— by Mary May Larmoyeux — A few years ago Pops and I started something new with the grandkids—spending individual time with each one of them, either a weekend or an entire day. And not too long ago our oldest granddaughter and I had a wonderful day together. It began with a friend giving her an art lesson and ended with picking blackberries and making sugar cookies.
We used the very recipe that my mother had taught me … the one that her mother had shared with her a long time ago.
I told my granddaughter about my mother bringing a batch of her sugar cookies to Pops and me when our oldest son (her dad) was born prematurely. When Mom did that, she was doing more than bringing us something sweet to eat. She was speaking the language of love.
Here’s one of my favorites recipes, and it’s now been passed down for five generations:
- Cream butter with sugar. Add eggs.
- Shift flour and baking powder and add.
- Finally, add vanilla.
- Chill and then slice.
- Bake in 350 degree oven.
What family recipe have you passed down to your kids or grandkids? And what memories come to your mind when you make it?
Article and Photo © 2012, 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s filled with creative ways that grandparents near and far can connect with their grandchildren every month. Written by a USA Teacher of the Year, Nancy Downing, and Mary Larmoyeux, a writer for FamilyLife, paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)