Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September One

Can you believe it's already September? Today would have been my grandmother's 74th birthday. She passed away from Alzheimer's two years ago. One thing she always knew throughout her battle with the disease was her birthday. You'd ask her when her birthday was and she'd say, "September One".

This woman was Martha Stewart before Martha Stewart even thought about baking one of her cupcakes. My grandmother was a world-class cook!! Everything she made was delicious except for roast (we all know I hate roast). There are so many things that I wish I could have learned from her. The woman was a genius.

I now have some of her recipes, but they're all missing key ingredients. I guess when you do it from memory, you tend to forget or this was a sign of the Alzheimer's.

So, in celebration of her birthday, I am making one of her specialties, John Ben Getty and strawberry cake. Now, the cake came from a box, but since she loved strawberries, we're having strawberry cake.

I hope my attempt at one of her best is successful! My grandfather is eating with us; so, the pressure is on!

Today, I will also begin my 5K training. With the race two months away, I have go to get ready. The weather is perfect; so, the time is right!!!


jen + ryan said...

i feel the same way about my grandmother... i wish she could have taught me SO much more about cooking and baking.

good luck with your training!

Heather said...

Such a sweet post.

Chelsea said...

Yumm, strawberry cake!

How did I not know you had a recipe blog?

timlinzrowland said...

Oh I love this post. My grandfather past away from Alzheimers when I was a junior in high school. He battled with it for 11 years and I know how it is a really difficult disease for everyone involved. Good luck on your meal and bravo for keeping her spirit of cooking alive.

Future Mrs. H said...

What a sweet post! I hope everything turns out beautifully tonight =0)

Leslie said...

What a sweet (hahaha!) way to honor her!
Sam and I have begun our 5k training, too. We are using the "Couch to 5K" app on the iphone to time us and train us. Love it!!

Heather said...

Such a sweet post. My late grandgather died from Alzheimer's too and it is absolutely heart breaking to see someone lose their memories.