One of the many things I miss about my mom is her cooking.
Since her passing, I realize now just how much I took my mom for granted over the years -- and the void her passing has left is insurmountable.
What I wouldn't give to be able to walk into my mom's kitchen again and take in the smells and flavours of another perfectly homemade meal, just one last time.
My son will never know the joy of eating one of her meals, and my daughter is already beginning to forget them as well. She remembers that she loved eating at Nonna's house, but she doesn't exactly remember why.
I feel compelled to keep my mom's memory alive for my kids, not to mention my Italian heritage, which sometimes feels as though it died along with her.
And though I routinely cook some of my mom's meals for my family -- which are tastier than many dishes you'll find in upscale Italian-ish restaurants -- I also wanted to create something more permanent. Something that my kids could physically see everyday.
While it's important that my kids remember their Nonna, it's also crucial that they maintain a connection with their paternal grandmother, who lives two time zones away in upstate New York.
And so I created this:
Another Pinterest success story:
Framed, hand-written recipes from loved ones.
In the frame on the left are two of my daughter's favourite recipes from my mom: banana bread, plus Mostaccioli, which is Italian gingerbread.
And the frame on the right contains my mother-in-law's infamous (and always-in-demand) recipe for sticky buns.
The best thing about these framed recipes is that they're both handwritten by my children's grandmothers. This personal touch is exactly what my kitchen -- and my family -- needed.