Saturday, May 23, 2015

Leader Enterprise - Mother's Day - May 6, 2015




Happy (Belated) Mother's Day to all Moms and Grandmas. What a special time set aside to celebrate the Mothers in our lives, whether you're related to them by blood, or by the heart. 

My sweet angel mama went to her Heavenly Home in 1987. I gave her a book for her birthday a few years before, and I want to share some thoughts from this lovely little book entitled "Momilies - As My Mother Used to Say", authored by Michelle Slung. The first page of the book reads "They can't help it.  Mothers HAVE to say these things. It goes with the territory. It's as though when a woman gives birth, she gets lots of flowers, tons of attention, and the solemn obligation to utter 'momilies'. How else to explain how universal these sentiments are? From generation to generation, mothers say the same things to their children. They do it because they love you.  But mostly because THEY JUST CAN'T HELP IT!!" 

Maybe reading some of these will stir sweet memories of your own mom or grandma, or aunt. 

-As long as I'm around, I'll be your mother.

-You can be sure of two things in this world; there is a God, and your mother loves you.

-If somebody else's mother lets him jump off the Empire State Building, would you want me to let you do it too?

-That's not a request - it's an order.

-Oh, so it's the egg teaching the chicken?

-If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

-Don't take candy from strangers.

-Don't cross your eyes or they'll freeze that way.

-Always put on clean underwear in the morning in case you're in an accident.

-Don't expect too much and you'll never be disappointed. 

-If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well. 

-He's no better than you - we all stand up naked under our clothes.

And one of my favorites: because I said this to my son when he was a teenager, he now says it to me before I leave on vacation - Don't do anything you wouldn't do if I was sitting on your shoulder. 

Here's a couple of my favorites from my mom's recipe file: 



COWBOY COOKIES

1 c. shortening (margarine)

1 c. white sugar

1 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

2 c. all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 c. dry oatmeal

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 (12 ozs) bag semi sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350. Blend shortening and sugars until smooth; add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients; mix well. Add oats and vanilla, then stir in chocolate chips. Bake 12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. Yield: about 8 dozen.


SUNSHINE & SHADOW BARS

2 c. all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 c. packed brown sugar, divided

1/2 c. white sugar

2 lg. eggs, separated

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tb. water

2 c. semisweet chocolate chips


Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350. Grease 9" X 13" baking pan. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. In large bowl, beat butter, 1 cup brown sugar, and white sugar on medium speed until fluffy.  Beat in egg yolks, vanilla and water. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until combined. Spread dough evenly in prepared pan. Press chocolate chips lightly into the dough.

In clean bowl, whip egg whites to stiff peaks and slowly mix in remaining brown sugar. Spread egg white mixture over dough and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool in pan 1 hour. Bars can be stored in airtight container for 3 days).Yield: 16-20 bars.