Monday, December 5, 2016

Grandma's Cookies

If I get anything done this Christmas I still have to make sure I make my Grandma's sugar cookies.
Otherwise it just would not be Christmas.

Do you have something you HAVE to make for the Holidays?
I have been making them since I was 4.
It was Christmas 1963
My Maternal Grandparents lived across the street from Eastern IL University.
2 of my paternal cousins were attending college and lived in the dorm across from my Grandparents house.
The day Kennedy was assassinated everyone came to my Grandparents house, the had closed the University and my cousins were waiting to go home.
Knowing everyone needed to get their minds off of things Grandma had my cousins and myself make Christmas cookies. 
I do not remember it but my cousins do.

a simple little recipe from Gold Medal flour
But they were always there on her kitchen table.
My Mom and I made them every year.

I always use my Paternal Grandmother blue crock 
and my Maternal Grandmothers rolling pin.

we always made a mess. I think my Irish Setter Kelly usually ended up with icing on her head!
Many laughs about "oops that one broke, guess I will have to eat it!"
Did you notice I was still using my Pyrex back in 1995?
this was the first year in my house in 1995

After my Mom died I made them with cousin Mary just like I did in 1963.
Except we have been making them at 1515.

Just would not be Christmas!

glad I have my Grandma's cookie cutters at home

Since I am not going to 1515 this year I will be doing them by myself
But that is ok,

I have that wonderful old recipe

And I know Grandma and Mom will be with me in spirit

As long as it is made with love


Curtains in My Tree said...

I always cry thinking about what I did with my Mom and Grandmother Baker at Christmas. My Grandmother made bourbon ball candy and divinity every year that I can remember.
I made cut out sugar cookies for years.

I love how you have so many memories and physical items of your childhood from your family.
The tour at Richard's house was over the top gorgeous

pam said...

I hope you are doing well. Sorry you won't be able to go to 1515 this year.
I read your last blog post and just want to mention something. I used to put tinsel on my tree. One year my one cat decided she could eat it. Well, lets just say that 'things did not come out like they should'. My daughter and I had to pull this wad of stringy tinsel out of her hiney. It wasn't pretty and she did not like it at all. Just thought I would pass this along.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year. pam

By the way, I live in Illinois just a little south of St Louis in a small town of Valmeyer

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Pam, You live just a few miles south of me! I know about the tinsel and cats! We put none on the bottom branches!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh Ann, what sweet cookie memories of your family! So glad you still make them. Makes me want to go make some, they are SO good! I always have to make peanut butter fudge, my grandma made the very best. I don't use her recipe but the one I do use tastes just like hers.