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 Cella's News

May 2005



M - O - T - H - E - R

"M" is for the million things she gave me,

"O" means only that she's growing old,

"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,

"H" is for her heart of purest gold;

"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,

"R" means right, and right she'll always be,

Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"

A word that means the world to me.

(Howard Johnson (c. 1915)


My mother kept a garden, a garden of the heart.

She planted all the good things that gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine and encouraged me to dream,

Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rains came, she protected me enough

But not too much because she knew I needed to grow strong and tough.

Her constant good example always taught me right from wrong

Markers for my pathway that will last a lifetime long.

I am my mother's garden

I am her legacy

And I hope today she feels the love reflected back from me.



Mother's Poem

Today is your birthday,

but I love you every day.

You've been the perfect mother in each and every way.

You taught me how to spell and count,

And you dried up all my tears, kissed away the pain of boo-boos, and chased away my fears.

You were always there for me in troubled times and good.

And you are God's example for perfect Motherhood.



The winner for the May Contest was Donnie Stockin.  She won a free copy of Cella's Cookbook.  It is 389 pages, spiral bound, and full of my favorite recipes from the last 30 years.  Good cooking.  Donnie gave me her mother's recipe for Pound Cake (a huge cake that will easily feed 20 people [made in a large Angel Food Cake Pan.  We had it at my husband's 90th birthday party with whipped cream and fresh strawberries]).  Recipes follow.  She also gave me two other recipes (see below)  I made the Pound cake and took it to work.  One of the guys wanted the recipe.  I gave it to him, and asked for a recipe in exchange.  I should have designated that I would like a recipe that I don't have yet - I got a family favorite banana bread recipe in exchange.  I tried it, but I still like the banana bread recipe in my book.  Start trading recipes with people and see what you get.  Try them, and if they're to die for, send them in to share with us all.  

Pound Cake

Oatmeal Bread

Chocolate Candy Pie

Melanie Feltman send in Grandpa Feltman's Chicken and Salsa.  It made a colorful and flavorful meal.  I had extra for taking to work and it made a nice lunch for me while others were heating up their frozen dinners.  The recipe said to serve it over rice, but I made some Orzo pasta (looks like large rice) and served it with that.  Recipe follows.

Grandpa Feltman's Chicken and Salsa

Jan Zimmer gave me the following two recipes.  My son raved about her chocolate chip brownies when he was a teenager.  The hamburger pie was easy to make and scrumptious and filling.  Recipes follow:

Jan's Brownies

Jan's Easy Layered Hamburger Pie

Sheila Covington gave me her recipe for Alaska Sour Dough Bread and the starter.  I have to admit that I haven't yet tried it, but I will soon.  I need to get my old farmhouse warmed up more to get the starter to work.  I love bread and I'll be trying it soon.

Alaska Sour Dough Bread

Vickie Erlandson gave me her recipes for Easy Hot Layered Mexican Dip and Teriyaki Marinade.  I tried the layered dip the other night, and just ate that for supper with some warm tortilla chips.  I gave most of it away to my neighbor so I wouldn't eat too much and get any fatter.  The Teriyaki Marinade I will be trying shortly as soon as I get my grill off the porch and outside.  I'll marinade some venison.

Easy Hot Layered Mexican Dip

Teriyaki Marinade

Edie Aldridge sent me her comic version of Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I had fun just reading it.  One of these days, I'll try them.  You've got to read her rendition of making Chocolate Chip Cookies, and of course - try the recipe.

Edie's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Barb Waterman was the last entrant in the contest and I'm glad she took the time to enter with her Honey Crisp Chicken.  I made it for supper and it was excellent. 

Honey Crisp Chicken

I didn't enter the contest, but I'm going to give you a copy of a Cream of Coconut Cake that I recently tried.  One of the ladies at work said it is the best cake she's had in her whole life.  If someone doesn't like coconut in your family, simply use the Cream of Coconut in the batter and frosting and leave off the coconut on top of the cake, or only sprinkle coconut on part of the cake.  I made the cake with a yellow cake mix.  Next time I'm going to use a white cake mix.  Excellent cake.

Cream of Coconut Cake

I'm sorry you all didn't win a copy of my cookbook.  I'd like nothing better than to send you all one, but I paid too much to have it published to just give them away.  Please treat yourself today to a copy - its full of wonderful recipes - and only $14.95 plus $2.50 shipping and handling.  Consider giving it for a gift for a graduate going off to college or to a young married couple.

Talk to you later.  

Send your orders and recipes to Marcella Stockin, 5200 Riceville Road, West Valley, New York 14171.