I was hosting a Ladies Retreat at our cabin in NC. The ladies were all due to arrive in time for dinner, and it was my job (as well as two friends who came along to help) to have dinner ready for them when they walked in the door. One said she had a new recipe she wanted to make for the meal.
One by one the ladies arrived excited to finally begin our week together. The kitchen was emitting all the inviting smells of a home-cooked meal. This welcomes in a way nothing else can. The menu consisted of ham, new potatoes with fresh snapped green beans cooked with onions and bacon, glazed carrots and this extra dish I was eager to try. Have I stirred your appetite yet?
It happened to be Mother’s Day too? My Mom had only been gone a few years, so this day was still quite tender. I missed her then and still do today. One rarely gets over losing their Mom, and I was no exception.
When we all sat down at the table my friend described her featured side dish. As she did I couldn’t believe what I was hearing as the tears welled up in my eyes. The dish she made was the exact same side dish my Mom used to serve at our Pharmacy soda fountain when I was young. She called it Scalloped Pineapple, i.g. pineapple bread pudding. I had the recipe at home and hadn’t made it in years. So to have my friend think to make this same dish on Mother’s Day as a surprise for all of us, ended up being a blessing from God for me she could have never planned.
He knows how to bless in unexpected ways. And when He does it leaves me breathless.
Below is the recipe. Maybe you can use it to bless another the way my friend unknowingly blessed me.
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I have never heard of Scalloped Pineapple, but it looks and sounds delicious. I love pinapple in evry form. Sorry it made you cry though. Maybe your Mom sent you a sign, saying she misses you but wants you to be cheerful and enjoy the time with your friends?
They were actually tears of joy. It was such an unexpected surprise that made me feel loved in such a special way. You’ll have to try the recipe and tell me what you think.
My mother must have gotten the recipe from yours. I can’t tell you how many times she and I have made it, It is one of my favorites and it is good hot or cold.
Really? I love it!! They really were such good friends.
What a sweet story!! I still miss my mom, too, after 3 1/2 years, and I doubt that will ever change. I bet it was your mom who gave her the idea. Or maybe it was a God + mom combined inspiration.
Jeanine, I saw it as a gift from God who knows me so well. I’m sorry you recently lost your Mom.
That is an interesting concoction, there. But, since I never have white bread in the house- and evaporated milk seems to have evaporated from my cupboards four or five decades ago- I don’t think I’ll try it. Instead, I will enjoy my cut-up fresh pineapple and toast to your mom’s memory.
I’ll take it Roy. Cheers and pineapples represent hospitality—from my kitchen to yours!
What a beautiful story to bring back wonderful memories of your mom. This sounds delicious and gotta try it. It also reminds me of a pineapple recipe I’ve made long ago with crackers, I’ll have to find that recipe!
I love how food can stir up memories long forgotten. Thanks for sharing Martha.