Tillie Moon is the name of our publishing company, website, and blog. We considered quite a few names, but from the start we knew, in our hearts, that it had to include “Tillie.” You see…Tillie was my mother. (Mathilda really, but she went by Tillie.)

We lost her over a decade ago, but she still lives on in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her love, patience, and pride in all of us knew no bounds. She was our biggest fan no matter what the endeavor and always rooted for us to fulfill our dreams. “Shoot for the Moon,” echoes her sentiment and belief that we should never be afraid and always dream big. Jen and I knew how proud she would have been that we completed our cookbook, which pays tribute to her in so many ways. We also know she would have shed happy tears to hear that her two daughters, Judy and Shirl, and her granddaughter, Jen, have teamed up for this blog. By using her name (Tillie) and words she might have said when we told her of our plans (“Shoot for the Moon”)…we honor her.

We are Tillie Moon. I know she would be smiling.

By Judy

This story begins with a girl named Mathilda…a big name for a little girl. Wisely her parents did not burden her with a middle name and Mathilda soon became known simply as Tillie.
Tillie was born to Cornelius and Mathilda (Tillie’s namesake) whose early life took…
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I am Judy and David’s daughter and Mel and Tillie’s and Fred and Luella’s granddaughter. I am the beaches and coast, lakes and steams and mountains of California. California is in my heart and soul, where I grew up, and it will always feel like home. My family and my oldest, cherished friends are…
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I am the baby boomer in our little trio. I am a granddaughter of immigrants, making me ¾ Swedish and ¼ Dutch. I am the second of four children to Tillie and Mel (1st generation Americans). I am mother to one girl and two boys, and Oma to one boy and two girls. I am a wife of 47 years who dearly loves the sweet…
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I’m Shirl and I’m part of the Tillie Moon trio. The other two partners are my sister, Judy (13 years my senior), and her daughter, Jen (10 years my junior). Together we make up one terrific team. Each of us has our own singular talents and skills and what one of us may lack, the other two more than make up…
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