Just Like Mom

Posted: October 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Last night we finally made up for the meal plan snafu earlier in the week. I actually remembered to take out the meat for meat loaf. I can’t even remember the last time I made meat loaf. Luckily I remembered the basics. It came out well enough.


Nothing fancy. Simply mix all of the following together:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • lotsa black pepper!

Then, top it off an even spread of tomato paste and bake in a 350 oven for 40 minutes. Not the prettiest thing you will eat, but simple and tasty.


We ate ours with some lima beans I heated up with a small bit of butter, salt, and pepper. I feel like this meal was a straight flashback to my childhood! It completely reminded me of my mom’s cooking.

I can for sure say I picked up my mom’s cooking genes. Neither of us are all too creative in the kitchen. Just like mom, I love having staple meals with a few new recipes thrown in for good measure once or twice a week.

I think it’s so funny how growing up so many people say they will never grow up anything like their parents. I know I did! Turns out, it is pretty inevitable. Don’t you think? I know I’m like my parents in many, many ways.

Besides my cooking, I’m also just like mom in a few other ways -

  • I have become super emotional and cry easily, especially when it relates to my kids at all.
  • I have a cheesier and cheesier sense of humor.
  • I have the most ginormous sweet tooth.
  • I can’t keep my eyes open in pictures. Say cheese, Mom! Open-mouthed smile

I have also found I’m a lot like my dad too…something I used to want to avoid at ALL costs. Now, I see the good in the man and am thankful for learning these things from him:

  • I will go after my dreams and my passions.
  • I have good organizational skills.
  • I love quotes.
  • Forgiveness.

I’m sure there are plenty of others, but these are just things off the top of my head. I won’t lie though. Sometimes I really hope I don’t turn into my parents in some ways. One of my biggest fears is ever having my kids feel second best, like I did for so many years.

You know I now understand where my father came from in his hard work and the anxiety he suffered. Regardless, it makes me fearful of ever caring too much about my passions and things like organization at the sacrifice of my family. We all have our faults. I just hope my faults will err more on the overly mushy, embarrassing side of my mom’s ways. Winking smile

What are some ways you said you would NEVER be like your parents? How are you like your parents now?

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16 Comments to “Just Like Mom”
  1. I always said my mom and I would never be the “WE’RE BFF” mother + daughter.

    but we totally are.

    at least we’re not going on Oprah anytime

  2. I’m glad you found peace with your dad! I know those things can be so hard. I can honestly say I am nothing like my parents. I take that as a huge compliment for me.

  3. I make certain things that my mom makes, but I don’t think I am like her….I think… haha 🙂

  4. This is cute…I also wrote about my mom today in my recipe post… as I wrote, I realized when I said my mom was a woman of few words….I realized I too am that person.. I HATE talking on the phone…. much rather Skype!

    xoxo from Trinidad
    p.s. I totally kicked Lady Chancellors BUTT tonight…my PB was 41 min. tonight was 37 AWESOME…

  5. Hilary says:

    Mmm….love the meatloaf! I am an early bird like my mom, I also like to think I’ve inherited some of her financial sense, and we’re both sort of homebodies in a way.

  6. My mom and I are WAY too alike to even mention specific things. It’s so weird. I wish I wasn’t as indecisive as my dad, but I think it might be genetic. I always second guess myself. Yes? 🙂
    Happy Friday night Tina!

  7. Lee says:

    My mom was just telling me that when I was growing up, she thought we were really different, but now as an adult, she thinks we’re the exact same.

  8. Seriously, do we have the same brains? I’m pretty sure we do.

    My mom used to always make meatloaf – surprisingly enough, it was one of my favorites!

  9. I am so much like my parents. I notice more + more everyday that I am slowly becoming my mom – I know my hubs can vouch for that! Which is fine with me because she’s my best friend! I’ve always had my dad’s personality though – hard worker, shy, quiet. I love my parents, so that’s OK with me!

  10. peacebeme says:

    What a cute post, Tina! I totally notice this happening with myself! I also notice it majorly in my mom turning into my grandma!

    For me, I have this habit of frantically clean every inch of my house (well, apartment right now) before ANY and all company comes over…something my mom does that my sisters and I used to make fun of all the time. I also use all of her recipes and I get more conservative all the time! I am totally frugal like her too. 🙂 Fun post.

  11. Khushboo says:

    I am so like my parents in different ways. My mom:

    -I love grocery shopping
    -I am always out for a good bargain
    -I’m a people’s person
    -Apparently the lingo I use is exactly akin to my mom’s

    My dad:
    -I don’t get angry often, but when I do it’s not pretty
    -I go through phases of being silent
    -I enjoy my own company (we used to go for long drives together and not say a word, just keep driving with music playing)

    Although as much as I love ’em, there are DEFINITELY some traits I rather not inherit!

  12. SAME here. I always said I would be nothing like my mom…turns out I am a lot like her and apparently have no control over it! One way we are a lot alike is our voices! Even my little sister confuses my voice for my mom’s over the phone. That weirds me out EVERY time. We are also both obsessed with food, love cooking and shopping, and can get really pouty when something we were looking forward to doesn’t pan out.

  13. I have staple meals over here too and meatloaf is one of them! My kids have pretty exotic taste buds (they eat a lot of ethnic foods) but lo and behold, meatloaf is a fave! And yay because its so easy to make. 🙂

    I find that I’m not like my parents at all…which is a good thing. 😛 But I have been around my in-laws for 14+ years and have really grown to be just like my mother-in-law, which is a good thing too. 🙂

  14. There were so many things I said I’d do differently. My mom has a great expression… she says I’ll make parenting mistakes BUT I won’t make the same ones she made. So true. One mistake came from wanting to be different from my folks regarding food. They made us sit at the table and finish our meals, hungry or not, liver or not. LIVER!! Ugh. So I never made my kids eat anything the didn’t want to eat. Big mistake.

    Now, I am so like my mom in soo many ways it is scary!

  15. Awww, cute post! Meatloaf is my ultimate comfort food. Well, meatloaf and mac n’ cheese.

  16. Sara says:

    I used to always say that about my parents (especially my mother)–that I didn’t want to be like them when I grew up. Never fails. I do things nowadays and stop and think “Oh my gosh. I’m turning into my mother!” Or “Now I know why my mom was so irritated all the time …” and I know have personality traits from my dad. It’s inevitable! But now I think it is awesome to be like my parents. I just hope I don’t get the bad traits either, Tina!

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