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Lawrence2015Holiday-84A quiet expectancy dances in my heart. The holiday season is on my doorstep.

I prepare to receive my family and guests. Meals are planned as my daughter and I make the menu and think of the favorite recipes each family member loves. There will be smoked turkey this year. A green bean casserole that is made from scratch – no canned mushroom soup in this one. Sweet potato casserole (recipe follows) and mashed potatoes, too. Macaroni and Cheese made with smoked Gouda and other delightful cheeses. Dressing and a special cranberry sauce. Purple hull peas and piping hot rolls with butter. Cheesecake and Maple Walnut Cream Pie and Apple Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pumpkin Snicker Doodles. Carbohydrates and sugars will be temporarily welcomed to the table in great numbers. Old and new recipes guide our work. (Ah, so many good recipes and so little time to both prepare them and eat them.)The cooking has already begun.  Last minute trips to the grocery have happened and will continue to happen. 

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Jun
13

Stories from Around Mom’s Table

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Life is replete with beginnings and endings. Chapters begin and chapters close. And for me, beginnings and endings were marked and chapters were written as I sat around my mother’s dining room table.

Mornings often began around that table in my family.

When I awakened on weekday mornings, my parents were sitting at that table drinking coffee and looking out the sliding glass door onto the pasture land, watching the cattle graze. I used to wonder why they wasted all that time, getting up so much earlier than they had to.  My older, wiser perspective now understands the time spent awakening and talking and allowing coffee and conversation to do their rousing work.

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