Sometimes Mothers are So Misunderstood

As an elementary school girl, I had a fetish for the paper fortune teller game. Remember the one that was folded like origami and involved numbers, favorite colors, and ended with predictions on which boy you would marry? Or, what you would be when you grew up? Or, horrors, how you would die?

I can still remember how it felt to move the paper “fish mouth” up and down and back and forth with my thumbs and pointer fingers counting out the required number of movements. I played this little game with any willing being and quite often, I subjected my parents to my mystic ways of prediction.

As part of the game it was necessary to state your favorite color. When asked, my Dad always answered, “Red.” This seemed reasonable. I accepted it as life-long fact, and still purchase him clothing in shades of red. When my mother was asked her favorite color, she replied, “Green.” This always stumped me. Green?? Why not purple, or pink, or even, blue? Green…for a girl?? For years it perplexed me. I couldn’t get past it.

And then, I grew up.

And then, I began painting my own home shades of green.

And declaring that “green is good” in the garden – planting boxwood hedges, and Japanese maples with green leaves only, and letting the moss grow.

And insisting that half my plate at mealtime be covered with green.

And posting recipes for green smoothies. And watercress/arugula salads.

And then, it occurred to me that I love green as much as my beautiful mother does. I find it soothing, and calming, and nourishing. All things that I crave during the chaos of parenthood.

And I realized that there is so much we can’t understand about our mothers when we’re young, but when we grow up and become mothers ourselves, we have a newfound admiration for just how wise and wonderful they are.

 “Happy Mother’s Day! I love you so much!! My wise and wonderful and beautiful mother!! xoxo”

Recently, I realized that my love for green has carried over to my work for 1859 Oregon’s Magazine. And I wanted to point out that good, greenness to all of you lovely people. I know I’ve been rather quiet here on La Pomme (blame Lacrosse season with 3 kids playing,) but I have been dutifully, writing little bits up for the magazine that I think you would enjoy.

  • Make Way for Spring Greens – some musings on my spring garden and my favorite way to dress up those greens.
  • Cheesy Potatoes (i.e. fingerling Potatoes with Kale and Gruyere Cheese) – Because I can’t stop tucking green bits into everything. But trust me, these are dang good. Although, if you make the recipe, please note that a mistake was made when it was printed/posted. The CORRECT amount of nutmeg should be 1/8 teaspoon.
  • Strawberry Parfaits with Balsamic Vinegar and Mint – You see even something as simple as a parfait must have green in it. The story that accompanies this article was inspired by my mother’s brilliance.
  • And in the latest issue of 1859, I am sporting a recipe for Roasted Asparagus Vol-au Vents. Basically, asparagus sautéed with mushrooms, shallots and white wine – all wrapped up in buttery puff pastry.

Here’s the live version:

We have some exciting changes happening at the Minns’ household in the next couple of weeks. Not sure if I’m having a momentary lapse of sanity, or what, but will share soon.


PS: If you are interested in receiving the latest issue of 1859 Oregon’s Magazine, I have 2 extra copies. Leave me a comment below by Friday, May 17 at midnight, PST and let me know you’d like one . I’ll have the 8-year-old draw the winning names from a hat.


  1. Melinda says:

    I’d love a copy of 1859. I’ve missed reading the last few. It’s a great magazine Carrie. Love your blog. Spring “green” is definitely in the air!

  2. Aww, Carrie, the asparagus season is so over. English peas and fresh greens are the crackin’ gear now.
    Clock these great greens we’re sourcing
    I get so excited and the kitchen crew stares @ me like I’m a child enamored by dust bunnies.
    Sigh………… Warmest regards, George

  3. Such wise words- and so true! Green has always been one of my favorite colors- for everything it represents. You’re awesome 🙂

  4. Margie M. says:

    Enjoy your blog and would love a copy of the magazine.

  5. Jennifer Mills says:

    Hello Carrie! Always love your words…and would love to have a copy fo the mag. fingers crossed…also, can’t wait to hear your surprise!! (i have my own ideas of what that would entail…)xoxo

    • Thanks, Jennifer! Your name’s “in the hat” and yes, your idea of what is headed into our house is probably a correct one.

  6. Betty Cook says:

    I love you beautiful daughter and I also love all the green recipes.

  7. Leslie M.P. says:

    Thank you! I’d love a copy of the magazine. I can’t wait to try the cheesy potatoes with greens…sounds delicious!

    • I’ve put your name “in the hat” Leslie!! Hope you enjoy the cheesy potatoes but make sure to use the correct amount of nutmeg I indicated above. Enjoy!!

  8. I still play fortune teller origami with my kids! Love it. For the record I always say purple but green is a close second:) spring is so busy! I’m literally loosing my sanity trying to keep it all straight. Plus you have a puppy how are you doing it? XOXOX happy mothers day, hope you had a great one!

  9. Carrie – Please add my name to the hat too. I would love to visit Oregon one day!!

  10. Sorry so late to be reading this, but love this post! Pick me! I can buy the magazine here, and I will! Hope you had a lovely day, my friend.