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January 11th, 2013


This is a photo from my wedding taken by Meg Carswell Reilley. Find her awesome work here.

My favorite person on the planet died yesterday. Don’t get me wrong I love my husband, but no one can replace your grandmother. My heart just hurts. She was 91, and worn out. I know people are not supposed to live forever. It’s just some people are hard to say goodbye to. And to be honest, I am still in a bit of shock. I know that as the days tick by I will notice little every day habits and thoughts that were born out of the huge impact she had on me. I know that I will greet those observations with lots of tears and heaps of gratitude.

Look at that picture. Is she not just ridiculously cute? I am so grateful that I was able to see her at Christmas. I only wish I would have taken pictures.

A part of me wants to fill this post with all the memories and little tidbits. But instead I give you my favorite recipe I learned from her. It was the meal that was always waiting for us when we arrived at her apartment in New Orleans for Christmas. It fills your house with such an awesome smell that I will always associate with wonderful visits with Granny at Christmas time.


Marietta’s Pork Roast

  • Boston butt pork roast (about 5lbs or so, does not matter if it is bone in or not)
  • 1 whole head of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper

Place pork roast in a small roasting pan, fatty side up. Cut lots of little slits into the top of the roast at least 1.5 inches deep. I usually smash the garlic cloves with the side of a knife (if you do it before peeling, it makes peeling easier) salt and pepper the cloves and stuff one or two into each slit in the roast. Generously sprinkle the top of the roast with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place in a 300degree oven. Cook approx 45min-1hour/lb until fork tender and much of the fat is cooked away (start checking it at the 3.5 hour mark). Remove from the oven , cover tightly let rest for 20 minutes be for slicing or shredding.

Marietta served this with Red Beans and Rice and salad.

12 comments to Marietta

  • robyn asquith umstead

    we married 05. met 03…..knew each other in college…..still trying to figure it all out…..and life too…..:) thanks for answering back….i know i didnt know you all that well…..:) glad you have lots of good friends it seems….:) you seem pretty creative…..i limp along in creativity….:) i guess i decided my strongest interest is trying to figure out God..but that doesnt get one very far in this life-lol! :) im still knitting scarves…just the knit stitch over and over..with maybe a loop inbetween sometimes…..:) im at least using different colors–this one is light rose snd green and offwhite. i use my big wood needles..size 35” :) the big needles are fun to me…:) ill try to send you a pic one day….fb has partially banned me for 30 daysfor spam or abuse but i dont know what i did wrong….ill try to send a pic in about 27 days maybe……neat that you got to go to louisians….seems a fun area? my folks-both-were from selma AL..so wed visit there. i went to new orleons with family when about 14. was interesting…but my mom acted shocked saying how it wasnt that bad when she wad there when younger 30ish years before….now another friend lived there a bit so her kids-the next generation-have been there….:) hang in there…:)

  • Lee Howard

    So sorry, Stacey. Adorableness abounds in your family and she was a big source.

  • Webmistress

    Thank You Paula and Mishy.

  • Mish

    I am so sorry–my condolences to you and your family. And you two look adorable in that picture.

  • So sorry for your loss. Such a sweet tribute to your grandmother!

  • Webmistress

    Thank You Celeste. I am so sorry about your mom. I know that I would be a mess if my mom died.

  • Celeste Gray

    That is such a beautiful moment you shared, captured in this photo…one of so many beautiful moments to live on in your heart now. My heart hurts for you, as I just recently lost the closest person to me, my Mother. Much love to you, Stacey.xo

  • Webmistress

    Thank You Robyn. I am sorry to hear about your dad. I can not even imagine how that must hurt. I married late too. We got married 4 yrs ago.

  • robyn asquith umstead

    also, i mever really knew my grandparents si i feel i missed out. maybe thats why i cling to my parents so much….lifes hard sometimes! sorry again that your heart is hurting!!! :(

  • robyn asquith umstead

    sorry about your grandmother. my dad died age 84 in may…things will never be the same im afraid…:(. it hurts knowing i cant see him! this is your moms mom? i think she looks asian? was your mom cambodian? sorry if um way off. i cant remember. it really hurts to lose people!! congrats on your marriage. dont know how long youve been married, but i married late…still yrying to figure it all out….:(. i really wish life was perfect…bc mine hasnt been!!! :(. maybe in the next one…..prayers and love to you!!! :)