|Louise & Etta (1925)|
|Louise & Etta (1930s)|
She lives in Winnipeg and, like my mother, is in the latter, severe stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Bubbie Lou, Auntie Etta and Mom all share a unique characteristic atypical of classic Alzheimer's - they remain kind, timid and loving as they fall deeper and deeper into the abyss of dementia. I like to think this is reflective of their amazing spirit.
|Louise & Etta at the cottage (1950s)|
So..I dedicate this entry to my beloved Auntie Etta, whose chili recipe was a staple in our household growing up. Davie and I always loved this meal so much that Mom could never make it ahead of time for fear of us devouring it on the sly. I am sure she discovered the pot half empty on more than one occasion and had to improvise when mealtime came around!
|Auntie Etta & Uncle Harold (as I remember them)|
|Chop onions & celery, add mushrooms and saute until translucent|
|Meanwhile, add kidney beans...|
|and tomato soup to crock pot set on high...|
|brown the ground beef...|
|add meat...stir well and in a few hours (approximately 3 on high, 6 on low) dinner is ready!|