My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Memories & Sugar Cookies

I love making sugar cookies for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day and other special ocassions... like when I tried to be a fabulous mom and make "V" cookies when Natalie ran for studentbody officer.
Here is Kendall with a Halloween cookie today - note: he picks off the m and m's and candy corn as part of his routine in eating them.
I remember from making them with my mom - they needed candy corn for the eyes and nose, and m and m's for the mouth!

I made sugar cookies in the shape of dog bones and took to work on Pantera's birthday and she wore a party hat. (Sorry Cricket - next birthday you can wear a party hat)
My sugar recipe comes from Erin. She shared this recipe when she was just ten years old for my cookbook, "Good Food, Good Thoughts - Cooking and Living with Vision Loss" ... She has Retinitis Pigmentosa and 11 years ago our families enjoyed time together in Washington, DC. Her dad's tip for the book was the clock method in helping someone who is blind know where something is -- "He says, "Imagine yourself as the middle of a clock. Looking straight out is 12 o'clock, to the immediate right is 3 oclock, immediate left is 9 oclock. If he notices something and wants Erin to be aware of it - he may say, Erin there is a dog at 3 oclock. The numbers in between the clock are also used. Walking down the street she or I may say, "There is an airplane at 10 o'clock. It really works well." (I will agree it is a very helpful method.)

Here is the recipe:

3 cups flour
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tbs. milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter. Gradually add sugar. Mix well. Stir in egg, milk and vanilla. Add flour gradually. Mix well. Roll out dough 1/4 inch in thickness onto a flour surface. Cut into shapes. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes. When cooled, decorate with your favorite frosting.


Natalie said...

That picture made me realize that my hair looks so much better long. So much better long!!

Princess Coral said...

Becky, you sound like a wonderful mom! Thanks for posting the recipe. I'll have to try it:) I'm not a great home maker:> E.g. my hubby cooks better... My excuse was; I'm not a chef, but I like to bake... But, Greg doesn't care for cookies and cake too much...

The Brax Blog said...

Like the pictures, maybe I will try the recipe some time.
I love sugar cookies!

Frankie's trainer

John Scala said...

Hi Becky and Steve. Came across your old email address today and decided to check your blog - -and coincidently I see your note about the cookie recipe. I'll have Erin check this out. My daughter Andrea just got back from Greece 4 weeks ago and it sounds like a great vacation destination. have fun. John