I never win anything. So, you can imagine my surprise last week when I won this beautiful "Give Thanks" centerpiece at a Thanksgiving brunch hosted by my daughter's Foods class. I took it as a sign that I'm on the right track with this post.
Five years ago, I started the practice of giving thanks for three things each morning during my prayer time. I usually review the previous day and pick anything that stands out to me. Sometimes, they're big things, like my husband receiving a good medical report. Oftentimes, they're little things, like hearing from an old friend. Even on the worst days, I've found I always have reasons to be grateful. (Hello, hot running water for my shower, plenty of food to eat, a heated home and loved ones who support me.) In fact, it's on those days that I realize just how blessed I really am. I don't take anything for granted.
Lately, so much of my gratitude involves this blog. So today, I'd like to share three things I'm thankful for regarding Cooking with Mamma C.
I want to publicly thank Mom for helping me nail down the family recipes. She puts up with my endless questions (here's a behind-the-scenes account of recipe documentation), my insistence on details and my continuous flow of ideas. I really couldn't produce half of the recipes here without her.
Moreover, I owe my culinary interests to Mom in the first place. She was always cooking and baking while I was growing up, and although I mostly hung around the kitchen to lick the beaters, I still learned a great deal through observation. And what an example she set of putting a good meal on the table every single night for us, even when she worked full time. (Let's face it, that's no small feat — no matter how much you like to cook.)
Thanks, Mom. You're the best. (Isn't she beautiful? She's 73.)
2. My Husband and Kids
I wouldn't have started this blog if I didn't have the support of my husband and kids. They're my taste testers, my photo judges (I'm always asking, "Should I pick this one or that one?") and my patient bystanders while I take photos of food they'd rather dig into immediately. Most of all, they never question the time I spend working on Cooking with Mamma C. They just understand how much I enjoy it, and that means a lot to me. Thanks, guys. You're my reason for everything.
3. All of you
Yes, I mean you. Anyone who reads my blog, who takes the time to leave a comment, who goes out of the way to spread the word, or who likes or shares a post on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. I appreciate you so much. And those of you who have made one or more Mamma C recipes...you have no idea how honored I am. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!