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Friday, May 2, 2014

My Favorite 5~ Sarah

Hello I am Sarah from Hyacinths For The Soul. When Laura asked me to share My Favorite Five in the month of May, I immediately thought about Mother's Day. Having lost my mother this past November, it seemed fitting that my Favorite Five would be something that honored my mother, Henrietta Emily.  Perhaps some of my mother's favorite things that have provided inspiration in my life will inspire you in the month of May.

~ A Love of Gardening ~

My mother lived to be 99 years of age, gardening right into her 9th decade.  Both she and her mother before her could be found cheerfully working in their gardens every day.  I grew up nurtured with a love of nature and beautiful gardens.  I don't have the green thumb of either of these admirable women, but I do share the love of gardening and the joys of nature that they instilled in me early in my childhood. 

She who plants a garden plants happiness.  ~ Chinese Proverb
Keep reading to see 4 more of Sarah’s beautiful favorites.
~ Yellow Roses ~

My mother's garden was full of beautiful seasonal flowers, but her roses were always my favorites.  Yellow roses to be specific.   Once I left home and was living on my own, mother and I frequently sent each other a bit of sunshine ~ a bouquet of yellow roses.  The yellow roses above can be found growing in my own garden.

A bit of fragrance always clings
to the hand that gives roses. ~ Chinese Proverb
~ A Beautiful Table ~

My mother always set a beautiful table for family meals.  We ate  on a large square oak table that had been passed along from my grandmother and is now the setting for large family meals in my sister's home.  It's my Mother's wedding china that was passed on to me, her daughter who loves dishes and is passionate about setting a beautiful table.

Fruits of the same tree have different tastes; children of the same mother
have various qualities. ~ Chinese Proverb

~  Family Heirlooms ~

The family pieces passed on to me from my mom are not fine antiques or of any value other than sentimental. All the same they are greatly treasured.  They are simple things that were in my childhood home, pieces loved and cherished through the years by my mom, special things that once belonged to my mother or her mother before her ~ my family connections to the past.  I credit my mother for my love of things that wear the patina of time.

A tree without roots will fall over. ~ Chinese Proverb
~ Sweets ~

I definitely inherited my mother's sweet tooth.  Delicious baked goods and dark rich chocolate were my mother's favorites.  The aroma of bread baking, the fragrance of sweet fruit pies wafting through the house, the joy of my mother's rum cake as it melted in my mouth ~ delicious memories of sweet treats from my mother's kitchen.  My husband prepares most of the meals in our home, but it is me who is the baker.

Patience is a bitter plant,
but it has a sweet fruit. ~ Chinese Proverb
~ Rum Cake ~ A Family Recipe ~

1 cup shortening or butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 tsp. salt
1 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cream shortening or butter with sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each one.  Add dry ingredients and buttermilk alternately, mixing well after each addition.  Add vanilla.  Bake in large tube pan @ 325º  for 1 hour or longer.  Once out of the oven, invert tube pan.  Gently remove cake from pan, and using a wooden skewer, poke holes throughout the cake.  Coat the cake with a sugar and rum glaze of your choice.  Enjoy!
Oh that does indeed sound so delicious Sarah! I have to say when I first read Sarah’s post my eyes filled with tears at the special glimpse into her heart that she shared. You can find more of the same at her blog.
Have a beautiful weekend,


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Fabulous Five!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such precious treasure and memories of your mom. Beautiful post.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Laura, What a beautiful tribute from Sarah to her mom. I most certainly appreciate the heartfelt “favorite five” shared here. A lovely and inspirational post!
Love to all...............

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a beautiful post of favorites in honor of Sarah's mother. The pictures are just beautiful and perfect for her words.

Rita C. said...

A beautiful post and tribute.

Sarah said...

Thank you for inviting me to share, Laura. I appreciate your beautiful blog and your sweet friendship. Thank you to all who have left thoughtful comments. Happy Spring to each of you! ~ Sarah

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a heartwarming post, Sarah. You are so fortunate to have had such influential and beautiful women in your life, your mother and grandmother. Such sweet memories and everything you learned has been a treasured gift.

Thank you, Laura. Sarah is a dear and such a lovely writer!


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love rum cake, and that is beautiful china!

Karena Albert said...

Sarah what a lovely tribute to your Mother, thank you so much for sharing your memories and recipe!

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Stacey said...

So beautiful and sweet! Sarah has a way of making everything lovely.

GSGreatEscaper said...

Arithmetical query - was your mother gardening well into her 9th decade (her 80s) or 10th decade (her 90s?) Because my dad is 87 and still growing things despite being blind. He can tell when his gardenias come into bloom by the scent... said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother Sarah, for Mother's Day~your flowers and linens and china are so lovely and graceful~ and of course the Rum Cake looks divine~ I know you have great memories~

Art and Sand said...

What a beautiful tribute to Sarah's mother. Now I need to think about what traits I garnered from my mother.

Bonnie said...

Sarah, I enjoyed your tribute to your mother's favorite five. Your beautiful photos illustrating her favorites inspire and delight the eye.
Mouth watering cake and I assume it is the rum cake you shared. Your flowers in the gorgeous baskets make a perfect May basket.
Your mother is to be admired for gardening into her nineties. That kept her young.
Such a touching story of sending each other yellow roses. Thank you for sharing about your sweet mother. I know you miss her.

Liz Hockamier said...

Nice Job Sarah! This was a great post to share. :)