Mimi is my mother-in-law. She is quite possibly the best mother-in-law a wife could have. Mimi only had 4 grandchildren (my kids), and she spoiled them terribly and loved them even more!
Mimi is very sick with Alzheimer’s, but I would rather just tell you the good things, like about how she has sacrificed all her life for the sake of others. She has given of herself to her family and to the many churches that she and my father-in-law served.
I have been always treated like a daughter rather than a daughter-in-law. Mimi has 3 children, now, my husband is the only one left. We have many precious memories from the last 36 years that we have been married. Below is a picture of Mimi, Popa, Anita (my sister-in-law), and my husband, Preacher. This picture is about 12 years old, but this is how I like to remember Mimi.
One of the things that is so special about Mimi, to me, is that we are from the same little area in southeast Arkansas. Mimi and her mother, Nellie Mae, were the queens of biscuit making and I watched both of them over and over and over while they were making biscuits in the hopes that one day mine would be as good.
I still don’t think that my biscuits are as good as their biscuits, but after 36 years, I guess I will just keep trying!
Mimi has always been an exceptional cook and I think she probably made oatmeal cookies more than anything else. It’s funny, but I probably make oatmeal cookies more than anything else!
I do not know where Mimi got her recipe from, but the only thing I do differently is use half butter and half shortening. Oh! I also like to use a combination of quick-cooking oats and old-fashion oats.
I get asked to make Mimi’s Oatmeal Cookies more than anything else that I cook or bake. All of my children and grandchildren count these as favorites.
One day I had made a batch and gave my grandson, David, a huge oatmeal cookie. The next day I asked David if he wanted a cookie. He said, “Do you mean one of those really, really big cookies that are a little crispy on the outside and really nice and chewy on the inside? If that’s the cookie you are talking about, then YES! I want one!”
That just about describes Mimi’s Oatmeal Cookies!
A very small tribute to a very great woman!