Thursday, December 31, 2009

lucia's ginger cookies...and a happy new year

Once upon a time, in a little Midwest town, there lived a German grandma named Lucia. She was 85 and made the best crackle-ginger cookies in all of the land. For more than 70 years, she made these cookies...but just once a year, at Christmastime. Kids, grandkids and great-grandkids always eagerly awaited the presentation of the cookie tray. Some had even been known to secretly spy, then sneak a couple of these ginger gems. It seemed Lucia was unaware of the prestige of her homemade goodies, so when asked by two grand-girls if they could "watch" her make her ordinary cookies, she was a bit taken aback, but agreed anyhow.
The grand-girls couldn't quite put their finger on just where the magic resided. The special dough, the gently-aged cookie sheets, the rolling of the logs, the sprinkling of sugar, the distinctive diagonal cut? Magic. It was in there somewhere.

We love you, Grandma! Thanks for sharing one of the most special days with us...we can't wait to eat those cookies on Saturday!
More sweet memories like this are what I hope our new year will be made of. Happy 2010!


Dogwood said...

That is so sweet. I love the idea of passing on special happens with my grandchildren just as my grandmother did for me.

Thank you for sharing that nice story.

Happy New Year to you.

Lisa said...

Love that little story! How sweet. :)

bee'nme said...

Precious post...those cookies look amazing!! Love the traditions of Christmas...looks like you have a priceless one here!

Here's to a glorious New Year in Him...may His blessings overtake you in 2010!! Looking forward to visiting more with you as we journey through the year...may each day be filled with wonder!

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky S.

Run Lori Run said...

Those cookies look great, I love ginger!

I am still recovering from the game last night and I think I lost my voice from yelling at the TV.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

What a wonderful story and tribute. They look like cookies my grandmother (who was German) used to make. Yum!

Always Learning said...

What a wonderful tradition! Would Lucia share her recipe?

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

What a wonderful post. I really enjoyed stopping by here and reading about your grandma. Boy do those pictures make you hungry.
Lovely grandma too
Happy New Year

Cindy said...

so sweet! those cookies look soooo sooo good. mmm

patientmom said...

Hello Tami....this has nothing to do with your lovely post about your grandmother, okay, other that what a sweet heritage you have :) and time with grandmothers is a treasure for the heart :)

....I rec'd my lovely calendar today...what a sweet surprise...and what a beautiful calendar! Thank you so much for thinking of me :) you made my day...what a delightful way to begin the new year :) ~ Bev

Modern Crush said...

Magic! I love it! What a special occasion! Thanks for the Jonah kitty love, he says mrow! (translation: thank you!) xo!

Christy said...

Grandmas are the best!! Those treats look so awesome!!