FOOD FOR THE SOUL
In exchange for my adult kids coming over to help me with heavy projects, I will “repay” them by making supper. Actually, truth be told, I will never pass up a chance to cook for anyone who will sit at my dining room table. A few weeks ago my son and his family and my daughter and her fiance came over and the men moved my old dryer to the berm, and picked up a “new” used one from a friend and hooked it up for me. I made Mexican stuffed shells and my moms mac and cheese as a thank you to them. The other night my daughter and finance came over again and took down our pool for the season and I made a pot of chili, and some BBQ and brownies. I always tell them that Maddie and I won’t eat the left overs and they are to help themselves to anything they want to take home for lunch the next day. Now I will admit that Maddie didn’t want to give up much chili, and Rick finished off the mac and cheese, so sometimes it is slim pickens for carry outs from mommas kitchen. Often times they will call and want to come to dinner on a certain day of the week, and I will ask if there is anything special they want me to cook, which they usually have no problem giving me a menu.
I remember when I was newly married and going through nurses training and not working, money was scarce . We often times left my parents house on Sundays with left overs and packages of frozen meat, desserts and canned goods. My goodness, meals would have been pretty sparse had it not been for the good will of my folks. When my 2 oldest kids were little ( about 4 and 6), they would each have a plastic grocery bag with their own little bag of sliced ham, cheese, fruit, a Little Debbie Oatmeal cookie and a few pieces of candy. They sat in the back seat guarding those bags as if their lives depended on it. And believe me, they knew if someone got into their bag that Memaw gave them. They didn’t need to worry because I had my own doggie bag too…duh 🙂
It’s probably funny to people when I try to explain the feeling I get when I am able to send a little bit of this and a little bit of that home with my adult children. Perhaps I am trying to spoil them a little, even though they are gone from home? I do know that I want them to have the same wonderful memories of me that I have of my mom. I even find myself making 2 seperate main dishes to be sure eveyone has something they want to eat, just like she did. They only complaint I have, mirrors the same one she had….bring back my Tupperware! ♥
FOOD FOR THE BODY
Dum Dum Salad
1 number 2 can pineapple chunks- drained
1 can cherry pie filling
1 container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Mix and serve. Refrigerate until chilled, then serve.
Nice quick dessert!