Back on this coastland after the weekend in Prince George and Hudson Hope. Geri and I met at the airport before flying up to PG on Friday afternoon. Aubrey (her brother) picked us up and off we went for a weekend of chatting, cooking (you know it wasn’t me), laughter and sadness. Our trip was to say a fond farewell to our Aunt Ethel who passed into her rest or as she said, “I am going home.” Mama is now the only one left of our parent’s generation.
Aubrey is quite a cook, although the eggs…. Really, he is a very good cook. Well, perhaps, I should have remembered he and Leonard cooked all the steaks for the huge family reunion 16 years ago. We had a good laugh and made sure he was praised for his cooking skills. (We were pretty thankful we did not have to cook, well, Geri may have wanted to cook.) We set a ‘mean’ table. Drank a little wine and watched a movie-The Boy In The Stripped Pajamas. What a powerful movie. We all woke up at night thinking about the premise. The young boys were absolutely amazing considering the subject matter. We all recommend seeing this movie. Very Well Done!!
Saturday, we left bright and early on a glorious spring day. A four hour trip to Hudson Hope, four hours there and four hours back to PG. We travelled through the Pine Pass onto to the Peace River town of Hudson Hope. Geri had never been through the pass before. The mountains are still covered with snow.
The skiing was very, very good this year. Although none of us skiied this winter. So sad. Perhaps, next year.
Our aunt and uncle lived in Hudson Hope for many years. Their home overlooked the Peace River. Big acreage and lots of deer. The leaves were barely turning green and the grass, still brown from the winter. We had gathering around the graveside to say farewell to a LADY. Aunt Ethel, very much a lady, always gracious and loving , was laid to rest beside our uncle Ron. Many friends and family remembered a caring wife, mother and grandmother on a beautiful sunny day. I like saying goodbye in the sunshine. It feels like God is warming our spirits as we say our fond farewells to those who go on before us. A celebration of a life. A race run well. We shall see one another again.
In remembering Aunt Ethel, I am reminded of her cake recipe-One Bowl Chocolate Cake. We have all made it over the years. So delicious. Here it is for you to make and enjoy:
Aunt Ethel’s One Bowl Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup of cocoa, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup of shortening, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sour milk, 1/2 cup of boiling water, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Put all the dry ingredients in the bowl first, make a well, put in all the wet ingredients and mix. Pour into a 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool. Ice with your favourite icing and enjoy.
It is so good. It has been a family dessert staple for over 50 years.
So ….. back to my cousins, Aubrey, his wife Sue and Geri. We had two days , two movies, (the other movie was a comedy – Ghost Town), love and laughter. So much fun. I think it is time to have another family reunion. As Ray, another cousin said, “It is much better to meet at a family reunion.” Amen.
Oh and Aubrey makes the BEST waffles. It doesn’t hurt that he has a great waffle iron either. (William & Sonoma and he is very proud of that waffle iron!) The waffles, the huckleberries, the whipped cream, the movies, the food, the family, the food, and the three new pounds. What a weekend!
The evening sunset on Thursday. The clouds, the colours, and the setting sun. Hmm, so soothing.
Hug your loved ones and always tell them how much you love and appreciate them. Life is a gift.
You are worthy to be loved and honoured.