Thoughts on Mother’s Day

Today I’d like to welcome all the mothers and mothers-to-be out there and wish you, from the bottom of my heart, a happy Mother’s Day. I hope you are able to spend time with your families and make memories that will last a lifetime. I know that for some, this day brings sadness and pain. If that is the case, I hope you can somehow find a way to enjoy the day. For you I wish grace, the gift of acceptance, and peace.

Simple Summer Pasta Salad | An Easy side dish that makes enough for family gatherings and picnics!

Simple Summer Pasta Salad

I am actually sort of in between happy and sad right now. I am incredibly grateful for my husband and my kids. My son is married now and my daughter has a wonderful (and very handy) boyfriend. My family of four has become a family of six. I am blessed beyond measure and they all continue to enrich my life every day. On the flip side, as most of you know, my mom passed away a few months ago. I am now a different person and I’m in the process of figuring out who that person is.

Chili with Pasta Recipe from On Sutton Place

Chili with Pasta Recipe

My life seems to have been divided into two parts. Part One was when my mom was alive, and Part Two began on the day she died. Part Two of this story has sort of thrown me for a loop, but I’m slowing adjusting. Keeping busy and spending time with my dad has helped. I have you all to thank for keeping me busy. Your support of me and my blog continues to amaze me on a daily basis. 

My Mom's Pot Roast | Classic recipe that's so easy! |

My Mom’s Pot Roast Recipe

I am one of the lucky ones. I had a mom who was good and loving. She was my biggest fan and my best friend. I’m not saying she was perfect or that our relationship was perfect. We all know that’s just not real life…but I am who I am because of her. So, on this Mother’s Day, I choose to leave sadness behind and remember her with a light heart. I need to get on with Part Two of my life. I hope she’s looking down from above, and smiling.

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Sprinkled throughout this post are recipes handed down to me from my mom. They are dependable, tried and true family favorites. When I close my eyes and think of my mom, I see her standing in the kitchen of my childhood home. She’s either at the sink…or at the stove. She clocked countless hours in that kitchen! She made everything from scratch, including the best egg noodles ever. Her recipes are easy to follow and most of them feed a crowd.

30 minute italian red noodle soup

Italian Red Soup Recipe

I hope you’ve been inspired to clock a few hours in the kitchen…or maybe hug your mom. Both will make you feel so much better! I’ll be back in a few days with some herb garden ideas because it’s getting really close to planting time. I, for one, am ready.

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