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Preserving Mom’s Memories…and Her Recipes!

Preserving Mom’s Memories…and Her Recipes!

Was your mom a great cook? A good cook? A lousy cook?

No matter what her cooking prowess, some of your fondest memories are of her cooking—including the time she made Hawaiian Style Pork Chops substituting chicken for pork and peaches for pineapple.

Or the time she accidentally made a lemon meringue pie and grabbed the salt instead of the sugar.

Your mom’s old family recipes are not only part of her past they are part of your past. What better way to make mom feel important and appreciated than to preserve her recipes? Your in-home caregiver can help do just that. Memory books can include mom’s meatloaf recipe as readily as mom’s recollection of the first meal she cooked for dad–you guessed it, meatloaf. Have you forgotten how she would let you eat baked beans right out of the can when you watched Saturday afternoon cowboy movies?

Golden Age Companions caregivers are equipped with the tools they need to help record family memories. Not only does the activity keep mom occupied, but it can also inspire other stories about old friends, family gatherings, special occasions, and “…that time when…” Your caregiver can help record these stories before they are gone forever! These days we talk so much about “staying present” but much of who we are is built on a foundation of who we were, and this is even more true of an aging parent whose past years far outnumber their remaining years. This is an easy concept for young, vital adults to overlook.

A family cookbook is a good way to bring the past into the present. Yes, even if the recipes are available online, or on the stained pages of the Joy of Cooking.

The compilation of recipes that were served at the family table provides a different kind of nutrition, call it food for the soul. Just don’t be surprised when you find out the recipe for Mom’s Famous Swedish Meatballs come off the back of a spice packet, or the reason she cut off the end of an Easter ham was so it would fit in her roasting pan. It’s all good…even if Hawaiian Style Chicken and Peaches wasn’t so good.