My Mom….

She would have been 90 years old today. I remember her when she was young and taking care of her children. She smiled a lot.

Lemon cake was Mom’s favorite. Her mother, my Grandma Smith, had a lemon jello cake recipe that was awesome. She made it in a 13 x 9 pan with an awesome glaze. I made it as a two-layer cake with lemon icing, once for mom. And I made it for my grandson with a hockey player cake pan last week. I used the glaze while the cake was hot and cooled it off before decorating the cake. It has been a very longtime since I decorated a theme cake. The cake did not want to come out of the pan. Easy enough to deal with. I have decorated a cake with gouges and blemishes. Those little stars cover a multitude of baking sins. My grandson’s cake was not one of my best efforts. We called it the Corona Hockey Monster.

Mom insisted our birthdays were special and for us alone. September was fun. Dad’s birthday was September 4. Jim was September 11 and Leslie was September 13. We had three parties in nine days. My birthday is March 25 and my sister Deb’s was the 30th. So, two parties in five days. There were three birthdays in 31 days, December 31, January 15 and January 30th for Max, Sally and Penny. Rick’s birthday was October 30, he competed with Halloween.

There were hard times. She did have eight children. She kept on smiling. I loved her laugh.

And she loved us………

About Lily

Born in Topeka, Kansas in the middle of the 20th Century, daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister, cousin, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, reader, spiritual, writer, cook, crafter, junker...... twice-married, former non-profit executive in retread mode... currently living a bucket list life in a remodeled schoolhouse.....
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