April 14, 2011

Fond Family Memories

SocialMoms and Coca-Cola have teamed up with an exciting blogging opportunity. They want to hear about about a classic family recipe or a fond family mealtime memory inspired by Coke. I have some very fond family memories of Coke. As a child, my sister and I spent almost all of our summers at our Grandma's house. She lived on a Dairy Farm in Northern California. 

As soon as school got out for the sumer, we knew we were getting to go see Grandma. Sometimes she would pick us up and take us back to her house but most of the time either our mom or dad or both would drop us off. Then our exciting summers would begin (I'm sure my parents' too). Even though my grandparents lived in Northern California, it gets really hot in the summer. The evenings are cool but those days can be scorching. We were outside playing, feeding animals, swinging on the swing in the barn and just plain getting dirty. If we were not outside then we were in the kitchen cooking with Grandma. I think that those summers with her inspired me to cook today. She baked yummy coffee cake for breakfasts and there was always something delicious for dessert. I am sure I got in the way and I think I remember dropping a few eggs on the floor but she always welcomed me in to help her. 

When we came in for lunch there was always one thing that was the same. She had these beautiful diamond cut glasses (I wish I had a pair) that she always filled to the rim with ice ready. And in the fridge were always cold cans of Coke! It was very rare that the air conditioning was turned on so that icy glass of coke was the best. It was so hot out but it always seemed to cool me down and quench my thirst. There wasn't a day that went by that she didn't have coke in the fridge. Somehow she never ran out. After lunch we sipped on our Coke and we played cards with her, read books on the porch or picked roses out of her beautiful rose garden. We also would sit and watch the lightening storms from the porch. Just thinking about it, I can still hear the wind chimes and smell the rain.

To this day I think fondly of those summers when I have a can of Coke. And if I am not feeling well or even a little blue, somehow an icy glass of Coke usually makes feel a little better too. Do you have any fond family Coke memories? I would love to hear about them!

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  1. I too had wonderful summers with my grandparents! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed your post.
    I found your blog from the submission list on social moms, I am now your newest follower.
    If you would like to see mine, you can find it here: http://proverbs-31-wife.blogspot.com/2011/04/great-familyclassics-recipe-using-coca.html

  2. Thanks Katrina! I am now following you back.


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