Paula and I lost Mama 14 years ago. Days like today are always hard for me. Between Mothers Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I try to not think too much about the fact that she is gone, but for the good memories I have. Mama is my primary inspiration for wanting to learn to cook. She totally understood the way food brings people together. Many friends and family members revered her for her cooking ability. Whether it was Homecoming at First Baptist Church to meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas, not many turned down an invitation to eat at her table.
Mama was hard to buy for. Whether it was Christmas, her birthday, or Mother's Day, Mama did not want to receive any kind of item or items that had any kind of connection to cooking or cleaning. One year Daddy gave her something called a Kitchen Magician. You might say that went over like a lead balloon. She also didn't want money or gift certificates(as they were called back then). She appreciated a gift that was purchased and that required some thought put into it.
On a day like today, many take their mothers out to eat. In Lakeland, we didn't have many choices for dining out. Many Mother's Day had her cooking in the kitchen, because she wanted to please Daddy. That being said, in honor of her, and in honor of Mother's Day, I will not post a recipe with this blog entry. Mothers enjoy your day...and come back often for recipes.