September 19, 2009

Call me sentimental

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I won't care. I think it is a good thing. It means you have a heart.

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The times I am baking in the early morning is when my Grandma Mae (Nanny) comes to my mind. I always think of her, how she would do it and how she would like what I am making. One thing I remember making with Nanny is raisin bran muffins. Many mornings I would be at Nanny's house for breakfast. I would get up early with my dad and ride over to her house with him. Dad would be on his way to work and he would be picking up Poppy to ride with him. Me, I would go in to Nanny & Poppy's house and go upstairs to snuggle with Nanny for a little while before we would get up to have breakfast.

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If you haven't guessed, I was very close to my Nanny. I don't know that many people are so lucky. Maybe it is different if you are a girl. Or if you are a first born, or if you just come from a very close loving family. Whatever the case is, I was very blessed to have the most wonderful grandmother. She was sweet, kind, loving and sometimes naive (or so we thought!). She loved to joke, she loved music. She had the most wonderful smile and she never judged me. Not even when I made some of the most stupid and wrong decisions in my life. Instead, she opened her arms (and her doors) and brought me in close. Her home was my home and her heart loved me unconditionally. That is how I want my family and friends to remember me.

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If Nanny was still here, then this morning I would pack up some muffins and run down the road - pj's and all - to share them with her. It would certainly be something that would make her smile and say "come on in Shelby Mae."

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The photo above is Nanny's recipe. She tore this from a Post Raisin Bran box herself. No matter that I love things neat and orderly - I will not change this card because it came from her house, her cereal box and her hands that tore it from there. Call me sentimental. I won't care.

25 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories of your Nanny Shelby.It sounds like you were truly blessed.

Donna-FFW said...

I need a tissue after reading this..so sweet, loved it.

They look amazing, btw.

Jamie said...

Shelby,
What a touching post about your grandmother. Sounds like you had a wonderful and special relationship. Treasure that torn out recipe and think about all the times she touched it to make those muffins.

Jessie said...

very touching entry, it's okay to remember ones we love. It sounds like you and nanny had so many wonderful memories together, go right ahead and keep cherishing them :)

Barbara Bakes said...

How wonderful that you were so close to your grandmother. Mine lived about an hour away and we only saw them about once a month. The muffins look great. I love that she got the recipe of the raisin bran box!

Leslie said...

soooo sweet. I love the fact you keep the original recipe

Mags said...

What a lovely tribute to your grandmother. She must have been a very special person. Those muffins look pretty special too!

natalia said...

Ciao !I'm sure your grandma was soo fond of you too ! She must have been a wonderful nanny and person !!

the ungourmet said...

These just look amazing and I love your liners! Perfect for autumn!

the ungourmet said...

Your Nanny sounds like a sweet person! I miss my grandma sometimes too. We used to have the best talks! ;0)

JyLnC said...

I loved my grandmother, too. Unfortunately, I didn't live close enough to have those wonderful Saturday morning memories but I can relate to associating recipes with our wonderful grandmothers.

I love Raisan Bran and I'm going to have to try this recipe...in honor of grandmother's everywhere who make their grand daughters feel loved and special.

haleysuzanne said...

I am the same way. I have many of my Grandma's recipes, cards, clippings - she is still alive, but she doesn't cook anymore. So, she's given me these things. I marveled over them as a child, and I treasure them still. Sometimes I don't need a polished, gourmet recipe. Sometimes, I need the exact recipe I used to help my Grandma in the kitchen with.

And those muffins sound great. :)

Wasilla said...

Awwww, sentimental? Yes. Wonderfully written? Yes. How sweet. Your line "come on in Shelby Mae" brought a tear to my eye. Thanks, what a great way to start my Saturday.

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Lovely memories to your grandmother and a really sweet tribute to her! As always your desserts are outstanding yum yum :)

Cheers!

Gera

Katy ~ said...

Shelby, you are just so very, very dear. Beautiful, touching post. Your Nana has graced us all.

My gosh that muffin is gorgeous!

Peabody said...

I love that it came from the box. That is where a lot of my beloved family recipes come from...or so I have found out over the years.

Ivy said...

What a lovely, touching tribute to your 'nanny. You are very lucky to have such precious memories. Mine all died before I was born and I only met one grandfather but he died when I was five, so I do not have memories of him either.

Christy said...

You caught me on a nostalgic day of my own and brought tears to my eyes. What a lovely story, thank you for sharing it and the wonderful recipe for the muffins. When I bake these for my kiddos' breakfast, I'll think of you!

teresa said...

what a sweet tribute post!

Parita said...

muffins look fabulous! so moist and delicious!

Laura said...

Wonderful post. :)

Jamie said...

What wonderful memories and what a delicious way to remember her and such happy, innocent days. Gorgeous muffins.

Megan said...

Lovely post Shelby. Makes me miss my granny and my mom.
Muffins looks like it would hit the spot. Love those recipes on the back of the box!!!

CookiePie said...

How wonderful that you have such beautiful memories of your grandmother! I can almost smell those delicious-looking muffins baking... :)

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Great post Shelby. I love that you saved the recipe from the box. The muffins look so moist and delicious.

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