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I miss you, Mom

My mother’s birthday is September 25.
I’ve talked about Sadako before on my blog and she is one remarkable lady. But I have to share something interesting that I have recently realized about our relationship.

I enjoy spending time with my mom.

There. I said it. Isn’t it funny how our relationships go through phases and evolutions?

As a child, I remember that I worshipped my mother thinking she was the most beautiful woman in the world with shiny black hair, perfectly shaped hands and pretty, delicate feet. As a teenager, my go-to expression was an eye-roll whenever she used an incorrect word or embarrassed me in front of my friends with her famously grumpy demeanor.

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When I became a mother and began cooking for my family, she was a great resource for shopping tips, basic cooking techniques and laundry advice. And no one can wrangle a baby like Sadako. Need your 7-month old to sleep through the night? Don’t know how to wean your 12-month old? She’s the grandma for the job.

Somewhere along the years, I began teaching her recipes. She asked me for advice on menu planning. I shared tips I’d learned about folding sheets or watering her favorite house plants.

And now this year, after visiting with her twice – once in her home in Albuquerque and the next here in Dallas – I find that I want to spend more time with her. Maybe I finally know her. Really know her. I see the sweet way that she cares for my dad and how she still worries about him. I hear her sensitivity in the way she defends her husband’s little quirks or stubbornness. And it makes me want to be with her more. So I miss you, Mom. I hope to see you again soon. Happy 78th birthday!

I’m really going to rock your world this week! First, you are receiving this menu a day early – woohoo!! Start planning your week now. Second, I am featuring not one but two breakfast options!! I remember how challenging it was to feed those kiddos before they went out the door in the morning. What goes in their stomachs before a long, crazy day can make all the difference between great moments and disasters. The only rule I will apply here is that if you’d like to order the breakfast item(s), I need the order by Sunday night, regardless of when you’d like to pick up. I will make limited quantities so once they gone, they GONE. (slang)

This week we are bidding farewell to summer heat; fall is here officially, so get on outta here, 90+ temps! The menu is a tribute to summer flavors that were lovely — peaches that highlight simple chicken cutlets, zucchini noodles again, and bright, tart raspberries. I hope you’ll find something to please your families.

As always, I’m here if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. -Ruth 214-675-1932

Here’s the menu. Order online here. I truly appreciate you when you get your order in early! At a minimum, please order by 10am the day prior to your pickup and be sure to provide your cell number. Pickup schedule at 9800 Preston Road is as follows:

Tuesday 2-4pm
Wednesday 12-5pm
Thursday 11-4pm
Friday 11-2pm

Sweet Child of Mine

So our boy went back to school this weekend and while the thought made me sad leading up to Saturday, I didn’t cry any tears upon our departure. On the drive to Ft. Worth, my son played appropriate songs for my distraction and enjoyment—the playlist included some George Strait hits and notably Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye,” “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds and Guns & Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine!” I couldn’t cry for laughing so hard. He’s going to have another great year as a Horned Frog.
But I have to share with you a poignant list from my dear friend’s post on Facebook that absolutely hits a homerun in describing why moms cry when they take their babies off to college. Sniff.

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Below is a brief summary of survey results, specifically the answer that pertained to the menu…

#5 – I think the weekly menu
a. Has too many choices…....................0%
b. Is nicely varied, keep it up…............85%
c. Favorites available all the time….....15%

The comments that were added included requests for

-smaller meals for smaller families
-more salads
-vegetarian options
-low-carb options
-different recipes

I have heard you and I aim to please. You may have noticed the past two weeks’ menus have included two salad options and the response has been good. This week I’m down to one salad because I snuck a yummy summer soup in… there are also notations for gluten-free (GF) and vegetarian (V) menu options. If you are interested in smaller portions, you must follow the link to order online where you have the option in some cases to choose a half-size entree item.

One other item of note for this week’s menu – if you’ve seen the Spiralizer that was trending earlier this year – the pasta salad features Zucchini Noodles AND Pasta Noodles for all of the zoodle-noodle-kit-and-kaboodle fun you can handle!!!

As always, I’m here for you if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Have a great week! -Ruth 214-675-1932

Check out the menu at the above tab. Order online here. Please order by 10am the day prior to your pickup and be sure to provide your cell number. Pickup schedule at 9800 Preston Road is as follows:

Tuesday 2-4pm
Wednesday 12-5pm
Thursday 11-4pm
Friday 11-2pm