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Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Father Knows Best from the 1950s was my Mom's favorite
program back then. She liked it because according to her, every
episode taught a lesson.
I was especially struck by this 2 minute clip from 1957.
Not the best video, but the audio is fine, and that's the important
part here. (Dennis just said the video quality is terrible. Close your eyes then, but listen to it.)
I especially like what she said about husbands at the end. We sure
aren't going to hear that on TV these 60 years later!
I don't think many women today know what power they have.
To set the scene:
A young pregnant wife has many hesitations about becoming a
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
When I am out and about, I often see young families struggling
with their children.
They usually look tired, and distracted.
I want to reach out to them in some way, but I usually don't know
quite what to say.
So I will smile.
Or like I did with one frustrated Dad we saw at a restaurant
recently. It was obvious he was really trying but his 2 toddlers were
having none of it. I leaned over to him as we were walking out the
door and said, "You're a really good Dad."
But yesterday I learned of something I could have said that
sums it up better perhaps.
I got it from this article that was somehow sent to my in box
yesterday. Next time I will say: "It's worth it."
Or maybe I will even say, "It's all worth it."
Whenever I have my grandkids and their parents come for any
extended period of time I'm reminded how exhausting it is to be
parents of very young children.
There is nothing quite like that kind of tired.
And it's not like the parents can get a good night rest before going
through it all over again the next day.
They parent round the clock,
no matter how they slept,
no matter how they feel.
I also happened upon this yesterday by Jeffrey Holland. He was
talking specifically to parents:
Friday, July 14, 2017
Don't watch the video below before I explain,
or you may think we have no class.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
So I came across some of my Mom's recipes from her little box
where she originally kept them all.
This one stood out first to me. Not sure who she was writing it to,
or for, but I still make this about once a month.
(She must have written this in the 1960s since Johnny was born in 1956.)
This next one I would vote was Mom's favorite. She loved this over
vanilla ice-cream. I've never even tasted it since I never liked
chocolate, but I know she's had many requests for this recipe.
And I cannot think of my childhood without thinking of Mom's
enchiladas. I can still picture her making these on Saturday
afternoon so we'd have them to eat after church the next day. And
then years later she would often surprise all her married children by
delivering some to each of our homes.
Of all the pictures I took, WHY did I not take one of Mom standing
on my porch with her enchiladas.
Important note: I just realized she gave no baking instructions. Bake at 400' uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
And I think they are better with the green onions. Also, my personal favorite Enchilada sauce
with this is La Victoria red mild and my least favorite is Las Palmas.
I didn't realize until finding this recipe that it originally came from my Dad's sister Leonie!
Another chocolate recipe I didn't like, but I think my siblings did.
(I went through a phase thinking I was adopted.)
I'd often see a pan of these in our kitchen growing up.
This was a good one she would make for family potlucks:
I found this next one in her little recipe box, too. I don't know if she
ever made it since it was cut from a magazine, but I gave it a try a
few days ago. I loved the idea of just mixing this all together and
baking it the oven for 2 hours. (I didn't have any yogurt or cucumber and it needed 1/2 t salt.)
I never would have thought to mix lentils and split peas but I liked this combo,
and ate it for lunch 3 days in a row.
I just tried this one last night since I had a head of red lettuce. I really like this dressing! I didn't have
the almonds or mandarin oranges so I just made the traditional salad. But I will definitely be making
this dressing again. (I used rice vinegar because that's what I had.) I think I will make this for our
next neighborhood bookclub but this time with the nuts.