One thing that stands out in my mind when I think back to my 1980s childhood is the tea-drinking that concluded any sort of festive gathering at our place, or at friends’ homes. But mostly at our place, as my Mom was an avid cook and baker who could do wonders with the meager range of foodstuffs that were available to us in those years.
Other families might have been buying packaged biscuits and crackers that were sometimes available in the stores, but we rarely did, because whatever could be bought in the store didn’t come close to the stuff my mother baked.
And her jams and preserves! I was no fan, but I was in the clear minority.
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