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SOUTHERN MOMS

I’ll throw my hat in the ring along with everyone else this month and talk about moms….specifically Southern ones.

I doubt I would be able to write much about my mother without becoming overly maudlin and sentimental.  She was beautiful, refined, talented (a musician), a wonderful hostess, a fashionista and the wife of a husband who adored her.  At the same time, she was STRONG: she was the disciplinarian in the family; she was loyal to a fault to family, friends, faith and country (the confederacy?); and determined (I remember overhearing her say one morning to my high school brother, “You are NOT going to fail French!!!!” And HE DIDN’T! )  Wonder how many things we Southerners do because our mothers told us to or just because that’s the way she did things?  Do all families revolve around the mom?  Or is it just the Southern ones?

I was browsing through Southern Living magazine this month (Mother read it so I do too) and loved reading Editor in Chief Sid Evans’ tribute to his mother.  Check it out.  A few parts I loved are:

“Like a lot of Southern women, she is not a minimalist…At birthdays and Christmas she goes completely overboard…she loves classical music…played so loud that it rattles the windows.”

This encouraged me.  Maybe I’m not alone in my lets-go-over-the-top- if-possible approach to life. Some of my ideas for entertaining or gifts or holidays or fundraising or gardening or parenting have been met with REALLY? ARE YOU KIDDING? from my friends and family.  But  I just keep going with a “yes, that’s what I’m going for” and it happens and it’s WONDERFUL!

Maybe that’s just the way us Southern moms are.    And yes, I do rattle the windows listening to music.

By the way, my brother went on to finish first in his college graduating class.  Mom knew he had it in him!

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SWEET CORN SALAD

8 ears fresh corn, cooked in microwave (2 min each)

1 orange bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

4 green onions, chopped

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 lb diced pepper jack cheese

After cooking corn, remove husk and silk (it will come off easily when cooked in microwave).  Cut kernels off the ear.  Mix the dressing and pour over corn, peppers, onion, cilantro and cheese.  Chill.

DRESSING

3/4 cup olive oil

1/3 cup white vilegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper