Coffee Break

Suzanne Uncategorized 2 Comments


Each Thanksgiving, I think back on this story of my dad. He was sliding into mid-to-late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. AD is a terrible way to die, long and wearying. But one thing I did learn through the experience: a sense of humor is a gift that makes much of life bearable!

Blessings to you on Thanksgiving Day. Remember to find the funny moments!


A few years ago, my cousin Bill brought my folks over on Thanksgiving Day. It was the first time Dad didn’t recognize me. Usually I can see recognition in his eyes, but not on that day.

The day before Thanksgiving, I had spent considerable time hunting for the ingredients for creamed onions—Dad’s favorite dish on Thanksgiving. Food was still a pleasure for Dad. You know what stores are like the day before Thanksgiving . . . crowded. This year, I decided to make them from scratch. And everyone loved them! My sister said they were the best creamed onions she’d ever had.

As I spooned a big helping of creamed onions onto Dad’s plate, he shook his head vehemently.

“Dad, I worked so hard on these! Are you telling me you don’t want any?”

“No!” he said. “Don’t like ’em.”

Sigh. You have to laugh!

Here’s the recipe I used for Dad’s creamed onions:


Prepare steamed onions (I used a bag of frozen pearl onions and followed directions to steam them).

Make one cup white sauce. (Melt two tablespooons butter. Add 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons flour and blend over low heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of milk slowly. It will thicken and smooth out. Season to taste.)

Cover onions with white sauce and cook for one minute. Add 1/4 cup chopped parsley, a dash of cloves, 1/4 teaspoon paprika. Enjoy!

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Comments 2

  1. My mother loved those also. I think she bought the Birdseye frozen creamed onions. You were a very good daughter to make them yourself for your Dad. I hope you have a good Thanksgiving.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with your statement about a sense of humor being a gift that makes much of life bearable! Mom came to live with us for the last five years of her life after a bad cancer surgery and with Alzheimer. You learn to cherish the small things, take nothing for granted and smile and laugh when small things happen that once might have made you cry.

    May we all be thankful for each and every day and all we are blessed with including our sweet memories!

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