Follow Friday|40 and Over Top Midlife Blogs #7

Today would have been my mother’s 80th birthday. She passed away in 1999, re-occurring breast cancer. It’s hard to imagine that twelve years have passed. Reaching midlife has not changed how much I miss her nor has the empty space in my life dissipated. My sister claims even now I was forever changed by the whole ordeal surrounding her death.

My mother was a fabulous cook, avid golfer, and a superb mother. In fact, she was a mom to more than only her natural children. Plenty of friends and family were waiting to occupy our vacant rooms. Dad compared this to a boarding house and often wondered who would be moving in next. Mom would simply smile.

Midlife Mom

Anyone who knew my mother would speak first of the Italian meals she prepared, followed by her funny laugh that was extremely contagious. You know, one of those genuine happy and giggly kinds of laughs. According to the hubby, Mom’s laugh was akin to Betty Rubble.

Everything Mom prepared was made from scratch, including breads, pastas, soups, and of course, spaghetti sauce. Fond memories of homemade bread and a big pot of soup was the Saturday winter tradition. My cousins would come by to eat in spite of the blistering winter weather. As it went after I moved out, at different times both of them lived with my parents…. must have been that soup!

In honor of Mom, aka Carmella, this week I’m sharing my favorite foodie blogs. I’m guessing they fit into the 40 and over crowd. Either way, these women are not only extraordinary cooks, but also inspiring, supportive, and kind. Who better to honor my mother’s birthday than women such as these?

Happy Birthday Mom!

Top 5 Midlife Food Blogs – 

La Bella Vita – “This same comforting food is shared by Italians with precious loved ones who surround and warm us with thoughtful conversations.”

What’s Cookin’ Italian Cuisine – “A love for cooking Italian foods and eating starting at 11 years of age in the kitchen, with grandma and mom. “

The Living Gourmet – “I grew up in a loving Italian family that loved music and good food. “

Bunky Cooks – “I originally started writing Bunykcooks as a way to share with others my lifelong passion for food, cooking, entertaining, and wine.”

Keep Learning Keep Smiling –  “Mary’s greatest passion is her family. Her whole focus is on her 2 daughters from young until now, fully devoted to loving and caring, training and teaching them. Cooking, health, teaching, and self-development comes like a powerful package for this matter.”

The RULES to join in are very simple, no badges to grab either, just be over forty and proud of it!


1. Add your link to the list

2. Visit as many other blogs as you can

3. Follow the ones you like (and comment on their blog to say that you are following)


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Author: Kathy

Hey, there I'm Kathleen. My friends call me Kathy; to my kids I'm Momia. Life has afforded me many hats: Mom, wife, sister, friend, business owner... and most recently a midlife blogger. From college to marriage and babies, in the midst of business and wealthy boomers, midlife retrospection validates this extraordinary journey called life.

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  1. Your mom must be very loving and caring to her children and to everyone. I’m sure she’ll always be remembered.

    Happy Birthday to your mom!

  2. Oh my gosh Kathy, you are the sweetest, most kind person I’ve met in blog-land. I had no idea what you were going to mention at the end of this post. I was simply reading your post aloud to my mother whom I’m sitting right next to. This story of your beloved mother is so touching. I am certain from your description that she is in Heaven today! In her photo that you shared I can see the joy that she must have brought to all of you.

    Then suddenly, I read your list of mid-life Italian bloggers. I do so love you for this kind mention of my blog. I was telling my mother how this group of bloggers that I’ve connected to is really a ‘community’ in which we’ve found friends with a common bond. I am so thankful for your friendship, sweetie. And I wish you many happy days; I know that your mother is smiling down on you!

    Hugs and love, Roz
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  3. I really appreciate this article you have shared Kathy, it seems that you mom loves you so much i am really inspired with her, where ever she was right now, i am sure she is so much happy having you as her daughter.
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  4. I totally agree with this site, family and relationship is the most important thing, we should remember the old days when we are happy and instill it in our children for them not to forget.
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  5. We all know that we can’t compare family to anything, it is the most important thing created by our father. I have to admit as i read this article it touches my heart, thanks to your site.

  6. Reading your article seems so sad but to think we have to enjoy every moment we have spent with our parents and we have to treasure each of our family members.