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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  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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