Happy Mother’s Day! I’ve gotten out my red special plate, getting ready to celebrate my mom!
This Sunday is Mother’s Day (in case you missed the memo) and it is a special day to me. I really love to be with my mother on Mother’s Day. Often times it doesn’t happen because of circumstances and schedules, since we live in different cities. However, this year I pleaded for us to find a way to be together for Mother’s Day! I want to focus on being the daughter and honor my mother rather than being the mother, wishing my kids were honoring me!
I have to say, when it comes to mothers, I have been very blessed to have a mother that is a remarkable woman. There is much I could say about my mom, and I already have. Her mark is on so many of my posts. But since this is Mother’s Day weekend and since this blog is foodie, I think I will focus my list of accolades for my mother in this direction. My mother taught me (and continues to teach me) so much. Here are just a few pieces of her philosophy on life that relate to the kitchen:
- “When you are feeling sorry for yourself, you should go do something for someone else (rather than having a pity party).” I think my cookie-making skills are due to the enormous number of times I have made cookies as the remedy to my self pity throughout my life.
- “Let the children help in the kitchen when they are too young to be good help. They will slow things down and make messes, but it pays off.” You are able to capture them when their interest for cooking is great and they will help in the kitchen when they ARE able to be helpful.
- “Many hands make light work” is a phrase she often quotes, and her involving others in the kitchen tasks are evidence that she believes it.
- “Haste makes waste” is another quote she often states to try to slow herself down in chaotic moments in the kitchen.
- “When life gives you lemons make lemonade” or in mom’s case: when life gives you a dry cake or broken cookies make a trifle.
- “There should always be a “brown dessert” if you are serving more than one dessert (she is a self-proclaimed chocoholic).
- “Don’t forget to entertain strangers, for some have entertained angels unaware (Hebrews 13:2).” For my mom, it seems as though no one is a stranger!
- If there is no dessert in the house, chocolate chips from the pantry can inspire some great treats (like in a spoon with peanut butter, or as a s’more in the microwave).
This is just a sample of the wisdom that rings in my mind as I am in the kitchen and beyond.
When trying to decide what recipes to share on this Mother’s Day post, I decided to post 2 chocolate recipes. I felt it was the proper tribute to my Chocolate-adoring mother. The first is a classic of hers: Homemade Hot Fudge and the other is one that she and I have made together recently: Chocolate Bark.
Elaine’s Hot Fudge
1 stick butter
1 16 oz. can Hershey’s syrup (2 cups)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chocolate chips
a little milk to make the right thickness
Combine first 4 ingredients in bowl and microwave at least 5 minutes. Stir occasionally, and continue cooking until completely combined and thickened. Add a little milk if needed to make the right thickness. Store unused portion in refrigerator until needed.
It is simple, rich, thick and wonderful! Perfect for banana splits, brownie sundaes and just about anything else…like your finger.
|mix ins: toasted pecans & coconut, almonds & craisins|
|sprinkling the mix ins|
|Mom and me making chocolate bark- Asher photographing|
|swirled and chock-full, ready to cool|
|The Easter Candy Bark|
|It was crazy good|