01 April 2010

Cooking a little comfort


Hi All. Just popping in to say that we're enjoying our time with family immensely. I'll have lots of fun things to do in Denver posts in the coming weeks, highlighting some of our outings. The Z-cakes guide to Denver...I'm thinking about calling it.

Unfortunately, there was some sad news in my life at the beginning of the week. My dear friend, Charlotte, suffered from a stroke and will not be with us much longer. I had no idea on Monday when I posted her Devil's Food Cake recipe that it would actually be a bit of a tribute to her. My heart aches for her family as I read their beautiful words on their own blogs. Tributes to Charlotte. I cannot help but feel like I am losing a grandmother too.

I don't know if it is just human nature, or the way I was raised, but in circumstances like this I am almost obsessively compelled to help. Most often that "help" comes in the form of food. I'm so happy to be able to make dinner for Charlotte's family tonight, remembering all of the people who brought meals to our family when my grandmothers passed away. Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, roasted carrots, green beans, and dinner rolls are on the menu tonight. It is humbling to cook for a group of such accomplished cooks (especially the rolls) but during a time when there is really so little to actually do, I welcome the opportunity to cook a little comfort.

On a happier note, I bought some tulips today.


N8tr0n and I were engaged in the Spring. A couple of days after we got engaged, we went to see the beautiful tulip fields in Mt. Vernon, Washington to take gobs of lovey-dovey pictures. It is a rare Spring when I don't pick up a bundle of tulips thinking about how much I love my N8tr0n.


I'll be back on Monday with some fun crafts (including the baby shower onesie craft) and, you know, the usual. Pictures of Z-cakes, unsolicited advice, and random ramblings.

Hope to see you then.



paws said...

Love the tulips. They're the embodiment of Spring to me.

Laurel said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Charlotte.

Hannah said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend.

Those tulips are beautiful!

Cassie said...

So sorry to hear your news about your friend Miranda. I know that your meal will provide just the warm comfort food can in these situations.

I adore you tulips photo's - I could spend hours learning about good photography from you I feel sure.

Gail said...

The cooking times you spent with Charlotte were a special way of sharing and a blessing for both of you.
Tulips bring me happy memories too.

megan-mae said...

When my grandmother died it was sudden and unexpected. i didn't even know how to act around my family, especially my mum. i couldn't do anything except cook - and my mum certainly wasn't capable of even buttering bread at the time. i think the nurturing part of feeding people also helps us deal with our own feelings in certain situations. There's something very deep and powerful in terms of love in just caring enough to provide something so basic for people.

And those tulips are beautiful. They're my second favourite flower. i'll never tell anyone my favourite though, because it's my secret, and i like keeping it to myself. (Though i also secretly hope when i'm older and in love maybe 'he' will have worked it out).

michelle said...

We were so grateful for the dinner you brought, Miranda. Especially since it was Patti's birthday! We felt so nurtured to be able to come home, utterly exhausted, and to sit around the table together and have a wonderful meal. It was truly a gift.

As well as the cakes, of course. I only wish I had had a piece of your Ding Dong cake (I mean, Ultimate Fudge cake, ahem).

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