Meet my beautiful Grandmother Mary Lou! Isn’t she a dream! She’s who I instantly picture when I think of Old Hollywood Glam! She was incredible from the start! The first born little girl and older sister and best friend to her sister all her life! She was a talented singer and sang in clubs and entertained Soldiers and had a rising career…that was until she refused the inappropriate advances from her manager/ singing coach! You go Grandma!!!! Smart and talented and strong. She was a loyal daughter, a beloved sister. She was a caring wife and an incredible mother but to me she was simply the greatest thing on planet Earth! I know you shouldn’t have favorites in life but she was mine! She was it! She loved unconditionally, told it like it was, only gave her opinion if you asked for it, never yelled, was the best cook and best of all she loved me..ME! She loved me!
My sweet and amazing, Purple wearing grandmother passed away this Tuesday. She quietly slipped away and reunited with her husband after being apart for nearly 20 years. She was probably pretty pleased with the way she passes. Quietly with no fuss. She never wanted to be a bother, never wanted to be a burden. She said her nightly goodbye to my father and fell asleep. Her body was done! She was done! She lived a beautiful life and I’m blessed to have 30 years of my own memories to prove it!
She taught me how to bake pumpkin pie, make the worlds best spaghetti and even if I hated fudge I never told her that because she taught me how to make it over 20 years ago and I pretended to love it so I wouldn’t hurt her feelings!!
Memories on the lake, my very first car, school cloths, and two years of college were all possible because of her! She taught me the importance of matching your nail polish with your lipstick. She taught me that catalog shopping was a American right of passage and that wearing purple was a talent she had mastered long ago!
We could sit for hours looking at old family albums. It was a tradition I savored year after year. I would turn the pages as she recalled past boyfriends and adventures she’d have with her sister! No matter how many times I heard them I couldn’t get enough of them!
This is the last time I saw her. Last November she meet Charlie and we had a great time doing all the things we usually do….looked at photos, ate mini snicker bars from her fridge and I toasted her at dinner! I can still see her rolling her eyes at me and laughing at the babies as they rolled around on the floor!
I’m telling you all about her because she is a huge part of me. I share my life on here. My inspirations and myself and she is a huge part of both of those things! She is the reason I’m rational and realistic. She was my greatest example in the kitchen and instilled in me my love of cooking. My favorite recipes are all hers. She taught me the skill of accessorizing and creating a signature look! She taught me how to laugh at life and follow examples. She will always be teaching me.
I’d like to share a favorite family recipe that was one of her classics. It wasn’t Christmas or Thanksgiving without this dish. I loved it so much that I asked her years ago to type it up for me to frame and display in my kitchen. Funny….because her handwriting was so incredibly hard to read she always sent me typed letters! One more reason my heart sings when I look at this recipe! I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do…
1 40 oz. can of sweet potatoes drained
Spray an 8x8x2 baking pan with PAM, place sweet potatoes in pan.
In a small sauce pan melt 3 tablespoons butter or margarine.
Stir in: 1/4th cup pancake syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flaked coconuts
Cook over low heat stirring 3 to 5 min until blended.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans over sweet potatoes then top with syrup mixture.
Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Top with 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows and bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned.
6 to 8 servings.
Thanks grandma! Cheers!