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May 10 2013

Honoring Mother

The joy filled merriment continues as we  relish every moment of time spent with my lovely angel Mum ( Mom, Mother, Mummy). Those of you who have joined me on facebook have seen this sweet photo of Izzy and my Mother ( he loves her too)izzy loves mom 2

Having her here to visit has just been wonderful. We will be celebrating Mothers Day in person this year and I am so excited! I hope you all Have a beautiful Mothers Day too. 

Today I am sharing my cherished space here at Katherines Corner with the two lovely ladies from BeBetsy.com ,Sharon and Denise.

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I am tickled pink, purple and just plain rainbow colored to have them share with you today. Have a beautiful weekend sweet souls and don’t forget to get your entries in for the Time For Tea Giveaway. You can still link up to yesterday’s blog hop too.

1-sharon and denise MotherIn honor of Mother’s Day we have written about our Mother Barbara.  She passed away several years ago and it still stings like it was yesterday.  

She taught us to stand up straight, sew our own clothes, home-can food, make great fudge, bake Christmas fruit cake and much more.  

Her Grandparents emigrated from Denmark to Elsinore, a tiny little town in Southern Utah.  Our Grandmother, Ruby Tenora, was born there and so was our Mother.  

One thing we will always remember is that whenever the name Elsinore was mentioned in any conversation it was always followed by everyone’s singsong in unison “I snore, you snore, we all snore in Elsinore!”    That memory brings a smile to our faces every time!

Please share your thoughts, stories and pictures of your moms, we would love that!  Miss you Barbara…..

DIY | Preserve Your Family Recipes

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It’s funny how things that once seemed ordinary and taken for granted become so dear to the heart as we move along in our life’s journey.

I can picture my mother with her apron on hard at work in the kitchen of our home that my parents built brick by brick.  The kitchen walls were lined with cedar wainscot. Closing my eyes I am transported back and watching my father take pleasure in our mother’s cooking.  Oh what meals she could whip up!  Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, freshly baked rolls slathered in butter and fresh plum jam made from the bounty of our grandmother’s tree. It remains so vivid in my memory.

In winter the kitchen was the place to be with the warmth from the oven and wonderful smells that made your stomach churn in anticipation!  I cherish those memories and right this minute I swear I can smell the chocolate, sugar and butter of the Saturday night fudge as it bubbled in that old, heavy saucepan.

Food memories are powerful and an important part of our family history.  What a gift it would be to our children, and for generations to come, if through our recipes our family history would come to life!

Shortly after our mother died my sister Sharon and her family put together a collection of our family recipes in a beautifully handcrafted scrapbook of my sister’s own design.  Included were pictures of our mother’s handwritten recipes cards.  This precious memory book reminds me of how our mother’s home-cooked meals brought us together around our kitchen table.  Thinking of that I smile and cry all at once.

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You can create your own special recipe memory book!  Sharon took pictures of Mom’s recipe cards as well as our favorite shots from her old cookbooks.  These were mounted on papers found at a stationery store and bound together in a photo album.    Of special note is that the drawings on the Pineapple Cake page are Sharon’s – she is an amazing graphic artist!  See more of her great designs at her Etsy shop.

The page shown has the Christmas Raisin Fruit Cake which Mom made with great care and love each year.  I remember the raisins simmering in water to plump them up and the cherries sliced just waiting to be mixed into the spicy, sugary cake.   It was an event to be witnessed!

Our family heritage recipes mean everything to us and we will pass them along to our own children and they will pass them to their children.  And in this way our Mother’s memory will live on for many years to come.

Please share your own precious memories.

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. “     – Tenneva Jordan            

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  1. Cindy

    Such a great tribute to your moms! Great idea to pass family recipes down to future generation, surely will be treasured for many years to come!!!
    Happy Mothers Day!!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

    1. Sharon and Denise@BeBetsy

      Thanks Cindy! Denise’s husband’s family has actually home published recipes from the Grandmothers, Aunties and others. We have copies for our children. Lovely day to you! Sharon and Denise

  2. Janine Huldie

    Wow, this really was an awesome thing you both did to honor and remember your mother. I am so sorry for your loss and can only imagine how you do feel, but you are right losing a mother is like no other loss.

    And Katie, Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mother. Have a wonderful day and weekend, too!! :)

    1. Sharon and Denise@BeBetsy

      Thank you Janine, we appreciate your comments. Very best wishes!! Sharon and Denise

  3. thisisme

    I love that quote about the pie! That is just what a mum would say, isn’t it?! Such a sweet photo of your mum and Izzie, and it will be lovely for you to be together on Mother’s Day over there. Hugs to you.Lovely to read Denise’s and Sharon’s story as well.

  4. Heather @ new house, new home, new life

    What a nice tribute, Katie. Have a wonderful weekend with your mother and take some time to enjoy your own motherhood this Mother’s Day.

    Hugs

  5. Anne Payne

    Such sweet memories and a lovely tribute to your mum. Reading this brought tears to my eyes. My own mom has been gone now for 13 years but it feels like yesterday, and then this year I’ll celebrate Mother’s Day without my oldest daughter, my first born, who went home to Heaven last year on Mother’s Day. Blessings for a beautiful day, Anne

    1. Sharon and Denise@BeBetsy

      Sorry for the tears but so glad you enjoyed it. It makes us cry everytime as well. Anne – how difficult to also lose your daughter. Our hearts go out to you. There is really nothing someone can say to help this pain. We are sending loving thoughts and best wishes to your from across the miles. Hugs too.
      ~Sharon and Denise

  6. Lisa Nelson

    My Mother was my best friend. When you say it still stings like it was yesterday – that is so true. It does. There isn’t a minute I don’t think about her and wish she was here. I know that she is living a better life now, free of pain – but sometimes even that doesn’t give me more comfort. I would rather her be here, with me.

    Selfish, I know.

    She made me who I am. She gave her all to me and my sister. She made big sacrifices for us, so that we could go to the best colleges in the nation. I wouldn’t be who I am without her.

    I love her with all my heart.

    I miss her dearly.

    1. Sharon and Denise@BeBetsy

      What wonderful comments and you do understand! Your Mom certainly would be proud of you and your comments. May the memories of her sustain you in the difficult times. All the best! Sharon and Denise

  7. Ms. A

    Katherine, do you know how fortunate you are to still have your Mother? I’ll bet you do. I miss mine so very much. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  9. Marla Martenson

    What a lovely mum you have! xx

  10. Crystal

    This is a beautiful tribute! It makes me miss my grandmother who is no longer with us. Thankfully I still have my mom. :)

    1. Sharon and Denise@BeBetsy

      Thank you for your kind words. So happy that you have your Mom with you still. Cherish these days.

  11. Kenzie Ashcraft

    Thank you for participating in the Let’s Be Friends Bloglovin’ Blog Hop!!!

    I can’t wait to read more of your blog! :)

    XOXO

    Kenzie
    theashcraftbunch.blogspot.com

  12. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Beautiful post and that photo of your mom and Izzy is classic. :)

    1. Sharon and Denise@BeBetsy

      Hi Maureen – thanks for reading and for your nice comment about our post. Happy Mother’s Day!

  13. Sharon and Denise@BeBetsy

    Great photo of your mother!! So adorable. Thank you from your hearts for letting us share our post about our Mother. It just brought tears as we read it. You are a great friend to us an we treasure that. Have a fantastic Mother’s Day with all the kiddies. Hugs and much love!!

    Sharon and Denise!

  14. Melissa B

    Katherine, Thanks for sharing the photo of your Mom and Izzy! They are so cute together!

    Sharon and Denise, I love the Beautiful Post about Moms! Such a great tribute!
    Love the recipe scrapbook! =)

  15. small Kucing

    Happy Mother’s Day :)

  16. Rosey

    This is a lovely post. I agree the things we take for granted do turn into some off our most cherished memories.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms, mums, mothers, etc. out there. :)

  17. Sharon and Denise

    Thank you Melissa! Appreciate your nice words.

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