My beautiful mother passed away five months ago today.
I knew I was going to miss her terribly and I have, each and everyday.
I wasn't sure how life was going to be without her.
One thing is for sure,
it isn't as sweet as it used to be.
My mother was a wonderful cook and nothing made her happier than to have everyone at her house
to cook for them. She never let anyone bring anything;
She wanted to do it all, no matter how big the crowd.
(Cherries in the Snow Cake)
She never let a special day go by without making something a little special for that particular person.
She made a lot of wonderful things, but at the top of the list was her
That was my favorite growing up!
I loved it hot, straight out of the oven.
(one of my mom's - made several years ago)
My girls LOVED it too and always called to make sure there was going to be a warm one waiting for them when they got to my parent's house.
Sometimes she waited to make it so that they could be there to lick the pot.
There is nothing like warm homemade custard!
They bragged about it to their friends so much that when my mom came to visit us, she would make it so that their friends could come over after school for some.
Nothing "tickled" her more than to see the face of a northern born teenager getting their first bite of
a real southern banana pudding.
My mom once came to Raleigh just to make banana pudding so that the Man of the House could take it to work for someone's birthday.
When she was finished, she turned around and drove back home.
That was the kind of person she was.
We were all trying to recall the recipe and piece it together the other day.
My dad's birthday is coming up and we want to make it for him, just like my mom used to.
The recipe isn't written down anywhere
and would have been lost when she passed away in February.....
except #2 found it saved on her phone!
She had called grandma two years ago to get the recipe when she was staying with another family for spring break and was smart enough to put it in her phone.
She made a banana pudding last weekend
it turned out just perfect!
From the homemade custard....
to spreading the meringue.....
I know grandma is proud of her!
I know I am!
Life just got a little sweeter!!