What does “comfort” mean to you? Tea in the garden? A soft quilt in the rocker? Warm bath with bubbles? Smell of baking bread? The sound of a certain someone’s voice? One of my special comforts was my mom’s hands. I only have the picture in my mind, but it is clear and sharp. The look was distinctive but their touch was like a security blanket. I remember them playing the piano, washing dishes, holding her Bible, writing in her journal.
The things that add well-being to my life seem trivial to some but I like a clean kitchen counter (but don’t look at my sewing area!); a mowed lawn (though I can’t grow a living thing!); a fire in the fireplace (but I don’t chop wood); a good book (reviewed with my sister); and of course a warm quilt (like Mama’s Hands All Around).
So many of my life-luxuries involve other people. Maybe I just cooked a meal for a special someone and cleaned up the counter. Maybe DH has worked all day and still comes home to trim the lawn. Maybe the quilt has a family tie. Maybe the grand-kids are gathered around the fireplace to read a good book.
Sister and I were recently looking for a recipe and found Mom’s handwriting on a few special cards. It was a comfort to see and know that a part of her was still involved in my life. I will think of that each time I make this family favorite.
Shrimp Cheese Roll
4 oz. (1 small can) drained shrimp
2-8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Shape into ball and roll in chopped pecans on a sheet of waxed paper. Hint: mix all in a gallon size plastic baggie until thoroughly blended together, then dump onto nuts and shape into ball with your hand inside the baggie.
Let us know what comforts your body & soul…