Monday, July 9, 2012

On Magazines and Mothers

My mother always gets me magazine subscriptions every year at Christmas time.  I've never really asked for them and it's not technically part of my Christmas gifts.... it may have started that way 12 years ago when I was newly married, but now, she just renews them every year. 

I have only ever asked for one; Southern Living.

Because really, what better magazine is there for a sorta southern gal like yours truly to read to learn the ways of The South?

She won't get it for me because SHE doesn't like it, "I don't live in The South," she says, "It's worthless to me!"

Well, mom, 
a) Actually you do for several months each year when you snowbird it in FL 
b) I DO!

Last year she renewed my subscription to another cooking magazine and got me two new ones, nice magazines, but ones I won't really read and still no subscription to Southern Living...

Yes, I could get my own subscription, but that requires a level of organization of which I seem incapable, so I end up picking one up off the newsstand at the check aisle in the grocery store and LAWD that puppy is expensive when you pay the cover price!

Except here's the thing, I actually read it and USE it!  That other cooking magazine, I DO love to flip through it and dog ear pages and enjoy looking at the recipes, but I never actually MAKE any of them.  Not the case with Southern Living.

Here's an example,  

Ham Salad I made based on a recipe from the January 2012 issue of Southern Living. See it there under the plate?

Y'all, if you were my mother, wouldn't you rather spend you money on a gift I'll actually read, use, and enjoy? Even if you wouldn't do so yourself?

Right, that's what I thought!

Okay, I will stop whining and go read the new issue I just picked up and maybe this time I'll even get around to ordering my own subscription! *winks*

16 comments:

Laurie Matherne said...

Good story. My mom likes Southern Living. No. she loves it. And she used to save old copies for me and my sister, and we HAD to take them home. No question. There were like the Bible. Couldn't be thrown away.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Her refusal to buy you a gift you'll actually use cracks me up!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Open magazine only a bit...

Ruffle the pages...

That card that comes out...

Take a pen and fill it out...

Walk to the mailbox and drop it in.

Or, go to their website.

There, I just saved you eleventy-seven dollars!

You are welcome.

Diane said...

Southern Living is one of my favorite magazines. I've been getting it for years. Do what Ellen said and subscribe today, girl!

Your mom CRACKS ME UP! :D

Erin said...

After reading this I am beginning to think that you are my long lost sister because your mom sounds just like mine! Her name isn't Barb, by chance? Everything from the fact that she orders you magazines to the fact that she won't order the one you would like because she doesn't have a use for it a . . . that is my mom to a T! And my parents go to Florida for the winter too. Some days she is so frustrating.

WhisperingWriter said...

Mmmmm...

See, I mostly subscribe to smut magazines. Like US Weekly. And Cosmo.

Renegades said...

I make a version of this with roast beef minus the eggs.

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

I don't get it either, but honestly, I know exactly what you mean. I cook a lot of the recipes, too. That's funny that she won't get it because she doesn't like it.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Erin's post has me chuckling. :)

My mom would totally buy it for me. And then proceed to buy me Cooking Light, and Food Network Mag, and Rachael Ray, and so on.

So I'll tell her you want it and your bday passed recently and that you sent me your address and there you go!

Missy said...

Isn't it funny how moms decide on their gifts for their grown children? And by funny, I mean not really funny at all? ;)

Jennifer said...

I LOVE Southern Living magazine. I also have two Southern Living cookbooks that I use all the time, and a Cooking Light one, which is also made by them. She would like it if she ever tried it.

Shell said...

Her rationale cracks me up- she doesn't want it so why should you?

I've actually never read it.

I rely on the internet for my recipes- especially pinterest!

Amy said...

For years my mom gave me a subscription to a cooking magazine. I rarely made anything from them because I would forget about the recipes shortly after I marked them.

Babes Mami said...

Your momma makes me giggle and eyeroll all the time!

Laurel said...

I have the opposite problem, my MIL renews a subscription to Phoenix home and garden (or something like that) for me every year, I have not lived in the southwest for EIGHT years and it is not my style- it is HER style! It annoys me every time I get one in mail, lol.

Kacey said...

I love Southern Living, and like you said the recipes are awesome. I've recently been gifted several other magazine subscriptions from my mom and a good friend--such a guilty pleasure.