A Box Full of Love
My mother recently moved into a new home which is perfectly sized for her, and this box full of love is one of the things that came home with me. It's filled with recipes from family and friends, business cards of contacts she wanted to keep and my late father's scrawled index card of the Amtrack schedule for when my sister was attending the University of Virginia. Which is priceless.
This humble wooden box created rainy day fun for my sister and I as we attempted to make brownies, cookies, and some rather flat cakes . . . I promise both she and myself have gotten better over the years!
Wrapping the box is my late maternal grandmother's apron. Nini bustled around her kitchen with this very same apron tied around her slender body. Although she was in great shape, those of us who ate the delicious food she prepared had to take a long walk around the neighborhood afterward.
With Valentine's Day soon approaching it got me to thinking about what special thing to make for my own family. I rifled through this box to find "The Recipe." Memories flooded me as I unfolded the Lindy's Cheesecake recipe my mother would make for my father's February 15th birthday. As it baked, Florida-fresh citrus, vanilla, and pure bliss perfumed the whole downstairs of the house and made my dad grin with glee. Here's a bit of my family's tradition to yours. Enjoy!