Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

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I recently visited my mom in Syracuse.  She had fallen and broken her neck at the facility where she was staying.  She was there to begin with due to recent surgery on her leg.  I had 5 days in a row to visit with her and spend time with her.  My last day there she was in quite a bit of pain (my mom can take a lot of pain). She had a collar on her neck and was sitting in a straight back, upholstered chair.  I kept telling her through the week she should sit in the bed with it reclined.  She did NOT want to sit in that bed.  Finally, I was able to get her comfortable by sitting in her bed. We angled the bed so she could watch TV.  It took me 2 days to get my stubborn mom to accept the fact that lying in the bed, with it reclined, was much better for her.  Her last words to me that day as I was leaving were “Thank you, I feel much better”.  She even smiled.  I reminded her I would be back in June for her 90th birthday celebration and off I went!

When I got home from Syracuse I got a Mother’s Day card for her.  Finally mailed it out in a timely manner.  She would actually receive it before Mother’s Day.  However, when I was getting ready to mail the card I realized the verse would be too small for her to read.  I thought the verse in the card was perfect for how I feel about her.  I wanted her to be able to read it.  I ended up typing the verse on a separate piece of paper in large font and inserted that in the card.    Here it is:

‘Do you know what it means to be your daughter?
It means I always feel loved.
It means I have a true friend I can count on.
It means someone wise and wonderful believes in me and encourages my dreams.
It means I know how lucky I am because you are everything special a mom can be.’

This was definitely the perfect card.  Every single one of those statements are true.  I am a very lucky daughter.

Mom did not get to read my card.  She passed away in her sleep Thursday morning.

One thing for sure , she was my mother, sister, and best friend all in one.  I could tell her anything.  Anything and everything.  That one person in my life that never judged me – well, most of the time 😉   She definitely had her criticisms.  I mean, she is my mom!

She used to say to me “Honey, I love you more than you will ever know.”  Mom, I will miss you and will love you more than YOU will ever know.  Always and Forever.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom.

Lemon Pistachio Macaroons

Found this “Simple and Delicious” recipe in April’s Food Network Magazine. They went fast!

Lemon Pistachio Macaroons

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Ingredients

1/3 cup shelled unsalted pistachios (I did use salted)
3 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I used lemon extract)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 14 ounce package sweetened shredded coconut (about 3 packed cups)

Ingredients

  1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Pulse the pistachios in a food processor until finely ground but not powdery.  (you could finely chop if you do not have a food processor)
  3. Whisk the egg whites with the sugar, lemon zest, extract and salt in a large bowl until frothy.  Stir in the ground pistachios, then stir in the coconut until completely combined.
  4. Scoop heaping tablespoons of the coconut mixture onto the prepared baking pans.
  5. Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the macaroons are golden, 25-30 minutes.
  6. Let cool 10 minutes on the pans, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!