Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pieces of Our Mother

The Sisters all got pieces of our Mother.  Momma went to 8th grade and I think she repeated one grade.  She could read and write and do math as well as the average person of her day.  Sister Fleet told me about one of her "bosses" who has graduated from college but still writes that he was born in Boon County, AR.  Well, Momma could spell Boone County, I do believe.  The County is named for ol' Daniel!  We know it is Boone.  Momma could not follow a recipe.  Well, she did not I should say.  She put in this and that.  She was a great cook!  She made simple things in simple ways.  Her biscuits were as good as Aunt Jemina's.  Her yeast rolls were always fantastic.  I never knew Momma to tackle making cookies.   I recall her making taffie candy, pies, cakes, puddings, and I don't remember ever the food going uneaten!   I know it bugged me that Momma did not go by recipes.  Now, I bet Laura and Erin sigh when I say I tried to make ??? and it failed!  Recipe?  Not me!

Today I made some muffins early.  I like to heat up the oven and make the kitchen warm and smelly on a cold day.  I buy Martha White Bran mix.  It is far too sweet to go by the pkg. instructions.  I add.  This morning i added a cup of oats, some squashed apricots I bought and paid too much for.  They came in a jar if that tells you about the price.  I added some pecans, cut with a knife.  I am too lazy to chop on a board.  I added some sour cream and some extra flour.

Well, they were quite good.  I know because I had 3 with my coffee!

Fleta got Momma's throw away gene.  If you don't use it and can't give it away--throw it away or better yet--BURN it.  Helen got Momma's clean gene!  Great satisfaction comes in a clean floor and neatness!

We got pieces of our Momma, but I think I have CHUNKS of my Daddy.

Someday, my girls, maybe already, will say "good heavens, this reminds me of my Momma!"

7 comments:

Sister--Fleta said...

prby when they look in the mirror and see their hair sticking out in all directions and raggedy clothes and raggedy shoes on their raggedy frame.

Sister--Three said...

Yes, indeed!

Donna said...

My mom was a clutterbug, always had a stack of papers or the Bible or some magazine at one side of her chair. She was better at housekeeping that I am, though. I could live in a log cabin with a dirt floor as long as I had electricity and Internet, and I'd be happy

Sister--Helen said...

Glad you enjoyed them because they will never be that way again...I know this because I do not use a recipe either...sometimes it's good and sometimes it's not....oh well

Sister--Helen said...

I will never forget Rhea and I going to see her Dad after Rhea's mom passed...He was old ...I guess 70 something....and it was after dark when we got there. He was a very thrifty man...When I sat down he asked if I would like a muffin he had made that day. I said no thanks...Then he said.."I used one of those Jiffy box mixes and it hardly makes any. So I add a cup more of flour and some water and then it makes a pretty good mess of muffins."

Sister--Helen said...

Betty...those muffins look like they might be just a tad HEAVY....maybe next time add some soda...Remember cakes, cookies, and Bread all need leveling agents.....Remember that 2 inch high 10 pound cake you make...that is not fit to eat...

Sister--Three said...

I don't like to use soda...don't like the taste.
My mother never used soda in anything.