There is no website large enough to explain or proclaim our love for mama Deb. She is our best and most favorite encourager, champion, advisor, therapist, childcare provider, chef, helper-when-you-need-it-most-and-least-deserve-it, and more. (She's our mother!) We like to think that she'd wear our jewelry even if she didn't have to (she would,) and the fact that she was willing to take part in our photo shoot (being in front of the camera is NOT her favorite thing ever) in addition to preparing all of the food AND decorating Nana's entire house for the occasion is just one of the many things she's done to support our endless undertakings. Let's just say she's been a fan of Elva Fields since it was her dear grandmother and not a jewelry brand.
When she took a break from caring for everyone else in her life (in the rare 15 minutes she actually sat down and relaxed one day) she was kind (indulgent) enough to answer our questions about her culinary, decorative, and traditional memories...and--not to worry--we'll feature more on this lovely lady down the road. She's one talent to watch, for sure.
Emily: As a family of foodies, we relate everything to the deliciousness of a meal...do you have any favorite holiday treats?
Kentucky country ham, Uncle Leonard's eggnog (only after I got to be 21), Aunt Jane's Candy Bar Cookies, Grandmother's Coconut Cake with Ambrosia (the kind with fresh orange sections, freshly grated coconut and maraschino cherries...ice cold)
and the flurry of activity in the kitchen. [Please note that we have ZERO culinary talent and would also be shot for sharing the family recipe, so no hope for a recipe here...but stay tuned...you never know when things might turn around for skills or sharing.]
E: Growing up, what was your favorite holiday tradition?
Going to Grandmother and Granddad's house with Aunts and
Uncles and a slew of cousins.
E: Is there a holiday tradition from our family that you're secretly (well, not anymore) hoping I'll pass on to your Kentucky granddaughters?
D: Going to grandmothers house. Huge Christmas breakfast and staying in your PJ's as long as you want.
E: What tops your tree (or will once you do your decorating)?
D: A 1950's glittered wire star.
E: Given your artistic eye...and your propensity for wearing black...which one of our Holiday Collection earring styles would you most likely wear to a holiday get-together among friends?
....they always look so nice with black.