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MILL CREEK STORIES

A WISH FOR MY
READERS

of venison. Mama's insistence that
told to "take that hill." Your chances
she would remember exactly what it
for success were pretty slim and there
This past year has been difficult.
was when it was needed had no data
may be injury. I unwrapped and reWe have lost family along the
to support that claim, yet you did
wrapped cylinder after cylinder of
way. For 2021, I send you my
not dare call her on it.
frozen food, finding hamburger,
warmest wishes for a full freezer
You see, Mama thought tin foil
ground venison and pork sausage
and pantry, the safety of your
protected food better than anything
but no cookie dough. When I reloved ones, and a better year for
else. I am sure that it is a wonderful
ported back that I couldn't find a roll
all of us. May we all be all right.
-Molly
food wrap and when paired with
of dough, Mama said, "Of course not
some labeling tape, would be the
silly, I froze it flat so it would thaw
best solution ever. When not paired
quicker and be easier to cut out."
with labels, not so much. You are reduced to guessing by
Back to the basement for something flat. Three pepshapes or my mom's favorite method, feel. Everything in peroni pizzas later, I found what appeared to be sugar
that freezer felt like rocks to me, but she'd hold a shiny cookie dough. When I delivered it, I was informed that
package and try to divine whether it was raw hamburger, it was plain pizza crust. Of course, Mama went down
pound cake, or cooked lasagna. "This feels like it's meat, to the freezer and laid her hands on the dough in two
doesn't it feel like meat to you? Now what kind of meat minutes flat, I'm sure by using some sort of supernatural
do you think this is? I'm in the mood for beef. I think divining touch. The freezer was her friend, it was my
it's beef." Nope. Turkey breast. Most of our family meals black box of food.
were not planned, which created a certain whimsy about
For my mother, having a full-to-bursting pantry and
dinner. What do the great freezer and pantry gods have freezer meant that you were feeding your family. It meant
for us today?
you would be all right. So when I opened a cabinet the
Just imagine how fun the pantry/freezer hide-and-seek other night and a bottle of maple syrup fell out hitting
game was during the holidays. Fetch the sugar cookie me on the head, my husband suggested that it was time
dough from the freezer. Hearing that was just like being to organize the pantry. Right after dinner, honey.

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