Isn't it just incredible the way your senses are tied to memories?
The heavenly aroma of this zucchini bread baking in the oven immediately transports me back to my childhood. My Mom used to make it for us, and I loved it then just as much as I do now. It was always been a special treat.
Have you seen Moana yet?
It's a favorite in our house right now. And if I'm being honest, it's just as much for Robert and me as it is for Ellie. (I'm even rocking the soundtrack in my car on a daily basis!) Robert has taken to calling basically every meal we eat a "boat snack," while I love the themes of female empowerment. And I cry pretty much every time Moana restores Te Fiti's heart... That slow motion/wind/lava ash combo is just too much for me!
If you know me in real life, you know that my family LOVES green chile peppers. For the past 30+ years, we've ordered chiles from New Mexico by the bushel, shipped them to Tennessee (or Michigan, back in the day) and roasted them ourselves. Our freezers are always fully stocked with fresh green chiles to last the entire year. It's obviously a strange tradition... but I love that it's one we get to share with others. Over the years we've introduced MANY family and friends to the glory of the Big-Jim.
My great-grandparents were incredible people. Glen and Mabel Hornbaker owned and ran a bakery together in Michigan for 30+ years. Great-Grandma was an amazing baker and cook; Great-Grandpa was a talented artist. When Mabel got Alzheimer's, Glen refused to put her into a facility and instead acted as her primary caregiver at home. They were soul mates.
Guacamole is a staple around our house, but not just any guacamole. It can't be too avocado-y, or too limey, or too salty, or too bland. It can't be too chunky, the avocados have to be perfectly ripe, and the cilantro can't be too overpowering. (We're borderline psychotic.) But you guys... this guacamole is perfect. Trust me on this.