Christmas present of the year award goes to…Momma Lehrian! Seriously, she hit it out of the ballpark!
Weeks before Christmas my mom was being major sneaky about a “top secret” project she was working on for us kids as a holiday gift…always had to hang up the phone to run an errand for it or call us back cause she was busy with it. Nosy me thought of everything possible she could be doing – my bro was having a baby..so something with that? all three girls in the family got married in 2012…was that it? Maybe a trip? Nope. None of it. She trumped all of my ideas!
On Christmas morning she was handing out gifts – sweaters, socks – really typical presents. Then she passed around a bag to each kids wife/hub – a bag full of legit WS kitchen supplies – measuring cups, timers, hot pads, spatulas, slotted spoons..the list goes on. We all looked at my mom, thanked her for the goodies, she said your welcome & began tearing up. All of us confused, she placed three boxes on her kids laps – we opened it up at the same time…
It was a recipe binder. Not just any recipes – all of them hand written by our mom. Family recipes that we grew up with. Recipes from her dearest friends, my mom’s egg casserole that she makes every Christmas Eve, my stepdad’s coconut fish he makes during the summer & even my grandma’s meatloaf she always made when she was still here.
All kids cried. My mom cried. A very emotional way to end our Christmas morning, but honestly the best way & I will never forget it.
I will no doubt be doing this for my kids (when I have them) & I can only say that any mother out there should do the same! It will always be cherished in our home.
Now I have to get to some cookin’ – there is a binder of mouth-watering recipes waiting for me!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!