This delightful picture is of my mother and her sister, Dorothy. As Mother and I were looking for ways to preserve family history and pass them down to family, we thought it would be fun to get Dorothy into the plans. So we decided to write a little story about Dorothy and her specialties. Dorothy was two years older than Mother and worked very hard on the farm, keeping a huge garden and milking cows. I remember that she and her husband, Herman, always had to go home early on a Sunday afternoon after dinner to milk the cows.
To make an interesting gift for someone, find an old picture such as this one, then find a recipe that can be attributed to an individual in the picture. If not a recipe, maybe an old car, or some other memento. Write a little story from your memories of the person in the photo. In Dorothy's case, we included a recipe for her wonderful sugar cookies and the following little ditty:
Dorothy always had the best recipes. She always had something interesting in the little pantry off the kitchen, when we would spend time at her home. The kitchen was very tiny, but the pantry had a nice big counter top on which she could prepare these wonderful cookies. There was a large sink under the window in the corner of the kitchen, and a stove to the left of the sink. Everything was very compact. Many Sunday evenings were spent with Herman and Dorothy. We would first visit a short time, and the adults would play cards at the kitchen table, while the kids played. Then Dorothy would put the coffeepot on, and that would be the signal that it was almost time for "lunch". These cookies would simply melt in your mouth!
We included the write-up, the recipe and the picture on a sheet and had it laminated about the size of a place mat. This is a really simple process, but makes a neat gift.
Sugar Drop Cookies (Dorothy Weiland Aper)
2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon soda
1 Tsp. salt 1 egg slightly beaten
2 T. white vinegar or lemon 1 1/2 tsp. lemon rind, grated
1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening (or use all butter) 1 cup sugar
Sift flour, soda and salt into a pan and set aside. Cream well together sugar and butter (or part shortening). Beat together egg, lemon rind, vinegar and vanilla. Add to cream mixture, alternately with flour mixture, blending well. Drop by teaspoons full, flattening with sugared tines of a fork. Sprinkle with sugar and bake at 400º 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned.
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Have a great weekend