Visit with My Mother at the Old Homestead

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Visiting my aging mother has become a monthly routine.  Fortunately she only lives an hour and half away.  What at first was part obligation & necessity is now an opportunity to revist my growing up years as well as renew our mother/daughter bond. 

My House

I loved the front porch and spent many days & evenings there.

Notice the flowers hanging near the bush.  My mother grows the most beautiful flowers.  Each trip from spring to fall I take a bouquet back to Erie with me.  I have transplanted a few bushes in my own yard, but my trees & flowers don't get along very well. Someday I will miss both the visits and her flowers. 

During some of my visits we go through the rooms 'looking for treasures'  as she tells me what to do with this or that when the time comes . . .

On my most recent visit I decided that I wanted to look through her cook books for family favorites.  Let me tell you why . . . 

During the summer our family & many childhood friends gather at nearby Cook Forest camp grounds for a week long reunion.  Of course food is part of every family get -together and ours is no different.  Everyone loves Grandma's Baked Beans which she makes in her cast iron kettle. 

My mother makes her grocery list about a month in advance so she doesn't forget to buy one of the ingredients.  The night before the big gathering she puts all the ingredients in the pot then puts the pot in the oven on low until morning.  No slow cooker for her beans. Keep in mind that she can no longer lift this Mother's flowersheavy kettle so a neighbor comes over to help her.  When I arrive the next morning I take the kettle out of the oven & get it to my car for the trip to the Forest.

My siblings, spouses and grandkids await the arrival of Grandma's Baked Beans and she loves the fuss everyone makes about them.

This is a recipe that I have had in my recipe box for years, but am waiting until necessity demands I make Grandma's Baked Beans.  Now I am on a mission to copy as many of her recipes.  I plan to share a few with you in a series called Mother's Recipe Box.

First, let me share a vase of her lovely flowers.


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Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

What a well taken care of home.  It looks immaculate.  Now I see where you got your enjoyment of flowers from.  Enjoy your mom as much as possible 

Sep 21, 2009 02:48 PM #1
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist

Mary, I help my mother a great deal as well but am much closer.  I am always amazed at her perseverance and sorry to see her so frail.  We both love enjoying the "old" days together, though and share some very special memories.

Sep 22, 2009 08:05 AM #2
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548 - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

It is beautiful, isn't it, Irene?  I visit Mother as much as possible.

Sep 23, 2009 11:33 AM #3
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548 - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

It's hard to watch our loved ones grow older and frail, Mary.  But, there's always a strength there that you remember when you see them.  We have so much fun walking down memory lane, too.

Sep 23, 2009 11:34 AM #4
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Mary...Being able to still visit your mom, just as I am able to do, is such a blessing.  My mom moved out of her home one year ago when she was 91.  It was hard to give that up but necessary.  Fortunately she is with one of my sisters not too far from her former home. Hope your mother has many more years ahead in her own home.


Sep 30, 2009 03:09 PM #5
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Mary ~ Your yummy sounding recipes brought me here and I love the opportunity to get to know a bit more about your mother and her kitchen. I can only imagine the spread at the family reunion - my mouth is watering!


Oct 01, 2009 09:13 AM #6
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548 - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Thank you, Kathleen.  I hope the same for your mother.

Oct 02, 2009 09:02 AM #7
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548 - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Well, I'm happy to have you here, Liz.  If you try one of the recipes on my blog, make sure to send pictures and feedback (so to speak) on what you thought about the end result.  I'd love to hear from you.

Oct 02, 2009 09:02 AM #8
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