Monday, November 15, 2010

Recipes? From me???

Trust me, you don't want my cooking. But my mother-in-law is an excellent cook and hosts Thanksgiving each year. She's from Slovania and has a fascinating life story.

Back when her home was known as Yugoslavia and was under communist rule, she was smuggled out of the country to relatives in France. From there, she was sent on to Canada where there was an arranged marriage waiting for her. She was 16 years old.

She stayed in that marriage hoping love would grow, but it never did. Fortunately, she had a wonderful daughter to love and is now a loving grandmother. She's back in Canada visiting them as we speak.

For her, hard work has never been a's just part of life. I admire so many things about her, and I'm glad she finally found love. My father-in-law has just been through a bout of Cancer. A brilliant new treatment saved his life and he's now cancer free. I'd never heard of it before, but I haven't kept up with the medical advances that have occurred over the last 9 years since I worked as a nurse. I expect we'll be celebrating a little more this Thanksgiving.

Now, your recipe--one I learned from my mother-in-law...

2 cups of courage
1 cup of hope
Mix with hard work geared to individual taste
A heaping teaspoon of determination
Maybe a pinch of luck (optional)
and sprinkle liberally with a positive attitude.

All that with a side of gratitude will make your Thanksgiving wonderful.



  1. Great story, Ash! Hoping your father-in-law will be cancer free forever! I cook plain Jane for Thanksgiving and Christmas, turkey, roasted potatoes, gravy and asparagus. My daughter makes stuffing. I'll pick up a store made chocolate fudge cake. Otherwise--nothing fancy--and that's just the way we like it. :)

  2. What a neat story! And the recipe ... wondermous (that is a word in my dictionary ... of course I wear bifocals!)

  3. I think that's a recipe everyone should use. What a wonderful story. May your father-in-law remain cancer free. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I like that recipe. I bet it turns out a superior product most of the time.

  5. I can imagine she used that recipe often based on her history. Great story!

  6. That's a recipe I can use. Thanks, Ash!

  7. How wonderful Ash!

    I cook even if I don't enjoy it. But I love to bake.

  8. Your mother in law sounds like an amazing woman! Thank you for sharing her story.

  9. What an inspiring story and a great recipe. That's one we can use all year!

  10. LOL, Terry. That's exactly what I'd do if I had to cook. Maybe I'd even let Boston Chicken help.

  11. That's the best recipe I've heard in ages, Ash. What a wonderful woman to have in your family!