it’s the holiday season.
and i am feeling nostalgic.
i miss greg’s mom, lois.
lois LOVED Christmas. it was her favorite time of year. she made sure everyone’s gift was perfect. she shopped for months. she called many many many times. she wrapped them all early (not like me who wraps them after church on Christmas eve praying each kid has an equal amount… and that i can find the scotch tape… all while trying not to tip over my glass of wine that i desperately need). she even had matching bows, ribbons and tags on all of them (i started off with bows years ago… now just wrap and throw under tree). she would ask early on what we all wanted. of course we’d say… “oh, lois… you don’t have to do anything for us.”. but she did. and she always bought the perfect gifts. it was never about the money or making sure everyone had the same amount. she just made sure each person knew she personally chose that gift as theirs. every year she gave me a big box of socks. she collected them all year long. when i say socks, i mean a lot of socks. work out socks. knee high socks. warm winter socks. toe socks. trouser fancy socks. and always at least one pair of socks that had cocktails or something funny printed on them. i just ran across the box she gave me last year. it still has two pair of socks in it i have not worn. it still has the tag, to: tracy love: lois. i just can’t make myself wear the last two pair. because i know there won’t be any more boxes of socks.
the Lord took lois to heaven quite unexpectedly this year. we all grieved very hard.
Christmas will not be the same without her.
so, when i was having a craving for a dip the other day, i grabbed my little cookbook and turned to page 5 and there is was…
GRANDMA LOIS’ CLAM DIP
1 can chopped clams, drained
1 can minced clams, drained (but set aside 1-2 Tblsp. of liquid)
2 8oz. pkg of philadelphia brand cream cheese
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
mix all ingredients in a bowl. add the liquid to smooth and make dippable. you do not want to break your chips while dipping. that’s important, you know. feel free to add less or more of the garlic salt and powder to your liking per lois. i just follow the recipe exactly how she told me and believe me, i’ve never been disappointed.
important note: must be served with ruffles plain potato chips! that’s what she said. lets not tell her i like it with baked lays too.
lois, i know you are watching over us this year. we promise to keep family strong. and yes, we will make the dip on Christmas eve. just like you like it. and i promise to make greg your spritz cookies he loves. hugs and kisses to you!!!
so, when i hear people complain about stores putting out Christmas decorations too early, all i can say is… do it! lois would have loved that!!
ps.. i just ordered more cookbooks. they should be here next week. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want one. $15 each.