Big Mommy on Cooking

“Married at 19 years I wanted to learn to cook, so began teaching myself by asking those experienced in cooking, eating good dishes prepared by others, collecting recips and trying to perfect and please the palates of those eating food I’d prepare. Some I improved on, some I discarded as the recipe collection continued through the years. At 83 years I’m still collecting.

“Hunger makes good cooks in those you prepare food for. They govern your success or failure as they encourage or discourage you along the way.

“Tastes, likes, and dislikes governs what a cook strives to attain. We all like to receive compliments for our efforts.

“Share what you learn and collect from others what they’ve experienced and you reach out as you gather and learn.

“Keep supplies stocked as they are used and run low–keep a list to replenish your larder and avoid being embarrassed or caught without.

“Learn to prepare available foods and store ahead. Canning and preserving is a very helpful help to the family budget. In season seek sources for fruits and vegetables, learn to care and prepare them for later use and you become a thrifty housewife and family provider.

“Always check what’s at hand and available to prepare a meal unexpectedly. Keep in mind or hand a few special preparations fitting to serve a quick meal combining food to please others and yourself and you’ll be considered a ‘good cook.’”


Walking around the neighborhood today with my dearest childhood friend, I rediscovered my blog.

Alicia and I have shared memories since her eighth birthday party; today we walked around the block, pushing our babies in their strollers. What a circle of circles we made! I love her and her baby, I love being friends and being a mom, and I love making and remembering memories.

And that’s what this is all about. Trugars are the stories of memories that make me and will mold my children into who we are to become, and that perspective must guide each post I write. Lessons learned through experience and shared for posterity’s sake….

That said, during Bible study today, I read about the Israelites making a golden calf. Did you ever stop to think about what material they used to make up that calf? The gold jewelry they “plundered from the Egyptians” by God’s hand, and which was intended for building the Tabernacle, by His design.

How often do I choose to use the riches God gives to make myself an idol, or to fulfill my own purposes, instead of using it to bless others, to fulfill His purposes, to honor Him?

Oh Lord, what is your purpose herein?

Love Your Neighbor

Paul was impressed by the Ephesians’ “love for all the saints” (chapter 1), yet the entire epistle admonishes them to unite.  Jews and non-Jews seemingly had a bit of trouble getting along.  It made me wonder….  Just how much do I really bear love toward all the saints, or even all my friends, or family?

Do I love the way the Jews loved the Greeks back in Paul’s day?  Or maybe, closer to home, do I love the way Methodists love Baptists, or the way Northerners love Southerners, or maybe the way Seminoles love Gators?  :)   Seriously though, I sure hope not.  I want to love the way Jesus loves sinners, the way the Father loves the Son, the way God loves His creation.