As I noted the date on the calendar today I realized it was my Great Grandmother’s birthday, she would have been 122 today. Obviously, she is no longer with us, in fact she has been gone for over 30 years now, but my memories of her are as vivid as if I had seen her yesterday. She was a very strong, smart, independent woman and I am so thankful that I had her in my life as long as I did. In particular, she was the first person in my life to let me “cook”. She made the best chicken and dumplings, and she would put me on a step stool and let me drop the dumplings in the boiling pot. I still make chicken and dumplings her way to this day, and my husband agrees, Lola’s way is absolutely the best. Happy Birthday – we miss you!