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skyeMy husbands Gramma went to sleep with the angels over the holidays. As much as it was sad to see her go it was a blessing at the same time. She was  going into her 99th year. She was ready. She told us long before that.Good ole Ga. She was a feisty character and she will be missed. Yesterday we all gathered together for a celebration of her life. It was nice, as far as those things go. Here’s the cool part though. At the “tea” following the service ,sitting on the table, was a plate of “Isla’s shortbread cookies”. So nice. One of her grand daughters made them. It got me thinking.

Later that evening we were talking about our Grammas and remembering them warmly. The common thread that tied our stories together were spun from their kitchens. Their homemade foody goodness. The kind that makes you feel all safe and cared for. For me it was rice pudding, swimming with raisins and cinnamon or a big bucket of KFC that my grandparents would drive over and surprise us with. We LOVED it!  For Scott it was the shortbread cookies , raspberries from Gram B’s garden and plum pudding. I want to say weird huh but no it isn’t. It’s food, glorious food, it draws us together, memories are made around breaking bread or raiding the cookie jar. Good memories.Good times. Good food. We both can still imagine being in our grandparents kitchens. The way they smelled.The weird retro colors.  I love that. That is the way I want my kids  and hopefully grandkids, to remember me as well. Cooking it up!

I still on occasion call up my Mom for a “dinner question”. She loves it. It is a compliment to her that I want to make things for my kids like I had when I was young. My kids beg for her to make candy apples for them. Sweet. For Christmas I asked her for some of her cabbage rolls! I got them and I ate them. I shared, but nobody appreciated them as much as me. A slice of my childhood all rolled up in sour cabbage.

If you have Grandparents still, you are lucky. Enjoy every minute. For the rest of us, well, we will remember them fondly and deliciously in our shortbread and rice puddings and imagine them watching us from up there in the pink heavens. It makes me smile. I like that.

If you are a Grandparent. Well you just keeping rocking your kitchens! We appreciate it more than you know. xo

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  1. That’s a beautiful post. It brought back memories of my grandparents’ kitchen where I ate my lunch of cream of tomato soup with salteen crackers propped on a vintage TV table. I loved to listen to my grandfather’s thick Scottish accent as he rocked in his chair smoking his pipe. My grandma made wickedly good popcorn balls at Halloween, and her Sunday lunches always included scalloped potatoes with little pieces of sausages hiding between the layers of creamy potatoes. Mmmmmmmm. I miss my grandparents still.

  2. What a wonderful post! You have me remembering the way my Gramma smelled… like cookies! I remember loving her apron, and the special little dish she served my porridge in when she was helping my mom out (I didn’t realize that tho. I just thought I was lucky enough to have early mornings at Gramma’s!).
    And I miss my ‘dinner calls’ to my mom more than I can say. As she was getting on, I used to think ‘this is really special and I’m going to miss this someday’. How true those thoughts were. But hey, such are the trials of a little ‘drop-off’ like me, born to an older mom. Now I feel young in my mid-forties but all my elders are gone. So thanks for sharing. I like remembering. Cherish every moment, dear heart. I know you do!
    Hugs, Gina

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