I was reminded of all my blessings yesterday, with a delightful visit from my mom! Right now, I'm living about 1 1/2 hr. from my parents so a visit is a real treat! I was off work and she is a stay at home mom and wife who needed her hair colored and cut (I'm a stylist if you didn't already know). Turned out we both needed some girl time to open our hearts and ears to one another--we've always been very close to each other, and even more so now that I'm grown and married.
She greeted me with a beautiful spring arrangement for my table! Tulips in all shades of yellow...aren't they pretty! Tulips are a sign that Easter is coming and spring is here! They represent life and joy. Yes, I may be little dramatic, but that is how I feel whenever I see this arrangement. Maybe one day if I ever host Easter dinner, this can be the center piece! I'm not sure that Mom will ever give a holiday dinner up, though...
I love the little wooden and wicker basket it's in. Mom knows exactly what I like, because it's usually whatever she likes!
That was just precious of her to come and give me a gift for spring, although not surprising. My parents are very thoughtful! Mom knows that I love and appreciate even the smallest of things in life. I think I got that from them.
I knew I wanted to make a dessert to go along with our afternoon coffee, and since I had some Meyer lemons in the fridge, I decided to make our favorite Lemon Meringue Pie! (There is the recipe:)
Mom has always l-o-v-e-d lemon meringue since she was a little girl! In fact, every year for her birthday whenever my Granny (her mom) would tell her she would make anything for her, Mom would never ask for a cake but always lemon meringue pie. So, I knew since she was coming and I had those beautiful lemons, lemon meringue it is!
The pie certainly turned out delicious. Maybe even better than usual! Mom was surprised, excited and so thankful. I was just thankful she was here with me and it turned out perfect!
Yesterday was a beautiful, warm day and that really helped me make a good meringue. It fluffed up well and spread to perfect little peaks that browned to heavenly goodness! I always make a graham cracker crust homemade. (Mom would have no other!) So of course I beat the crackers into crumbs that were a large crumble to soak up all the butter. MmmmMmm! I love the contrast of crunchy, buttery crust with the creamy, tart pie and fluffy vanilla meringue!
So the pie was a big hit! We ate it while drinking coffee out of my new china teacups. The pattern of the china is called Sydney Rose and it's so pretty and feminine. Never took a picture with the coffee in it. (Oops!) Soon I'm going to post about my new dishes and you'll get to see them all.
I just loved the look of my new arrangement on the new tablecloth with the Lemon Meringue Pie. Almost too pretty to eat....almost!!
Later we went outside and I showed her all of my new plants and flowers. I love being outside on pretty days. We finished the night by making Chicken Fajita Quesadillas together with our favorite, homemade guacamole. It was so fun to cook together! We had a great time, and the food turned out so yummy!! My hubby was excited about the Mexican supper and pie, too. He knows when we have company over, nobody goes hungry!
Mom and I had a great day spent together while cooking and eating, laughing and crying--doing what any good friends do whenever they reunite! And that is why I'm reminded of my blessings. All of the love I have in my life....is a gift from the Lord!