!

Ha!  I guess that was the time I really learned Rule #5!  Experience being a good teacher and all!

For the record, Mama says she tried to teach me to clean up after myself as I cooked, but I don’t remember that at all!  I’m a very messy cook!  Apparently my grandmother (Daddy’s mama) was also a very messy cook, so I’ll blame my messiness on my DNA!

I feel compelled to mention that Grandma was a very GOOD cook.  Ahem.


This is Day 2 of the Write 31 Days challenge.  You can see the rest of the series here!



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8 thoughts on “In the Beginning

  1. That reminds me of the time my sisters made cookies and put in a Tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon. My mother tried to convince us that just made them like crackers instead of cookies. But um. No.

  2. I did something as simple as making instant (before the days of fresh-is-best) potatoes and messed that up! I added a tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon. Had to throw that out and start over! This is my third attempt at the 31 day writing challenge. I’m praying nothing happens this year to prevent my finishing it. The previous two years, life has interrupted. I found you on the House & Home Link Page. Looking forward to your stories. I loved this one!

    1. Ah, mess ups in the kitchen! LOL! This is my first time with Write 31 Days, and I’m determined to do my best to write every day. We’ll see how it goes. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  3. It happens to all good cooks! The first pumpkin pie I tried was my mil’s. It was also my last. She had left out the sugar. I still can’t get myself to try it.

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