It’s no secret that we’re fans of Mimi’s cooking around here. As children, we’d spend every Wednesday night at Mimi’s, and to this day, we still make it a goal to share a meal with her at least once a week. Wednesday nights at Mimi’s will always be a treasured memory of ours. We’d complete our homework, create an obstacle course in her pool, enjoy a home cooked meal (which Mimi’s Cooked Carrots graced the menu more times than not), and ended our time together cuddled on the couch while sharing Chocolate Wafers and an evening episode from one our favorite shows. Mimi’s house has always been our home away from home.
Looking back, we didn’t realize it at the time but Mimi’s home cooked recipes played a big part in our cherished memories. She finds joy in whipping up our favorite recipes, and those recipes have a direct connection to the way we felt, and still feel, about our time spent with Mimi. Like Jenna’s husband Nick always says, “Her recipes are made with love,” and through each dish served, we can feel that love.
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As we grow older, and wiser, we too want to pour our love into everything we make, especially the meals we create for our families. There was a time when we’d rush through our dinner prep and felt exhausted and unfulfilled when our day came to an end. Our schedules were overbooked, our homes were over-cluttered, and our minds felt overwhelmed. So we’d rush through the prep with little time to spare, rush through our conversations and rush our way to bed only to wake up and do it again.
Like the Shannon and Jenna we were a few years ago, you too may be feeling like the unfulfilled homemaker who rushes from one dinner to the next and unable to connect with your loved ones. And as we went through the steps of Making Home, Grandma’s Way, we quickly learned that what you focus on grows.
Rather than focusing on the overwhelm and the to do’s that go into cooking a home cooked meal, focus on the love you’re pouring into the meal and how you’re going to serve ‘love’ to your loved ones.
The secret to serving Mimi’s cooked carrots is to take your time and enjoy the process of making them. Cooked carrots are easy to make and wholesome for the body. Rather than looking at dinner prep as another task on your list, look at it as an experience. Turn your favorite Spotify station on, enjoy your favorite beverage and wear your favorite apron. Treat yourself to the experience and in turn treat your loved ones to a relaxed and present homemaker, you.
And want to know Mimi’s secret ingredient to serving something sweet to her family? She tops her cooked carrots with maple syrup to add a sweet rich flavor. Sweeten your mood, sweeten your conversations and don’t forget to sweeten your carrots!
Mimi typically serves her cooked carrots in a baking dish and serves them hot from the oven to the table. We recently found a Wooden Lazy Susan like this one and loved how it serves as the centerpiece of the table while serving our families.
A piece like this can serve multiple uses in your home, for example, as a coffee table centerpiece, use for outdoor entertaining and to serve a meal like we did for our Savoring Spring Tablescape.
Mimi’s cooked carrots would not be the same without these two ingredients: Butter and Maple Syrup!
Want to take your cooked carrots up a notch? Try these perfect pairings:
To create this simple and delicious recipe, you’ll need the following:
Mimi is the true hostess with the mostest who is intentional about the ways in which she spends her time. She knows her time matters, especially with those she loves, and she’s not afraid to choose easy recipes to help her spend less time in the kitchen and more time with us!
To prepare Mimi’s Cooked Carrots easily, boil the full carrots in water for about 10 minutes. Depending on the size of the carrots and the amount that you’re cooking, you may need to allow for more time to boil. Once carrots are soft, carefully transfer them to a large baking dish and immediately cover with butter and maple syrup. Add salt and pepper to taste.
If you’re serving them immediately, transfer the cooked carrots to a Lazy Susan, serve and enjoy! Otherwise, keep the baking dish in a warm oven to keep warm.
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