My grandma has been on my mind a lot lately–no big surprise. One of the many things Alzheimer’s robs us of is the chance to mourn what we have lost; instead we just gradually accept that it is gone. Call me naive, but I have been a little surprised at how much this past week has hurt, at how much I am feeling the loss of stuff that was technically lost 5 or more years ago.
My mother’s mother was the Quintessential Grandma. Which is not say that a grandma has to be this way–my other grandma was the Anti Quintessential Grandma, and I loved her just as much. But anyway, my maternal grandmother sewed, quilted, cooked, gardened, baked… you name it. My Christmas stocking growing up? Grandma sewed and decorated it. My fancy designed birthday cakes when I was little? Grandma. My quilt that I have had since I was a child and several others I inherited as an adult? Grandma. My best memories of shelling peas? Grandma’s house with Grandma. Same with snapping green beans. We were sharing memories of Grandma this past weekend and my sister said she always associated strawberry shortcake with bacon for dinner with grandma. That’s weird, I said, I associate that with Mom and don’t remember ever having that at Grandma’s house. But then I realized she always pulled out the Beef & Noodles for me when I was there–even an individual serving from her frozen stash if need be, because I loved those Beef & Noodles.
She was that kind of grandma.
In the meantime, back in 2009, I have been wanting to host a blogging event. The idea scares me–what if no one participates? What if everyone participates? What if I find out it is super easy and I could have been hosting some all along?
So because I have been wanting to make some of the dishes I associate with her and because I have been wanting to host an event, I am hosting an event in her honor. I want dishes that your grandma made. If you don’t have a grandma, you can borrow someone else’s: if you have a grandma-type person in your life who is not really your grandma (maybe like my fabulous Great Aunt Blanche), that’s fine, I am not picky. But I hope it’s a dish that you personally associate with your grandma or grandma-like person. And if it is her recipe that is even better–but I realize not everybody invents dishes.
Here’s how it works:
1. Make a dish that qualifies as described above and write about it.
2. Post it on your blog between now and 12 AM Midnight Saturday April 11 (USA EST)–all submissions must be in English please.
3. Provide a link in your post to this page and this blog.
4. Email me at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com by 12 AM Midnight Saturday April 11 (USA EST) with:
-the recipe name
-the URL of the post
-the URL of your blog
5. Please place a copy of the logo on your post if possible.
6. Multiple submissions are welcome, but please only one submission for each type of dish (main dish, appetizer, dessert, etc).
7. New posts only please.
8. Don’t worry about photos–I will grab one from your post.
And tell all your blogging friends about it!