Monday, January 3, 2011


Serving  from a Heart of Love is a collection of Mama's recipes.  My sister, Dianne, wanted to compile this book when she had some recipes and I had recipes and other members of the family had recipes.  We all sent them to Dianne and she did such a good job on this book.  The recipes  were hand written in Mama's own words, then on the side my sister typed the recipe.  You can see marks on some of the sheets, a coffee stain on one.  Just little things that were left by her.  This, to us, is far more than a cookbook.  It is a book of  memories.  I got each one of my children one for Christmas.  They were excited and thrilled.

The cover picture was taken just a couple months before she passed away.  She always loved to work in the strawberry field.  It was so typical of her.

You can see the hand written recipe and then the typed one next to it. 

Here she is with some of her great grand children at a craw fish  boil.  She loved to do things with the children.  But she did not eat much seafood.

Here  Dianne is giving Mama a sip of her coffee.
I think Dianne must be saying "Save me some."  Or maybe blowing on it to cool it off.
Maybe not ~ I just hope neither got coffee on them.

We have this book, thanks to Dianne, to look at for the rest of our lives.  I usually knew what Mama put in whatever she was cooking. A little of this, a tad of that, a  dash of the other.  I don't follow recipes either unless it is something special.  But I never learned how to make biscuits like Mama. 

To us this book will always be special.  The thanks goes to my little sister who put a lot of time into it.

We can go down memory lane with some of the pictures and recipes.  Mama was not a seafood eater, but she enjoyed making gumbo for the kids.  I'm sure the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will always remember Me-Maw who did things with them.
I will put some of her recipes under the tab recipes at the top of my blog.  It will be a couple days before I have time.


Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Dad got us each one for Christmas, too. I'm glad Aunt Dee took the time to put them together for us!

Mary said...

What a beautiful treasure for you and your family.

Deborah said...

What a wonderful way to remember your mom! I know you'll treasure it.

Tara said...

I love that! What a wonderful way to remember your mom!