Goodbyes are never easy…

There is no Weekend Dish this week, as you might have noticed there were no new recipes posted, and I haven’t done any blog surfing. This week, sadly, we had to say goodbye to my Grandma. She passed away suddenly, in her sleep, early Monday morning. Even though she was 91, it took us all by surprise. She wasn’t sick and didn’t have any long-term ailments. I had been away for two weeks (and still in Florida) when she passed, and am so thankful that I made time to go and visit her the day before I left. She was an amazing woman, the best grandmother, and will be missed tremendously by so many. I wish I had been able to sit down and go through every single recipe of hers with her, but now I’ll tackle them by trial and error. I look forward to sharing many of her favorites with you, as she loved nothing more than feeding those she loved, watching them enjoy the food, and always prodding whoever she was feeding to eat more.

My grandma hated to have her picture taken, so unfortunately I don’t have too many. The one above is from this past Christmas, and this is her and I on Christmas in 2005:

When we were growing up, my Grandma never liked dogs. Apparently, it was always a point of contention between her and my grandfather (who was a huge animal lover). However, in the last handful of years she began to soften, and then she absolutely fell in love with Einstein. They were buddies – she loved him, and he was protective over her. I love this picture of them:

While we all naturally feel she left way too soon, I know she is at peace, reunited with my grandfather and probably exchanging political jabs with my Dad. I love you Gram. xoxo

(Posting should be returning to normal next week, and I will be slowly catching up on comments and emails. Thank you all for your patience.)

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245 Responses to “Goodbyes are never easy…”

  1. Ken G. on October 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    My deepest condolences.

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    • Mariana on October 8th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      I am very sorry for your loss. This is probably not an appropriate place to add this but i would like to thank you for your website. I live in Beijing, China and often get home sick, but like any Texas girl baking a little sweet treat always makes me feel better- i always find something on your website that i can make and feel just a little bit of home sweet home.

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  2. Suzi on October 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Take your time to come back, we will wait. <3

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  3. Baking is my Zen on October 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Sorry to read about your grandma. From the photos I see there are happy memories to cherish.

    ~Carmen

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  4. Shannon on October 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Sorry to hear about your grandmother. Grandmothers are the best! I miss my granny too.

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  5. Jen @ Savory Simple on October 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Michelle. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  6. Alicia @ APinchofSweet on October 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know from experience that the wonderful memories you have of her will never fade. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  7. Jennifer on October 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    You can see the love in her eyes. I am so tremendously sorry for your loss. Take good care of yourself and your family.

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  8. Nutmeg Nanny on October 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. It’s never easy to say goodbye. Prayers and good thoughts are being sent your way.

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  9. Renee on October 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I bet your Grandmother helps you out from above when you tackle her recipes.

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  10. leslie on October 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Your Grandma looked and sounded like suck a special lady. You family will be in my thoughts.{Hugs}

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  11. Robyn on October 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I’m sorry for you loss. Losing a grandparent it always hard, even when we know that it will eventually happen. I’ll look forward to you remembering her through recipes, that will be a great tribute!

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  12. Josephine C on October 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    I understand well as I too have lost my beloved Grams but it’s alright now as I have memories of her with me all the time. Take care… xxx

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  13. charishma hegde shetty on October 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    my condolences , Iam sure is has become an angel now and will be guiding you

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  14. Susan on October 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I just found your website while searching for a new kugel recipe – another of many dishes that nobody, no way, no how (even I) will ever make the way my grandma (Oma) did. Without measuring ingredients, and with immeasurable love. She too died quietly in her sleep, at 99, and I still wasn’t ready. I understand and send you heartfelt condolences.

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  15. Linda on October 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. You must have had a great grandmother. I have 8 grands and your post has made me want to strive to be one of those “great” grandmothers. Love your blog. Take care.

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  16. Dawn on October 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Using her recipes will be a great way to remember her. Wishing you a lot of strength for the next few days, lots of love from Switzerland, Dawn

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  17. Linda on October 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  18. Courtney on October 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  19. Lisa {With Style and Grace} on October 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Oh dear, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending my thoughts & prayers to you and your family.

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  20. Alicia Kitchenman on October 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

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  21. Amy on October 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I’m so, so sorry. ♥

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  22. Becca at It's Yummilicious on October 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. All of my grandparents passed away before I was born, so during my childhood, I always tried to live vicariously through my friends who had them.
    Your family is in my prayers at this sad time.

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  23. Tracey on October 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    So sorry for your loss Michelle. It sounds like your grandmother was a wonderful woman. *hugs*

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  24. Marty on October 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    So sorry to hear. Such a blessing you got to visit her when you did.

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  25. Saira on October 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss

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  26. Holli Lund on October 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this….. my thoughts are with you and your family…..

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  27. Katherine Rettke on October 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother. What a wonderful idea to honor her memory by going through her recipes.

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  28. Chrissy on October 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. Hang in there, it sounds like you have some great memories to hold on to.

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  29. Melissa on October 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    What a sweet tribute to a beloved grandmother. So sorry for your loss, Michelle. I know your grandma is so so proud of you and will be right there over your shoulder while you play with her recipes. XO

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  30. Karen on October 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    My sympathies on your loss, sharing her receipes will be a great tribute to her. She sounds like the kind of grandmother I hope to be someday.

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  31. Saji on October 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss

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  32. Aneta on October 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    So sorry…Take care.
    Aneta

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  33. Hinna on October 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    My condolences to you and your family. Grandparents are very special people. They warm our hearts, support us, and love unconditionally.

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  34. Justine on October 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss … wishing you the peace and comfort of many wonderful memories.

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  35. Sara on October 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  36. Heather Tovey on October 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us. I’m so sorry for your loss, and I hope you all the best during this difficult time.

    Your grandmother looks to have been a very beautiful and loving person, and I look forward to the recipes you’ll share. A great tribute.

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  37. Buccinator on October 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    So sorry for your loss. She sounds like such a sweet lady and the way you describe her reminds me of my sweet grandma, who I miss so much. I’m so glad you have precious memories to keep you two connected.

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  38. Cheryl on October 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Take your time dear…we all understand. You have VOLUMES of memories tucked away for safe keeping. Unpack them as you are ready. Blessings.

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  39. Danielle on October 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Sending tons of love your way as I shed a little tear reading this. Losing loved ones is never easy and my heart goes out to you. <3

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  40. Bev on October 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Take care and cherish all the wonderful memories of your grandmother.

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  41. Becca on October 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. I’ve seen way too many losses this year myself and keep hoping it will come to an end soon.

    I imagine baking some of your grandmas recipes will bring some sense of comfort though.

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  42. Mary on October 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a wonderful woman.

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  43. Kate Koger on October 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    So sorry to hear that your Grandma passed away. She sounds like a truly amazing lady and just think of all the wonderful times you had with her and the amazing things she taught you through your life. I feel your pain, I teared up as I was reading it as my Nan was 91 too when she left us. She too was a truly wonderful lady and miss her dearly and my Grandad too! Sending you a HUGE hug from England xxx

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  44. Ida Pletz (Pittsburgh/Ft Lauderdale/Mn on October 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    So sorry to hear about your grandma passing. I am sure she is very proud of you and your wonderful cooking site and her love is being passed on through you to all of us here thank you Grandma and Browne Eyed Baker

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  45. Holiday Baker Man on October 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    So sorry to hear. She was much loved by you! Your fond memories will love on.

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  46. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on October 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your grandmother sounds like she was a special lady. My prayers are with you and your family!

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  47. mandy schneider on October 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! cyber (((Hugs)))))
    Mandy

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  48. Annamaria on October 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Sorry for your loss. She will always be with you as long as you keep her memory alive.

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  49. Trudy on October 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Losses are never easy and when they come as a surprise, no matter the age of the person we love and lose, it hurts a lot. It looks like you will have lots of good memories which will be a blessing. May family, friends and love carry you through this hurtful time.

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  50. Naina @ chow bella on October 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss – she sounds like a wonderful lady. She’ll live on through your memories and her recipes!

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  51. MonicaB on October 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

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  52. jeannette on October 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    my condolences for your loss. she seems like she was an amazing woman, her warmth shines in that first photo. as you bake through all of her recipes, we’ll bake along and your grandma’s memory will live on through not just you, but all of us as well :) hugs!!

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  53. sabriena on October 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss :( She was gorgeous.

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  54. Susan D. on October 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Oh, I’m sad with you Michelle.
    Now I am remembering when my Grandma passed away.
    There’s no one like your Grandma.
    Prayers for you and Grandma’s loved ones.

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  55. Kerry on October 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Lots of hugs and prayers for you & your family. <3

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  56. Kimberly on October 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I found your blog not too long ago, and have really enjoyed it, but never commented.

    It is painful to lose someone so close, but a life that is so long, happy and full can never truly leave us. The person may be gone, but there are little imprints of them everywhere. I hope you will soon be able to smile instead of cry when you come across one of those imprints.

    Thanks for all of your recipes, I look forward to your new posts.

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  57. Meg @ Sweet Twist on October 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Take your time, your readers will always be here.

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  58. Kelly on October 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother… Take your time and take care.

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  59. Sandi on October 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss ♥ Your pictures are precious and she will be in your heart always!

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  60. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes on October 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. So glad you were able to spend some time with her before she went. May your sweet memories continue to give you and your family comfort.

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  61. Chelly on October 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    What a lovely tribute.

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  62. Kathy in Greendale on October 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. This brought back so many memories of my grandma’s passing 18 months ago that I ended up crying all over again. It is so hard to say good bye. My grandma was 97 and also a woman that loved to cook and bake. I cherish those recipes that she wrote down for me and love to make them for my family and friends. Somehow though, they just don’t quite taste they same as Grandma’s did. Oh, they are close…but something is missing. I feel her with me always. I feel confident that you will too. My grandma was my best friend and I can’t replace her, but I know that someday I will be with her again. May you find peace and comfort in your memories and recipes left behind from your grandma.

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  63. Aimee @ ShugarySweets on October 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    So sorry for you loss. Grandmothers hold a special place in our hearts! Relish the memories!

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  64. Brooks on October 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    My condolences to you Michelle. The images depict a Grandma whose hugs and kisses must have been as sweet as pie. May you find peace and comfort in the warmth of the bond you shared.

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  65. Valerie on October 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Michelle, I’m so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have many beautiful memories to help carry you through this, let them.

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  66. Jodi Pavlik on October 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Sorry to hear about your grandma. Prayers for you and your family. She will enjoy watching you try out her recipes! I know I love the banana bread one you shared, I think it was one of hers.

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  67. Julie S on October 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    So very sorry about your Precious Little Grandma. Hugs and prayers from Virginia.

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  68. Ally Garner on October 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I’m a long-time reader and have enjoyed countless recipes of yours Michelle, but rarely ever comment. However, I just had to send you my deepest condolences & sympathy to you & your family. I’m so glad you are left with her recipes & wonderful memories. Wishing you God’s peace & comfort.

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  69. jacquie on October 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    my deepest condolences. the pictures are lovely – thank you for sharing them.

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  70. Tiffany on October 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Sorry to hear about your grandma!

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  71. Amber Martin on October 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    My inbox was noticeably empty without your posts this week, and now I know why. So sorry for your loss. Your grandma obviously inspired your love for baking and will be remembered through it. Those we love never really leave us.

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  72. The Doll Baker on October 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Michelle, so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ♥

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  73. Kristen on October 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing a little about your grandma with us.

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  74. Rosa on October 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. All my condolences.

    In thoughts with you.

    Hugs,

    Rosa

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  75. Cathy on October 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Michelle, so sorry for your loss. Grandmothers are special beings, and I agree, I’ve tried to make my grandmother’s recipes and they never taste quite the same…it’s that special spice that they add (love!) that makes all the difference. Same with my mom’s recipes, too. When my mom passed, I made a cookbook with her recipes and my grandmothers’ recipes. Helped me cope to remember her that way. All the best, Cathy

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  76. Tabitha Hunter on October 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t know you, but hugs and prayers to you and your family. She looked so adorable in the pics 😉

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  77. Amanda on October 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care.

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  78. Elizabeth on October 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. How blessed your grandmother was to be able to live such a long, productive and loving life and be able to have it end so gracefully, without illness or suffering. But, oh, so hard on those left behind.

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  79. RisaG on October 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    so sorry to hear it. I love both of my grandma’s – one in 1971, the other in 1983 – and I know how hard it can be. I was wondering why I hadn’t gotten an email lately.

    Take the time you need to get through it. Grandma’s are special people. Loving without nagging, and almost always good cooks or bakers (one of mine was terrible at both) and always has small cash ready to hand over for no reason (my grandma used to keep a $5 bill in the pocket of her house dress every time I came over).

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  80. Angela @ Mind Over Batter on October 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I am deeply sorry for your loss, Michelle. This was a wonderful tribute to your adorable grandmother. As I read this I was reminded of the love I feel for my own grandma and the special relationship we share. Thank you so much for sharing…

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  81. Mike on October 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

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  82. Shay on October 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my grandmother a few months ago and it was a bit of a surprise for us too. My heartfelt condolenses to you and your family.

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  83. nancy baggett on October 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    The pic of you grandma with Einstein is lovely. I hope it brings back fond memories. So sorry to hear of her passing.

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  84. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on October 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I’m so sorry. I hope remembering the good times and working through her recipes will help you get through this hard time. You’ll continue to be in my thoughts.

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  85. John on October 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Michelle. Nobody loves you like your grandma…I’d give anything to talk to mine again.

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  86. Arlene on October 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    So sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. All good thoughts going out to you. Grandmas live to spoil their grandchildren and I’m sure you made her very happy.

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  87. Kathy on October 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your grandma. The photos of her remind me of my own grandma who left us 16 years ago. I hope your memories get you through the tougher times of missing her as well helping you battle life’s challenges.

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  88. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on October 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. It’s never easy, whether we expect it or not. I hope you find comfort and peace in your memories, you will always have them. May they bring smiles to your face and warm your heart.

    All the best to you and your family. :)

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  89. Amy K on October 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Grandmas are such special ladies. My deepest sympathy to you!

    HUGS

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  90. Nadiya on October 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    My deepest condolences

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  91. Aunt LoLo on October 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I’m so sorry!! I’ve lost both my grandmas, plus a few women I’d loved to have CLAIMED as my grandmothers. It’s never easy…but I try to remember that, in the grand scheme of things, the parting is short. *hugs*

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  92. Lindsay on October 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    So sorry for your loss. It’s never easy, but it sounds like you had a great relationship with your Grandma and I bet you have a lot of wonderful memories to comfort you during this difficult time.

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  93. Kelley Fletcher Flores on October 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    We’re never ready to loose those we love. My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to you. I’m sure your Grandma was very proud of you.

    Blessings, Kelley

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  94. Elizabeth on October 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. What a blessing to have a long life and for you to have her for as long as you did, but it is still sad to have to let someone go. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  95. Marjorie (sugar for the brain) on October 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, take care of you and your family.

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  96. Lori on October 8, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your Grandmother’s passing. May the memories you cherish get you through these difficult times. I am sure she was very proud of the amazing woman you have grown up to be!

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  97. Elizabeth on October 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you

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  98. Zahra on October 9, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Michelle,

    I’ve followed your blog for over two years, and have to say I’ve made your grandmother’s pepperoni bread time and time again – your memories will keep her alive in your heart.

    My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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  99. Carrie on October 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

    So sorry for the loss of your grandmother…I also lost mine just 3 months ago tomorrow and understand exactly your feelings. Cherish your memories together and lots of prayers to you and your family.

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  100. CouponClippingCook on October 9, 2011 at 1:51 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My grandmother passed away a number of years ago and I still feel her presence. Looking forward to seeing your grandma’s recipes.

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  101. Marilyn (Pink Martinis and Pearls) on October 9, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Very sorry about your grandmother’s passing and the void and loss in your hearts. How wonderful for both of you that you shared such a special bond.

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  102. Sandy on October 9, 2011 at 3:32 am

    That was a very nice tribute to your Grandma. She looks like a sweetie! I’m sorry for your loss and your are right, goodbyes are never easy. Blessings to you and your family.

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  103. Choc Chip Uru on October 9, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Dear Michelle
    Be strong and be brave
    Cook in honour of such a beloved woman

    Deepest condolences to you and your family
    We are all right here for you

    Sincerely
    Choc Chip Uru

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  104. linda on October 9, 2011 at 5:43 am

    heartfelt condolences on the passing of your dear grandmother. loss is never easy. cherish the memories.

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  105. JANET SCHMICK on October 9, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I think they all leave us way too soon. God bless you and your family.

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  106. dana on October 9, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandma. I recently lost mine as well. For the wake, my mom and I made all of my grandmas famous recipes. Not that it’s ever easy to lose someone you love, but the family had the chance to swoon over her cookies and brownies once more and remember her as a wonderful baker. It helped. I hope you can something similar with your memories. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  107. Rodzilla on October 9, 2011 at 7:19 am

    My condolences to you and your family.

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  108. Dana on October 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

    My condolences to you and your family….sounds like a super lady. :)

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  109. Ally on October 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Praying for you and your family.
    Lots of love.
    xoxoxoxo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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  110. Diane Fusco on October 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

    So sorry to hear the passing of your grandma, it is always hard to lose your loved ones. Take comfort she passed peacefully in her sleep , no pain and was probably having a pleasant dream with everyone it it she loves. Hold on to the good memories, they will always be with you. Sharing her recipes will also keep her close to your heart and in your mind. She looks very sweet in the pictures. God bless you and your Grandma. Diane

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  111. Johna Rosser on October 9, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! I am thankful with you that you were able to see her before you went on vacation. HUGS to you and your family.

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  112. Beth @ Happy Life, Happy Wife on October 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

    So sorry for your loss! I’ll be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

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  113. Donna K. on October 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. May the love of family and friends (cyber friends, too) comfort you at this time. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  114. laura brown on October 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

    so sorry for your loss…praying for you and your family xo

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  115. Cindy B. on October 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I’m so sorry for your lost Michelle. Losing a love one is tragic, at any age. Cherish the memories you have with your grandmother. I will be looking forward to seeing her recipes. Grandmothers are the best cooks.

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  116. Janiebugg on October 9, 2011 at 8:29 am

    During times like this… I always try to remember how blessed I am….to have had a person in my life…that’s so hard to say goodbye to. You were blessed. Sorry for your loss and in reading your comment about your Grandmothers recipes… I have handwritten recipes from both of my Grandmothers and my own Mother ….All were excellent cooks. I had each recipe framed and I proudly display them in my kitchen. Every time I cook…. they are in the kitchen with me… : )

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  117. Didem on October 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    May your dear grandmother rest in peace and live in your heart. I also lost my father this past July. The void is odd. It isn’t the obvious days when the pangs of missing him strike but rather the little things like seeing a piece of paper with his handwriting on it or enjoying a scoop of ice cream that I know he loved. It seems you will have many of these fond memories to keep her love close. Embrace them. The journey of life and death makes us all equal. Warmest regards from a fellow Pgh’er in Istanbul, D.

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  118. Liz on October 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Many prayers go out to you and your family. I loved that picture of your Grandma and Einstein…so very precious.

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  119. Joanne Hamel on October 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

    A Grandma’s love is like no other and she will always be with you… The heartbreak of letting her go into eternal peace will be tempered with wonderful memories… and when you are in the kitchen…that urge to add a little more of something…or a little less…or perhaps a substitution…will be your Grandma whispering in your ear…”be adventurous”….

    Condolences, dear girl, may you find comfort and strength in tender memories…

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  120. Carol G on October 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Take care and know you are thought of in many a’prayer.
    ◦With heartfelt condolences,
    Carol

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  121. Marie on October 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandma; and it hits me close to home right now; having just lost my own Opa (grandpa) in the last wk and a bit. I hope that you know she’s still with you always and cherish every moment you were blessed to be with her.

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  122. Anne on October 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

    My deepest condolences.

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  123. Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers on October 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I am so sorry about your loss! She’s went peacefully and she is in a better place now. My thoughts and prayers goes out to you and your family!

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  124. Georgia on October 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I am so glad you had a wonderful grandmother. When you are tackling her recipes and get a inspiration or revelation, your Grandma is working right there with you. She will always be with you.

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  125. Kim on October 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. I too, was very close with my grandma. Though it is never easy to lose a loved one, it brings me comfort-as I hope it does you-that she went Home so peacefully. Your blog will continue to be a beautiful way to keep her close to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  126. Nancy Paine on October 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Michelle,
    The love you have for your grandma is evident in your every word. The memories you share will comfort you always! My grandma passed 5 months after my daughter arrived to this world, 15 years ago. She loved spending time with my son, for his first 2 1/2 years, and she knew that my second was a girl, and she said she was waiting to meet that little girl! (Sniff). She was 94. It was a blessing she only was really ill with kidney failure for about 8 months, before that, she still was cooking, cleaning, and gardening. She never wore a pair of pants once- always dresses, it was just her, and the way she was raised (but she approved of other women wearing them). She would have been 110 yesterday, her birthday. I feel her presence often, especially when I am baking and crafting, she was my creative idol and buddy. We were told by a clairvoyant that she is my daughter’s guardian angel, she is in her aura, but I already knew that in my heart. I feel happy that now my grandma can be with us whenever she wants to, in spirit.
    This is a special time for you and your family to be together, please don’t worry about us readers, we understand!

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  127. Natalie on October 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I love the pictures you do have of you and your grandmother. She seems like she was a real special lady. I am sorry and hope you will be comforted by your memories with her.

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  128. Si on October 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Love the pics of your grandmother. She is beautiful and how blessed you are to have memories with her and a few photos too! Prayers for you and your family.

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  129. Barbara | Creative Culinary on October 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    My condolences for your loss Michelle. My grandmother died when she was 94 and I know how you feel; it still wasn’t long enough. My heartfelt wish that the pain of today will soon be replaced by all of the precious memories you shared.

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  130. Karen on October 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    It saddens me to hear about your grandmother passing. From your photos and your entry I can get a sense of what a wonderful person she was, and how deeply you loved her.

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  131. sabrina on October 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I am so sorry. You will always have those beautiful memories of her and you know she is in a better place with your grandfather. We would love to have her recipes when you feel like you are able to put them together for us. God bless

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  132. Melissa on October 9, 2011 at 10:43 am

    My condolences to you, Michelle, on the loss of your grandmother. I believe that the loss of a grandparent, especially when one is an adult, is more significant than many people realize. My grandmother passed away 7 years ago, and there still isn’t a day that I don’t think about her.

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  133. Carole on October 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family … peace to you always.

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  134. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on October 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

    So sorry for your loss. I look forward to seeing your family recipes and how you can master them!

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  135. Kim - Liv Life on October 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

    What a beautiful post you have in memory of your grandmother, and a true blessing for you to have been a part of her life for so long. I never knew my grandmother and was always envious of friends who “went to grandma’s house” when I was younger. Her recipes are a precious gift that will keep a piece of her with you. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

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  136. TapestryGarden on October 9, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Grandmothers are an incredible blessing. You were so fortunate to have a grandmother who left you with a legacy of love and the gift of hospitality. Sharing her recipes will be another tribute to a life well lived.

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  137. terri on October 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

    i am so sorry for the loss of your sweet grandma. it is never easy when you lose someone close to you. may you remember all your happy times together and find comfort in those~blessings, xoxo

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  138. Krisinda Averette-Thomas on October 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

    All the way from Daegu, South Korea expressing my condolences. May you find comfort in the blessings of her memories. I to often get homesick and missing my mom as you your grandmother. Fortunately she lived a full life with the blessing of a family.

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  139. Alyce on October 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Take time to be with your family and share the memories of your Grandmother

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  140. Mary on October 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’m so sorry for you loss. I lost my grandma in early 2006. The pain is still fresh 5 years (almost 6) later. My sister has all of her recipes and I have been meaning to copy them and you are giving me inspiration to act on it now. I’m sure it would be a great way to honor your grandmother – to try her recipes and share them here.

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  141. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on October 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I am so sorry for your loss Michelle. Unfortunately, I’ve been there with my grandparents too and I know there isn’t really anything anyone can say right now to make you feel better. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!

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  142. Sue on October 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

    My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your grandmother. She may not be here physically, however, loves lives on forever and so will she in your heart! She will always be with you in spirit and I am sure the memories you have will always make you smile!

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  143. Pam on October 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. The photos are lovely.

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  144. Mari a D. on October 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Your grandmother looked happy though and I’m glad that you got to visit her before she passed.

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  145. Melinda on October 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  146. Life of a Doctor's Wife on October 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. What beautiful photos. Thinking of you and your family.

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  147. gisela on October 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences. May she rest in peace!

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  148. Elisabeth Lipsman on October 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Your grandmother was a lucky lady. She had a loving granddaughter who I’m sure made her world shine. She got to live a long life and achieved a peaceful passing. I am sorry for you who mourn her. It hurts, I know. My deepest condolences.

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  149. Betty Reinwald on October 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    How blessed you were to have Grandma to love you and nourish your love of cooking for these many years. I lost my precious grandmother 50 years ago but I cherish the memories of her letting me ‘gom and mess’ in her kitchen, as she called it, putting a big hot fire in the old wood cookstove so I could bake my cake which had been stirred up from scratch and which I had decorated with a few crops of food coloring and swirled it to make it pretty. This must have been at a most opportune time in my learning process because I have loved to bake all my life. Grandmothers are precious. Bask in your memories.

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  150. brainella on October 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my Gram almost three years ago, and I still use all her funny and wonderful advice when I cook — she swore by lard! :) She was a sweet lady who I miss a lot. May her recipes and memories sustain you.

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  151. Melissa McKay on October 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing your loss and remembrances with us! My husband and I are in the midst of two sets of elderly, and some unwell, parents. We are constantly waiting for the worst. It is very exhausting. I am so glad to have read about your grandmother, and all the special-ness about her.

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  152. Tammie Perry on October 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Michelle, I’m so sorry about the loss of your beloved Grandma. I think it will be a wonderful tribute to her that you will continue to use her recipes to make dishes you and your family love. She sounds like she was a very special woman.

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  153. Sparkles on October 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I am sending you and your loved ones so much love, light, and prayers. Your memories will strengthen you… and she is surely smiling down upon you right now. My heartfelt condolences to all who love her. Hugs and blessings to you. <3

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  154. Kimberly on October 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

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  155. sharon on October 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Grandma’s are angels here on earth. Yours reminds my of my Italian grandmother, that I loved so. Your grandmothers legacy and memories will be with you in the beautiful recipes that you will continue to enjoy and love. Peace and blessings of prayers to you and your family

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  156. Colleen on October 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. Your Grandmother sounds like a great woman. Condolences to you and your family.

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  157. Tracy on October 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Oh Michelle, I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandma. Take all the time you need; we’ll be here when you get back. Sending love and hugs to you and your family.

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  158. annie on October 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Condolences to you and your family on this great loss. My grandmother passed away last year at 99 years old. She was hoping to celebrate her 100th with us, but fell short by 6 months. She is still deeply missed. Take all the time you need to grieve, we’ll be here for you.

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  159. Suz on October 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Michelle
    What an absolutely beautiful rememberance of your wonderful Grandmother. You are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many great recipes and examples of her creations through the years.
    As you have been a blessing to us in the past, let us be the source for healing and support, knowing how much we appreciate what you do for us and how much we will grieve and mourn for your dear loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as hopefully your wonderful memories get you through this dark times.
    God speed to you all.

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  160. Aku on October 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Deepest condolences to you and yours. A loss is painful no matter how old that person was or how well they lived their life. I hope, though, that you find comfort in the memories of her that you can keep forever.

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  161. Stephanie on October 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  162. ajga on October 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. As she was always loved, she will
    always be missed.

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  163. Jessiker @ Jessiker Bakes on October 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    My condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  164. Jamie on October 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss and for your families loss. Don’t worry about posting stuff here at all, we all understand and please don’t apologize. We all love this site and when you feel up to it we will still all be here. Again so sorry for your loss.

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  165. Jolene on October 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    My deepest condolences, while reading your post i cried like a baby. Your grandmother and myne seem like the same person. I will cherish the last years that I have with her as I know her time will be soon. Your family will be in our prayers! May you laugh soon, and cry happy tears, you have a new angel on your side! Take care!

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  166. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on October 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother. She sounds like a wonderful woman!

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  167. Rick on October 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I’m very sorry hear about your grandmother. My condolences,may she rest in peace!

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  168. J.A.M. on October 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    My sincere condolences.
    Whatever age they are, they always go muchtoo soon.
    And wherever we live in the world, we all feel the same pain and grief.
    Because of the close relationship it makes it even harder and very difficult.
    My grandmother has been deceased several years ago, and I miss her still so much.
    I wish you lots of strength , much support and a lot of love from family and friends.

    XXX, J.A.M.

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  169. Amanda on October 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I’m sure you make her proud!

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  170. Rick on October 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Sorry about “Grandma”. My condolences to you and your family.

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  171. Marsha Skidmore on October 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss…..please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

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  172. Abbey Harris on October 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I love your stories, heartfelt thoughts, and delicious recipes. It is with deep sadness to hear of your grandma’s passing. I truly can empathize how you feel because that’s exactly how I felt when my grandma and mother have passed away. May her fond memories always be cherished by you and those who were fortunate enough to have known her. I’m sure your grandma is very proud of you. What a nice tribute to share her recipes amongst your readers. As much as I look forward to your recipes each week, please take your time to spend it with your family. This is most important!! Meanwhile my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this most difficult time. God Bless!

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  173. Tamara on October 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    No other relationship in the world compares to the one we have with our Grammy, does it? I’m so, so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. <3

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  174. Michele on October 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Your grandmother’s memory will live in you and your family by the stories you share and her recipes that you hand down. I too have lost my grandmother a few years back. Know that your grandmother is always with you, guiding you through your troubled times and smiling with you in your happy ones. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes (and little life moments) with us.

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  175. Mare on October 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Thinking of you during this sad time with sympathy. Glad you are celebrating the good memories of your beloved grandmother and look forward to you sharing her favorite recipes.

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  176. Thea on October 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    It is so difficult to lose those we love and my heart is heavy for you. You had a very sweet Grandmother and all those treasured times you shared will be with you always. I too lost a grandmother that I cherished and her legacy was one of love, hospitality and wonderful foods. That will live on for you as it has for me. I only have one of her recipes written, but her measurements were “a handfull of” and a “pinch of”…and that is how I make those foods to this day. Not exactly the same, but close. Take your time to grieve and know that one day you will see her again. We will look forward to those great recipes whenever you are ready to post. Sending warm thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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  177. Diane on October 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    There never is a good time to say goodbye….and really,isn’t it just,So long for awhile till we meet again??? Still our heart hurts.Sorry for your loss.

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  178. rebecca keppel on October 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Your Grandmother sounds like a wonderful, loving woman.

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  179. Sandra K on October 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Oh darling, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like a wonderful Grandma and cook. Lots of love to you and your family.

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  180. Nancy Clark on October 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Grandmothers are very special and you will always remember the good times. I’m looking forward to you sharing her recipes and your memories about those recipes.

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  181. Patricia Rains on October 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I’m so sorry to read of your loss. As you said, “Saying Goodbye is never easy.” Grief is a process that takes time, and we know you need that, so you take all the time you need to work through things and treasure your memories of that sweet grandma. Prayers and blessings!

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  182. Nancy K on October 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I never knew either of my grandmothers and I am always envous of those who have had the blessing to know and learn from a grandmother. Cherish all your memories and know that she will be waiting with open arms to greet you someday long into the future.

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  183. Melissa on October 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandma. Losing a loved one is never easy- no matter how young or old they, no matter if it is expected or unexpected. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  184. Laura on October 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. One of my grandma’s (my last surviving grandparent actually) passed away in July so I’m still grieving her loss. I understand what you’re going through. Hang in there. ((Hugs))

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  185. Amy on October 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    My condolences to you and your family. I am sure she is somewhere reunited with your other family members and they are all smiling down on you today.

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  186. Ann on October 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I’m SO sorry to hear your grandmother passed. She will be in my prayers tonight…as will you and your family.

    Take all the time you need…we’ll be here when you get back.

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  187. Debbie on October 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    So sorry for your great loss! Your Grandma will forever be in your heart!

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  188. Nicole on October 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Lots of prayers too you and your family. I lost my Grammy when I was 13 and I miss and think of her everyday. So sorry for your loss.

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  189. Dani on October 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Love the pictures. I am sure you have many wonderful memories.

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  190. LILA on October 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    so sorry for your loss… i lost my grandma a few years ago.

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  191. Tressa on October 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

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  192. Christy on October 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Much love and prayers to you and your family. Hang in there.

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  193. Paula on October 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I’m so sorry that you had to say good-bye to your beloved Grandmother. You are so right…goodbyes are never easy and perhaps one of the toughest things to have to do. I know that her memory will live on and flourish in the many recipes you will make and post about here.

    Take good care.

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  194. Penny Wolf on October 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I am sorry for your loss. She must have been so pleased with you being the cook that you are and giving her credit as well.
    What about Einstein? It breaks my heart when an animal is left behind.

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  195. joan on October 10, 2011 at 7:40 am

    So very, very sorry, Michelle. You bear an uncanny resemblance to your beautiful grandmother. She will live on in your love of food and cooking, and your generosity for sharing with all of us. God bless.

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  196. Vickii on October 10, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I am so sorry for your loss – My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She sounds like a wonderful woman and grandmother :)

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  197. Mari on October 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  198. Michele (also a brown eyed baker) on October 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

    My deepest condolences from one Michele to another… Believe it or not, I too lost my grandma shortly after she turned 91. She died the day before my 10th anniversary. I know what it’s like to be close to your grandma. Your grief will begin to pass and, as they say, life must go on. Your grandma will always be with you in your memories. You don’t need a photo…the pictures are all there in your mind.

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  199. Rachel on October 10, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  200. Caitlin @ Cake with Love on October 10, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I am very sorry for your loss!

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  201. b on October 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

    sorry for your loss :-( spending time in the kitchen and making (‘baking”) your way through her recipes will be a great way to keep her close to your heart.

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  202. Jenette Marie on October 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    sending warm thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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  203. Nicole on October 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    My grandma was so special to me, as well. It was one of the toughest things ever to lose her; she was only 74 when she passed away but I had 27 great years with her (at that time). I wouldn’t be who I am today without her positive influence and loving heart. Thoughts and prayers are going out to you & your family as you grieve this loss. Thanks for all you do. : )

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  204. Ashley Smolnik on October 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    This brought a tear to my eye. She seems like a fabulous lady. I wish so much that I’d spent more time learning my dad’s recipes before he passed when I was 17. Kills me. But sometimes I feel like he’s guiding my hand in the kitchen.
    Sending lots of love to you and your family. <3
    Ashley

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  205. Heather on October 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandma. Hugs.

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  206. Becky on October 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.

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  207. Christine on October 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  208. Kristin on October 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    So sad to hear about your loss! I’m sending good thoughts you and your family’s way!

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  209. janet@fromcupcakestocaviar on October 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  210. Micah on October 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. But she is in a better place and knows she is loved by you and everyone. And know you have hundreds of fans that support you too.

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  211. Pat on October 11, 2011 at 2:01 am

    So sorry for your loss, my favorite grandparents were both 91 when they died also…you know it will come but it was still so hard, miss them both!

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  212. Silvia on October 11, 2011 at 4:52 am

    So sorry for your loss, it is always too early to lose somebody we love…

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  213. Amber on October 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Chelle, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know how much she meant to you. ::hugs::

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  214. Sandy on October 11, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Next Sunday it will be 9 years since I lost my grandmother, and I still think of her every day. She lived next door to my husband and me, and I would start my day seeing her hand waving to me out her kitchen window. I inherited alot of her recipe boxes and cookbooks, and it is a joy to sit and go through them and reminisce. I’m so sorry for your loss, but I hope that reading through her recipes and making them, and sharing them with us will bring you comfort and peace.

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  215. Shannon on October 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. Your description about how your grandma was, in reference to cooking and feeding people, reminded me a lot of my own grandmother, and it kind of got to me. I’m very close to my maternal grandparents, so when the day comes that I lose either one of them, it’s going to be hard, so I can only imagine what you’re going through. But, just as you said, she is in a better place now. Praying for peace and strength to get you through this loss…

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  216. Holly on October 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. Your grandma must have been a lovely woman.

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  217. SamCyn on October 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Sorry to hear about your grandma…I too lost my grandmother earlier this year. I have no doubt she’s watching over you very proudly, along with your grandpa and dad.

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  218. Shaunna on October 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Sorry for your loss :(

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  219. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on October 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss. Your loving memories of her, and her recipes, will help to heal your heart.

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  220. The Mistress of Spices on October 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I too lost someone I loved this year unexpectedly, and it’s still very hard. You and your family are in my thoughts.

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  221. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) on October 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. That picture of your grandmother is so beautiful.

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  222. Patty H. on October 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have wonderful memories of your grandmother that you can cherish forever. Be well.

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  223. natalie (the sweets life) on October 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss–and so thankful you got one last visit with her!

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  224. Jen on October 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sending lots of warm thoughts your way.

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  225. Dea on October 12, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I’m so sorry for you!!! Always think of the good times you had together!
    (My grandma died much too soon when I was only a teenager, but I sometimes dream about her as if she was still alive. That’s strange but also comforting in a way…)

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  226. easyfoodsmith on October 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Sorry for your loss…But it is nice to have warm and loving memories of our loved ones…they are great consolation and a great help in the healing process of our loss… The recipes of grannies and mums are always a treasure. Looking forward to your granny’s recipes.

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  227. colleen on October 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I hope you and your family find solace in knowing she is at peace, watching over you with your father and grandfather. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

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  228. Emma on October 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

    This post brought tears to my eyes. You will always have the memories so cheirsh those. The pain will ease a little with time. Your grandmother was so proud of you I am sure. Keep up the great work on your site.
    Emma

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  229. Crystal Lee on October 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    So sorry to hear about your sweet Grandmother. It seems you ladies were close and it is always hard to lose someone you love. Thinking of you!
    Crystal
    Memphis, TN

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  230. Diane on October 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    It’s too bad she didn’t like pictures–she has a lovely, interesting face! Her bone structure is great. I, too, plan to be very good-looking when I’m old…when superficial things matter far less than bone structure. =)

    Thanks for the reminder that my grandmas could go anytime, too. Like yours was, both of mine are healthy in their 90’s, but I’ve been thinking about this possibility lately and looking for opportunities to say all I want said BEFORE they’re gone. How wonderful that you made time for your grandma and didn’t take her for granted. May your good memories always be a comfort to you.

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  231. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) on October 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss but I’m glad you were able to visit with her one last time.

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  232. Sandra's Easy Cooking on October 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I am so sorry about your loss, but as long as you keep her in your heart she will be right there beside you everyday!!! You posted lovely photos!!!

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  233. Marilee on October 12, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I lost my Gramma in July; it hurts a lot. I’m so sorry for your loss. Maybe make some of her favorite recipes. That has helped me celebrate and remember my Gramma.

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  234. Rosie on October 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your grandmother.

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  235. Crystal on October 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandma’s passing. Last year I lost my grandma a little over a week before Christmas time. :( My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  236. Marcia on October 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    So very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman, and a pivotal influence in your life. You will always see her in your hands as they prepare things in the kitchen, as you share, and in so many other facets of your life.
    Peace to you and your family.

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  237. Kai on October 15, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Thinking of you and your family. What beautiful photos and a beautiful grandmother…Take care, Kai

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  238. Lisa Maria on October 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    My condolences on your loss Michelle. My own granny passed on when she was about to turn 90. Like yours, she lived a full life and they’re both probably kicking up their heels in heaven now. May God give you the grace and strength to cope.

    God bless.

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  239. Omeghan on October 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. My thoughts and prayers to your family and freinds.

    Hurry back, but take your time… we will all still be here, understanding and loving you.

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  240. Krissy on October 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I had a great aunt 89yo that we lost suddenly. Her sister was the baker but she was my coffee and biscotti companion. I miss her dearly. She too hated her pics taken and wasn’t a big dog fan, just as she started to become fond of my bassett he got hold of her dentures. Your post brought back many memories, thank you so much for sharing. Sending prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

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  241. Lura Wagner on October 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I am so sorry on the loss of your wonderful Grandma. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures and your love for her. Take care…Lura

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  242. Rosa on October 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandma. My deepest condolances.

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  243. FRANCESCA on January 10, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    So very sorry for your loss.

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  244. Carol Mirabella Finch on November 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

    The post about your dear Gram was very moving. I’d like to be remembered as that kind of grandmother. Oh, and you are absolutely adorable. I have no doubt that your family is very proud of you.

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