Hey there, I’m Abbi! Everyone comes to gardening and cooking for different reasons, and I want to share mine here.
After my mom passed away in August 2018, I spent a lot of time doing activities that reminded me of her, especially cooking & gardening. These flowers are from the last garden she planted. She loved making the most of each season, learning new things and sharing that with us. One of my favorite things about her was that she could really get into things, deeply enjoying whatever she was doing (and inevitably drawing everyone else into the fun!).
This summer, someone asked me who I spend time with when I miss my mom, and the truth is I just do the things that she would have loved to do. There’s so much I wish I could talk with her about. Only a mother would tolerate daily updates about growing your first pumpkin.
Cooking & gardening have this way of making you slow down and appreciate the moment you’re in rather than being caught up in the day-to-day. You gain respect for what it takes to bring food to a table, all the way from sowing a seed to preparing a meal from scratch. Think about the act of buying a pumpkin pie vs. planting, growing, fertilizing, harvesting, curing and cooking a pumpkin and THEN making a pumpkin pie from it. It’s enjoyed for a brief, but very satisfying, moment. Before you know it, the pie is gone & the frost has killed your pumpkin plant. A gentle & necessary reminder that all things come to an end… so savor every moment that you have.