Mar 262012
 

Due to the illness and passing of my Dad I didn’t have much time for cooking and definitely no time for my blogs.  Todays recipe may seem like not much of an offering after being gone so long but it holds special meaning for me.  During Dads illness I did run home and make Dad a few of his favorite things.  I put on a pot of soup beans and a pan of cornbread as well as making him a red velvet cake.  These small offerings left large memories in my heart and mind.  First when The Hubby put the first bite of beans with crumbled cornbread in my mouth the look on my Dads face was priceless, he couldn’t have been happier.  The second memory holds a laugh.  Dad loves cornbread and milk so The Hubby said he would get it for him.  The Hubby proceeded to cut a big slice of cornbread and place on a plate and  pour Dad a glass of milk.  Now I am sure that seems all sorts of normal to most of you but the rest of us just laughed and laughed to the hubby’s dismay.  We had to explain to him that Dad is of the southern variety and thus cornbread and milk meant to actually crumble the cornbread into the glass of milk and serve it with a spoon!  I explained to Dad what The Hubby had done and he responded with a grin and a slight chuckle…awesome!  The final memory…the last true thing he ate except a bite here and there was an entire piece of red velvet cake as well as two cups of milk and he did it all by himself….such an incredible thing to carry with me.  I will never look at red velvet the same again and I guarantee that every bite I ever take of it will remind me of all the good times with Dad.  The picture of Dad and I above will also be among my favorite things as he had this on his dresser.  I carry a copy now in my phone and the picture was given to me after Dads passing.  I urge all of you to make some special memories with your family.  Although Dad wasn’t a young man by age standards it does seem his time with us was too short.   I also hope that you all try the cornbread and the red velvet (find in Sweet Tooth)

Cornbread
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Put cast iron skillet in oven set @ 400 degrees with some oil in it to get hot.
  2. Mix together all ingredients and pour in hot skillet. Bake 30 minutes or until brown.
  3. Can also make on top of stove like pancakes.

 

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  11 Responses to “Cornbread Recipe & Memories of Dad”

  1. Karen,that is such a great picture,your Dad loved you so much.I am really thankful you could spend time and help take care of him his last days,I know that made him so happy.
    I love you very much Karen.you will always be special to me.
    Aunt Doris.

  2. This post touched my heart. I lost my mom four years ago, her last year was quite difficult. I still miss her so much, but am comforted in my memories. So sorry for your loss.

    • So sorry about your Mom, losing Dad was hard but I think losing a Mom would be even harder. Memories do help with the loss but just this week I fell apart in the store when I saw cinnamon rolls…Dad loved those…I imagine it will take awhile…thanks for visiting my site! I popped over to yours…its awesome!

  3. Oh, what a fabulous photo of you and your dad…your love for each other is very evident!!! And how nice to share some of your dad’s favorites with him during his last days…such wonderful food memories you’ve made to take with you. Again, my condolences….xo

    • Thanks Liz, It was such a blessing to fix him some of his favorites and have those memories to stay with me. There was so little we could do for him and I am so glad he enjoyed at least a few things before passing.

  4. Losing someone so close as one of your parents is heart breaking and I think that we all feel that time with them is never enough. Food has a way of connecting with so many memories. I am sorry about your father but you have some beautiful memories of him to remember. Thanks sharing this cornbread!

    • Thanks so much for your thoughts. It is quite an adjustment not having a Dad but I am grateful for those last few chances to add to the memories and food was a great way for me as cooking is my favorite “hobby” as such. I appreciate you stopping by my blog!

  5. Karen, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I love that you have such beautiful memories of him, that is so important! That picture of you and him, is just beautiful:-) Sending lots of love and hugs to you!!!

    • Thanks Terra for the love and hugs. I miss Dad dearly but do cherish all the memories but especially the last few foodie ones…I am glad I was able to make him smile. I love that pic of the two of us…don’t know where it was even taken but it’s special all the same.

  6. Such as touching post…probably even more so to me since I recently lost my dad in January. I really loved how you went and cooked for him. What a special thing to do and to know that it brought him such joy. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • Thanks for reading Brandi…I am so sorry about your Dad. It’s a hard thing thinking I no longer have a Dad isn’t it? Even though the time was tough it was therapy for me to get away for just a bit and to cook for him and it was such a blessing to see his reactions to the food. I am so pleased you visited my site!

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