Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Eats

Easter has come and gone at our house...with nary a hard-boiled egg in site.  Just didn't get around to dying any this year. :(  Although we did have a nice dinner with my Mom and the girl-child (blowing in from Virginia and sporting that big, honkin' diamond these days).  We had Ham Loaf instead of ham because, simply, we like it better.  I have a killer ham loaf recipe--it has stuff like graham crackers (known as "brown crackers" around here, for some reason dating back to my husband's early childhood) and beef in it. Yum!  It was my Grandma's recipe and she could walk on water as far as I'm concerned!

My Mom (age 92 as of the day before Easter, and yes, there was a party) had some good Grandma time with our daughter.  She's reminisces a lot and someone of lesser patience and intelligence might consider that boring, but her memories are generally pretty entertaining and her sense of humor is subtle, yet hilarious (in true Scandinavian fashion).  Mom remembered how she and her sister took Home Economics courses in High School and discovered that their mother (my sainted Grandma) really didn't know how to cook at all!  Why, she was making her pie crusts from lard....and they were flaky and pretty much perfect...but they weren't made from Crisco. Shame on her! And Grandma was so old-fashioned that she didn't know who Betty Crocker was. Geesh! Mom assured us that Grandma did get a clue about her shocking lack of cookery took about 10 years or so, but she mysteriously got better at it. Well, thank heaven!

I will sign off with a quote from the brilliant Mark Twain:

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he'd learned in seven years."

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