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Put the Kettle on....

Weekend Update 
May 9, 2010 5:28 pm 
Updated: May 11, 2010 11:02 am
I had a fantastic weekend - Mother's Day turned out perfect even though Mother Nature didn't cooperate.  Our picnic became an indoor picnic.  It didn't really spoil any of the fun or great food, though.  My daughter brought her most delicious brownies with icing on them.  Really no need to say that she took an empty pan home!  My brother, who wanted to bring something but doesn't cook, supplied the chips.  My sister brought pasta salad and my niece made cupcakes.  It was nice to have everyone bring something - less work for me. 

My daughter and son-in-law brought their 10 month old cocker spaniel with them.  Maggie is adorable!  She is a buff-colored spaniel that is always smiling.  She thinks she's a lab - all of her "cousins" are labs so she watches and learns from them.  Missy, our 11-1/2 year old chocolate lab "puts up" with her, but I think she is secretly pleased that Maggie follows her around and chews on her ears.  Normally Maggie and Suzy (our 18-month old black lab) play non-stop.  But since Suzy had her ligament repair surgery, she had to stay crated in our bedroom. 

Mother's Day is also when we celebrate my mother's birthday as her birthday is May 11th.  I made her an angel food cake with a strawberry/cream cheese filling and then iced it with whipping cream - her favorite cake of all time. 

This year it was a real celebration - my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer this past Fall.  She completed her radiation treatments and has had her follow-up doctor visit.  She was declared fine and required no further treatment.  She just has to go for "check-ups"  to be sure it doesn't come back.  She is feeling fine and is looking forward to playing in her garden this summer.

Tomorrow it's back to work.  My husband has to go out of town for business, but I won't be lonely - my son is home for the summer.  Tomorrow night we'll have leftover picnic food and watch a movie.
May 9, 2010 5:49 pm
What awesome news about your mom! Today is my brother's 47th birthday, so I get to tease him about being a mama's boy!! Great blog, Ann, and I'm glad the day turned out well for you!
May 10, 2010 9:16 am
Ann... great blog! SOunds like your mother's day was perfect!! Great news about your mother. We celebrated on Friday evening as my youngest flew back home to seattle on saturday. It is so amazing to know that next year I will be back in Washington and will be close to my girls for Mother's day. Just knowing this made my Mother's Day perfect!! However, the cake you made your mom.... yummmm wish there was some of that here!!!
May 10, 2010 1:18 pm
Happy birthday to your brother, WW! We have to always find something to tease our brothers about, don't we? I only have one brother and he gets teased alot by his 3 sisters. Lynda - I know you have to be so excited to know you'll be close to your girls soon!!
May 10, 2010 2:30 pm
You've been to my blog so you know I'm happy to hear about your Mom's DR's OK. Funny my sister's is and one of my Mom's favorite desserts was Angel food cake. Glad you had a nice indoor picnic.
May 11, 2010 11:02 am
Glad you and your family had a good day, and glad to hear the GREAT news about your mom! Have a good week catching up with your son!
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Mother Ann

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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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