Mollie entered my life some 50 plus years ago. She became my sister in law. As the years passed, she was much more than that though. She was more like a sister to me, a friend, and a mentor.
Doug and I had so many good times with George and Mollie, and most of it was around food.... as any good Italian knows, "Food is Love". We had shared so many wonderful dishes that Mollie created for us. And watching her create those delicious recipies gave me the courage to try a few myself. They were never as good as Mollie's, but they weren't half bad!
I also discovered the joy of gardening from Mollie. I was always trying to grow my flowers as good as hers. I never quite suceeded, but I am still trying!
I failded miserably at cake decorating, so let's just talk about Mollie's creations. She made the most exquisite cakes I had ever seen for all our big family celebrations. To this day, I just don't know how she did it.
After her children were grown, Mollie went back to school. I remember it was called "Women in Transition". She graduated with honors and was the 1st person I ever knew who was in the "Who's Who". She was so proud of that, as we all were.
As my sister Lisa reminded me, Mollie was "Martha Steward" before Martha Steward was. I remember one Christmas when Mollie had all the presents under the tree wrapped in coordinating wrapping paper and bows. Not just each package coordinated- all of them matching one another. I was totally amazed!
Mollie, I love you and miss you already. I am going to have myself a glass of beer with ice and remember you fondly. Thanks for all the wonderful menories and recipies.