National Stuff Yourself Day!

My mom's famous lemon and berry tarts! My mom's famous lemon and berry tarts!

I am so unbelievably spoiled when it comes to delicious food, home-cooked meals, and warm and friendly ambience. All I have to do is drive less than a quarter of a mile down the hill from Tamarack Hill Farm and voila, I am in my mom’s kitchen and dining room! People are constantly asking me, “How can you stay looking lean like that when your mom cooks and bakes like this?” Truth be told, I work hard and eat around the clock!

I have never been an amazing cook or baker. Like I said, I was spoiled in that I had amazing meals growing up. Kids and teenagers literally tried to trade lunches with my sisters and me when we were all in school. I guess I never realized how incredibly fortunate I was until I moved out of my mom’s house when I left home for college. The thought of eating ramen noodles and takeout in college was not appetizing. But I had to suck it up and deal. It didn’t take long for me to move back to Strafford, Vt. Gosh, I wonder why I REALLY moved back to the area?

For me, it’s always been about horses. I am meticulous when it comes to my horses, the barn or any horse-related detail. When it comes to food, cooking or baking, I call 1-800-MOM-HELP! She always comes to the rescue and solves any sort of food emergency, whether it be baking cookies or creating a casserole.

Most recently, my mom has actually started her very own catering company and bakery right out of her own house (Brook Road Catering and Bakery — find her on Facebook!). I am so proud of her and can’t wait for everyone I know to start enjoying her delicious creations.

My mom's salad extraordinaire!

My mom’s salad extraordinaire!

Thanksgiving is going to be a serious undertaking this year. Not only is my mom busy baking and cooking for her company, but she has a whopping NINETEEN people joining her on the big T-day! Luckily she has me and her other two daughters to help out. There will be appetizers, pre-dinner cocktails, the actual dinner and the immense assortment of pies. I am getting hungry just thinking about it! Hope the horses don’t mind having a day or two off while I digest my six-course meal.

Go Thanksgiving.

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