Wishing You All a Happy New Year

28 Dec

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday with family and friends.  I had a lovely combination of celebrating the season at home, worship and working at the restaurant.  We hosted thousands of hungry travelers and home-town residents.  Service helps me remember the real meaning of Christmas.  With the many choices people now have to celebrate Christmas, I am humbled and thankful for all of you who make our restaurant part of your annual family tradition.

As important as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has been to my life, nothing means more to me than my family.  I’m blessed that these two passions of mine – family and the Bavarian Inn – could intertwine so successfully.

As most of you know I was a working woman raising a family before many women were doing that.  It’s just the way things happened – the business needed me and so did my children.  Tiny used to say that if it hadn’t been for me, we wouldn’t have succeeded.  It was a team effort back then, and it continues to be a team effort today.

I was blessed to have the ability to bring the children to work with me when they were old enough.  I remember toting them to the restaurant.  I would set them on a pushcart and gave them some teapots filled with water to play with.  Wherever I was in the kitchen – peeling potatoes, cleaning chicken, making dough – I just pushed them next to me so we could be together.

People often say to me, “Your children really turned out great!”  That makes me very proud.  Between attending parochial school and learning the importance of work, they were given a strong foundation.  They always came first in our lives.  And I truly think because of that we are a close family today.  All of the time we spend together – either reading or doing homework or learning a craft at the restaurant – help us build a bond.  A strong work ethic and emphasis on the family has been passed down from my children to their children and grandchildren.  Few businesses survive four or five generation, and few families survive being in business together.  We have had the great fortune to create a winning recipe for both.

When I began work on “Come Cook With Me,” it was quickly apparent my book would be more than just a collection of recipes.  In fact, I think people like the stories behind the recipes just as much.  I say this with much humility; our family business has become a Michigan institution.  Literally millions of people – some from other parts of the globe – have eaten or shopped or lodged with our family for decades.  And, for better or worse, they’ve gotten the Bavarian Inn bug – they’re just curious about our family and history.  We’re an old-fashioned family with traditional beliefs and practices.  I guess in a way we’re somewhat novel.

It’s been a real treat to recreate some of my fondest memories in the pages of my cookbook and here in the blog.  I hope the stories I’ve shared have given you a small bit of insight into the making of our business, how we work together today and our family values.  I’ve had some hearty laughs remembering stories about the Tiny and the kids.

This will be my final post, as I’m refocusing on some other areas of my life.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my stories, and I thank you for your comments.  They mean so much.

It has been a wonderful year with the release of my book and my 90th birthday celebration.  I believe that was quite a feat, plus working my normal shifts in the kitchen.  God has blessed me with much, and I will continue to share His gifts with all of you.  As I’ve said throughout my life, there simply are no shortcuts.  I am glad my path has brought me to where I am today.  It has not been easy, but I would not change a thing.  The satisfaction of hard work and seeing the results has stayed with me my entire life.  To this day, I’m not happy when I’m not working.

God bless you all and have a prosperous and healthy 2012.

Auf Wiedersehen – until we meet again!

One Response to “Wishing You All a Happy New Year”

  1. brenda December 30, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    I wish you a happy healthy new year and a wealth of luck in your up and coming adventures. thank you for sharing so much with your blog. i will miss it, but i wish you much happiness!!!! and i will see you at the bavarian inn resturant i’m sure!!!!!
    God Bless you and your family!

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