Some women love to bake yummy goodies and cook delicious meals. I’m not one of them. My mother-in-law, Fran, was. She expressed her love for her family and friends by frequently presenting them with a plate full of freshly-baked cookies or candy, or by inviting them over for their favorite meal.
Within our families, we all have our “spot,” the thing we are best known for. Fran was the “baker” of the family. Not just our immediate family, but extended family as well. There was no limit to the word “family” to Fran. Whether you were a “blood relative” or were the friend of a family member, you were family to her. She was just that way.
We lost Fran to Alzheimer’s a year ago. After her Life Celebration Service, we had a large banquet for all the guests attending. There were tables laden with pictures of Fran, along with things that were special to her. There were guests who shared lovely memories with us. But the thing that touched me most was this……..
There was a long buffet table, and as we walked the length of the table, plates in hand, we were served a wonderful meal to enjoy. And there, at the end of the buffet table, stood one of Fran’s nephews. His favorite candy is divinity, without nuts. That is a difficult candy to make. Sometimes Fran would have to make 2 or 3 batches before she was satisfied with the results. But whenever she saw her nephew, Danny, she was certain to have a tin full of divinity for him to take home. And on this day, Danny had made some for her. He waited for guest to pass by, and when they did, he placed a small piece of the divinity that he had made, in remembrance of his Aunt Fran, on their plate. His way of saying, “I love you” to her, just like it was her way of saying the same.
I inherited many of Fran’s baking utensils, as well as her recipe box, full of handwritten recipes. These items, as well as Fran’s love of the kitchen and her family and friends, served as inspiration for Oven Lovin.’
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Here is some inspiration from my amazing Creative Team! I love the varied interpretations of this kit, showing not only baking and kitchen activities, but also families sharing good times together!
The green bowl in Oven Lovin’ was my Mother’s; she used to make Snickerdoodle cookies for me in that bowl!
A few of the smaller utensils are from my kitchen.
With one exception, the rest of the utensils came straight from Fran’s kitchen.
You can see many of them on the Hoosier, that is in my kitchen.
Here is a cluster, created for you by DeLoris, to help you get started on your own scrapbook pages or projects.
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Thank you for coming by today. I wish you many happy memories of those you love.