Rhubarb And Memories

Picture 2985My grandmother was a great pie maker. A wonderful pie maker. She had a way with crust….flakey and tender. Always. I think it was her innate patience. This she applied to almost everything she did. She was a keen and patient observer, a contemplated thinker on almost all issues, and seemed to take delight in the ability to pause…..to take notice, to savor, to consider. Me, being a bit more rambunctious in nature, took years ( too many!) to master even a bit of this approach to life. I’m still working on it. This morning I baked a rhubarb pie. My grandmother’s recipe, along with her crust instructions. I did this in the wee hours, quietly, and with as much patience as I could muster…..thinking of her. Have a lovely, slow, and blissful day all! Picture 2992

21 comments on “Rhubarb And Memories

  1. My Nana has been my inspiration for the past 60 years..I loved her and would have gladly left home to live with her.. sadly many many years too late. You can see a picture of her on my about page…. Rhubarb pie ….takes some beating… πŸ™‚

    • There should be a book about Nana’s. All the stories, all the memories….. and the recipes! Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think of my grandmother. I’ll check out the photo on your ‘about page’! Maybe we should do a post about grandma’s….with pictures!

  2. I am just reading this and wondering if you are talking about my AUNT MARIAM.

    • I imagine that would be my Grandmother….she was truly a gem. She meant the world to me and I was so, so lucky to have her in my life. I miss her and my childhood would not have been the same without her. If she is your aunt…then we are cousins…Howdy Cousin…how are things and where are you writing from? Denise

    • Thank you…I spent many days in the kitchen with my grandmother. She always let us cook, we could make a complete disaster of her kitchen, and she would just smile and coach us along. Love the tartness of rhubarb…along with a bit of ice cream on the side! Thank you so much for your kind words.

  3. Hello Denise, this is such a lovely post! We are planning to feature Fernwood Nursery and this post on our blog, All Spiritual Things πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Veronica! So happy to have you visit the blog. I am following All Spiritual Things and enjoying it very much! I have always thought of my grandmother as the master of balance…she did this naturally. She looked at everything with such consideration and delight… the green of moss, the taste coffee in the morning, the feel of linen…all these things I remember. It was like she was savoring the experience of all things. She made a terrific impression on me growing up ( I lived with her) and I am reminded of her gentle way of living almost everyday. Best to you and Thank you!
      blessings, denise

      • Thank you Denise. We enjoy your blog too. Your grandmother is living on in you, it seems, with all those careful loving memories!

  4. What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. The ability to look at everything with “consideration and delight” is a real gift. It’s often hard to slow down enough to savor life that way. And while her patience may have contributed to her great pie crusts, my mother also made a great crust and she was neither patient nor contemplative! I attribute her crusts to lard.

    • Oh, the virtues of a lard crust…can’t argue with that! My grandmother did make wonderful pies, but it was her grace in life that left an everlasting impression. Happy pie making to you! Denise

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