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Mom and Split Pea Soup

Updated on August 12, 2013
MOM and Split Pea Soup
MOM and Split Pea Soup | Source

We All Have One!

Have you ever had a relative that could just embarrass the snot out of you? I think we all have one hidden away somewhere in one of our closets. I DO! However, mine isn’t hiding in any closet! She’s out in the wide open world. Now mind you, she’s not quite as “bad” (and I use that word loosely) as she was when I was a teenager!
Ahhhh yes….. I was a teenager when it happened and like any teenager, your parents can and WILL take any opportunity to embarrass their children at least once while you’re growing up. Hence, mine was no different. I think my mother went to the school of “Parenting; the joys of embarrassing your kid in three easy steps.”

My mother had many many…..many..m-a-n-y times of assisting me in keeping my face red. This particular time I believe ranks right up there with “Oh God, Just Shoot Me Now!”

California Wildflowers
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Weekend Surprises

My mother loved to go away for the weekends and surprise us kids with a trip to Disneyland, or to a new town we haven’t been before. She was great at the spontaneity thing. We all loved it and were always wondering where she would take us next.
I remember one time she wanted to take us to see the fields of wild flowers (somewhere in California.) It was supposed to be miles and miles of fields with nothing but wild flowers of all different colors and species. We drove for what seemed like days, but actually had only been driving for about three hours. She kept driving, bound and determined to find the wild flowers!
We never found them, only later to find out that we were three months too late. It’s called SPRING mother! As she came to the conclusion that there were no flowers to be found, she stopped the car abruptly, made a U-Turn in the middle of the desert and proceded to head back to whence we came, when out of nowhere she proclaimed, “The wild flowers will have to wait till next year! Today… We’re going to see Mickey!”

Okay.. Nothing embarrassing about that. We had a great time!

I felt a little obligated to take a “side trip” to let you know, she definitely has her “Cool Mom” side to her!

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Solvang, California
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Solvang and Buellton, Home of Anderson's Split Pea Soup

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Andersens, Buellton, California
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That Infamous Day!

HOWEVER….. Getting back to real issue at hand.... Split Pea Soup!

Well, it wasn’t actually the soup itself, but the restaurant we ate at.
I was fourteen; my two younger brothers were 10 and 2. Mom had made an announcement when my brother and I came home from school one Friday that we were going to stay the weekend in "Solvang" (Calif).
This is a picturesque town with a Scandinavian flair throughout and all the buildings have the look of mountain chalets. The town has windmills and many shops that specialize in antiques, candies, crepes, Swiss clocks, and so much more. Just about anything and everything you could think of. The streets are either paved with brick or cobblestone and the town is very clean. We loved going there and were very excited and anxious to get packed and on our way!

We got to Solvang, checked into our motel, and immediately headed out to the next little town up the road called Buellton. There is a well-known restaurant in Buellton that serves Mom’s favorite Split pea soup.

We all had a great lunch and before we headed back to town, Mom and I needed to use the little girl’s room.

That’s when it happened!

Setting the Scene

As you walk into the restroom, you immediately run into a wall and need to turn left. As you face the far wall, you see 3 sinks ahead on that wall and to the left are three stalls. Across from the sinks on the opposite wall is a bench to sit on. Are you following me? Good!

There was a woman already in the middle stall. Mom took the stall on the left of the woman, and I occupied the one on the right.

The Script

As if timed in a comedy routine the next few minutes all took place in rhythm:

1. I finished first. Went out of my stall to wash my hands and another woman who had just entered the bathroom took my place.

2. Pictured: Mom in left stall, first lady STILL in the middle, new lady in right (my) stall.

3. As I’m washing my hands, 3 other women enter and are waiting to use the facility.

4. I finished washing my hands and take a seat on the bench.

5. Pictured: MOM thinks it was the first lady that finished, washed her hands and left.

Thinking it was only I and she in the bathroom, she proceeded to blurt out these next few lines:

(Keeping in mind that Mom on occasion would still talk “baby talk” due to the fact my brother was only two.)

WOMAN (action): Tinkles a little

MOM: In Baby Talk: “Oh my! What a big girl!”

WOMAN (action): Tinkle intensifies

MOM: In Baby Talk: “ OOOOHHHHoooooooo Sweety.. You tinkle so good! Momma so proud of you!

Pictured: Three women standing in line begin to look at each other and giggle under their breath. (I’m sitting quietly on the bench as if not to be noticed)

WOMAN: Tinkle gushing and then the “second” business begins!

MOM: OHHH! You made a Poopy! Do you need mommy to wipe your bum? Such a good poopy girl!

Pictured: The three women waiting in line are all bending over trying to see who the crazy lady is in the stall making all these comments. I’m hugging the far corner of the bench with the jacket over my face.

At the same time, both my mother and the “Poopy” woman flush and exit their stalls. My mother witnessed the three women laughing so hard, they nearly made it to their respective stalls. Then my mother saw me crouching in the corner and shaking my head. Without hesitation, mom turned to the woman to apologize, and the woman with smoke and flames spewing from her ears turned her back to my mom and stormed out without washing her hands. (I swear I thought my mother was a dead woman).

As my mother washed her hands, she hears two of the women within their stalls say, “Ooooo Such a big girl! You make a big poopy!”

“Oh God, Just Shoot me now!

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"Classic" Split Pea Soup
"Classic" Split Pea Soup | Source

Healthy Split Pea Soup

In honor of my Mother (whom I adore with all my heart) and her favorite soup, I’ve included this healthy recipe of classic Split Pea Soup.

This recipe is low in calories and fat. It’s also faster than most recipes and very easy to make.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Serves 4 people: 1-1/4cups

Instructions

  1. In a medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil. Saute the onion, carrot and garlic until softened (about 5 minutes)
  2. 2.Add the split peas and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until the peas are tender, stirring once (about 1 hour)
  3. Add the Canadian bacon, marjoram, salt, and pepper; heat to serving temperature.
  4. * Canadian bacon imparts the smokey flavor of ham without a lot of fat in this slimmed-down version of "Classic Split Pea Soup." This soup thickens upon standing, so add water to thin when reheating.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dried green or yellow split peas, picked over, rinsed, and drained
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup slivered Canadian Bacon, (*Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4
Calories 199
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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About the Author

Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 3 years ago from California

      lol Vellur.... oh gosh... it was so embarrassing then..but now it is really funny.. I have always wondered what her version of the incident was when she told it to her kids and grand kids!..lol

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      Elizabeth Rayen 3 years ago from California

      hehehe... thank you Jodah! If you need another giggle or two.. be sure to read all my MOM hubs..and I swear.. they are ALL true!.. I recommend MOM vs CUJO. :) Thank you for reading :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hahaha Rusticliving, I can't stop laughing. That would be up there with the most embarrassing moments in history. Thanks for sharing. Oh I do love split pea soup though, so thanks for the great recipe. Voted up...hilarious.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Oh my!! LOL! Your mother cares for you so much!! She still thinks of you as her little baby girl. The woman must have been really angry!! Mistakes do happen! Thank you for sharing a yummy recipe.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      hahahaha Mary (tillsontitan), you got it! I'm happy you enjoyed it (even more so since you know who my mom is)

      You would LOVE Solvang. It's so charming! Thanks for the vote ups and shares! ♥

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Ooooo Such a big girl! What a great hub. Not to mention the humor and totally lovely pictures. The recipe at the end was definitely an unexpected, added bonus!

      Your little trips, before the main event, were interesting too. I'd never heard of Solvang, but your photo shows it as a really quaint and interesting little town.

      Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      lol... Thank you rajan. My mom was a true delight to raise... this is just one of many incidences I had to endure. hehehe Thank you for the votes ♥

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The incident had me in splits and it completely overshadowed the rest of the hub! Jus kidding! Wonderful recipe and the recounting of this incident was terrific!

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Glad you liked it Theater girl! ♥

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Yes, I had some tears left! Absolutely delightful!!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you my sweet Daisy for the birthday wishes! Let me tell ya, I never thought I would ever associate Mom and Split Pea Soup any other way.. but with her.. ya just never know what will transpire! LOL *hugs*

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Lisa,

      Happy Birthday, my friend!!!

      I think of Mom and you every time I open a can of Peasoup Andersen split pea soup...what an association!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Anne (bac2basics)! I'm happy you enjoyed it. I do see the humor in all the situations she managed to find herself in. I love writing about them because it helps me to remember to never take life too serious or you may end up being the "poopy" lady yourself! LOL ♥

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Rustic, this was so funny but I can imagine the height of embarrasment for a teenager, good job you can see the funny side now. Your Mum sounds like a lot of fun .

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Well thank you so much b. Malin. Feeling is mutual. The recipe is very good and "Mother approved"..lol

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Magdaleine! I'm so happy you enjoyed it.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Rusticliving, You are a SCREAM...My kind of HUMOR. I too, have written about a "Bathroom" Public Bathroom Experience. Loved this Hub. and I too LOVE "Split Pea Soup", so I will definitely try your Recipe. I am now looking Forward to Following your Hubs.

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      Magdaleine 5 years ago

      Hahaha... it's so funny :) I also like split pea soup!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      So happy I could make you smile and laugh Audrey! :)

      Thank you Hyphenbird (Love that name). What's a good laugh without a good soup recipe.. Speaking of Seinfeld.. remember the one called "The Soup Nazi"???? LOL One of my favorites!. Thank you for the compliment!

      It was quite embarrassing at the time Sharkye11.. but I was used to it and I was getting more laughs from the women who kept checking to see who it was under the stall doors. Oh, if you could see the look on that woman's face.. it was priceless! LOL

      Tina..lol you laugh as loud as you want.. it's good medicine! heheheh. Glad to have you following me. I am honored and will do the same and check out your work!.... Yes, mom is fully aware...she is also a fellow hubber and writes wonderful hubs. Please check out her site as well (vocalcoach). Thank you so much for your comment! :)

      My little brother hated peas dontayette! :)

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      dontaytte 5 years ago from Palos Hills

      My kids hated peas until I started mixing them with sweet stuff

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      Tina Truelove 5 years ago

      Haha! I'm laughing hysterically! My family wonders what is wrong with me! I look forward to "following" you and reading more of your hilarious hubs. Thank you so much for sharing your "laughable moments." Ummmm, does your mom know you are sharing these moments with the world? :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Haha! Oh no! That is really terrible. For you. I can't imagine how embarrassing that must have been!

      And I bet that poor lady in the other stall never used a public restroom again!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh my! Your mom is a rock star! You wrote that so well and I can just visualize the scene. IT should be on Seinfeld or something equally fantastic. Then you give us the soup recipe. I am a happy, happy girl right now. sigh

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      So funny!!! Highlarious!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL Daisy.. I'm so happy that someone actually knows the place and the restroom I'm talking about... It was quite the scene and let me tell ya... if you met my mom in person and witnessed it first hand.... you would simply die from laughter. To this day, I just don't understand how she manages to get herself into those situations... Mystifying to me!..LOL Thanks sweetie!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Lisa,

      Considering that I've been to the restaurant in Buellton, have eaten countless bowls of pea soup there, have used that restroom, and adore your Mom...I couldn't stop laughing.

      What a story!!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you suziecat7! I'm so happy you enjoyed it! :)

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Just loved this - great Hub - thanks for the smiles.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      They are the best Docmo! I adore mine so much. I am so happy you can relate and enjoyed the hub! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      lol Martie. Thank you so much. That woman's face is still vivid in my mind..lol So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Aren't mum's the best. This is so funny I could picture the scene ( and hear it thankfully can't smell it!) Its great you have such a laugh with your mum. Made me think of all the times my parents made cringeworthy acts ( and maybe I am to my kids!) great laugh, wonderfully entertaining!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      This is the best laugh I have had in HubPages. I am cracking and breaking..... ROFL! Really, Rusticliving, that scene in the restroom was so-so funny!

      Okay, serious now -

      Those California wild flowers remind me of Spring in our Namaqualand - a semi-desert region.

      Secondly, the first picture in this hub - of the baby saying 'Just shoot me!' is such a perfect, applicable image for this hub!

      Voted up and awesome and extremely funny :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Isn't it the truth Janine! When we are younger, the things they do seem 1000 times worse than they really were. I actually have been telling this story since it actually happened. To relieve some of the embarrassment? Perhaps.. but mostly because my mother is not only the craziest woman I know... she is the most loving. What was so ironic about all her situations is that they just happened to her naturally.. I couldn't make up these stories if I tried... If you get a chance.. read Mom vs. Cujo and you will know exactly what I'm talking about! Thank you so much for the comments and the votes. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      My mom truly is my best friend too, but as a teenager could embarrass me to no end with some of the things she would do. I don't think I have any memories of anything quite as funny as your story here, but believe me when I tell you that when I was younger everything seemed like it was truly mortifying and was complete cringe worthy too. Thanks for sharing your story and the recipe too!! Have voted and shared too!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so very much Epi. She is the best mom (mum) in the whole wide world. I would trade her for anything.. including her "episodes" hehe

      Thank you for such a wonderful compliment! Many hugs to you my dear friend. Have a wonderful day!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...well you have the best mum in the world and I am quite sure she has the best daughter too .... my mum was my best friend .....I looked after her during the last 10 years of her life - and what great times we had together - after losing her husband and my other best friend, my dad.

      You have all of the best qualities of your dear mum - I don't have to list them - you know what they are - and I am so glad and honored to know you both - lake erie time 5:34am - home after work and sending both of you my warmest wishes and good energy

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      hahaha my little olive.... well I can even add to your destination list by visiting the actual bathroom...(If they haven't remodeled..then you can relive the experience by sitting in the middle stall...*chuckling* We love you so much as well! (hub hugs)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Anderson's is actually on my 'one day' destination list. How in the world will I be able to eat their famous pea soup with this hilarious story in my memory? LOL You two are so funny! Love ya both.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL justateacher! Didn't I mentioned our frequent moves? Hmmm.. Mom always told me we were moving because she got a job offer somewhere... but now that you mentioned it.....

      Glad you enjoyed it! If you get the chance and haven't already read it, visit my hub on MOM vs CUJO. It is one of my favorites and yes..it really happened! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL Tammy.. it's ok.. I still have a hard time ordering it! Thanks for the compliment. I've been telling these stories for years. It's only until HubPages came along I was able to put pen to paper! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      After reading this I believe that all parents must go to the same school of how to embarrass your child...I could so see my mom doing this! And I'm not ashamed to say that I have done similar things to my own children...the only difference I see between your mom and my mom is that our little adventures always turned into us moving somewhere new! Loved this!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! I will never see pea soup the same again.. lol. You are a great story teller and your mother is great subject material. I enjoy reading this series. Sharing!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL TheRightWord! Trust me, It took me years to beable to not giggle at someone who was rather (should I say)"plentiful" in a public stall next to me. :)

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      TheRightWord 5 years ago from Sunny California

      OH My Goodness...LOL and then some. I'm still giggling. And, I may never be able to not giggle in a public restroom again.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      lol moonlake.. you mean it keeps going?????? :) Thanks for the votes!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Your mother was funny. My mother is 90 and she can still embarrass me. Loved your hub voted up.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      lol Lyn.Stewart! You know what is so funny is that when readers like yourself tell me they had tears running down their face from laughing so hard, I know exactly what your experiencing. I giggle at the thought of you laughing that hard! Thanks for the votes! :)

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      Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      I laughed sooo much I had tears running down my face and all I could do was point to the laptop when asked what was so funny. Thank you ever so much for sharing this. voted up etc.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Isn't that baby pic a hoot? It's a good thing you kept quiet in the public restrooms JamaGenee, or else you might have seen a similar hub with your name on it! LOL (just a sweet daughter's revenge)

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I couldn't imagine the hub itself could be any funnier than the pic of the baby at the beginning, but it WAS! Hilariously so! Now ya know why I NEVER spoke when my daughters and I were answering Nature's Call in a public restroom!

      I'm heading over to read your other "Mom" hubs! Voted this one UP and hilarious! ;D

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you beef jerky! :)

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      Lovely! Thanks for sharing. http://www.cattleboyz.com/

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I'm glad you enjoyed it Movie Master! :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wonderful - and the recipe so clever!!

      Thank you for the laugh - hilarious and voted up:-)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL CC! Do I need to send you some Depends? I have invested in the company myself just because of my mother's antics! She is a National Treasure for sure! I'm happy you liked it.. If you get the chance.. read the other MOM hubs.. but make sure you Pee first. LOL HUGS

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I laughed SO HARD at this, I had to READ the WHOLE THING to my husband who was wondering why I nearly peed my pants from laughing so hard. I never snort, either. I just did. HAHAHAHA. I wish I could vote up and funny 1000 times! XD

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      hahaha Vincent... Somehow I can picture you picking yourself up off the floor. My mother is quite the character!.. See you all know her as this sweet innocent woman of many talents... which she is... but there's this side of her that only I know about and it's time the world is privy to it..... (pack back time for all the times I had to do the dishes! lol)I'm pleased you enjoyed it! :)

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      I had to pick myself up off the floor after reading this hilarious story. It brought back some very pleasant memorable memories of fun with my mom to when I was a boy. You ended your story with a wonderful recipe of Pea Soup. Tell your mom for me that it's Vincent's favorite soup as well. My mother made it often for me and to this day I can't get enough of it when placed bowl after bowl in front of me. Your right about the Canadian back bacon, it does ad that smoky added flavor to it. I can eat it all day long. Great hub, I have to wipe the tears from the side of my cheeks from laughing so hard. Voted Up and awesome and most definitely FUNNY.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL Sharon. I'm glad you liked it. It was even funnier in person!(Except for the woman in the middle stall!) LOL Thanks fo reading! :-)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      LOL, crack me up Lisa! Well, what your Mom did cracked me up. Too funny. I love the recipe too. I was going to do a recipe hub on my Split Pea Soup and I saw your hub a few weeks ago and figured I'd do something else. I'm finally getting around to reading. This was fun!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much! Did you ever have your picture taken with the Chef and sweet pea sign? We had to do it every time we visited! Thanks for the vote! :)

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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      This one was a real hoot! I've been to Solvang and have eaten Anderson's Pea Soup...the absolute best! Thanks for the laugh and for the memories. Well done! Voted up and funny.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh AnnaCia, if you only knew! haha. I have a few other "Mom" hubs that may make you laugh as well. She was and still is a hoot! Thank you for your comment! :)

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      That is a great story. I guess there are so many more memories. Good for you

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Well I knew what you meant :) My mom is a treasure and yes, she does know how much I love her. Thank you so much Debby!

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Oh. Please correct my typo above.... zig-zagged this way and that "UNTIL" we reached the pea soup. Must proof-read these comments, too. We all change as we grow older. I'm sure your mom knows how much you love her and vice-verse.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Debbie~ This story was and still is dear to my heart. My mother has made it so easy for me to tell stories about her antics. She is a wonderful and crazy woman who has brought joy to my life. Blessings to you as well~ Lisa

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Lisa ~ You have the gift of gab or 'story-telling' in the way you zig-zagged this way and that under we reached the pea soup. Makes a wonderful children's storybook. You even got me to laugh along the way. Blessings, Debby

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Aren't those "memories" priceless? I wouldn't trade them for anything! I appreciate your visit and comment! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I have been telling this story for 40 years and it never gets dull! My mom read it the other night and laughed so hard I thought she was going to pass out! I asked her, are you laughing hard cause of the way I told it? She said, "No, it's because I can't believe what a nut I was!" I replied, "WAS?!?!" Thanks for the vote up and for sharing! Much appreciated! :)

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      Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Ya never know who is listening....so funny for sure. I have moments like that with my grandmother I still giggle over at times and that was over 40 years ago.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the laugh this morning! I love it! I can imagine that this story will be one of your family favorites for years to come! And thanks for the recipe for split pea soup - one of my favorites, too! Voted up and shared!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL Marcy. Don't choke! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the vote! :-)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I'm laughing so hard I'm coughing! What a great story! Voted up and funny.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh Thank you so much! No! I hadn't seen that! wow! Thank you for telling me. I will check it out! I am so glad ou enjoyed it. You just can't make this stuff up! haha.. That's why I had to also right Mom and the Great Shakedown as well. I love her to bits and the things I had to go through make me laugh so hard today! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a wonderful hub. No wonder it was sent out as one of the top ten on Digg! did you see that? I got a notification of it. It's hilarious. Your mom is so funny, and how embarrassing for you! And then you honor her by giving her special split pea soup recipe. How delightful! and the recipe looks great, so I'll have to bookmark it! Good work!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Yep. It's that Parent Secret Society that get together and come up with ways to fool their children! LoL. Thanks for the comment! :-)

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      Davesworld 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      Years ago, my son would not willingly eat vegetables, most especially peas. Then one day his mom and I had an idea. We told him that tonight we were having "ham soup." He loved it. And ate lots of it every time we served it.

      A few years later he finally wised up and got mad. He still mentions today at age 34. Didn't like being fooled, I guess.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      She is an amazing woman! Thanks so much!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      LOL! Your mother gets more awesome with each hub!!! Looking forward to #3!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you! What's so amazing to me is that I have been talking about these episodes since I was young. Never occured to write them down. Thank God I have a mother who provided me with so much...ummm...experience! :)

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      yellow2mato 5 years ago from Texas

      First of all....the baby is adorable. Secondly, the soup recipe sounds yummy. I love split pea soup. Last, but not least, your story is great. The play-by-play details made it so realistic and hilarious. I can imagine my mom doing something like that.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh Thank you so much Peggy! My intent was to take you along with me on this ride and it seems as if I accomplished that. I am so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the votes! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is absolutely hilarious! You made us a part of the scene and I almost felt as if I were in that room with you. Haha! Your mother sounds like she kept you guys entertained and introduced you to many things on the fly, so to speak. Solvang, California looks charming and your split pea soup recipe sounds like a winner. Thanks! Still smiling as I hit the up buttons and will SHARE with my followers.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      lol...I did a little afterwards..but oh my... at the time I thought I was going to have to make funeral arrangements!

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      Oh wow! That's hilarious. I don't know how you kept quiet in the corner. I would have laughed for sure.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Poohgranma! Somehow, I don't think I was as appreciative at that moment. Ha! But, I learned very quickly throughout my life with mom..it certainly wasn't going to be boring! I'm pleased you enjoyed it! :)

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      Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

      Priceless! Oh I hope my kids are as kind and appreciative of my bizarre wandering trips and bouts of humiliating behavior as you are of your dear mother's.

      What can seem like a wonderful adventure to an adult can be forgettable to kids and then some behaviors, they only wish they could forget. This was delightful!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL. Too funny! And ya know what? My Mom still does it as well and she's 3,000 miles from me. I tell ya, it's a secret society! I'd better let ya go so you can go clean up your mess! Thanks Jrandol! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you my dear Epi. You are the best! And as for my mum, you're right... she's the greatest! :)

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      Jeff 5 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

      I think I just wet my bloomin' pants!! Oh cripes,...I DID! LOL That was friggin' hilarious!! My mother still does that as well....I'm 49, she's 82!! I'm the baby of the family, and my twin sis (4 minutes older) never let's me forget it....I gotta go make Poopy! Holla! :)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....entertaining read my friend and of course you have the greatest mum in the world so with this unbeatable combination there is only one thing to do and that is to post your wonderful hub to my Facebook page for all to see with a direct link back here - lake erie time ontario canada 1:54pm and sending both you and your dear mum warm wishes and good energy

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh Cindy... if you only knew! Thanks for the vote!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I have to admit.. she did make it fun! CRAZY, but fun!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Hahaha! I think parents have a "Secret Society" myself!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Your mother is a hoot! It sure must have been interesting growing up in your home. This was so funny. Voting up!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      In my family I coined the term "a mystery ride." We went on lots of them, most often with a purpose or goal in mind.

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      American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

      There is no question the only reason my parents were put on this earth was to embarrass me. Otherwise there was nothing else for them to do. And of course they never do it when you are home in private, NO NO NO NO, always in public. Of course I gave it back to them when I could. AH a child's revenge.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you alocsin! I just about died laughing when I saw that pic as well. Kind of says it all, doesn't it?? LOL Thanks for the vote!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great introduction to a delicious recipe. The baby picture at the top is hilarious. Voting this Up and Useful.