Insanely Easy Cherry Streusel Coffee Cake for Mother's Day from Cleo Coyle

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With three generations of women featured in our Coffeehouse Mysteries, we often hear from mothers who pass our books to their daughters, as well as their own mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers. To celebrate the many generations of women who read our books, my husband and I are delighted to wish our readers a Happy Mother's Day! 

In honor of the day, I am also sharing this insanely easy Cherry Streusel Coffee Cake, slightly adapted from a recipe that came to me from a Coffeehouse Mystery reader, as well as a mother and grandmother, named Shirley Jackson. May you bake with love and eat with joy! ~ Cleo

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Shirley Hunt Jackson
"Red Hat Queen"
Insanely Easy Cherry Streusel 
Coffee Cake

As I mentioned, this recipe came to me from a beautiful Coffeehouse Mystery reader. I've adapted it slightly, writing my own directions, tips, and notes.

Thank you to Shirley Jackson. I know she would join me in wishing you boundless joy in baking, eating, and living! ~ Cleo

Note from Shirley: "I made this coffee cake for the first time in Houston for a group of Red Hat friends. This coffee cake tastes just like a yeast bread that has taken you a long time to make. Sure does make your kitchen smell cozy."


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Note from Cleo: Shirley is absolutely right about the yeast and the coziness of this coffee cake. Over the years, I've seen many cake recipes with a cake mix as starter. I've seen many "pie-filling-over-cake-mix" recipes, too. But I've never seen yeast used as an ingredient. The use of yeast in this recipe gives the streusel a sweet bread-like flavor and texture, but without kneading or rising time. It's also fantastic chilled, so it makes a great summer cake, too. 



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Cherry Streusel
Coffee Cake


Ingredients:

For the dough base:
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour, unsifted
1 packet (1/4 ounce) dry yeast
2/3 cup very warm tap water
2 large eggs, whisked with fork

For the topping:

5 Tablespoons butter (salted is fine) 

1 can (1 pound 5 ounce) cherry pie filling
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar


Step 1 - Make dough base: First preheat your oven to 375° Fahrenheit and coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with cooking spray (or grease and flour it to prevent sticking). Then, into a large mixing bowl, measure out 1-1/2 cups of the dry cake mix. (You are setting aside the remaining mix, which you will use for the topping.) 


Add the flour and dry yeast to the bowl. Now add the 2/3rds cup of very warm tap water. Allow the yeast to come alive and bubble for a minute. Finally, add the 2 eggs. Beat everything for 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl often. Dough will be thick. Using a rubber spatula or back of a spoon, spread it across the bottom of your coated baking pan.


Step 2 - Make streusel topping: Melt butter in a saucepan and pour it over the remaining cake mix. Mix the butter in well with the dry mix. It should be lumpy and crumbly. (See photo.)


Step 3 - Assemble coffee cake: Spoon the cherry pie filling evenly across the top of the dough in the baking pan. Sprinkle sugar on top of the filling. Finally, using your fingers, crumble the streusel topping over it all. NOTE: Because there was so much topping, I held back some of mine so the bright redness of the cherries would show through, making a prettier presentation.

 

Step 4 - Bake and glaze: Bake the coffee cake for 30 minutes in your preheated oven (375° F). Cool the coffee cake on a rack--to allow air to circulate under the hot pan bottom. When the top is cool, drizzle with glaze. See my Quick Glaze recipe below. After cake is served, refrigerate leftovers to keep fresh. This cake is also delicious chilled!



CLEO'S FAVORITE QUICK GLAZE



Cleo's note: Shirley's cherry streusel coffee cake glaze used corn syrup, water, and powdered sugar. With her indulgence, I am giving you my favorite butter glaze instead, which is what I use when I make this cake. Here is the simple recipe...

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons butter (salted is fine)
2 Tablespoons whole milk    (cream or half-and-half)
1 cup confectioner's    (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted


Directions: Over medium heat, warm butter and milk in a saucepan. Do not let this mixture brown, burn, or boil or you will have a scalded taste in your glaze. As soon as butter has melted, whisk in the sifted confectioner's sugar, a little at a time, until it is completely melted. You must work with the glaze quickly, while it is still warm. Using a rubber spatula or spoon, drizzle the warm glaze over the coffee cake. If the glaze hardens up on you, place the saucepan over the heat again and whisk until liquefied and smooth once more.





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187 comments :

  1. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. I am a subscriber. I am a mother. My mother was selfless, devoted, sincere and down to earth. I wish that I could share and spend time with her this Mother's Day but she is gone and I miss her everyday. saub

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  2. Thank you for this giveaway and chance to win. I love your books and the recipes. My mom has and always is here for me no matter what. My mom is my rock. aree

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  3. Motherhood was great. Grandmotherhood is even better. :) free

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  4. My mother was 17 (barely) when I was born. Over the years, I think we "grew up" together. Unfortunately, she passed away when she was 50 and I feel that since then I have missed her a lot. I am a mother and a grandmother now, and very glad I am having more time to spend with my family. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Happy Mother's Day! shar

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  5. Motherhood is the most satisfying thing in the world. Grandmotherhood is a priceless gift. I am blessed to be both. kpha

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  6. I never met my paternal or maternal grandmothers and my mother passed on 16 years ago. I still have my mother-in-law who is 89 and has blessed me with some of her talent for cooking. Being a mother is one of the best jobs I have ever been blessed with. Blessing to all Mothers on this our special day. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  7. Darlene PetersonMay 6, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    I am a subscriber, The thing I remember most, and picture in my mind, is my mom sitting in her chair with at least three grandkids on her lap. I miss her. 6186

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  8. All of your recipes are WONDERFUL. The best is your Baileys Irish Cream fudge. Thank you so much for sharing. I get nothing but raves from everyone who eats it.

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  9. My mom was known both for her cooking and her cleaning, but there is one meal none of us will ever forget. As we sat down to feast on mom's delicious lamb chop suey, it was immediately apparent that something was wrong with the flavor. Suddenly, mom burst out laughing. She had used the same pan the night before to boil eggs, so when she started the chop suey, she just emptied out the water and started cooking--having totally forgotten she'd added Joy dishwashing liquid to the water in the pan the night before. We still laugh whenever one of us brings up mom's "Joy-ful Lamb Chop Suey"! Thanks for the contest and the memory. --TeaS

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  10. My mother is my inspiration, my hero and my best friend. At 85, she is still feisty and fun, reading this series is one fun thing we share. Happy Mother's Day to the woman I will always aspire to be. Love you with all my heart. vick

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  11. Love all of the recipes you publish. Would like to try making this coffee cake with strawberry rhubarb, my fathers favorite. You bring me back to NYC with every book. Thank you! Happy Mothers Day to all!

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  12. My mother died when my daughter was only 1 year old. I was just starting to have a real relationship with my mother (she was an alcoholic for 18 years of my life starting when I was 12) so to this day, I miss what could have been. But this led me to ensure I have a great relationship with my daughter so she has good memories of me and no regrets. Kuzl

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  13. I will always remember coming home from school to a kitchen laden with the scents of fresh baked goods! It could be cookies, pie, bread or any number of other yummy goodies but Mom was always there to welcome us with something and a glass of milk.

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  14. My mother taught me so many things that I didn't recognize as knowing until I became a mother myself. Most important to know is that if your children are happy, nothing is better!

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  15. hi... will be celebrating Mother's Day with my family. Lots of fun.
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  16. Love the newsletters and the recipes, thank you so much. I grew up at my Grandmother's knee learning to cook. I miss my mother nearly as much now as the day she passed 21 years ago. Motherhood is a tough but wonderful role. I adore being a grandmother even more. Every Mother's Day is a time for memories and rejoicing. kath

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  17. My Mom taught me how to balance a checkbook, how to manage a credit card and to build up my credit. Which I will pass on to my kids as they get older.

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  18. donn
    I am a subscriber
    Being a mother and a grandmother is so wonderful for me. My mom was an excellent role model and I tried to exemplify that with my daughters. I love being a mom and a Grammy too. Happy Mother's Day.

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  19. My Mom was the best Mom ever. I lost her in 2012 and miss her everyday. A favorite memory of mine as a kid was bath night, clean jammies, clean sheets, then she'd blow between my toes to "get the lint out." which never really was there after a bath, but she knew I loved it. She also every night read me a story and sang songs. She was awesome!! How I miss her.

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  20. My mom taught me to stand up on my two feet and not have to rely on others. My dad was in the Marine's for over twenty years and she had to take care of everything. The moves when we were transferred *she counted that when my dad had retired and they bought their house we had moved 32 times), taking care of everything when my dad was stationed in Japan and deployed to Vietnam. She also taught me that no matter what you can always make time to read. She bought me my first Nancy Drew books. So my mom has taught me a lot but also gave me thee love of reading. vlhc

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  21. My favorite memories are of time spent in the kitchen with my mom while she would try out a new recipe she found in a magazine or a friend gave her...the process was almost magical from gathering the ingredients needed to the finished baked treat. She would say that the recipe was "good enough to die for"...the coffee pot was always on...quality time to share family stories while baking something wonderful to share with family & friends....cmeier2001@live.com

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  22. Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy. (Tina Fey) tdah

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  23. Wish my mom were still alive. I so much more wanted to get to know her better. judyd

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  24. *in a mary Poppins voice*
    Children time to go
    10 minutes later....
    *in batman's voice*
    I said let's go
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  25. cjre
    This is silly, but one of my favorite memories of my Mother is on picnics. In the 50s not everyone had a car and my Dad would take ours to work. Occasionally, Mother would pack a picnic lunch (peanut butter sandwiches) grab a blanket and take us on a a picnic. She always made a big to-do with us helping her get ready. My 2 brothers and I always found it exciting. We would then traipse to the farthest tree in the backyard, put out our blanket, spread out our food, settle down to have our Kool-aid and peanut butter.

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  26. Mothers...one I am not, but I was a teacher for 35+ years and frequently I would need to take on the mother role for many of my students: the nurturing, the discipline, the encouragement, the kindness, the pride. I guess in one way or another I was a mother of close to 1000 children.
    Email: kat8

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  27. My mother has been gone over four years now, but I still think of her often. Now I'm close to her two sisters, who are friends and almost-mothers to me.
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  28. When I was a child, I thought my Mom never slept. "Back in the day" before automatic clothes washers, Mom was up hours before the rest of the family . . . beginning laundry and preparing breakfast and lunches "to go". When I was bathed and put to bed, Mom was still awake and working. She had the grace and fortitude of Madame and I am reminded of Mom when you write of Madame's classic charm, wisdom, and humor.
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  29. I come from a family of 5 children, me being the youngest and only girl. I never understood who she was or why she was the way she was. She was always tired. She was very moody. She had health issues and seemed to always have a headache. My mom passed away the same year my eldest son was born. Now that I have children (3 boys), I can now understand her moods, why she was so tired and why she always had headaches. I wish she were here so I could tell her how much I love her and admire her. I wish she were here to share our stories. I wish she were here so I could give her a big hug and tell her what an amazing mom she was! I love you, Mom!

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  30. Hi, I am a subscriber (mrsc).
    Mom was my best friend. We spoke daily even as adults. Even though she's been gone 36 years, I still miss her!

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  31. Wonderful giveaway, Way back when I was 8 years old I had saved a lot of dimes, and quarters and went to the little corner store by us there I saw a musical teapot the box was under it so every time you pick it up it would plat tea for 2. it was $5.50 I had $9 saved I don't think the lady was happy with all the quarters and dimes I laid on the counter? LOL, I have the teapot many years later on my table, I don't use it , it stays there to remind me of my Mom. Penney email penn

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  32. lea6 I knew I would love my children before they were born. But I had no idea how much I love them.

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  33. Motherhood is wonderful but being a grandparent is fantastic. All the fun without the responsibility. bren

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  34. Char... I love being a mom of twin 4 year olds, they melt my heart when they just say out of the blue I love you Mommy.

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  35. Cher. The best thing about motherhood is when you are blessed with awesome grandchildren to spoil with love!

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  36. Cher. The best thing about motherhood is when you are blessed with awesome grandchildren to spoil with love!

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  37. Pat (patdupuy@yahoo.com)May 6, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    My mom is 96 and doing pretty well, considering. I bring books for her to read, almost always mysteries. I've gotten her hooked on various shows on pbs such as Downton Abbey, Grantchester, Doc Martin, and so forth. Frequently after one episode airs she'll give me a call so we can hash it out. Currently hashing out Mr Selfridge.
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  38. I am one of those women that never wanted children of my own but love to pamper my fur babies! Unfortunately, the fur baby I have now is just a rotten teenager and pretty much doesn't give me the time of day!! Except when he's hungry! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, including my sister who has 6 kids and 15 grandkids! She had enough for both of us!! kjko

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  39. My mom gave me the best birthday parties. I tried to give my boys fun birthday parties and Halloween parties. Being a grandma is the greatest! Thank you for your great books. Can't wait to try this yummy looking cherry coffee cake. Sandy email sand

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  40. Hubby and I became parents after 9 years of marriage. Being originally from India, we faced a lot of criticism and pressure from family, friends, and the community for the delay. Ultimately, we were glad we waited because the timing was right. I feel fortunate and blessed to be able to stay at home with our daughter. She has been an absolute joy from the beginning.

    Thanks for the great giveaway :)
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  41. bookworm judy

    They say the maturity process starts to reverse at a certain point in a person's life. I now realize what a real and total shit I was as a teenager... And I can also understand how love kept her from killing me dead at many points along the way. My mother really was a saint.

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  42. It has been 25 years since my Mom passed, but I will never forget that beautiful face & how she loved her hats. pft.g

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  43. My favorite memory of my mom was watching her make desserts for the holidays. I did not realize until she was gone how precious that time was together.

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  44. My mom was the best, every morning for breakfast she would take all the raisins out of my bowl of Raisin Bran cuz I didn't like raisins but my brother and sister did. Little things like that mean the most to me. (sara)

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  45. I'm a lonely only born to older parents.I always knew my daddy loved me but wasn't sure of my mom but she was the best grandma ever. I was born very early and very tiny and very unfinished 81 years ago. One of my sons were talking and he explain why my mom was so strict with me. She loved me and was worried she'd lose me because she lost twin girls and 2 boys before me and then I arrived and since I lived she was going to do everything to keep me.There wasn't much in the way of medicine except good food , lots of rest and that's what she did.I had everything a kid could get except polio. But by age of 10 was healthy and could live a normal life. Thanks to my son I now know my loved very much and it's a good feeling. She died when I was 37 and I miss her everyday. ruthe

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  46. We had planned for our son for so long that when he finally arrived I couldn't quite believe it. Twenty-five years later, I still remember being in the hospital and looking down at my son in the bassinet, shaking my head, and saying to my husband, "Do you believe we did that?!" So much love! If we only knew.....a007

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  47. Nancy U.
    "Children are the living message we send to a time we will never see."
    jnur

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  48. I'm a mother to four adult children, thirteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two babies on the way. I have only one regret and that is that I didn't have the grandchildren before I had the children. I would have had more energy than I do now! LOL Motherhood is one of the finest roles a woman can play. Happy Mother's Day Everyone!

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  49. Tonight my mom and I made dinner for the family. When we all sat down together, about to take those first mouthfuls, mom said, "How nice that we can all sit down and enjoy a family meal, we're all here together." To which my (now 5 year old, and the only granddaughter) daughter replied, "Accept my [great] grandma. She isn't here at the table, but she's here with us."
    This made me think about motherhood as a kind of legacy. Mom create family legacies by sharing with their children. Generations of moms sharing moments, sharing memories keeping their moms and families alive through generations. My grandma continues to cook with me: she's having tea with me, as I pour from her kettle, and she's helping me choose our meals, as I search through her cookbooks. Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's past, present, and future!

    jstone

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  50. Subscriber

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  51. My Mom died unexpectedly 18 years ago. Never had a chance to say Good-bye. I miss her and love her till this day. Thank you for the chance to enter the contest. email: sksa

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  52. When my son was born, I asked my mom if she had loved me like I love him - a crazy wealth of love that I had no idea I was capable of. She replied, "yes, and i still do". [subscriber (Sara)]

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  53. Unfortunately I am unable to have children of my own, but my fur baby is the light of my life! I am visiting my mother for Mother's Day and we will be leaving shortly to see my grandmother who is recovering from surgery to remove cancer :( I have such wonderful memories of my childhood. My mom, grandmother, sister and I always did everything together! My fondest memories are all of us taking a road trip every summer to my grandmothers childhood home in Texas. - becc

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  54. I grew up as one of seven children with wonderful parents. My mother always made sure we had clean clothes and food on the table as my Dad was busy working two jobs to provide for us. I have so many good memories of a full house and lots of relatives. It was a wonderful way to grow up with a large extended family. mjmp

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  55. I am the mother of four grown children. They all fought with each other, but were quick to back each other up to outsiders (of the family). They are now all good friends. I hope my parenting had something to do with that.

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  56. step~I hope I do this correctly...My Mother's love is always genuine. She always gave everything for my brother and I and we always knew we were loved by her. She IS a GREAT mom!

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  57. My mom passed away suddenly at the tender age of 50, but I think of her every day. Shortly before she died, I was critically ill. She took such good care of me, only the way a mother could. Now, thirty plus years later, I am still so grateful she was my mom! Ksro

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  58. The first Mothers Day after my mom died I just wasn't ready for. It was late April, and I walked into the Hallmark store at the mall, and was assaulted by the Mothers Day display. I stood in the store and wept like a motherless child. Ursa

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  59. You can't have "moments" without "mom". I am so grateful for the many special moments with my mom that always bring smiles to my face upon reflection. After all, we live not only in today but in our memories, too. Heat

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  60. My grandma "Nanny" lived with us my whole childhood. My mom worked all the time to keep food on the table. So, in essence, I was raised by them both. Nanny was there when I got home from school and always made sure I had a snack and did my homework. She was always the one to take care of me when I was sick. I used to get ear infections a lot, and one of my best memories was when Nanny would put a hot water bottle in her lap and I would lay my ear on it and she would rub my head. She would sit there for hours, I'm sure uncomfortable herself, but she would do it till I felt better. She is going to be 90 years old next month, and currently is in bad shape. I don't know how much longer I'll have her, but I will always love her with all my heart! jenn

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  61. "God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." ~Rudyard Kipling khar

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  62. Being a mother to my 2 boys has meant more to me then anything in thr world. Watching them grow up into decent human beings who care about others makes me so proud. Vick (email)

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  63. Being a mother to my 2 boys has meant more to me then anything in thr world. Watching them grow up into decent human beings who care about others makes me so proud. Vick (email)

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  64. Fros .... our mother has been deceased for almost 11 years now, howver, she lives on daily in our memories and is greatly missed. She was honest, kind & thoughtful, generous, a "good and virtous" woman.

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  65. My mother has been gone for over 20 years and I still miss her every day. She passed down to me her love of animals, so I am now mother to two Newfoundland dogs and four cats. japp

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  66. My Mom is gone these past 5 years and now I'm the Grandma in the family. All stages in life are wonderful!

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  67. My memories of my mom are many, but the best ones I think are of us cooking together. We would cook for a couple of days in the fall, and host a family gathering with baked goodies, autumn veggies around a smoked turkey or brisket. I miss those days, she passed in 2009. My email for your mailing list starts with fnpca - the blogger addy I have to use to comment is different.

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  68. Beck
    Becky Dooley
    Mother to two teenaged sons. Hard to let them go as they go off to college, proud of the great men they have become, grateful they still call their mom and say "love you" before they hang up :)

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  69. My mom has been gone a long time, but I think of her everyday. Our relationship wasn't perfect, but there was always love. lndklbck@gmail.com

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  70. My mom used to make a similar cake. I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for the giveaway. debk

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  71. My mother was a Saint in every way and I know she is a special Angel in Heaven now. This is a wonderful giveaway!

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  72. Mfid
    One of the first things I learned to do for my mom was pour the milk into her coffee until the clouds came up.

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  73. My Mom didn't know how to boil water when she got married in the 1930's, but she certainly learned quickly! She was an excellent cook and loved cooking for our family. Full meals every night and always Sunday dinner for the whole family after church.

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  74. Although I have no real memory of my mother, I had an aunt who helped raise us after she died. She and my mother are in my thoughts on Mother's Day.

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  75. I am a mother of five and I love talking to my kids as we laugh a lot. It really brightens my day. I am 82. The coffeecake recipe is on top of my to do list.

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  76. Alas I could not have children, but I had a fantastic mother. My mother never complained and she worked so hard for her family always placing herself last. She was so amazing. I will always remember coming home to visit in the winter and opening the door to the smell of homemade vegetable beef soup and a happy cry of welcome and a beautiful smile from my Mother.

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  77. My mom's been gone for 7 years now and I miss her so much. She and her sisters are on my mind this Mothers Day. Thank you for this giveaway. Dm_rich

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  78. Can't wait to try the recipe. I want to say to all of you who are still blessed with having your mother, cherish & learn from her while you can. Hardly a day goes by that I don't think, "wish I could ask Mom about" this or that. jkra

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  79. My mom has been gone for 13 years now...although I was always a daddy's girl, I am so grateful that in my 30's and 40's I got to spend quality time with my mom even being 900 miles apart. kare

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  80. Thank you. My mother was a history teacher and a real Jeffersonian. One if my first memories is visiting Monticrllo. I became a history teacher also. Those lessons stuck. suefo

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  81. “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.”
    ― Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel
    My child is grown and I am now mother to teenage cats. elai

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  82. Here's to moms everywhere who when we were children, gave us the boundaries we needed and wanted (even though we didn't know it - we wanted them)and then [mom] proceeded to teach us to explore and expand those boundaries. LadyB I am subscriber please enter me in the wonderful contest

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  83. My mother is wonderful. Age has made me appreciate her more. She used to love coloring with me as a child. Just a few weeks ago, I gave her coloring books to enjoy while she healed from a surgery. She still loves coloring :)

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  84. I have always thought my Mom is amazing, and it really hit home with me when I had my first child -- my Mom had done this 5 times, with 5 girls. I called her a lot more, thanked her a lot more, and thanked God that I had been blessed with such a wonderful Mother. Happy Mother's Day to my 85 year old Mom! boba

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  85. Here's to my mom as I raised my own kids I often wonder how she did it without going nuts. my dad was usually on the road from monday morning till friday night yet she took care of all eight of us with love and grace.

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  86. So thankful that my 85 year old Mother is still an important part of my life. One of the things we share is our love of a good cup of coffee so a trip to a coffee shop is always a pleasure. One of the best 3-generation days we had was a tour behind-the -scenes at a local coffee roaster by my daughter, my mother and I. GBJJ

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  87. The one thing I remember of my 98 year old Mother is that she never showed favoritism between me and my twin sister. For that, I am very appreciative.
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  88. Being a Mom is like having a garden. First you plant the seeds. Then shower them with love and patience. Last watch them grow as individuals. I will always treasure my children wherever they may be. Happy Mothers Day to my mom! I am a subscriber so please enter me in the contest- I love the cup!!! love ka110

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  89. txml
    My mother was a great cook and luckily I inherited her
    skill. Now that it's just me - I don't cook much.
    After 45 years of feeding a family, it's kind of a welcome
    break - but then again not so much fun. Enjoy the coffee house
    mysteries.
    thanks.

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  90. My mother passed away 16 years ago and I miss her every day. As a child she would sing "You are my sunshine" to the little ones. Luckily she did get a break between the six of us. She then went on to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I sang it to my kids and grandkids. My oldest granddaughter (12) is called Sunshine by just me and we put sunflowers on our texts. A great way to keep my mom in the heart of us all. bobn

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  91. ptcl- My memory of my mother was not a good one as she was never home that is how i ended up in a foster home. My dad took me to the police station and told them he worked nights at a bar and that my mother was a woman of the night then started my nightmare of many years. Then at 12 my wonderful grandma showed up and started taking me every weekend and it was just great. She took me to nice dinners and i got to watch tv with her. Then at 16 came home from school one day and there was no foster home so i called my grandma to come and get us right away so she took me and my foster sister. My grandmother taught me all about womanhood and everything . She took me to Minn to introduce me to my great grand ma before she passed at 102 yrs and she was great. When i had my own kids she retired from the Hyatt House and she watched my kids and loved it . Then my daughter had a daughter and i moved to Iowa and my grandma watched her great great granddaughter. I called my grandma every night to make sure she was ok and that all was well, One day she called me and told me that she and her husband were going to mcdonalds and that they wouldn't be home for my 8 o'clock call i said ok i love you she said the same,.The next call i got was from a hospital that my 100 year old grandma had fallen and she had a brain bleed and they weren;t going to operate that is the day everything went black. I flew to Ca and all the kids came to see her and she passed. She was everything to me I loved her so much and she was just my best friend and now she is with her mom. I don't celebrate holidays much as my kids are in Ca and i am in Ia also i am disabled so the cooking is me telling my husband how to do something or i try to do it. The day grandma died so did my happiness!

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  93. mwer - My grandmother and I always had our "thing" when I was younger and I long for those days. We would have a sleepover at her house Saturday night and in the morning, we'd get up and go to her Hungarian Church. After mass, we would walk downstairs into the hall and start setting up for Bingo. We'd make sandwiches, set up prizes, and chat and laugh with all of the other ladies that quickly became my friends. It was our day.

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  94. jlath - My mom was my biggest cheerleader. One of my favorite memories of her is the day I decided to put color on my hair. I chose a shade slighter lighter than my natural color and mom helped me with the process. She liked the way it looked and decided to try it on her hair too. The problem was my mom's hair was darker than mine and after applying the color the finished product was a ghastly shade of red!! My dad came home about the time we took the towel off her hair. He did NOT like the final product and she had to call her hairdresser and get her to "fix" her color. We laughed about that event for years. I loved her all the more for it!

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  95. I'm so lucky that my mom is here after her surgery to remove a small cancerous spot on her lung. Doctors said it was a fluke as she doesn't smoke. She is only 72 and is my friend as well. Cath

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  96. Rosemar038

    My memories of Mom were the special times when she made Polish Pierogi or pastries for us.. Other times she would make up a batch of raised donuts and we would take a bag full to a drive-in movie to enjoys... Great memories and lots of love.. Ladybug1938

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  97. geaj- I am a subscriber. My mother taught me to be strong and to believe in my dreams. I have accomplished much due to her belief in me, I now try and do the same for my daughters.

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  98. Ah, the cherry coffee cake looks perfect to make for one of our Sunday afternoon get together with friends - yum!

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  99. Elai - My mom works so hard and always has. We lived on a grain farm. The fields need to be worked. Mom did a lot of that before we kids were old enough to drive tractor. One very hot summer day she came home and said she forgot her water bottle and was just about ready to drink the has out of the gas can. She wanted us to learn to fish, my dad wasn't interested in that at all, so she took us. But we weren't patient enough. We just "fell" in and went swimming instead. One year for Easter she had us make grass nests instead of having Easter baskets. That was a very special Easter. So many great memories! I love my mom!

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  100. My grandmother was a huge influence in my life, as my parents both worked nights. She got us ready for school, tucked us into bed at night and watched Star Trek with us. I often find myself using her sayings and slipping into her west Ireland lilt (because a brogue's a shoe). I miss her even after all these years.

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  101. My Mother is a beautiful wonderful woman who taught my sister and I to stand up for ourselves and do whatever we wanted to do. She taught us the love of reading, the joy of cooking and the happiness of family. I am so lucky to still have her with me.

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  102. My mom was the best at making something special out of very little...no money but lots of love and good food at our houe!

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  103. Morg. I wish I had realized long ago how much my mother knew. I find myself saying things & sounding just like her more as time goes by.

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  104. I am a newsletter subscriber.
    2. Here it is, dese
    3. My mom is my rock, my comforter, my healer and my all around best friend! She is there with a patient ear to listen to my problems. She is there for me to dry my tears when I cry. What a fantastic mother! I love you mom!
    Please enter me in your fabulous, generous contest!

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  105. rpag I would never be the woman I am if it were not for having my five children. They have taught me more about life and living then I could ever have done without them.

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  106. amae I am a late-breaking mother-- my son was born when I was 44, and he's 11 now. He's a wonderful person, a splendid colleague, a fantastic friend. Motherhood brought me two huge surprises. One was how apt my notions about good parenting were-- at least with this easy, cooperative child. The other was how very different the love I feel as a parent is from all other loves I've experienced, and I've loved and continue to love a lot of people.

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  107. I love coffee and your Coffee House Mysteries. My favorite guilty pleasure is curling up and indulging in this relaxing duo!

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  108. My Mom was a great lady. She was kind hearted and strong. She taught me how to be a good Mom. It's that love I give to my daughters who are my reason for being. They keep me moving forward I would be lost without them. I am a subscriber. Jcta

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  109. My Mom is still with us (Thank you Jesus)and at 86 is still hiking, quilting, playing the piano and drinking coffee with the grand kids. We (Me, brother & 2 sisters) are constantly inspired to try and keep up with her. Please enter me in the contest

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  110. The radiation schedule had been fulfilled and we just finished the 5th chemo treatment. As usual, we made our trek to the San Jose Mall where we would stand and stare at the beautiful caramel and candy apples in the display case of the specialty shop. One day, when she felt like it I would buy her one ~ the biggest brightest red candy apple they had!

    On the last day of treatment, she did not have the strength to go to the mall, so I took her home. The quilt and pillows were waiting her arrival, I put the coffee on and joined her on the couch. She apologized for not being able to visit the the 'candy apple store' ~ as she laid her head in my lap, I knew at that moment the roles had reversed.

    I was now my Mother's keeper.

    She was only 53 when she passed (26 years ago this October) ~ there has not been a day that I don't think of her, wish I could pick up the phone and call her, share stories of how beautiful her granddaughter grew up to be and that she has 3 gorgeous grandsons.

    Her memory lives through my stories, pictures, recipes and of course we can never have a candy apple without toasting "Grandma Mary".

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter your contest. I've just recently started receiving your newsletters and look forward to reading your mysteries.

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  111. jane...
    My favorite thoughts about motherhood go right along with with quote: "If I knew having a grandchild was so wonderful, I would have done that first." I give thanks for the parents(my 5 children and their spouse') of my grandchildren (5 girls 4 boys ages 17 to 1 year) for the best gift a mom could have. I look at my children and how they have developed a meaningful life and the loving and responsible way they take care of their children and think, it was all worth it. I also take the time to love and spoil the grandchildren, when we see them. We are all in the same state, or will be soon, however all but two are two hours or more away.
    Please enter me in your contest, I love drinking coffee, and now that I have time, I love reading, especially mysteries! Janet

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  112. Ever since my daughter was born, I love how every song now is somehow about her. Cheesy or touching or inspiring or silly or motivational. She is in every song I hear.
    email: ritr
    Annie
    P.S. And thanks for giving me a cool older mom (Madam) to aspire to no matter how old I get!

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  113. I hope to have the energy my 85 w/o mother has.

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  114. These comment are so beautiful--funny, touching, and some moving me to tears. Because Marc and I no longer have living mothers, you have made this Mother's Day Week a happier and more meaningful one for us. THANK YOU ALL for your comments. We will continue to read them as they are posted.

    We welcome more comments all week...back again soon...

    Love,

    ~ Cleo
    Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter
    www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  115. As I get older, I continually realize my mother's influence on my way of looking at life and handling its challenges. She is an inspiration and my oldest friend. Thanks, Cleo for the wonderful contest and a sweet way to honor my mother. tamm

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  116. Jennifer M from Washington (dall)May 8, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    My mother didn't make strudel, but she did make Bisquick coffee cake. That was always a special treat in our house. Warm from the oven, with a pat of butter melting into the topping!

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  117. While an excellent and admirable mother wants to impart her total depth of wisdom to her children, she is wise enough to let them discover some of it on their own - the hard way.

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  118. I lost my mom to breast cancer. I miss her everyday!

    amos

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  119. I got to have dinner with my mom and siblings also celebrating my parent's 60 wedding anniversary. It was a very special day! Thanks for continuing to write this series. I really enjoy it.
    anne

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  120. 1. I am E-mail subscriber
    2. lady
    3. My mom is 89 years old she inspires me everyday. She still drives her car locally, volunteers at hospital and does Silver sneakers. I am a Proud Mom to my wonderful 24 year old son who is an Architect in Columbus Ohio. I live in Pittsburgh PA and miss him everyday. I know that from when he was little from story-times to play-dates we got him all ready to go out in the world and do such amazing things.
    I am also a Dog Mom to our wonderful rescue dog Evie.
    I am Blessed.

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  121. Being a mom has made me appreciate my mom and all she did for me. My boy is 20 now and my mom is gone, but she is still in my heart and so many things she taught me are with me still.

    blca

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  122. baby: First thank you so much for your wonderful books. They have been with me through losing my closest loved ones to my all most dying. My mom has been by my side through so very much. She is the reason that I am a nurse and the reason that I am the person I am today. Thank you for taking me on a tour of New York through your amazing writing. I probably will never get to see New York but your books have taken me on a wonderful journey. Someday in my dreams I hope that I can take my amazing, beautiful and loving mom on a trip to New York. Thank you so much and happy Mother's Day to all the moms in the world!!!!

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  123. Both my Mom and Grandmas (both who have since passed) have taught me the love of cooking and baking. I remember as a little girl my mom would almost always have cookies waiting for kids when we got home from school to have along with a piece of fruit for a snack. Most of the time the cookies were recipes from one of the grandmas. I also remember both Grandmas coming over in the fall to help my mom can all the veggies from the garden and them telling me that I will need to know this when I am a grown up so I can do it myself. I now can my own applesauce thanks to them.

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  124. My Mom has always been my best friend. She has always been there for me through my 25 years of having fibromyalgia. And I have been there for her through two brain aneurysms surgeries, two total knee replacements, and two cataract implant surgeries. Some of our best times have been over coffee at the Jersey shore. She is an amazing woman and I am truly blessed to call her my mom.

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  125. I am one of 11 children; my mother passed away when my children were 2 and 4 months respectively -- they never had a chance to know my mother, or she to know them, in real life, which is something I am sadder about each year. my oldest is now the mother of two.. and we are so blessed to have some video clips from when my mother was still alive.. each year on mother's day, we sit together with the grandkids, and watch the clips, so that my grandkids and daughters can keep my mother's memory alive... I miss her every day.

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  126. My mother is 96 and going strong! I hope that I'm as healthy as she is if I live that long. Love your books and love coffee!!

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  127. I have many fond memories of my mother, a beautiful woman who passed away in 2000. She baked for her family every day (fantastic Danish pastries and Chelsea buns)and she sewed us the best Halloween costumes ever. My Mother's Day this year was a wonderful celebration for me - it was the first time in a while that all my kids, their spouses and my grandchildren were together (12 of us).

    I would like to be entered in this great giveaway. Thanks.

    mrog

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  128. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” —Milton Berle
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  129. I became a doggie mom 10 years ago to my cocker spaniel Coco. I am loving every minute of it. I can't imagine my life without her now. Coming home from work to seeing that wigglebutt by the door waiting for me just puts a huge smile on my face and puts me in a good mood all the time. She's the best thing to ever happen to me. crun

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  130. I've never had any human children, but I celebrate Mother's Day as a furry kid mom. I feel sad when others don't understand why I do that. Those fur kids are very special to me.
    suef

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  131. My Mother always gave of her. She made sure I had the things in life to help me to be who I am today. I still miss picking up the phone to call her to share special things with her.
    CABW

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  132. My mother was an awesome lady full of life - she taught me to strive to be the best mother I could be by loving my daughter and encouraging her. Today marks 3 weeks since she gained her angel wins. I miss and love her and am so thankful that she was not only my mom but one of my best friends.

    catt965@yahoo.com

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  133. I have 3 wonderful children who made Mother's Day special for me on Sunday, but the youngest (and wittiest) may be messing with me. He sent flowers - the same arrangement he has sent me for the past 2 years; so is he waiting for me to notice and comment? Is it a test? Or is he just forgetful and always likes that particular arrangement best? I am pondering whether to mention it or not; meanwhile I need to go and smell my lavender roses!!

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  134. I treasure every Mother's Day I spend with my mother. pdeitchler@aol.com

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  136. Every Mother's Day, I can't help be remember that moment when my son was placed in my arms. It also makes me realize, that my own Mom has those same feelings too. lisaf_mk

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  137. Just love your posts and newsletters, so full of fun, interesting and yummy stuff.

    I feel so special on Mother's Day. My mom has been gone a long time and I still miss her, but all day long I hear from my children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren. One of my granddaughters has lived with us since she was small and always pampers me and makes the day especially special.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  138. java: my mom is a strong, capable lady always willing to help her grown kids and always ready to talk about real estate!

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  139. sand: My mother was pretty selfish and not very loving, but I have been blessed throughout the years with wonderful friends who have "adopted" me as their daughter. They were all loving, wise women who were willing to give of their time and energy to help me when I needed advice and comfort. Though my husband and I have no children of our own, I have, through the years, become "Aunt Sandy" to the children of friends and tried to "pay it forward."

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  140. My mother would bake at Christmas, but it was my grandmother who was the cook and baker in the family. We called my grandmother Ma ma and she had my sister and I work alongside her so we would learn. I always associate baking with my love for her and the many special hours we spent creating together. cind

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  141. My mother loves sweets. She's a terrific baker (especially of pies!) and somehow manages to keep track of everyone's favorite baked good. Whenever we go to visit her, we makes bets on how many different kinds of treats she'll have waiting for us. And if anyone gets a craving while we're there, we know that *whatever* it is, Mom will be able to make it. As someone who grew up in an isolated rural area, she has an enormous, wonderfully stocked pantry filled with every sort of tasty ingredient (and her own home-canned and frozen produce).
    My mom taught me to be ready for anything and to face whatever happens with a cup of coffee in one hand, a treat in the other--and a big smile on my face! (I think she and Clare would get along great.)
    <3, long-time subscriber, wend

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  142. This was my first Mothers Day without my mom. It was hard. I have many memories though which I am grateful for. radical

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  143. I had a very special Mother's Day ....my 22 yr old grandson came over to my place and cooked me a lovely dinner! Am I spoiled or what .... my daughter was out of town and other kids live in USA so I guess Ryan was worried about me being all alone. What a super grandson,eh.

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  144. I miss my grandmother more than words can say. She was the cook in the family. Every year my grandfather planted a garden and Grandma preserved all the goodness. I cried when lost her and cried again when we had the last of her frozen corn for Thanksgiving. Every Mother's Day is a reminder. Wish I could call her one more time.
    mary

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  145. Wow... where to start? I'm a mom of 8, which is funny because I come from a family of 2 girls. My only real thought is God must REALLY trust me or He has a FANTASTIC sense of humor (I'm leaning towards the latter!). Never is anything dull, I wear so many hats it's crazy & I'm almost always being invaded by one of the kids- and I wouldn't trade it for the world!

    Cheers!
    Kelly Braun (Gael.....@yahoo.com)

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  146. I enjoy cooking with my daughter, and this recipe sounds really good. Will have to add this to our list. PinkP

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  147. Blyn
    The thing I think about the most is "this too shall pass." it helps on the really bad motherhood days and reminds me to enjoy the good days because they are going too fast.

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  148. Beck

    Wonderful memories of spending Mother's Day with my Mom and Dad. Of course, they did the cooking. Miss them both!

    Becky

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  149. Though I knew there would be a time when I let my children loose into the world, I somehow did not expect it to come so soon. Funny, how that is, considering the days that I thought would never end when I believed that I was handling motherhood somehow all wrong. Then their teens came and they confirmed that I was correct in that I was failing motherhood. Shockingly, they have progressed past their teens now and assure me that all of the studies show that my actions and decisions as a mother have proven most effective in parenting and teaching them to be adults. Who knew?
    subscriber: littl

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  150. Mom has been gone now for almost two years. I can still hear her laughter when telling a joke in a combination of english, finn and french.

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      Mom has been gone now for almost two years. I can still hear her laughter when telling a joke in a combination of english, finn and french.

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  151. My mom is no longer here to enjoy Mother's Day with our family. I miss her and think about her every day. I especially remember all of the good times and laughs we shared.

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  152. My mom is no longer here to enjoy Mother's Day with our family. I miss her and think about her every day. I especially remember all of the good times and laughs we shared.

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  153. For me, being a Mother to 2 wonderful children is the best thing in life. But, being a daughter to an unforgettable Mother and Granddaughter to the sweetest Lady has made me so grateful and blessed to have had them all in my life. West

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  154. My mother was a great person. She always wanted the best for us and was usually right, even when my sister and I didn't realize it. She's been gone for 19 years now and I still miss her.
    Great giveaway, already a subscriber.
    (dian)

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  155. E-Mail: digi
    (Is this what you are asking for?)
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  156. I guess this is fairly common, but I was never really that close to my mother until I was an adult. Then I regretted all the years I didn't get to know her better
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  157. It was a bittersweet Mother's Day - the first without my mother in law, but before dying she invited my mother to move into her vacant condo. Now my 88 year old mom lives 4 miles away instead of 404 miles. Joy and sadness are all part of motherhood.

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  158. Mahalo for the op to share and win. Mom passed away at age 88 last August and it's been a year of firsts without her: first Aloha Festivals Parade in September, first Thanksgiving, first Christmas, first Valentine's, first Easter, first birthday on May 4th...sad events without her, but photos in scrapbooks stir warm memories of great conversations and delicious foods. tusi

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  159. Thank you for your yummy recipe. I will try it the next time my mum and dad are visiting me. At the moment they are visiting my sister in England. I am really proud of them, especially of my mum because she hasn´t gone by plane in years and last year we went together to Tenerife and she was so nervous but everything went really well and now she is enjoying flying again! I am happy when I can help my mum and when we have a great time together because she gave me so much in my life, that I am thankful to give here something back. Even when it means to be part of a circus show because one of the clowns choose me out of the audience to help him in the circus ring! My mum laughed so much and really enjoyed the show, afterwards she said it was one of the best gifts I gave her in life!
    Best wishes,
    Anny
    p.s. I really enjoy reading your newsletter, thank you so much!
    a.reich...gmx...

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  160. The three of us love Streusel. Crystal and I have been trying to find a good Butter Glaze recipe for a while; thanks so much for including yours (we know it will be good)! My daughter is my best friend and enriches my life every day. I believe she has taught me more than I ever taught her. cath

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  161. What a great website! Good reads, good recipes, and great give-aways. Always delighted to find a newsletter in the mailbox. Thanks for taking good care of your readers.

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  162. Always enjoy your newsletters and have read and enjoyed every one of Clare Cosi's adventures. Cannot wait for the next one.

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  163. My mom sews. I think she has always been the only person in the neighborhood with a sewing machine that is regularly used. She mends clothes and hearts for neighbors and friends, and her quilts warm all of us on cold winter nights. I hope I can continue to nurture our widening circle of family, friends, and neighbors as she has always done!

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  164. I am a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother with a family scattered over many States. Cleo, you always have the best recipes and I have tried many. Love your interesting website and books. email starts with cbro

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  165. Hi I am a mother of six daughters -and yes we all survived! It is interesting that now they are grown, they call me up for their favorite recipes and I love to share with them.

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  166. Motherhood is a most excellent adventure and having a mini me who acts and sounds just like me, well let's just say most days I can't keep a straight face. having my own kids really makes me appreciate everything my own mom did for me. Karena

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  167. I am blessed to be a mother to a very special little girl. I'm learning as much as she is. I love watching her grow. My mother taught me how to put my child above myself.

    E-mail:tiger

    And I so enjoy your newsletters.

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  168. I so enjoy your books and recipes, I can't wait for your next Coffee House Mystery with Clare

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  169. I lost my mother a year and a half ago to breast cancer. While going through her things, I found many recipe cards that had been her mother's recipes (in my grandmother's handwriting). One of them is very similar to this and I remember my Great Aunt making it for family reunions as well. Thank you for giving me the key to that cherished memory. I can't wait to make it......as soon as I am done with my own treatment for breast cancer.

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  170. lion
    My Mother started her motherhood journey a bit later than most of her time. This was due to WWII which she participated in while defending her home country of England. She met my Dad after the war ended & they emigrated to Canada. Mom is 96 this year & is truly a remarkable lady. Still sharp & energetic. She is an inspiration to all she meets. Her wealth of experiences during her life time would sustain any evening of story telling. AND her favourite genre is Mystery! Combine that with her schooling at the Cordon Bleu School of cooking & you have created a sublime resonance. We both enjoy your books so much. Relaxing with a cup of coffee, reading by the window with the sunshine pouring in, what is better than this. Thank you.

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  171. It has been over 16 years since my Mom went to heaven, and I can hear her voice in my memories of her all the time. My Mom was a fabulous cook, not just a cook, but a wonderful baker. Her Mom, in the early 1900's went to a cooking and baking school and she taught my Mother so much about pastry especially. I didn't even realize until I was at least ten that not all mother's made all of their own homemade bread, rolls, donuts, and all pastries. My mother cooked and baked everything you can think of and she taught my two sisters and me to know how to do everything as well. We all love to cook and bake to this day, (although going out to dinner holds a big appeal in my older years), and there is not much that we have not made or at least tried to make. We didn't have some of Mom's recipes, so for years we have tried to replicate a few things that she made that I guess we didn't pay strict attention to when she was showing us how to make it or we would know the ingredients now. It was a wonderful time to bond with our Mom; that is most likely what made all of this time together in the kitchen so wonderful and rewarding. I have been so blessed, as both of my sisters have been, to have been taught something that we never realized as a young girl how important it would be for the rest of our lives and how happy it has made our families and many friends. I can remember asking for particular cookbooks for my birthday and Christmas as I loved to read them at night. That was before cozy mysteries of course!!!!!
    Thank you for the chance to tell you a little of my Mom and how her teaching three daughters about food has meant so much to all of us over the years.
    If only we had paid strict attention to how a certain white cooked fudge came to be one of the things we all wish we could make now, with the same flavor as my Mom and Grandmother had made. We Cynthia - ceblain

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  172. Though my mother passed eight years ago, I feel her touch in the kitchen (yes, Mom, I mastered your famous lasagna and Easter ham pies
    as well as when I feel your approval when I make a change in the home I grew up in, and smell your Nina Ricci cologne when I've echoed your words and wisdom. Thank you for giving me strength, courage, and a sense of style. ❤

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  173. My mom died when she was only 61, back in 1986. Fortunately she got to be with both of my boys (her only grandkids) for a few years. She could cook just about anything and make it taste great, which was a bonus as money was kind of tight when I was a kid. She and my dad never turned away any of our friends who were hungry or needed a place to stay. nazk

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  174. I am almost 70 years old and am fortunate to still have my mom. She is an amazing woman with more energy than I will ever possess. Mom is not only a wonderful cook (she still makes her own bread and everything is still from scratch), but a fabulous gardener and she still travels by herself!!! She is my best friend. shar

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  175. Rist. I just got to share my time as a Girl Scout leader with my mother who for many years was my own leader. My girls and I were on a trip to an escape room to Escape to Cadettes. We got to the room early and had time to burn. My mother lives just across the street. We walked over and she quickly pulled out pictures of me and her scouting together. My girls giggled and loved seeing me as a young Girl Scout. There were smiles all around. I'll remember always this special time.

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  176. I just finished "Dead to the last drop" today!! I'm so sad to be all caught up on the series... waiting for more!!!

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    1. Thank you, Marci! (Look for DEAD COLD BREW, the next in our Coffeehouse Mystery series, coming December 2016.) Thanks again... xoxo - Cleo

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  177. Congrats to the winner of our random drawing: Jennifer Vick.

    And THANKS TO EVERYONE who entered this contest! Your comments were wonderful, and Marc and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. We send our very best wishes to all the moms and grandmothers out there—whether they are still living with us or living in our hearts. And a special bit of love to those of you who commented that you are mothers to fur babies. We hope you had a Happy Mother's Day, too!

    Finally, we want to remind everyone that there are still two Grand Prize Package contests open, and we hope you will enter them.

    Check our Spring Newsletter for the links to the Jazz Space comment contest and special Mike Quinn Quiz on the events in Dead to the Last Drop (there will be 10 winners for that one, including the Grand Prize).

    Thanks, everyone, for joining in. And congrats again to Jennifer!

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
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