Jennifer Garner Shares the Sweet Reason She Calls Her Mom
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN actress Jennifer Garner recently revealed the sweetest reason she calls her mom, English.
“I call my mom every time I make cornbread—even though I’ve written the recipe in every notebook, even though I am sure I could toss it together in my sleep,” said Garner. “Maybe watching this will show you why, perhaps, I just like to call my mom.”
Garner’s cornbread aspirations are a part of her “Pretend Cooking Show” on IGTV where she films herself tackling various recipes.
“Mom, I don’t have buttermilk. I gotta make my buttermilk,” said Garner. “Would you use vinegar, or would you use lemon? Do you have to wait for it to curdle?” Garner asked.
English responded, “You know, I don’t know Jennifer. I’m rarely without buttermilk.”
The Garner ladies’ sweet banter continued for about four minutes until the cornbread was ready for tasting.
Garner ended the segment with, “I love you and I trust you mom.”
This idea of the wisdom and strength of a mother also plays out in Garner’s Movieguide® Award-winning movie MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN (2016).
In the movie, Garner plays Christy Beam, a small-town Texas mother who must press medical workers to pursue healing for her daughter.
“I was so touched and moved by this story by this mother and her love for her child,” said Garner in an interview with Movieguide®. “I was so struck by her strength that mothering and loving a child can give you that there was no way I could say no to [the role].”
Garner has three children with ex-husband Ben Affleck (ARGO), and her role in MIRACLES IN HEAVEN encouraged the actress to start bringing her children to church.
Movieguide® previously reported:
“They said, ‘Mom, you don’t take us to church.’” The actress remembers that it was only the next Sunday after her own children made that remark that they made the move to go to church and continue going to this day. “The blessing for me from this film is to be reminded of all that really matters, which is the health of your kids, your family, your loved ones, and yourself so that you can be with all those people. Also, to be reminded to look for miracles wherever you can find them.”
Watch the full “Pretend Cooking Show” video below.
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I call my mom every time I make cornbread—even though I’ve written the recipe in every notebook, even though I am sure I could toss it together in my sleep. Maybe watching this will show you why, perhaps, I just like to call my mom. ♥️ This cornbread takes no time at all, is incredibly forgiving, and is an every other day staple at my house: perfect to fill in a dinner, perfect for a snack, perfect for breakfast. Plus, it tastes like home. I hope you love it as much as I do. ♥️ . Grandmom’s Cornbread, by Patricia English Garner Ingredients: 2 Tbsp oil 3/4 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup flour 1 rounded tsp baking powder 1/4 rounded tsp baking soda 1 Tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk . Directions: 1. Set oven to 450 degrees. Pour oil into a heavy skillet and put that in the oven. 2. Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a bowl. 3. Add egg to the mixture and enough buttermilk until the batter is thinner than pancake batter. 4. VERY carefully take the skillet out of the oven and pour oil into batter. 5. Mix the batter and pour it into the hot skillet. 6. Return to the oven and bake. Watch carefully after 10 minutes, until brown. 7. Mom says eat with butter. 8. Yum.
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