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Food was a very important part of my upbringing...we celebrated at home EVERYTHING from birthdays to baby showers, wedding showers, graduations, and of course every holiday under the sun! My mother was a great cook but an even better baker! We never had a store bought birthday cake, and I do mean NEVER! She made sure the cake or cookies were not just great tasting they were cute too. Mom would decorate the cakes and cookies so well, you paused before you ate them, thinking they were too cute to eat! Of course, it didn't stop any of us, for who could resist dessert? Not me! Mom made the greatest bunny cakes for Easter while my grandmother Lucy made the best lamb cakes. Halloween included an assortment of decorated cupcakes and many other goodies. Fourth of July always had some dessert in red, white and blue foods. Thanksgiving and Christmas...wow, the best pumpkin pies! But, at Christmas my mother, sisters and I made a ton of Christmas cookies. We spent days in the kitchen making cookies to give out as gifts and of course for our family to enjoy as well. My mom loved to make coffee cakes, her favorite being Walnut Walk-A-Ways, because, you guessed it, they simply "walked" off the platter and disappeared!
As Mom got older (and wiser) and more health conscious, she experimented with low fat, no cholesterol cooking. She just loved her veggies! She made some wonderfully tasty chicken and vegetable dishes, which was great because she loved to have company and she loved to feed her company.
Wow, I'm getting hungry for one of her recipes. I have her recipe boxes filled with her recipes and her first cook book...hmmmm, I think I'll go see what I can cook up! Thanks Mom for teaching ME to cook too!