Once again, I took the pictures with my phone and the sun was very bright so most of the time I had no idea how I was doing. And I've only made these medium size so I could get two side by side but you can click to enlarge them.
And speaking of Mother's Day - I almost forgot. The Sunday newspaper had an article about how so many memories of our mothers involve the kitchen and I laughed out loud (truly) when I read "...featured some of her family's great recipes (like her mom's buttermilk pancakes with carmelized bananas and vegetable soup". I'm not totally sure I would care for the carmelized bananas topping but I'm certain I would not care for vegetable soup topping! :)
It did inspire a memory that comes back to me fairly regularly when I'm fixing a big dinner for family or friends (which in my tiny kitchen doesn't happen much anymore). It was Thanksgiving or Christmas and my dear mama was fixing the big dinner with all the trimmings. Pretty much all available surfaces were covered (our kitchen wasn't very big either) and she went to take the turkey out of the oven, saw that the plates were sitting on top of the stove keeping warm, picked them up to move them, looked around and couldn't find a spot for them. She lifted them up over her head and I truly thought she was going to throw them on the floor! I must have been young enough to not know that she wouldn't actually do it. A tense moment in Hazel's kitchen. She was a good cook though. And to this day, her gravy I will never match, her potato salad I get close enough to suit me, and her scalloped potatoes were even better than my grandmother's!
Funny how I always come back to food - started out all about trains, end up with memories of my mom's cooking...