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Thoughts of Yesteryear
by Rose M Rideout

Saturday, December 04, 2010
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Just starting my Christmas baking. I find as I reach for my books, I hold in my hands the cook books my Mother often used for our favorites.I remember her wisest words passed on.

Thoughts of Yesteryear
December 02, 2010
By Rose Marie Rideout

As I reach into the cupboard,
To retrieve some old cook books,
I hold in my hand the one’s,
My Mother used, to often cook.

I feel her presence close to me,
As I measure ingredients in a bowl,
Just the way Mom use to bake,
I remember what I was told.

Use your hand to measure dear,
Use your hand to form a little cup,
A nip of this & that for flavor,
Remember now don’t use too much.

She’d have some Royal icing made,
To spread upon each creation,
Then sprinkle with bright colours,
For the proper celebration.

How my eyes would open wide,
One day I’ll do this too.
Bake cookies from those very books,
Was what I never knew.

She may be up in Heaven,
But she watches down from up above,
I remember the main ingredient she'd say,
Don’t forget my darling, to add a little love.



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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 12/10/2010
This is so sweet and nostalgic, Rose...brings back wonderful memories of watching my Mom bake at Christmastime too....loved it!

Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/9/2010
Brings back similar memories for me , Rose! Thanks for reminding me how love,and fun, I had to bake with my mom at Christmastime! Beautiful poem!

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 12/8/2010
I often wondered why my mother even had a cookbook, she cooked the way yours did. Thank you for bringing me a memory today Rose. Lovely work.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 12/5/2010
This is a great poem, I have alot of family recipes - for this time of year - and they do bring back memories. ~ morgan
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 12/5/2010
I, too am doing some baking and came accross a recipe where i had written my sisters address from many years ago!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 12/5/2010
Beautifully written, Rose.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 12/5/2010
VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/5/2010
...and Rose, dear cousin, I have sampled your baking time and again and it not only reminds me of your mother but my own who is also in heaven looking down and smiling too.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/5/2010
Marvelous memories, indeed, Rose. Happy Baking!
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 12/4/2010
Very nicely written, Rose Marie.

Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 12/4/2010
What a tender write. I sure do miss you Rose. Hope all is well.
Reviewed by Richard King 12/4/2010
Nicely done Rose, timely too. I don't bake, but I certainly remember those wonderful smells coming from the kitchen back in the days when my mom did, then in later years, when my wife did and just the other day when my sweetie did. Fond memories, this piece brings back. Thanks Dick.
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 12/4/2010
beautifully said. And a treasure you have those books and memories
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/4/2010
She may be up in Heaven,
But she watches down from up above,
I remember the main ingredient she'd say,
Donít forget my darling, to add a little love.

Your loving memories bring back vivid ones for me as well, Rose. Coincidentally, today would be my mom's birthday although she chose to leave this world/life many years ago. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 12/4/2010
Dear Rose, Your wonderful poem inspires all of us. I believe that our mothers are made from similar mold.
I recall too, when my mom taught my wife to cook what she knew were my preferred dishes, she used to tell the same words. A nip of this and a nip of that it will be fine.
Rose, you are also a good mom just pass on to the young generation the spices entwined with love.
Love Emile
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/4/2010
Perfect, Rose. My mother-in-law still refers to browning, ancient pages of her mother's hand-written recipe book when she bakes each and every weekend... now I know why she will never cook from memory! Love, as you say, is the ingredient that builds in the goodness and the joy. Lovely, bless you. xx
Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe 12/4/2010
How sweet. :)
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 12/4/2010
As a man, and not one inclined to create culinary art, I so remember my mother's cooking, then passed and adopted by my wife, but she's gone now and along with her that that I so loved at this or most any time of year. Very well written, my Newfie lady.
Your friend, Mark
Reviewed by George Carroll 12/4/2010
Probably one of the best Christmas poems I've read and wasn't that the central part of Christ's Birth-Love one another as He loved us? Best ingredient we can add to this Christmas celebration. Marvelous poem.

Reviewed by Joel Sattler 12/4/2010
Joy of Cooking?

My favorite!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 12/4/2010
Simply beautiful and truly heartfelt Rose~
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