Are you wondering what these two have in common? They are two recipes I want to share for Mother's Day.
First, is the recipe for broccoli salad - this is such a Midwest standby that if you have ever been to a potluck, funeral or BBQ in the Midwest you have probably eaten this salad.
I got this recipe from my Grandma Edna - My Grandma was a strong lady raising three kids and running a farm by herself for years after my Grandfather died. She crocheted strawberry potholders, had nine grandchildren, and was very proud of her family.
This is yours truly circa 1978 or so (don't you love the big glasses), with my Mom, my Grandma Edna and my Baby Sister.
In honor of Grandma Edna, we will be eating this on Mother's Day, probably with a baked ham.
GRANDMA EDNA'S BROCCOLI SALAD
- 3 bunches of broccoli
- ¼ cup sliced red onion
- 1 lb. bacon, fried and crumbled
- ½ cup yellow raisins
- ½ cup sunflower seeds (optional)
- ½ cup mayonnaise (use less for a lower fat version. I generally only use 1/4 cup)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 T. cider vinegar
Combine dressing ingredients.
Cut broccoli into small florets.
Combine with remaining ingredients.
Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.I still remember the day she gave me this recipe - we were at her house for a family gathering and she made it. My Younger Sister and I loved it and thankfully got the recipe that day.
Now for the second recipe - Organic Fertilizer.
For the last eight years our tradition has been to plant Mom's Garden on Mother's Day. Gardening is a tradition that I have brought with me from the Midwest and that I love to share with my kids. Even though my life borders on chaos, I cherish the thought of "leading a quiet life, . . . and to work with your hands." I remember my Grandma's strawberry garden and hope someday the kids will remember my garden.