Living Poor, Good Eating (BLW Contributor)

MJ

Mom peeling apples Mom peeling apples to can.

Living poor had its drawbacks, but it also had its rewards.  The twelve of us kids learned to work hard and to value work and the rewards work provided.  We valued the school clothes that we worked to pay for, and the meals we raised together in our garden.  We had chores to do in the mornings and evenings, and we are better people because we were taught to work and be responsible.  At the end of the day, we shared stories and adventures as we sat around a large table for a family meal.

Mom loved variety and she loved to try things.  She loved to read recipe books and loved to experiment with different flavors.  She was blessed to be married to a man who also liked to try things, and he encouraged her culinary experiments.  Sometimes he would bring things home for…

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