My Oklahoma Grandma made her Thanksgiving dressing with what we called "light bread" instead of the cornbread stuffing I was accustomed to. She always made a German Chocolate cake with a coconut pecan icing for my dad. Although she pretended she did not like him, she bought him Coors Beer too. Because she knew he liked Coors.
Because she knew he loved them, Daddy's Mother made him banana puddings for Thanksgiving dinner. The made from scratch pudding was especially good if eaten still warm. Daddy said he also liked my step mom's whipped topping banana pudding. Grandma made my brother oatmeal cakes with coconut pecan frosting. I wonder if he still likes them? I would make him one if he would come visit. Because I know he loves oatmeal cakes.
Mama started working outside the home shortly after my baby sister was born. Grandma became very attached to her and pretty much whatever Freda Lou wanted, Freda Lou got. Often at some large family gathering, with every dish you can imagine presented, Grandma would fry potatoes just for her. Because Freda loved fried potatoes.
|Look at that baby - wouldn't you fry potatoes for her too?|
Grandma was known for her yeast rolls, pinto beans, and Mexican chicken. But it was often the simpler things that I remember the most. Since my uncle and I had children the same age, we were often at Grandma's at the same time. I can still see Bo and Todd sitting on the bar separating the dining room and kitchen while Grandma made them a bowl of warm oatmeal. Because they loved oatmeal.
Except for the milk gravy Grandma fed me when I was an infant, I do not remember special just-for-me meals. Well....she did make homemade applesauce for me when I was on Dr. Lane's Diet. And....she did bake all those sweet potatoes for me while I was expecting Greg. Because she knew I loved sweet potatoes.