Archive | July 2013

Mom 2.5: Shipping up to Baltimore

I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit my Bu for an extended stay: an amazing birthday party, a visit to the American Girl store, and the train museum with three of my favoritest little people.

Naturally, when we get together, talk turns to our moms: recipes, etc.

One of the things that occurs to me as my world has shifted is that her home is probably the closet I will have to “going home.”  Her BFF comes to pick me up from the airport–with a Diet Coke, no less.  We have driveway happy hour. My H-I-L reviews some paperwork for me. I cheated on Duchess with another dog, got to take part in an ad-hoc wedding reception for  a lovely female couple: history in the making.

And the day before I left for Maryland, my mom came home.

Meme:  (calling Bu): Hey.

Bu: Hey!! What’s up?

Meme: It’s Mom. Matt brought her home.

(We have a quick discussion about the greatness of Matt.)

Bu: Okay.

Meme: Okay.

Bu:  Where will she go?

Meme: Downstairs for now.


Going home brings many joys. I bring my knitting. I bring my gossip. I bring my love for my littles.

And when I’m home, I get to try family recipes. )

“For there is no friend like a sister. ”



Mom From Beyond: Mom 2.0

When Bu and I started this blog, it was with the true intent to bring those of us who have lost a Mom (or family member) together. To share memories. To ask life questions. 

We wanted to share the Essence of Mom. What it meant to have a Mom–namely ours. 

Bu and I had the misfortune of losing our moms at a relatively young age.We also had the misfortune of losing our moms suddenly. There wasn’t a chance for a great good-bye.No real last words.

So we started this blog…and then last night found a letter from my mom.

It was color-coded.)

From my mom:

“I know things have changed since I was young and got married. There were very traditional male/female roles then. Back then, it was the wife’s responsibility to completely take care of the husband. I know that now, men and women are very different. Men do things that women used to do and vice versa.

However, my darling, just as you appreciate and, in some ways, expect that your boyfriend or husband will help you with your car, (As Man did!) a man should also be able to have certain expectations of you.” 

And family recipes

Good luck cookies

Made by my grandmother, Catherine Buchholz for all family occasions and in-between!

1 pound butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

5 ½ cups flour

1 level tablespoon baking soda

1 level teaspoon nutmeg

1 level teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 eggs


Melt butter over low heat.

Once melted, turn off the stove and add white sugar. Mix well.

Add brown sugar and stir.

Add eggs and vanilla.


In a separate bowl, add flour.

Add dry ingredients. Mix well.

Make approximately 5 rolls by placing 1/5 of the dough on wax paper. Fold wax paper over dough and form into a long roll of cookie dough.

Put in refrigerator for a few hours until chilled.

When chilled – slice thinly and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes at 375.

The cookies taste the best when they are crisp. Can top with sprinkles or colored sugar.