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candy cane heart cake

My mom saw hearts everywhere she went. It was kind of her thing. I remember being in Israel with my family listening to the tour guide tell us something important (obviously not that important because I don't remember what she was talking about) when I looked over to see my mom crouched on the ground trying to get the perfect picture of the "heart" on the sidewalk.

This "heart spotting" became sort of contagious, and soon other family members and friends were seeing them too. In old tree stumps, in clouds, in rocks they found on the beach- they were everywhere. You just had to know how to look. Being my mom's daughter, I was trained well in the art of heart spotting. So when I came home a few weeks ago to a pile of candy canes, the first thing I saw was this heart.

I started to cry because my first instinct was to take a picture and send it to her. This has happened a lot lately. But every time it does, I tell myself that these hearts are a good thing. They serve as little reminders that even though every day that passes takes me further away from her, she is never really gone. She will always be in my heart, right where she is supposed to be -and I know she wouldn't have it any other way. So this cake is dedicated to all the hearts my mom and I saw together, and to all the hearts that I will go on to see without her.

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Lindsay Nathanson - Baker and Author

I might be the only person in the history of the world that has ever been grounded from baking. That's right. When I was a teen, it wasn't the computer, or the phone or the tv that got taken away. For me, it was the unsalted butter.

Comments (9)


My mother was just recently diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer so I have nothing but empathy and understanding for your situation. She tells me all the time how much she misses her mother during this difficult time and I tell her the same thing I'll tell you: she may not be here in person but she is always watching you and protecting you. The hearts you see are sent by her to let you know that she's there with you during the holiday season and always. God bless you and your mother.

Lindsay Nathanson


Thank you for your kind words - especially during the difficult holiday season. I really do believe you are right, and the hearts I see are little reminders that she is always there with me. I am also so sorry for your situation. There is nothing I can say to make things better, but I hope you had a good holiday season and got to spend some quality time with you mom.

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Lee Ann

I love the idea that every heart you see was put there by your mom, just for you to see!
Lee Ann


I'm missing her so much this Christmas -- thanks for making me smile -- xoxo

Nancy C

And from what I have seen, her goodness and heart have been passed on to you. You are remarkable.


This is beautiful Linds! Hearts will always make me think of Jodi! And Lexi made me laugh ????


She is right there in every heart we all see!!! That's her way of saying, "helloooo thereeee girlfriend, I'm right there with you!!"




Jodi will always have a place in my heart right next
to Julie She made it so easy to love her you knew
she loved you too.