Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Eat 'til you see the little Mexican boy"

"Eat 'til you see the little Mexican boy."
Ruby Opal Heath Boykin - Mother "B"

Mother "B", my grandmother, had such unique ways of getting us to do what she felt was the right thing to do. She owned several bowls like the ones above. When we spent the night with her she would serve different foods in these bowls such as her wonderful chili con carne, soup, chips and chili con queso (always made in her cast iron skillet), King Ranch Chicken, or else cold cereal... which was always a snack and not a meal at her home.

Here is Mother "B" with my two younger brothers when we were living in California. Two of my grandmother's sayings were:

  • "These earrings are too big. I look like the lead horse in a circus."
  • "Now go to sleep so the little boys and girls in China can have the sun."
I can't wait to try out my new bowls.
I'll make chili for old times sake...
and eat 'til I see the little Mexican boy.


I found these four bowls today at a "junk" store.
Needless to say, I snatch them right up.
$9 for the set.
They are priceless in my mind of memories!

I'm barely getting in under the wire to help Laurie celebrate
Bargain Hunting and Chatting.
Give her a visit for some wonderful finds!
Thanks, Laurie.

One Tuesday I'll be linking to
The Gypsy Corner
for Three or More hosted by Tam.
Wait until Tuesday and come see what treasures have been posted.


Babs said...

Those bowls are the cutest and what memories they bring. I love family history and remembering special times.
King Ranch Chicken sounds yummy. I've seen the recipe but never tried it. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How fun! I had a G-Mom-B too! Your memories are great, enjoy your new bowls:@)

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Your bowls are so cute! Thanks for sharing your sweet memories of your grandma. Family is such a blessing! I can't wait to be a grandma!

Nancy's Notes said...

OH Karen, I'm so happy you bought those bowls! Hee hee, I knew you would go back and get them! They have such great memories for you, you'll forever love them! They are really just too cute!

Love ya!


Rita said...

Oh you will enjoy those bowls if for no other reason that they bring back good memories for you. I'd heard to eat every thing because all of the little boys and girls in China starving, but never to let the sun shine there! Good one! Would love to have some of that King Ranch chicken with you!

Karen said...

What a great post! I love your mother "B"'s sayings...

Theresa said...

What a sweet memory of Mother B:) Love it that you found those little bowls and will think of her every time you use them!

Enjoy your day my friend, fill those bowls with something yummy! HUGS!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Great memories of your Grandmother, Karen. I often think of the sayings my Granny used, too. Sweet memories.

Deb said...

my Mamaw had those bowls...I wish we still had the sayings...

Judi said...

Hi Karen
How nice that you found bowls that bring memories for you. Now you can continue your memories with those bowls. They are sweet with the little mexican boys in them. I've never seen any like that.

Lovely picture and sayings too.
Have a lovely rest of the weekend.

Mary said...

What a great find ! ! My Mom had a set of 4 just like them. hmmm... wonder what happened to them????....have a great day ! !

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Karen, what cute bowls, and how wonderful that they bring back special memories for you! I would have bought those too, and I don't have memories associated with them. Thanks for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

Apron Senorita said...

Just dropping in to say hello and hope you have a happy Spring. The bowls are so cute and I love chili.

yoli :)

linda t said...

Oh my gosh, what precious memories of your Grandma!
This post made my day.
And those bowls are too CUTE!

Kathy said...

Beautiful story as always, sure wish I had your memory..

GardenofDaisies said...

I'm so glad you found some bowls that remind you of happy times with your Grandma!!

A Vintage Chic said...

Wonderful, Karen! I love those bowls, and the memories that surround them. Such sweet sayings from your grandmother....what wonderful things to remember and cherish.

Hope your day is beautiful, my friend!


Suzy said...

I just love Mother "B"s sayings!and those bowls are cute. Great way to get kids to eat...{eat 'til you see the little Mexican boy.