Mothers Day has been one the roughest day of the year since the accident in 2009. It is a day that I try so hard to focus on myself being a mom, but always wake in tears of grief over not being able to celebrate with my own Mama. But I feel like this year will be different. I am for certain still missing Mama, like you wouldn’t believe, but I am choosing to focus on the many blessing I do have left. Like the many amazing women who have stepped in to be the mom I no longer have. In the book I’m releasing later this summer, I will share much more about “other” mothers and fathers. I am blessed to have several aunts, cousins, and friends with superb moms who have taken Elizabeth & I under their wing, and pretty much consider us their own.
One of those fabulous ladies is my cousin Cindy. She and Mama were first cousins by blood, but sisters by choice. Cindy & I are probably the most alike of all my aunts and cousins. She knows the way Mama thought, she loves her grandbabies the way Mama would love on Elizabeth. Since the moment I called her to tell her their had been an accident (and way before), Cindy was at my side. But I don’t really remember a time that she wasn’t. I remember spending weekends with her when I was little. She’s always been special to me, and even more so now that we have both lost our mamas. She knows the pain and drama associated with death and remarriage. And about once a month, since Mama died, she has made Elizabeth & I her priority for at least a day – even though she lives over an hour away. We have the best adventures. Something crazy happens just about every time we get together (last time ended in an emergency room visit for one of the babies after a busted head in Bath & Body Works)…
So when I heard about the World Market “Amazing Mom” Sweepstakes, I knew I wanted to honor Cindy. Our Southern family has always bonded in the kitchen. Most of my best memories of Mama (and even Cindy and her mama) took place in the kitchen. It’s where the coffee was poured and gossip was shared.
One of our favorite places to meet is honestly a shopping center in Nashville, where we can shop at World Market. In the midst of this crazy move, we met there early this week. They have tons of great Mother’s Day gifts. I frequent two of the Nashville stores quite often, but you can also shop right online. I love their unique foods, and that most of them are all natural!
After our fun adventure (no busted heads or lost car keys this time), we spent the rest of the day together at my house. It was the first time I was able to host something in our new home, and Cindy’s first time to see it! I already knew what I wanted to do when she got here: spend the day in the kitchen! We had talked months ago about going through Mama’s recipe box together.
So we did what any normal Southern gals would do… We made ourselves our family’s famous peach cobbler, poured some sweet tea, and devoured Mama’s recipe boxes.
It was a fabulous time. It took my mind off the rest of the house that is still not put together. For several hours we had no other worries. We told stories, we found recipes we remembered, and haven’t had in ages. We found old recipes her mom had written, and some from her grandma (my great grandma)…
- We laughed and cried, and had a great day.
- On one of our trips before we moved, Cindy helped me pick out a new dining room set. I fell in love with this table, chairs, and sideboard at World Market – thankfully, when I took Andrew back, he also really liked it! And since we have the entertaining house, we decided we needed plates and glasses).
- . Now we just need to decide on a wall color for the kitchen / dining room.
- And now, I must share our super easy, delicious, Southern Peach Cobbler recipe from the day!
- It is super simple and easy to remember… 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 stick butter (could do 1/2), 1 large can fruit.
- Melt butter in oven while it preheats to 350. Our family usually does this in an iron skillet, but I’m quite the black sheep and used my
- While that melts/preheats, mix together your batter (sugar, sifted flour (especially sift if it’s gluten free), and milk)
- Pour over and mix into melted butter
Spoon peaches (or any fruit) on top, drizzle most of the syrup on top. Do NOT mix. Bake at 350 for about an hour. Some folks top theirs with a little cinnamon or nutmeg, but this is an old Southern recipe, and a lot of spices weren’t always available.
It smells DIVINE while it’s baking. And tastes even better. I like to serve it warm. If you’re feeling froggy, top it with vanilla ice cream, or just heavy whipped cream.
How are you going to treat YOUR mom or mom-figure this Mother’s Day?! This was such a great day!
I recommend going to enter the My Amazing Mom Sweepstakes here. Nominate your mother for a chance to win a $5,000 World Market gift card. Or, if you no longer have a mom to nominate, you can still enter to win one of 10 $500 gift cards! Glad they think of these things, for folks like myself.
Where did your best memories with your mom take place?!?
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