Happy 2016! A new year is upon us, filled with the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings.
I greeted the new year - my head swimming with thoughts of all that lay ahead in the coming days, weeks, and months. I prepared myself to bid Sara adieu for another semester away at university...to start my final semester of paralegal courses...to watch Rebecca embark on another dance competition season. There is so much to look forward to, and so much to do in so little time...so what else is new?!?
It's been said that God doesn't give you more than you can handle...and after the second half of 2015 I know that to be true. I won't bore you will all the trials and tribulations faced by our family, but suffice it to say that things did not get easier following my mother's death.
But I try to remain an optimist and see the glass as being half full. And having Sara home for the holidays was wonderful. In September we packed her up and watched as she set off on her own life journey as a University student living hours away from home. It was hard to say goodbye...for all of us. But daily life and routines took over, and once again our worlds were "intense". So this winter break was a "mechayeh" (life reviving) and I think we were all sad to see it come to an end.
I did get a chance to try a new Bubbie Lou recipe, chosen by Sara before she left...apple sauce...and how simple it is to make! It was a little sweet for her liking, but that's an easy fix - just reduce the sugar. I especially love the terms Bubbie used in her recipe - "scant" (which I actually looked up to make sure I had it right!) and her little note in parentheses (Lift from top to bottom). I halved the recipe for my first try, as reflected in the photos to follow, but it definitely wasn't enough. I would suggest making the full recipe if you're feeding a family of four.
|"scant" 3/4C of sugar|
|Full 1 1/2C water|
|4 apples (peeled and sliced)|
|Boil syrup for a few minutes then add sliced apples, boil |
slowly for 20 minutes, lifting from the top to the bottom
|The end result - yum!|
|An aerial view...|
Maybe it's because losing my mother is still so fresh and raw, but these little notes and phrases contained in their recipes bring me so much comfort. They make me feel like Bubbie Gertie, Bubbie Lou, Auntie Etta and Mom are reunited...and together they are watching over us...Sara, Becca and me, watching us peruse their recipes and bake with their tools. I envision them smiling and kvelling and imagine that one day I will be together with them again...to join and watch as my own daughters and granddaughters come alive and fall in love with cooking and baking...
|Mom, Auntie Etta and Bubbie Lou |
(this is how I imagine they are reunited,
loving and laughing, as they did in life)
Until next time, I wish you a happy and healthy 2016 filled with family, fun, friends and fantastic food. B'Tayavon and Buon Appetito!
Bubbie Lou's Amazing Apple Sauce
- 1½C sugar
- full 3C water
- 8 apples cut in slices
- Boil syrup for a few minutes
- Add sliced apples
- Boil slowly for 20 minutes, lifting apples from top to bottom
- Remove from heat and mash (using potato masher or a handheld immersion blender)