Let me tell you just a little bit about my upbringing. I was brought up on a farm. When I say that most people think, oh you must know great country cooking. Well, no, that’s not true. Please read on…
My Dad wanted me to learn how to cook. It was a big deal for him (and now I know why). He would send me into the kitchen at dinner time and say “tell your Mother to teach you to cook”. Mother would send me out of the kitchen as soon as I would enter. Dad would send me back to the kitchen. Mother would send me back out. This went on several times per night, almost every night. She said she just didn’t have time to teach me. I never learned to cook.
When I was first married in 1993, I asked my Grandma to write down her recipes. She wrote down the titles. That didn’t really help out either. Don, my husband and I ate out a lot. I would write down recipes from the nurses I worked with. Don would say “it doesn’t taste the same” and throw it in the trash. Not a great confidence builder and he wasn’t the most patient man.
After Don died, Gracie and I ate whatever I cooked. It was wonderful. We lost a lot of weight and we at home almost all the time. I met and married Michael and he doesn’t eat anything we eat. So, we are back at it again. He eats meat and meat only. We prefer veggies and a little meat.
So, a lot of you want fall recipes and holiday recipes. I go to pinterest anytime I need a recipe. That is the honest truth. Pinterest is your best friend. I just create a board for “recipes I want to try”. You can create one for “fall recipes” or “Holiday recipes”. If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, click here. I have some great side dishes, appetizers and snacks.
Now, for holiday gifts. Do you know that Don never bought me a Christmas, anniversary, birthday, mother’s day, anything present. Michael is the same way. I quit buying gifts for them. I have NO family except my daughter, Gracie, and that sweet little girl only wants cash. She uses it for after Christmas sales to buy clothes for school.
So, for this entire line of questioning. I am NO help. I am so very sorry that I can’t help you. Maybe on the next question (tomorrow), I’ll be more help.
We are really just a VERY PLAIN family. Honestly. I know when you think of plain, you don’t think of “not doing anything”, but we do what works for us. That is what you need to do for you too.