Meals often take me back in time – whether it is to my childhood, dating Sean, living in a tiny dorm room with my sister, or making special meals for my own children. These twice baked potatoes bring back memories of two different things – my childhood and dating Sean.
My mom would make these when we were growing up. She is a fantastic cook, who also has the talent of making food look beautiful, as well. Instead of just putting the potatoes in a dish to bake, she would scoop them out of the potato skin, and put them back in. I had never attempted it until yesterday. And, you know what? Those details make quite an impression. I believe that Ethan and Gabriel ate the potatoes better than they have ever eaten them. Sometimes even food needs to look a little special in order to garner the greatest attention.
The dating Sean memory stems from a little restaurant that we would sometimes visit. They made these twice baked potatoes, wonderful soup, and salad. So, when we ate them yesterday, I could not help but smile at Sean, as I told the littles about the restaurant in College Station where Momma and Papa sometimes went on dates. They smiled their cute little smiles of wonder as I shared the story, looking at us in a different light for a moment, as the people who had this whole other life before we then created this wonderful, amazing life with them.
That is one of the things that I love most about food and family meals. It is just another little step in the making and sharing of great memories.