I have been super blessed to have had "other" moms throughout my life that have helped mold and form me into the woman I am today. You know these women, they are the ones not related to you by "blood" but rather related by love! One of those "moms" was actually my own mom's best friend. Her name was Mary Ann. She was never able to have children of her own and she kind of "adopted" my brother, sister and I. Mary Ann and her husband, Harold, lived right next door to my family growing up and I spent quite a bit of time at their house. I love to bake (as I've mentioned many times in my blog) and so did Mary Ann. She was known for her amazing, "Mary Ann's Chocolate Cake." She also made the most incredible cookies with cream cheese. I am lucky enough to have both recipes in my recipe collection. When she and her hubby moved to Iowa, I visited her a handful of times. Sadly, both Mary Ann and her husband have both passed on, but they are never far from my thoughts. This is from quite awhile ago, hence the bad perm and big glasses, but I still love this picture!!