I have been missing my Mom a great deal this holiday season- she is such a huge part of the magic of Christmas for me. I didn't realize it until I was grown, but she was the magic. Moms are pretty amazing.
As I was making dinner rolls from scratch on Thanksgiving Day, I was wishing I had my mom by my side for many reasons, but specifically because I'd never made dinner rolls without her. I thought I knew what I was doing (things seem easy when you are just helping), but I couldn't remember how many times she divided the dough, thick she rolled the rolls, etc. I immediately called my Dad and charged him and my sister Erin with the task of documenting how she makes dinner rolls. For posterity, you know.
I then recalled that I took some portraits of her as she made her famous sweet rolls one weekend in April while we were in their home. I am so grateful to have these for the next time I make try to make sweet rolls (never made those on my own either). Notice how I don't have any pictures of the finished product? Yea. I was too busy eating. They are seriously amazing.
How amazing would it be to have a family favorites recipe book compiled with famous family recipes with accompanying photos like this one? I guess I could start... sweet rolls with my mom, and tarts with my Grandma... I'm well on my way! I just need to add Grandma's fudge, my mom's peanut brittle, my mom's caramels, my Dad's homemade bread, my sister's baking powder biscuits, my sister's orange julius, my brother's German pancakes... the list goes on and on.
Try it this holiday season...
and my Dad proudly displaying Mama's handiwork: