About Betty Lou’s

When I was growing up, my mother, grandmother, and aunts all spent a lot of time baking, especially for Christmas. Many of the recipes have been passed down for several generations. I knew that when I had my own children I wanted to continue the tradition of baking.

In 2014, two weeks after my oldest daughter was born, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer which postponed the traditional baking due to my mother’s treatments. Between summer of 2015 and the summer of 2017, my husband and I lost seven people in our family including my grandmother, aunt, and mother. When I lost these three women, I lost the knowledge of process involved with baking. All of the recipes ingredients were written, but not the instructions.

Two years after my mothers death, I decided I wanted to attempt to make some of her cookie recipes for Christmas. I watched my mother and grandmother bake for over 30 years so I figured I would remember what to do. I was wrong. I felt like I forgot everything.

As a way to honor my mother and to continue a family tradition, I am attempting to recreate the various family recipes through video so that future generations will have a record of the process. The process of trying to remember techniques while baking and raising three children has been interesting to say the least. Now I know why I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen. I’m not quite sure how my mother ever managed it all. Here’s to you Betty Lou!