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Published on May 4, 2021

Memories are made of this

Biology is just part of being Mom

By Jan Edwards
The Bulletin

I am planning to have a happy “Bonus” Mother’s Day on May 9.

Some of us are mothers, and some, like me, are bonus mothers. We had nothing to do with our children’s birth, but they came along as a package deal with our husbands.

It doesn’t matter how mothers became mothers - whether they gave birth, married into a family or adopted a child. Moms are quite often our first nurses, chefs, teachers (this is truer than ever with the COVID years), chauffeurs, etc. They give of themselves so their children can excel. Even if the bloodline is different, their loving actions are the same.

So, let’s celebrate Mom. Serve her breakfast in bed, give her a card, or flowers – just remember her. The best remembrances don’t have to be elaborate. Mom would like the cold cereal and orange juice breakfast in bed served by little loving hands just as much as mimosas and omelets at a fancy restaurant.

(Note to grown children: Mimosas and omelets sound pretty good, though. Save the cold cereal and make those reservations or invest in a good cookbook.)

The Mother’s Day card made from construction paper, glue and sparkles that took two little hands hours to make stands shoulders above anything offered from Hallmark. Those hand-picked flowers from the yard make a stunning arrangement in a jelly jar. Simple, but somehow those things mean the most.

(Note to grown children: The above paragraph was intended for kids with no income. For others, don’t touch mom’s garden.)

Adult children can also make Mom’s day special with something simple.

I’ll give you an example. I mentioned to my bonus daughter, Shirlene, once that I did not want flowers on my grave. I would rather see them when I was alive. She remembered, and from then on, at any occasion, there would be fresh flowers.

My bonus son, Robbie, remembered that I had a St. Francis statue in my garden in Houston that moved with us to the river. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and stood on the bulkhead – until Hurricane Harvey. Robbie replaced him. Both simple things, but they let me know I am loved.

I haven’t given you a recipe in a while and thought this one would be good for Mother’s Day. There’s only five ingredients, and any young hands can help make it. It turns out to be like a pound cake with two stripes of ruby color and stunning flavor going through it.

It doesn’t need icing, just a dusting of powdered sugar to finish it. A slice of this cake with a bowl of fresh raspberries, a dollop of sugar-free whipped topping and a cup of coffee would make a great breakfast in bed.
But if you get courageous and want to dress it up, you could make a glaze – maybe even add another box of raspberry Jell-O to that, or just add a couple of spurts of chocolate syrup that you might already have for the kids to make chocolate milk.

Enjoy making the Ruby Slipper cake and love the mom(s) in your life. Let them know you love them, because you never know what tomorrow holds.

Happy Mother’s Day, and Bonus Mother’s Day.

The Ruby Slipper (Cake)
1 package yellow cake mix, or pudding-included cake mix
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup water
2 eggs
1 three-ounce package raspberry gelatin.

Combine cake mix, sour cream, water and eggs in a large bowl. Blend, then beat at medium speed for 2 minutes until creamy. Spoon 1/3 of batter into well-greased and floured 10-inch fluted tube pan (Bundt pan). Sprinkle ½ of dry gelatin evenly on batter. Repeat layers. Spread remaining batter over gelatin to cover.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes until cake springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on rack. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

(Write Jan in care of The Bulletin. Email: john.bulletin@gmail.com. Snail mail: The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton TX, 77516.)